Catamount Trail was conceived of 26 years ago by three back-country skiers who dreamt up the idea of tying all the state’s best cross-country ski areas together, stretching from Quebec to Massachusetts. Completed in 2008, Catamount Trail is now 300 miles of well-groomed, back-country ski trails with stretches of true wilderness in between. What a feat! What a treat!
Perched on the backbone of the Green Mountains, Mad River Glen has been ranked by SKI magazine as the most challenging resort on the East coast, due in no small part to having a 2,000 foot (610 m) vertical drop – this despite the fact that it’s not that large of a resort!
Mad River Glen is a committed “skier’s mountain,” too – meaning it is one of the few ski resorts in the US to enforce a total ban on snowboarding. Now, while this is bad news for snowboarders, it’s great for those skiers out there who have, for what ever reason, formed a, shall we say, “definite opinion” about sharing the slope with snowboarders – or even those who have *no* opinion on snowboarders.
A lot of Mad River Glen’s approach is hand’s off: they don’t groom the slopes much, if at all, preferring to let things lay as they land, as it were. This means the trails can have a decided natural feel to them – and boy do they vary in difficulty!
Our location in Vermont’s Mad River Valley has us near the center of so many things the whole year ’round. Once the snow flies, skiing is one of the first things to come to mind and, when it comes to skiing, Sugarbush Resort is hard to beat.
The largest ski resort in New England, Sugarbush boasts six peaks, two uncrowded mountain areas, and 2,000 acres of backcountry in the Slide Brook Basin – no wonder it was ranked #1 in Terrain Variety by SKI magazine!
Did you know that over 120 ski areas throughout Vermont have closed, from the 1930’s through the 2000’s? From local, town operated rope tows, to major resorts with high speed quads, these areas all played an important role in the development of skiing in the state.
Join ski historian and author Jeremy Davis for his presentation on:
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25
MAD RIVER GLEN, 7 – 9 PM.
A wide variety of ski areas will be discussed, including nearby areas as well as those featured in Davis’ book, Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont.
As well as Jeremy’s presentation, the evening will include light fondue refreshments, a special showing of the new T-Bar film, United We Ski, and more. Admission by donation at the door .
Jeremy Davis is the founder of the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, a website dedicated to the history of lost ski areas throughout the region. He is the author of three books: Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont, Lost Ski Areas of the White Mountains, and Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks, and is currently working on his fourth book, Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks. Davis serves on the Board of Directors on the New England Ski Museum in Franconia Notch, NH. He is a 2000 graduate of Lyndon State College, VT, and today works as a Senior Meteorologist at Weather Routing Inc. in Glens Falls, NY.
Plan to be there if you can – you might just find out what happened to that ski hill you skied on as a kid.
Print the poster!
There’s nothing wrong with skiing, sledding, or taking the car out for a literal spin on the ice (okay – maybe there is something wrong with that last, there) but sometimes you may find yourself craving something a little slower and more nature-intimate in your outdoor, wintertime activities – in that instance, may we recommend snowshoeing Mad River Valley?
I’ll be surprised to hear you’re not familiar with the film. “A Christmas Story” is one of those classic, holiday movies beloved by many and watched over and over again each year – but even if you have seen it a billion times before, take my word that catching it on stage is a special treat.
One of the things we here at West Hill House B&B pride ourselves in is providing our guests with the kind of unique experiences they’ll remember for years to come. Something that you will return to in your mind time and again as having been the vacation of vacations.
It is with this in mind that we mention (and heartily suggest) one of our state’s best-kept secret, vacation activities: dog sledding in Vermont!
Our Ski & Stay Passports are a truly great value – they were a great value last year and we haven’t changed the prices since then so the value is greater now than ever!
Visitors who have booked a Vermont fall foliage vacation with us will be happy to hear that recent warm and sunny days, followed by cool evening temperatures, have caused the colors we all love to start appearing among the treetops!
Those photogenic oranges and yellows, as you likely know, are caused by the early fall frosts. The colder it gets at night, the quicker the trees achieve those peak autumn colors that made Vermont famous.
The Fourth Annual Mad Marathon and Mad Half are scheduled for July 6th, 2014 in the gorgeous Mad River Valley, located in Central Vermont. Registration is already open.
You will be running through this extraordinary rural community on 26.2 miles of country roads, with breathtaking views of the Green Mountains, rolling farm lands, quaint villages, historical barns, covered bridges and fields of our famous Vermont cows!
Check out the full details on the Mad Marathon website.
West Hill House B&B is delighted to be a Sponsor of the Marathon for the fourth consecutive year, and we already have our sponsorship certificate on the dining room wall. (We are running out of space!)
Regrettably we are ALREADY sold out for the weekend of the Marathon, however please check the Marathon Lodging page for other options. Plan ahead as accommodation is hard to find closer to the date.