Cons: Lack of Intermediate terrain
I just wanted to give a shout out to MRG for an excellent experience. Over last week, there was all the talk of a snowstorm, so I found a great deal at the Sugarbush Inn (which was great btw), packed up the 6y/o, and headed up north.
Sure MRG has the terrain and ambiance that you've read about in bunches of reviews before, but I wanted to relay something a bit different about why I'll go back...
My son turned 6 a week ago and we went to MRG over the weekend (the first time for both of us). We spent a few hours going down the runs off the Sunnyside double. Then my son asked about going to the top of the mountain (while pointing to the top of the single chair).
So we went over to look at the single chair to see if he was ready. My son was a bit apprehensive (and looked it); a ski patroller stepped back from the line and came over and asked my son if he had ever gone up the lift. After my son said he hadn't, the patroller said, "well, you just go up there and tell that guy that you've never been on it. He'll slow it down, pick you up and put you on the chair, and shut the safety bar. If you want to ride it, we'll get you on it...we want to make sure everyone has as much fun as possible." Riding the lift all by himself made his trip and I couldn't get him off of it for the rest of the day. I think the patroller letting him know that everything was good was the comfort he needed.
Then we went in for lunch. While he used the washroom, I found us a table. After about 15min, I was wondering what happened to him and went to look. Thinking maybe he misunderstood our meeting spot, I went to look at where our skis were. I found him outside hangin' out with some adults. One of them said to him, "See...I told you he wouldn't go up the lift w/o you." She told me that he saw a white helmet and red jacket and thought I had left him. I asked him if he was OK and she said, "Oh yeah, he was just hangin out with me and the Director of Operations (I think) and having some french fries; he's fine."
Sure, there's great terrain at MRG, but there's great terrain at lots of places. But at MRG everyone seemed like a community that was just happy to be out there skiing. That's the way it should be and that's while we'll both be back.