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Mad River Glen for intermediate?

post #1 of 8
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Hi,

 

After a couple of years off the skis I am finally planning a trip to Vermont this weekend to get my sea legs back. I am planning on spending Saturday at Mount Snow to get acclimated, and then was thinking of heading somewhere more northern for Sunday. I was hoping to find a place that is both fun and relatively affordable to take a private lesson. I was on the ski team in high school and then took a 10 year hiatus. Before I stopped I was probably around level 6-7.

 

I saw on Liftopia MRG tickets can be had for around $40, and a 2 hour private lesson is only $100! Most other places the private lessons are at least $100 an hour. I understand the reputation of MRG in regards to terrain and conditions, but am interested in the challenge and the old-timey atmosphere. Any thoughts on if this is a reckless and/or dangerous proposition? I have also considered Magic and Bromley, although the lessons are more expensive.

 

Any thoughts or recommendations? 

 

Thanks! :)

post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by LeonGuillot View Post
 

Hi,

 

After a couple of years off the skis I am finally planning a trip to Vermont this weekend to get my sea legs back. I am planning on spending Saturday at Mount Snow to get acclimated, and then was thinking of heading somewhere more northern for Sunday. I was hoping to find a place that is both fun and relatively affordable to take a private lesson. I was on the ski team in high school and then took a 10 year hiatus. Before I stopped I was probably around level 6-7.

 

I saw on Liftopia MRG tickets can be had for around $40, and a 2 hour private lesson is only $100! Most other places the private lessons are at least $100 an hour. I understand the reputation of MRG in regards to terrain and conditions, but am interested in the challenge and the old-timey atmosphere. Any thoughts on if this is a reckless and/or dangerous proposition? I have also considered Magic and Bromley, although the lessons are more expensive.

 

Any thoughts or recommendations? 

 

Thanks! :)


If you want a lesson with a recommended instructor, check with @T-Square when he is available at the Dartmouth Skiway.  I've found that a really experienced instructor can teach a lot of useful stuff without needing much terrain.  My home mountain is Massanutten in northern VA.  What I've learned from my Level 3 coach in the last few years has made a big difference when I head out west.

post #3 of 8

Just don't head over to Paradise for your first run.  Work your way up the progression of trails, and you'll be fine.

 

If you were on the ski team in HS, I'll assume you're looking to push yourself and improve, and not be a terminal intermediate like most of the skiing population.  In which case, MRG is the perfect mountain for you.

post #4 of 8

Can't speak for current conditions at MRG, but can highly recommend your idea to go there and have a private lesson. I, too, was intimidated by it's reputation, and when my local friend was unable to meet me there and show me around last winter I was ready to cancel my visit. He suggested I take a private lesson mainly for purpose of having  a guide to the mountain, and the experience was fantastic. The old-timey vibe is way cool - minimal grooming, the single chair, the lodge and pub are throwbacks, for sure, in a way that should put the Glen on every skier's bucket list. "Ski it if you can" notwithstanding, there are some great intermediate runs from top of the main mountain, and the "practice slope" has varied, interesting terrain and views that many practice slopes lack.

 

Julius, my instructor, was a great guy. As an instructor it took him only 2 or 3 minutes to pick up on an issue that was really throwing off my game, and came up with some highly effective yet simple drills to correct it. As a guide he made sure I saw a lot of the mountain, and he was friendly and interesting. (Thanks, Julius!)

 

Having said all that, I'd be nervous about conditions at MRG this early in the season. Hopefully someone local will offer some info. Even if they don't, I think your idea of heading north is a good one at this time of year - have you considered skipping Snow and heading to Stowe or Sugarbush Saturday? Plenty of groomer/cruisers at either, and you could chat up locals for up to date MRG condition report.  

post #5 of 8

I just checked MRG's site and they are 100% open with 100% natural snow.  A rare thing for December 16.  Knowing MRG though I am sure there will be some rocks and such poking through.  I say go for it.  There will be plenty of terrain suitable as well as plenty that will really challenge you.

post #6 of 8

I think intermediate skiers can enjoy MRG.  Contrary to popular belief, they do own a groomer, and you can get the grooming report in the morning to see what's available.  Many, many people have learned to ski there over the years, so they have terrain from beginners to experts.

 

I think the main quality required to enjoy a day at MRG is having a sense of adventure.  Their idea of an "open" trail might involve a few more dirt patches than you're used to, especially at this time of year.  If you have a little confidence in bump skiing -- poke around a bit and see what you can find.  I've found the majority of MRG skiers to be really friendly and approachable; if you're looking for an easier bump run or just the "easy way out", just ask somebody.  Most are happy to help and are genuinely interested in making sure that you enjoy your experience at a very special mountain.

post #7 of 8

The best thing about MRG compared to most other mountains is the lack of grooming lets not so advanced skiers the opportunity to ski bumps/crud and various other non groomed conditions on a way more mellow pitch of green or easier blue.

post #8 of 8

So I think the OP is making an absolutely ideal choice for his reintroduction to the sport and given his stated needs.  Yes, MRG has a fearsome, cruisers need not apply reputation ("Ski it if you can" and all that).  But this does the mountain a bit of a disservice in that it's actually the best hill for learning and progressing your abilities that I can imagine.  MRG has legendary kids programs, where the little ones quickly move from first-timer to gladed warriors.   Though its most notable terrain lies in the expert runs off the Single chair, MRG actually has a lot of great intermediate terrain off the Sunnyside double chair.  It's generally narrow and always weaving back and forth, following the natural contours of the mountain.  It's a truly magical skiing experience and provides a wealth of options to push your personal comfort zone if you'd like in the form of low angle, perfectly formed bumps.  This trail map from a few years back really tells the story.  Check out the lifts on the right - Sunnyside double and Birdland double - they are about 80% beginner to intermediate terrain, with runs meandering here and there.   You can even take the Single up and ski Antelope from the top (lookers left), as it's always groomed, before ducking out to Broadway for a quick schuss over to where the gentler lower mtn terrain lies.

 

 

 

 

What's more, the affordability you noted is a function of the stripped down, skiing-as-it-used-to-be environment.  A simple, homey base lodge with all that you need and nothing you don't and affordable food/beverages. A very friendly overall atmosphere where those who work there have self-selected themselves into this unique and iconic little Co-op ski area.  The ski school is renowned and I'm sure they will take you to all the right places once you explain your starting point and aspirations for the day.

 

Very jealous you'll get to go!  Conditions are fantastic for this time of year with a deep base.  Things might be scratchy right now b/c they had a bit of a warm up and then freeze, but I believe more snow is in the forecast to soften it back up again.

 

Enjoy!

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