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Mad River Glen Closing for Season 3/19?

post #1 of 17
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Say it ain't so . From the MRG website:

Mad River Today Mar 14, 2006 at 12:30:00

Good News! The forecast is calling for SNOW every single day this week and we should see some of the white stuff this afternoon as the temps drop. Due to the spring-like temperatures we have decided to close the mountain for the week. We have lost quite a bit of our base and will need substantial snowfall to re-open for the weekend and to host our Mogul Challenge and Jr. Mogul Challenge. The decision on whether we can open for the weekend will be made on Thursday. In the event that we cannot open this weekend, the mountain will be closed for the season. Stay tuned for any updates....and hope for SNOW!
post #2 of 17
oh you have to be kidding! I was planning on tacking on a day at mrg at the end of my jay peak trip on the 22nd-26th!
post #3 of 17
I was there this past weekend, and although the skiing was good, it was getting mighty thin, and Sunday afternoon, they got hit with some heavy rain.
post #4 of 17

MRG closing

My guess is they won't reopen this weekend. They need close to a foot of snow to restore the base and the forecast is for 2-4". It really was a crappy season for MRG this year, there were only a handful of good weekends there.

A better bet for late season is probably Jay Peak, which is still getting snow, Killington is still blowing snow. Sugarbush isn't making snow anymore, but they do have a decent base on the trails that had snowmaking.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by dantelman
My guess is they won't reopen this weekend. They need close to a foot of snow to restore the base and the forecast is for 2-4". It really was a crappy season for MRG this year, there were only a handful of good weekends there.

A better bet for late season is probably Jay Peak, which is still getting snow, Killington is still blowing snow. Sugarbush isn't making snow anymore, but they do have a decent base on the trails that had snowmaking.
Don't forget the man made glacier at Stratton, they probably have ice layers on their ice layers there,

As Vlad says about Intrawest, fake snow and ersatz Beervarian villages, what more could one ask for?
post #6 of 17
Yea I will not give stratton or killington my business. I'll just stay the extra day at jay, my favorite place on the east coast. Or possibly magic mountain if that place is still open. I hear its a good experience.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by CSOcean10

Or possibly magic mountain if that place is still open. I hear its a good experience.
Not likely.

MRG got some snow yesterday. They got lots of wind too. Will check the web page today.
post #8 of 17
If MRG is having problems, Magic will likely not be very good.
post #9 of 17
Wait until next year to see if Magic's new, supposedly deep-pocketed owners put in the snowmaking.
post #10 of 17

Mrg

MRG announced that they are going to make a final decision tomorrow, but that it doesn't look good for reopening. Once they close, they may find it hard to start back up this spring, even if there is a late season storm.

They had new snow, but not quite enough, and the wind blew much of it off the trails. The trails are probably close to block ice, with a very uneven surface from last weekend. The new snow won't stick and even where it blew in, there are buried ice ruts.

The skiing at MRG was great fun last Saturday, but as much as 1/4 of the surface was bare, especially on the lower half of the mountain. It has not been a good year for snow. Even though they have gotten a fair amount, the rain storms have kept the base from accumulating.
post #11 of 17
Yes. It has been in interesting year to say the least. I didn't get to ski mad river once this season. Hopefully next season is very snowy, but cold as well! I've had just about enough winter rain!
post #12 of 17
The skiing at MRG was great fun last Saturday, but as much as 1/4 of the surface was bare, especially on the lower half of the mountain. It has not been a good year for snow. Even though they have gotten a fair amount, the rain storms have kept the base from accumulating.[/quote]

You make an interesting point there. I had quite a few powder days at Mad this year. It felt like they got lots of snow. But the temperature fluctuations just killed them. Frankly I am happy with the sweet powder days I got there and I skied Octopussies this year, something I did not do last year at all. Considering the weather its a marvel that they opened at all let alone were in full operation much of the time.

Alfonse
post #13 of 17
I skied once at MRG this year, and got a gorgeous spring skiing day...in the middle of Feb. It's a real bummer that their season has been such a tough one. Perhaps this means that next season, the East Coast will be hammered with snow? That's what happened in BC/PNW this year after a devastating season last year.

We can only hope that karma will bless the East next year...

Thatsagirl
post #14 of 17
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Perhaps this means that next season, the East Coast will be hammered with snow?
Errr. Why do people keep saying these kinds of things? We can only expect the average snowfall next year!

This season has been characterized by getting snow then losing it soon after. There have been a few good days (most of which I managed to miss). MRG would, in a normal year, still have some life left in it if it had been able to accumulate a base. Last year, we had some fine spring skiing into April. It's not likely to repeat this year (even assuming the areas stay open).

Anyway, I just got a white water kayak and can use the once-was-snow.
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Hows Jay looking Tag? I mean I know hows its looking now, they got dumped and it will be sick this weekend. But I dont think I can make it up there this weekend, probably K on sunday, exciting! Anyway what I am getting at is there any base? I keep seeing jay getting tons of snow but I also know they have had the warmups as well. So you think a spring day like last year is in the cards with the base this year? Or are we not welcome back after last year:
post #16 of 17
Rip Mrg
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by Alfonse
Hows Jay looking Tag? I mean I know how its looking now, they got dumped and it will be sick this weekend. But I dont think I can make it up there this weekend, probably K on sunday, exciting! Anyway what I am getting at is there any base? I keep seeing jay getting tons of snow but I also know they have had the warmups as well. So you think a spring day like last year is in the cards with the base this year? Or are we not welcome back after last year:
I will be able to better answer your question about the base after this weekend, since we'll be testing it out! Usually Jay under-reports its base (though they sometimes over-report their snowfall), so I am hoping that 12-40" base they say they have is really there. If there's a spring day like last year in the cards, we'd love to ski with you again!

You all might need to thank me later: When we went to Crested Butte at the end of February, Jay got dumped on the week we were gone and the weekend we returned (that's the recent 3-foot storm) and so we missed it all. Next weekend, we leave for Big Mountain and Fernie, gone till April 3. Just our luck, another snowstorm or two will roll through Vermont while we're gone. So, keep an eye out for big snow between March 26 and April 3.

Thatsagirl
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