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 Hey guys. I'm going to take my first trip to MRG tomorrow to meet up with Bumpfreaq. I'm going to bring my Mini-Diva with me. She is now 6-years old and enjoys skiing all but the hardest runs at Stowe. Right now she can probably do more tan me (gimp knee). So we are into it for some scenery and exploration. Don't need the "challenge". How does the single chair work. She's practically never ridden a fixed grip chair and needs help getting on Quads anyway. Do the lifties put kids on/off the single, or should we restrict ourselves to the double only (what I was planning on anyway)? So the main question is what are the "must do's" with that in mind?

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There's a lot of good terrain for novices and kids at Mad River, particularly off the double chair (heading toward Birdland). On the single chair, it's mostly just Antelope, which is a nice long easy run down.

 

No one anywhere is more helpful loading chairs than they are at MRG. I guess the single could be scary for a kid, though it's not very high off the ground. The original chair had a pretty iffy safety bar, but lots of kids ride/have ridden it.

 

On the plus side, too, no boarders to watch out for. On the minus side, being dependent on natural snow can make conditions a bit icy.

 

But generations of kids (me included) have learned to ski at Mad River, and come out no worse for wear!

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We talked about this yesterday..What a great mountain MRG is for a beginner/intermediate. There is so much there that is groomed that you will be surprised.  There is "main arteries" from every lift, including the single. You can give her the option of riding the "big girl lift" all by herself, it is not so much getting on the single, but getting off at the top, you have to stand up and quickly get to the right. A consideration is to be on the chair in from of her to help her. 

 

Must trails are Catamount Bowl (into Lower Catamount) to Lynx to Beaver. 

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Lynx is the coolest trail in the Northeast, IMV.

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Is Lynx off the double? 

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Is Lynx off the double? 

Off the single. 

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There's great skiing off the double too. Slalom Glade, what is it, Partridge over there? Good, rythmic cruises across the mountain, too...

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 \How does the single chair work. She's practically never ridden a fixed grip chair and needs help getting on Quads anyway. Do the lifties put kids on/off the single, or should we restrict ourselves to the double only (what I was planning on anyway)? So the main question is what are the "must do's" with that in mind?

I don't have kids and am not a regular at MRG, but have a lot of days skiing and ski patrol at another mtn, so in my honest uninformed opinion, I would guess the best thing to do is you get on first, showing her how to do it, and the lifties can help her load. She can see you while she rides up without having to turn around to see you and fidgeting. But MRG is a big family place, believe it or not, so I'm sure the lifties know how to do it and listen to them after letting them know it's her first time. There are others here who have more experience loading their kids, so I'll let them chime in now.

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She can do the single.  They do a great job loading younguns - even close the bar in the process.  One guy weights down the chair leaning on the back, and the other stuffs the kid in, and closes the bar.  I have never seen the unloading process but never heard of a problem.  I like Phil's idea of going first to help out at the top.  The lifty at the top is on his feet at all times and always right there to be hands on.  These guys are good.

 

I know that she can ski Antelope.  It's a beautiful trail and leads down to the mid-station.  Lynx cuts off from Antelope before you get to mid.

 

She is really going to enjoy it.  Head over to Birdland and explore some woods with her.  It's real easy terrain but fun for anyone.

 

You can work your way up by skiing Catamont, but that trail is full of bumps and would be considered an expert trail at any mountain.  Chute you can judge for yourself.  It's under the single and it is, without a doubt, a difficult trail.  Yet I have seen many people make it down no problem.  Chute is much more difficult than Catamont.

 

Have a great time.  Wish I could be there.  Haven't ruled it out yet, however.  If I can get in and out of the car, who knows.

 

bz

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epic, Play on the double for awhile, try Quacky (probably the best and only blue square bump terrain around) and all its versions,1, 2, 3, Birdland has some nice easy cruisers and it feels secluded.The main mtn (single will access similiar stuff just a lot steeper, same type of narrow wandering trails. Try lower Antelope, yes there is a bit of a cross country/ hike out at the bottom but the trail is a ton of fun, dips, rolls, small drops etc.

 

As Paul said the lift operators will definately load her on and she will have a blast. + 1 for Lynx also. One mistake I made when I took my son when he was 7  for the first time was that I could not get him off Chute/Lift line right under the single. He just wanted to keep going back lap after lap to jump those cliff bands.There are sorts of little chutes/ shots off of and into trails, just a great place to explore.

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Ref: single chair

 

Before my young one (8yo then but small for her age) rode the single (the new one) for the first time, I was a bit nervous about it. Too long of a ride, too high off the ground, to nervous about being alone, etc. But, to my surprise the ride was actually quite fast (but not scary fast), relatively low to the ground, and calm. She didn't seem nervous or impatient at all. It's no worse than any other chair. In fact, it didn't give me the feeling that I was riding (and being suspended) alone.

 

The lifties were super guys. Have never seen a crew paying so much detail (putting on as big a smile) in loading their customers.

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