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Mad About You

Unspoiled skiing in Vermont


Vermont skiers are hardy souls, and the hardiest are those who regularly ski the raw and barely groomed slopes of Mad River Glen (only a 30-minute drive from the Burlington airport). With plenty of natural snow, uncrowded (snowboard-free) slopes, and one of three surviving single chairlifts in North America, Mad River offers a retro experience to thrill even the most demanding skier. In 1995, former owner Betsy Pratt sold Mad River to the skiing public -- the one group she trusted to preserve its unspoiled charm -- creating the only cooperatively owned and managed ski resort in America. (Shares cost $1,750 each and are available on a 35-month installment plan.) Off the slopes, stay at the cozy Inn at the Round Barn, three miles from the mountain, grab a burger at the Den, and stop by the Mad Mountain Tavern for a Magic Hat beer with the locals.

Details Mad River Glen, 802-496-3551 or (full-day adult lift ticket is $36); the Inn at the Round Barn, 802-496-2276 (rooms start at $135); the Den, 802-496-8880.


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