While some area ski resorts opened several weeks ago, Mad River Glen opened Monday. The mountain primarily relies on natural snowfall, and over the past several days around two feet have fallen.
Down in the Champlain Valley there's not really much snow on the ground. But it's a different world at Mad River Glen. You can see how deep it is.
With all of the natural snow, almost 100 percent of the main mountain is open. Skiers are very happy with the conditions.
"They're amazing. I'm utterly shocked. My dad's like ugh, there's gonna be really good skiing today. But now that I'm here, I'm really surprised. It's so good, especially for the first day of the season," said Jenny Rehkugler of Charlotte.
Glenn and Ray Baker of Pennsylvania said the conditions were much better than they expected.
With the enjoyable conditions, skiers at Mad River are encouraging you to head on up.
Mad River is unique in several ways. First, it does not allow snowboarders. The mountain is also famous for its single person lift.
"The single chair has been here since 1948. In 2007 we did a 100 percent restoration to the lift. And the single chair is Mad River," said Jamey Wimbler of Mad River Glen.
The single chair actually helps with crowds. While there may be a line at the lift, the single chair capacity means that there are few skiers on the slopes at any given time.
Mad River has a reputation of being a hardcore-skier type of mountain, but we were told that there's a variety of terrain.
"A lot of people think it's black diamond and expert. You know, it's just for expert skiers, but your kids can ski one trail and you can ski another. You meet them at the bottom of it. There's intermediate, beginner, expert. There really is something for everybody," said David Bouchard of Hinesburg.
With more snow projected to fall in the coming days, skiers of all ability levels will be able to enjoy conditions that should get even better through the holiday week.
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