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Slopeside with Nick Borelli: Mad River Glen

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WAITSFIELD, Vt. -

It's finally feeling a little bit like spring, but many ski areas are still holding on to a lot of snow. In this season's final edition of Slopeside, Nick Borelli visited Mad River Glen.

Cameron Pall, from Sweet Valley, Penn., is spending his birthday with some friends at Mad River Glen.

"The terrain is unimaginable. Steeps, trees, bumps and groomers, everything that anyone could ever need is at this mountain," said Pall.

Pall appreciates what the mountain has to offer even if there are some signs that this ski season will soon be wrapping up.

The snow and ice is finally falling off the trees on the mountain, after a really long winter. That means temperatures have begun to warm up. Snow surfaces on the mountain start out pretty hard, but as the day goes on they soften right up.

Turns are sweet and buttery.

"Soft and there's plenty of coverage and I just think it's an awesome day to be on the mountain with my buddies from Connecticut," said Allen Lord from Connecticut.

"We have some good spring corn snow," said Pall.

The changing seasons are bringing out mixed feelings.

"I want winter to last forever. I'd totally be down, but spring is nice. Birds chirping, people come out, have fun and goggle tans," said Lord.

Some say the culture at Mad River Glen is pretty unique.

"Definitely more relaxed. It's put out there as a much more relaxed atmosphere and just a neat place to be," said Heidi Levins Mendon.

The no frills, ski-focused atmosphere can be attributed to how the mountain operates.

In 1997 a cooperative was started after the previous owner, Betsy Pratt, sold the mountain.

"When she sold the place she came up with this idea to sell it to a group of shareholders so that it would be a democratic process, where people vote on issues and decisions as a group," said Ry Young from Mad River Glen.

In 2007 the cooperative voted to restore the famous single person chairlift and skiers like Pall are glad they did.

"You get some of that personal reflective time. You can really think about that last run you just did. You're heckling those lifts, you get to the bottom, stoked and all but it's nice to calm down for a bit," said Pall.

While having a little bit of time to yourself on the mountain can be a good thing, it's really about making turns and having fun.

"I'll ski you later," said Pall.

And the occasional joke among friends.

Mad River Glen plans to stay open through this weekend, but if weather and business permit, the season could be extended.

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