Vermont’s die-hard skiers-only mountain, Mad River Glen, celebrated the last day of a record-breaking season April 20, 2019. The day marked operating day number 136, the new record for the longest season in their 70-year history.
It also marked 148 days since MRG’s opening day November 24, 2018, another record to top off an amazing season.
“It truly was an epic season with an amazingly early start on Thanksgiving weekend. Then it just wouldn’t let up with steady snow and an unusual lack of thaws. The Mad River Glen faithful reaped the rewards and enjoyed it to the bitter end.”
The Single Chair ran under cloudy skies and temps around 60 on their final day. Although the forecast called for showers throughout the day, the mountain ops crew patched the base area back together and groomed the mountain for what they called “true late spring conditions” featuring slushy "snow," soft moguls, soft ice sections, extensive bare spots, and some required walking to get down the mountain for some “spring adventure skiing.”
“In true Mad River Glen fashion, we are going to go against all sound and reasonable ski area management decision-making principles and open for one more day on Saturday only,” said general manger Matt Lillard in a Facebook post.