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Top of the Single Chair at Mad River Glen – Green Mountains, Vermont

Located in the Mad River Valley on General Stark Mountain in Vermont.

Mad River Glen is known for having only one of two single chairlifts left in operation and being one of a few “skiers only” ski resorts left in North America. MRG averages 250 inches of snowfall annually and offers skiers 45 named trails serviced by four chairlifts that vary from beginner to expert, but is best known for its expert tree skiing.

Facts Snapshot

  • Built 1948
  • Mad River Glen is one of two ski areas in the country to use a single chairlift
  • The Mad River Glen Single Chair is the fastest fixed-grip chairlift in the United States of America, taking between 9.7 – 12 minutes to top
  • It has its own beer named after it: Single Chair Ale brewed by Magic Hat Brewing Co.
  • The Mad River Glen Cooperative was formed. Mad River Glen is now the only cooperatively owned ski area in America.

Top of the Single Chair at Mad River Glen - Green Mountains, Vermont

Some History

Mad River Glen first cranked up its now famous Single Chair on December 11, 1948. Roland Palmedo, the founder and an original investor at Stowe, envisioned a ski area where sport not profit would be the overriding concern. Roland believed that ” …a ski area is not just a place of business, a mountain amusement park, as it were. Instead it is a winter community whose members, both skiers and area personnel, are dedicated to the enjoyment of the sport.” Mad River Glen developed over the years with this vision of community as its foundation.