Mad River Glen is a ski area in Fayston, Vermont. Its terrain has been ranked by SKI magazine as the most challenging on the east coast of the United States. Located within the Green Mountain range, it sits in the Mad River Valley, close to the larger Sugarbush Resort. Though not considered a large ski area, it has a vertical drop of 2,000 feet (610 m), which ranks 14th in New England.
It averages over 250 inches (640 cm) of snow a year and maintains a traditional form of New Englandskiing that emphasizes snow preservation on narrow trails instead of man-made snow on wide boulevards. Mad River Glen also does very little grooming and prefers to leave its trails with whatever naturally forms. It has one of only two single chairlifts left in the country and does not allowsnowboarding. It is one of a very limited number of ski cooperatives. Individuals purchase publicly available shares and attend regular “Town Hall” meetings, voting on issues regarding the area and management of the cooperative.