Bringing winter fun for over 50 years
Mad River Mountain opened to the public back in 1962, then under the name Valley Hi Ski Area. Since then, the resort was leased by Missouri-based company Peak Resorts and changed its name to the one we know now. The area features 23 trails, a tubing park, three terrain parks, and two beginner areas.
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It’s snow time
The average snowfall in the area of Mad River Mountain only comes to about 36 inches a year. For that reason, the resort employs 130 snow cannons to cover all of their trails and ensure skiers, snowboarders and everyone in between has plenty of the white stuff to skim on safely.
In case you were wondering, resorts in snowier areas typically get at least 10 times as much true snow — or snow produced naturally — as Mad River Mountain. Mt. Baker Ski Area, located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington State, currently holds the record for snowiest season on record. During their 1998-99 season, they reportedly got 1,140 inches (for quick math, that’s 95 feet).
Some instructors use Mad River Mountain as a venue to train budding winter athletes. In the 1980s, Austrian Olympic silver medalist Josefine “Putzi” Frandl taught skiing at the resort. She won her medal in the giant slalom at the 1956 Winter Olympics, which took place in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. She presently lives in Colorado.