Classic New England trails like the ones you’ll find at Mad River Glen are what make skiing in the East so challenging and fun, especially when these narrow, steep, sometimes winding, sometimes plummeting straight down the fall line, rock-strewn swaths receive a healthy dumping of arctic powder from Mother Nature.
If you want to experience the thrill of skiing in its traditional form, right off the lift, check out some of these classic expert trails while you still have the legs … and the nerve.
Paradise, Mad River Glen | Don’t be lulled into a peaceful slumber from the solitude of your ride up the Single Chair, followed by a sheltered traverse through the trees along the Long Trail, because as soon as you make the turn into Paradise, you better be on your game. An 8-foot drop gets you started along a thrilling trail filled with tight twists and turns strewn with cliffs, rocks, frozen waterfalls, deep powder pockets, steeps and bumps.
Goat, Stowe | Steep is one thing; steep and a double fall line together make Goat among the most challenging runs in New England. With an average pitch of about 36 degrees, the trail drops more than 2,000 feet, presenting rock ledges, boulders and streams along the way. It is one of Stowe’s “Front Four” and is accessed off the Fourunner Quad.