The Mad River Valley region represents classic New England. It offers two ski areas — the sprawling two-mountain Sugarbush ski resort, and historic Mad River Glen — plus compact towns and conserved pastoral landscapes. Its location close to Montpelier and Interstate 89 make it an ideal getaway.
The small towns of Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston, and Moretown have something for everyone. Each unique, they together offer many local shops and restaurants. The Valley Players, located in Waitsfield, provide theatrical entertainment year-round. The Green Mountain Cultural Center at The Round Barn in Waitsfield also hosts exhibits and concerts as well as the annual Green Mountain Opera Festival. In the month of August the Valley hosts the Vermont Festival of the Arts, which includes a craft fair, photo show, open studios, concerts, performances and more.
Although known for its winter activities, the Mad River Valley is also full of things to do in the summer. Hiking ranks high on the list, with everything from short walks through North Fayston to longer trips on the Vermont’s Long Trail. Biking is also an option in the Valley. With rolling paved roads and well-maintained mountain biking trails, there is something for everyone. For water activities, the area is replete with good old-fashioned Vermont swimming holes. The rivers and streams also offer wonderful fishing.
With Sugarbush and Mad River Glen nearby, there is skiing and boarding for everyone. Sugarbush boasts skiing and riding on two mountains, offering a halfpipe and terrain park as well as long cruisers. Mad River Glen, a ski-only resort, consists of mostly un-groomed trails and the famous single chair ski lift. The Valley also offers extensive opportunities for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
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Just off of I-89, the Mad River Valley is easily accessible. Airports in Burlington, Boston, and Manchester also serve the area.