Mad River Valley Guidebook

Renee And Matthew
Renee And Matthew
Mad River Valley Guidebook

Skiing

This mountain has it all. All skier services available at any large resort are available at Lincoln Peak. The terrain is fantastic, offering something for every skier’s ability. This is also the most expensive skiing option in the valley and can be extremely crowded on holiday weekends. This is the best option for skiers completely new to the sport as they have a very long magic carpet.
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Sugarbush Resort
1840 Sugarbush Access Road
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This mountain has it all. All skier services available at any large resort are available at Lincoln Peak. The terrain is fantastic, offering something for every skier’s ability. This is also the most expensive skiing option in the valley and can be extremely crowded on holiday weekends. This is the best option for skiers completely new to the sport as they have a very long magic carpet.

Many locals ski Mount Ellen because it is often the quietest of the three mountains and it packs all the punch of the other two areas (particularly if you know where to go). Discount tickets are available mid-week. This mountain is great for kids/novices once they can ride the lift.
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Sugarbush Resort at Mt. Ellen
626 Mount Ellen Road
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Many locals ski Mount Ellen because it is often the quietest of the three mountains and it packs all the punch of the other two areas (particularly if you know where to go). Discount tickets are available mid-week. This mountain is great for kids/novices once they can ride the lift.


Hiking

This makes a great hike or snowshoe trek accessible from down the lane, a short walk from our driveway. Wu Ledges is a series of cliffs that can be reached by hiking 20 minutes west of the house. From the cliff there’s a great view of the ski resorts and the Mad River Valley. Be cautious as it can be very difficult to navigate in these woods and there is not a good map that marks the location of the cliff. It is important to carry water and leave yourself plenty of time before dark if attempting this hike for the first time. The trail head can be found down the lane past the brown house and before the second house on the right. From here it is a straight shot 10 to 15 minutes to the cliff (estimated coordinates: 44.175600, -72.824700).
Wu Ledges Forest
This makes a great hike or snowshoe trek accessible from down the lane, a short walk from our driveway. Wu Ledges is a series of cliffs that can be reached by hiking 20 minutes west of the house. From the cliff there’s a great view of the ski resorts and the Mad River Valley. Be cautious as it can be very difficult to navigate in these woods and there is not a good map that marks the location of the cliff. It is important to carry water and leave yourself plenty of time before dark if attempting this hike for the first time. The trail head can be found down the lane past the brown house and before the second house on the right. From here it is a straight shot 10 to 15 minutes to the cliff (estimated coordinates: 44.175600, -72.824700).

This is a lovely two hour out-and-back hike on the long trail south from Lincoln gap. Great view! Great hike for the family.
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Sunset Ledge Trail Head
3573 Lincoln Gap Rd
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This is a lovely two hour out-and-back hike on the long trail south from Lincoln gap. Great view! Great hike for the family.

The trails are well marked and maintained. Sugarbush has some fantastic lift serviced hiking terrain to allow you the experience of hiking at higher altitudes without the climb.
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Sugarbush Resort
1840 Sugarbush Access Road
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The trails are well marked and maintained. Sugarbush has some fantastic lift serviced hiking terrain to allow you the experience of hiking at higher altitudes without the climb.


Waterfalls

Very accessible and scenic waterfall. Located right on route 100 south of Warren in Granville Gulf. Be sure to stop on your way out of town.
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Moss Glen Falls
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Very accessible and scenic waterfall. Located right on route 100 south of Warren in Granville Gulf. Be sure to stop on your way out of town.

By far the most picturesque waterfalls in the area. Beautiful green pools of water in rock basins with high walls cascade one to the next. In summer this area can be very crowded with swimmers who come to jump from the cliffs into the pools. Parking is very difficult in summer. It is best to come early in the morning or in the shoulder seasons. Located on route 100 just south of the town of Warren. Not open in winter.
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Warren Falls
3919 VT-100
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By far the most picturesque waterfalls in the area. Beautiful green pools of water in rock basins with high walls cascade one to the next. In summer this area can be very crowded with swimmers who come to jump from the cliffs into the pools. Parking is very difficult in summer. It is best to come early in the morning or in the shoulder seasons. Located on route 100 just south of the town of Warren. Not open in winter.


Swimming

This is our favorite swimming hole! Located just adjacent to the covered bridge in downtown Waitsfield. There is a beach area with pebbles and sand. Teenagers often jump from the bridge and from rocks into the water. The Sweet Spot ice cream parlor is nearby. This swimming hole can be easily reached using the bikes in the garage.
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Waitsfield Covered Bridge
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This is our favorite swimming hole! Located just adjacent to the covered bridge in downtown Waitsfield. There is a beach area with pebbles and sand. Teenagers often jump from the bridge and from rocks into the water. The Sweet Spot ice cream parlor is nearby. This swimming hole can be easily reached using the bikes in the garage.

Blueberry Lake is wonderful for children. The water tends to warm up quicker than the water in the river. Water is also very shallow and calm, making it perfect for small children. This is a popular place for canoeing.
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Blueberry Lake
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Blueberry Lake is wonderful for children. The water tends to warm up quicker than the water in the river. Water is also very shallow and calm, making it perfect for small children. This is a popular place for canoeing.
Lareau Swimming Hole: This is a very comfortable swimming area. There’s plenty of parking and a large grassy area and beach area to relax. The water is calm and there is a nice rock to jump from.
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The Lareau Park
6051 VT-100
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Lareau Swimming Hole: This is a very comfortable swimming area. There’s plenty of parking and a large grassy area and beach area to relax. The water is calm and there is a nice rock to jump from.


Mountain Biking

There is fantastic mountain biking by Blueberry Lake. There are several long loops of variable difficulty including a great beginner trail. There is some technical riding on the advanced loops but all trails are marked appropriately. Ending your ride with a quick dip in the lake can make for a perfect summer day!
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Blueberry Lake
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There is fantastic mountain biking by Blueberry Lake. There are several long loops of variable difficulty including a great beginner trail. There is some technical riding on the advanced loops but all trails are marked appropriately. Ending your ride with a quick dip in the lake can make for a perfect summer day!

Fantastic lift-served downhill mountain biking! Visit the website for more information.
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Sugarbush Resort
1840 Sugarbush Access Road
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Fantastic lift-served downhill mountain biking! Visit the website for more information.
Trail head accessible down the lane from the property
Wu Ledges Forest
Trail head accessible down the lane from the property

Golf

18-hole professional course with driving range and all expected facilities. Beautiful mountain course offering views of the mad river valley and the ski resorts. Great clubhouse with tavern. Carts available.
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Golf Club at Sugarbush Resort
1091 Golf Course Road
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18-hole professional course with driving range and all expected facilities. Beautiful mountain course offering views of the mad river valley and the ski resorts. Great clubhouse with tavern. Carts available.
6-hole par 3 course just off Palmar Lane. Essentially, our neighbor built his own course. This is open to the public; just set up a tee time on the website (www.woodchuckgolf.com). Free if you make a donation to charity.
Woodchuck Golf
265 Palmer Ln
6-hole par 3 course just off Palmar Lane. Essentially, our neighbor built his own course. This is open to the public; just set up a tee time on the website (www.woodchuckgolf.com). Free if you make a donation to charity.

Miscellaneous Activities

20 minute drive from the house. Fun factory tour.
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Ben & Jerry’s
1281 Waterbury Stowe Rd
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20 minute drive from the house. Fun factory tour.
Bounce houses for kids, trampolines, pool, hot tub, rock gym
Sugarbush Health & Recreation Center (SHaRC)
148 Sports Center Dr
Bounce houses for kids, trampolines, pool, hot tub, rock gym
Tasting room in Waitsfield, VT
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Lawson’s Finest Liquids
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Tasting room in Waitsfield, VT
Outdoor ice skating in Waitsfield, VT
Skatium Ice Rink
40 Slow Road
Outdoor ice skating in Waitsfield, VT
This is awesome! We definitely recommend this! Saturday mornings, spring through fall, 9 am - 1 pm
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Waitsfield Farmers Market
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This is awesome! We definitely recommend this! Saturday mornings, spring through fall, 9 am - 1 pm
You can make a reservation for a trail ride on their website.
Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm
3061 N Fayston Rd
You can make a reservation for a trail ride on their website.
Usually 2 movies showing at a time.
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Big Picture Theater & Cafe
48 Carroll Road
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Usually 2 movies showing at a time.