November 2015 | Preserve Our Paradise Campaign
Preserve our Paradise


Preserve Our Paradise Campaign Newsletter

Welcome to the November issue of Mad River Glen’s newsletter for supporters, contributors, volunteers, staff, and anyone interested in learning more about the Preserve Our Paradise campaign. In this issue:

The Skier Safety and Services Initiative
Campaign Updates
FAQ of the Month
Upcoming MRG Events

The Skier Safety & Services Initiative

A new home for MRG's legendary patrol – and more!

As we mentioned in the September issue, the Mad River Board of Trustees and management have identified four key areas of need to be addressed by the campaign: Mountain Preservation; Skier Safety & Services; Youth & Family Development; and Community Preservation. This issue will focus on the second initiative, which proposes the construction of a new multi-use Skier Safety & Services Center to replace the current rundown, inadequate, and inefficient former maintenance shed.

Safety and Skier Services BuildingFor the Ski Patrol, the building will include a new trauma area to enhance emergency care, four private treatment beds, improved ambulance loading area, and gear space for 60 volunteer patrol members. The Ski School will gain essential gear storage for 85 ski school instructors, and a lunch area will be provided for both patrol and instructors to provide a better work environment and relieve Base Box crowding. In addition, the building will expand seasonal rental locker capacity and free up much-needed additional space for the Rental & Repair Shop. The simple and efficient 4,400 square foot, two-story, net zero-ready building will serve the needs of the Patrol, Ski School, and Mad River's skiers for years to come.

Our January 2016 issue will cover the Youth & Family Development initiative. We welcome your comments and thoughts about the campaign at  

MRG patrol

Campaign Updates

The very first project funded by early contributions to the Preserve our Paradise Campaign is nearing completion — a rebuilt Patrol/warming hut at the top of the Sunnyside Double chair lift. The campaign covered the cost of the building materials, and true to Mad River's strong community spirit, the structure has been built with labor donated by members of the Patrol. This modest start is just the first of many improvements to Mad River that will be funded by the campaign in coming years.
New Double hut

Over the past year, the campaign cabinet has organized a series of intimate awareness meetings at private residences to build early support for the campaign and obtain feedback on the initiatives. Recently, Perry Palmedo hosted an event at his family's house on Upper Mountain Road. The weather was remarkably warm, the foliage spectacular and guests enjoyed the deck before the sun went down. Perry is the great-grandson of Roland Palmedo, founder of Mad River. Future events are currently being planned for Boston and Rhode Island. A hearty thanks to the generous hosts of these informative events!
Palmedo awareness event

FAQ of the Month

Why is Mad River Glen turning to philanthropy for major capital improvements?

The Mad River Glen Cooperative has achieved financial stability by going its own way and staying true to its founding mission, but the Cooperative’s modest annual profits are not adequate to fund the mountain’s long-term capital needs. Other ski areas rely on massive capital investment that is funded through sources of non-ski revenue such as real estate development. This model is neither feasible nor in keeping with the Cooperative’s mission to preserve a traditional ski experience, leaving philanthropy as the only realistic option. The Mad River Glen Cooperative is partnering with the nonprofit Stark Mountain Foundation in order to provide a fully-tax deductible channel for all donations. In order to enable thoughtful contributions, pledges to the campaign can be distributed over a six-year period.
Mad River base at night

Upcoming MRG Events

November 14
Co-op Board of Trustees Meeting, 8 am

November 21
Big Kicker Celebration at American Flatbread, Waitsfield, 5 pm

December 12
Co-op Board of Trustees Meeting, 8 am

December 31
MRG New Year's Family Celebration, 6:30 pm

January 2, 2016
First day of season long kid's programs

More info at Mad River Glen's Event Calendar
Campaign Cabinet

Chair: Annika Holtan    Members at Large: Lars Bruns, Bob Dillon, Jim Elkind, Meg Hourihan, Betsy Jondro, Karen Lloyd, John Nesbett, Pamela Nesbett, Eric Palola, Penny Parson, Greg Scott, Debra Steines, John Stetson, John Tobin, Brooks Ware, Jamey Wimble
Look for our next newsletter in January!

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