November 2016 | Preserve Our Paradise Campaign
Preserve our Paradise

Preserve Our Paradise Campaign Newsletter

In this issue:

Phase one of snowmaking system completed
Interview with Karen Lloyd and Tom Martin
Upcoming MRG events

Phase one of snowmaking system completed

New plug in stationOne of the more important Preserve Our Paradise campaign initiatives is the complete replacement of Mad River Glen’s aging snowmaking system, which dates to the early 1980s. The snowmaking project includes two primary phases: replacement of the electrical system; and replacement of the water pipes & pump, both of which were originally scheduled for the summer of 2017.

Recently it became apparent that the old electrical system was no longer safe to operate, and required immediate replacement. A decision was made by the Board of Trustees to expedite the first phase of the project and replace the electrical system this fall. Excavation for the new cables began in late October, only a few weeks after the problem was identified, and has just been fully completed. All electrical components for the system have been replaced except for the S turns, which will be replaced at a later date. Along the side of the trails you’ll now see new plug-in stations which resemble electric car charging stations.

Race Hill after snowmaking workThis marks the most significant campaign-related project to date and demonstrates the importance of the campaign to Mad River. Of the $140,000 allocated to the project, $103,788 in committed restricted funds will be available to reimburse Mad River for the project costs. The remainder will be reimbursed when additional campaign funds become available. We’d like to thank those generous donors who made this essential snowmaking project possible. With the support of Mad River’s loyal community, many other important projects will be completed in the coming years, enabling Mad River Glen to still provide one of the most exceptional and distinctive ski experiences to be found anywhere!

Trail work nearly complete

Interview with Karen Lloyd and Tom Martin

Recently we talked to longtime Mad River Glen skiers Karen Lloyd and Tom Martin, who are volunteers and have made a family pledge to the Preserve Our Paradise campaign.

The Lloyd Martin familyCan you tell us a bit about the history of your family and Mad River Glen?

Karen: My Dad, Herb Lloyd, started skiing at Mad River Glen in 1952 and was one of the early members of the Ramapo Mountain Ski Club. He bought property with another family on Schuss Pass, and eventually in 1963 built a house with my mother Helga. It was one of the first houses built on Schuss Pass.  My Dad served on the ski patrol for 38 years, and skiing was ingrained into the fabric of my family as a young girl.  We would drive up every Friday night from New York and have to wait until he had finished the patrol sweep on Sunday before heading back home. I raced with GMVS back when they trained at Mad River.  We eventually tore down the original house and put up the timber frame house that’s there now.
What drew your family to Mad River?
Karen: My Dad loved to ski, and skied many places throughout New York and Vermont. His first time skiing at Mad River left a lasting impression.  He recalled that Mad River wasn’t an easy place to get to. The interstates hadn’t been built yet and what is now Route 17 was a dirt road that ended at the parking lot. Even with just the single chair as the only lift on the mountain back then, it was still the place he wanted to ski.
How has Mad River been an important part of your family experience?
Karen: As soon as I could walk, my parents had me on skis at Mad River and we wanted to do the same with our girls.  We love the community. It’s a safe haven where our kids have grown up exploring the outdoors, skiing alone with friends, developing independence and friendships that other places don’t afford.  They’re now 12 and 15 years old, our younger daughter is on the freeride team, and our older daughter bombs around the mountain with her posse of friends.
What is your favorite trail or glade?
Karen: Simple, it’s Lynx to Beaver.
Tom: When the snow is good, Woodbox off the double.
Any experiences you’ve had at Mad River that really stand out, good or bad?
Karen: No matter what the conditions, I love getting out on the mountain whether it’s on skis or hiking up on snowshoes.  The pub has been a central place for us to end the day with friends sharing a beer and telling stories. There’s such a great sense of community there.
Tom: I love being able to just disappear into the woods. Every weekend I’m out poking around, I feel like it’s this magical playground. One of my most memorable days was this past winter. I skinned across from Sugarbush with a friend in the falling light. The entire ridge and sky was a glow in pinks and oranges. We finished at the top of the Single watching the sun go down. Pure magic!
Can you talk about why you got involved in the campaign?
Tom: We realize that this place might not be around forever, and when we ask our girls what their favorite places in the world are, Mad River is one of them.
Karen: Our girls are third generation skiers and we want this legacy to continue well into the future.  So we felt this deserves our support, and being part of the campaign was a way to let other people know this is something worth doing.
What would you say to anyone considering supporting the campaign?
Tom: For any place that holds a special place in your heart, what role do you play in supporting it? At what level are you willing to see a place like Mad River disappear, however remote that chance may be? What level of commitment – and it doesn’t have to be big – are you willing to put forth to recognize that there aren’t many places like this left and they continue to disappear?
Any final thoughts?
Tom: We have traveled a fair amount over the course of our lives and we’ve skied much of the West, and we can always pick out the places that have that sense of belonging. As impressive as Two Elks Lodge is at the top of Vail, or the skier services at Whistler, it doesn’t feel like home, it doesn’t have the same sense that I feel here. Mad River is a place you always feel good coming back to.

We live for this

Upcoming MRG events

December 10
Board of Trustees Meeting, 8:00 am

December 10
MRG Ski Season Launch Party, 3:00 pm

December 15
Last day to purchase Mad Cards

December 31
First day of season-long kid's programs, 9:30 am

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

January 14
Board of Trustees Meeting, 5:00 pm

January 16
MRG Family Tournament, registration 8:30 am

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 Tobin, Brooks Ware
Look for our next newsletter in January!

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