The only news coming out of Mad River Glen is that there is no news, and that's how its 1,800 ski-hard shareholders like it. In fact, the closest thing to an upgrade happened in 2007, when Mad River renovated its legendary single-chairthe last in the lower 48with an electric motor. Everything else remains the same. Which is to say, untamed. Steep trails follow the mountain's fall lines, huck-worthy boulders abound in the glades, and lurching lifts ensure that slopes never get crowded. Showboat down the bump-rutted Chute, beneath the lift's highly opinionated audience, then nurse your bruised ego over a pint of Magic Hat's Single Chair Ale at the General Stark's Pub. Midweek lift tickets, $39; weekend tickets, $62; madriverglen.com
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