September 2018 | Preserve Our Paradise Campaign Newsletter
Last Chance for Shareholders to Double your Donation!
Only two weeks are left for Mad River Glen shareholders to maximize the impact of your donation! Join your fellow shareholders in making a gift of $500 or more and your gift will be doubled! To provide greater flexibility, your gift can be pledged over a four-year period . We've secured $150,000 in matching funds to support this initiative, thanks to the generosity of several of our donors. To date, 95 shareholders have donated over $130,000 to the match, effectively raising $260,000 including the matching funds. Let's show support for our mountain by raising the final $20,000 in the next two weeks!

To donate, visit www.preservemadriver.com/shareholder no later than October 6. Our grateful thanks to all the shareholders who have supported this match to date, your generosity is truly appreciated!
Grant Received for Free Kid's Skiing Program
The Preserve Our Paradise Campaign and General Manager Matt Lillard are proud to announce that Mad River Glen has received a $15,000 grant from the Reed Family Foundation to support an after-school free skiing program for local students. According to Matt Lillard, " The rising cost of skiing makes it difficult for kids from middle and low income families to enter the sport . This program will enable more of our local students to get outside and experience the joy and thrill of skiing." Mad River currently offers a free program for elementary school kids, and the grant will enable services to be expanded to middle and high school students as well.

The new program will run from mid-February to late March for students in Mad River Valley, Waterbury, Lincoln, and Bristol. The program will offer free all-mountain skiing from 2-4 pm on Fridays, plus extended skiing until 5 pm on the Practice Slope lift. Free rentals will be offered (subject to availability), and students can register for free instruction with MRG instructors and Race Team coaches. Parents and guardians will be able to purchase late afternoon lift tickets. Mad River Glen staff will be working with local school districts over the course of the fall to set up logistics for this exciting program.

The goal of the program is to make Mad River Glen a place where youth can get outside, feel a sense of accomplishment, and experience the camaraderie that is an essential part of skiing.  Our thanks to the Reed Family Foundation for making this program a reality!
The new wraparound deck on the Birdcage is taking shape!
The Birdcage Project is Underway!
Crews are now hard at work on renovations to the long-neglected Birdcage, thanks to some major anonymous donations that were earmarked for this project. The centerpiece of the project is the addition of a great wrap-around deck similar to the famous Basebox deck. A new energy-efficient entrance will make the interior more comfortable and inviting on those cold days. A revitalized Birdcage will be an important asset for our kid's programs and will help relieve pressure on the Basebox. This phase of the Birdcage work is expected to be completed in October.

This past summer has been the most active period yet for projects funded by the Preserve Our Paradise campaign. Other projects completed include:

  • Practice Slope lift upgrades
  • Trail crew work to our glades and trails
  • Culvert replacement and drainage work
  • New snowmaking pump and pump house, electrical and piping improvements

We're proud of what's been accomplished, but we still have a long way to go to meet our $6.5 million goal and fund our largest projects, including long-overdue renovations to the Basebox and Patrol Building, and necessary upgrades to the Birdland Lift. Your donations are needed to make these upcoming projects a reality, so please donate today!
Summer Work by the Numbers

Culvert and drainage work:
980 feet of new culvert installed
16 new culverts on 15 of our trails

Trail crew:
1,341 hours worked by the crew
Performed maintenance on 15 trails, plus the work road

General summer work:
11 people hand-mowed our trails for 10 days
The new campaign-funded Aebi mower saved ~$5,000 in operating costs
180 bales of hay
500 pounds of seed

Snowmaking improvements:
8 new electric outlets
850 feet of new electric wire
220 feet of new 4-inch pipe for the Birdcage area
360 feet of new 6-inch pipe in the Base area
6 tons of crushed rock and 10 yards of concrete for the new pump house
7 new hydrants

New pumphouse and pump, same old famous snowmaking "puddle!" The high-pressure pump will mean earlier coverage on the Practice Slope, and better coverage on the lower main mountain to supplement our famous natural snow terrain.
It's not exciting or sexy, but replacing damaged or inadequate culverts and repairing water bars is one of the most effective ways to make the best of what Mother Nature provides on our natural snow trails and minimize damage from thaws.
One of the most cost-effective uses of campaign donations is funding a summer trail crew to spruce up our legendary glades and trails.
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Upcoming MRG & Campaign Events

September 29-30
Foliage Lift Rides, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

September 30
Shareholder APR payment due

October 6
Stark Mountain Hill Climb Running Race, 8:30 am

October 6
Coop Town Meeting, 5 pm

October 6-7
Green & Gold Weekend, Foliage Lift Rides

October 7
Allen Clark Memorial Hill Climb Bike Race, 10 am

October 15
Early season pass, free kids pass and family Mad Card deadline

October 20
Mountain Work Day, 9 am

November 17
Board of Trustees Meeting, Basebox, 8 am

December 15
Last day to buy Mad Cards

More info at Mad River Glen's Event Calendar

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Campaign Cabinet

Chairs:  Annika Holtan, Eric Palola   Members at Large:  Lars Bruns, Bob Dillon, Jim Elkind, Meg Hourihan, Amory Hunnewell, Betsy Jondro, Karen Lloyd, Brandi Myers, John Nesbett, Pamela Nesbett, Penny Parson, Meg Schultz, Greg Scott, Debra Steines, John Tobin, Brooks Ware