If you've never skied Vermont's Mad River Glen, you may be missing out on a North American classic with a personality unlike any you'll find on the planet. 

That could have to do with the fact that this ski area has maintained its down-to-Earth vibe since initial trails were cut in 1947. Or maybe it's that the mountain is skier-owned, literally, via the Mad River Glen Cooperative—a stake in which will cost you $50 per month.

With trees, challenge and charm tucked into every nook and cranny, we'll chalk it up to the impression left on our Senior Photographer, Liam Doran: "It's like stepping back to a time when it was all about skiing, adventure, friends and family." You can't beat that.

 

PHOTO GALLERY: A LITTLE SLICE OF SKI HISTORY/HEAVEN