What happened to Mad River in 2007? We've been loyal patrons for years, but this year so much changed. Lift and pass rates raised so dramatically, most of our friends now make the trek to Holiday Valley, New York. If they're going to pay a steep price, they'll drive farther to ski and ride a bigger hill. Mad River did add 2 new blue runs, but we avoid them as snowboarders congregate across the top and you can't get around the sitting people to ski down. Could mad river at least post a sign against blocking traffic by sitting right off the lift or in the middle of the run? I've yet to see a staff person ask anyone to move. I don't think most snowboarders realize it's inconsiderate because it's what everyone does. Why doesn't Mad River simply install a bar right at the bottom of the lift and across the top of the slope? I can't get by anyway, might as well have a coke and some peanuts while I wait.
We tried to resolve the wall of sitting people problem by skiing weekdays and off times, but we can't always ski then. But, this practice is much too unsafe to ski peak times. We've decided to give up and next year ski a better value resort with better control over their slopes. We will miss you, Mad River Mountain!
Mad river has much going for it. Nice size runs for Ohio, a great place to learn, and close to home. We love midnight madness to ski late into the night on weekends. But we don't see people we know this year due to the price increase, so for the first time in years won't be renewing our passes next year. Suddenly our ski friends are talking about New York, West Virginia and even Vermont as better alternatives, we've reluctantly decided the drive must be worth it. Skiing is an expensive sport, but one we love so we'll spend money doing it. But, after we work hard we want to have fun, not negotiate a round of "Red Rover" at the top of every slope while paying almost as much per ticket as the big eastern resorts. The solid wall of sitting snowboarders will just have to do without blocking us next year.