Mad River is a REALLY cool place. Even when the snow isn't great it's worth the trip. And it's not outrageously expensive because it's not owned by a corporation. When the snow is good this place is AMAZING. I've gone when it's been awful snow, and i've been for 2 foot dumps and i've loved it every time. A really laid-back place for skiers who just want to ski (gapers need not come) and have a good time. Also, no snowboarders makes it all that much better.