This mountain attracts a very down-to-earth, no fuss clientle. No one cares what you are wearing or whether you are using the latest hip equipment/gear. They are more interested in skiing the mix of challenging and scenic trails & terrain. The staff is polite & helpful, the lift capacity good, and the trails & lift lines (esp. at Mt. Ellen) are relatively uncrowded even during holiday periods. The nearby town of Waitsfield is very authentic Vermont with minimal development, good local restaurants and bars, and a great earthy, hippy vibe. Lodging is low-key and relatively affordable vs. other ski towns. You also have the benefit of Mad River Glen close by. Summer/fall is also great in Mad River Valley with nearby hikes such as Camel's Hump.