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Mad River Rocket acquires 250-acre playground



Mad River Rocket, the Warren-based sled maker, has attained access to a 250-acre north-facing mountain slope near Prickly Mountain in Warren.  

Company employees are currently building access roads and sledding trails complete with log rail slides and cliffs. 

"When complete we will have the world's first rocket sled park. Aside from making sleds, this will be the focal point of our season. It will be our R&D test facility and the home of all things sledding. While building the park we are making every effort to make as little impact as possible while using any timber cut as features within the park. There will be a sledder-cross trail for races as well as huge jumps for the big air comps," said company president Whitney Phillips.


"Upon completion you will be able to enjoy a ride to the top on a passenger-carrying snowmobile. Take in the views of The Valley from the top and enjoy 1,211 feet of vertical glade slope back down to the pickup. You can cruise through huge maples in the best glades in the state or look for some of the cliff bands that are scattered   throughout. Down near the bottom you will find jumps, rails and amazing features made from cut timbers," he explained.

Phillips said that the land is under a conservation/logging easement which allows recreational uses and required that it be managed for timber. Accordingly, the land needs to be selectively harvested and, as part of that harvest, a logging road and staging area will be created.


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