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Unconventional Terrain Comp Awes Crowd at MRG



Mad River Glen's Unconventional Terrain Competition took place this past Saturday, February 9, and provided some fantastic skiing on Lift Line below Mad River's Single Chair including a descent over the legendary Tower 10 cliff band. Mother Nature helped out with new snow the day before the event. The competition was the first of three events in the Mad River Glen Triple Crown Competition Series.  

The Unconventional Terrain competition is a test of the skier's ability to conquer Mad River's legendary expert terrain, considered some of the most challenging ski terrain in New England. Judging for the event is based on smoothness, creativity, turn quality and difficulty of line.  

Mad River Glen freestyle coach Andy Weiss grabbed first place in the Men's Alpine Division with a smooth and aggressive run down the grueling course. Reigning Triple Crown champion Silas Ayers snatched second place with Warren's own, Matt Groom, taking third. The "Unconventional Mom," Annika Holtan, took first place in the Women's Division followed hard on her heels by youngsters Bethany Preuss and Brie Pike-Springer. Paul Lesure's aggressive run won him first place in the men's telemark division. Dave Bouchard grabbed second with Dylan Cutler placing third

With one Triple Crown event down and two to go the race to determine Mad River's best skiers is beginning to take shape. The Triple Crown awards ceremony will take place after the Mogul Challenge on March 15. For more information on the Triple Crown visit the Mad River website at

Vertical Challenge at MRG
The Mad River Glen Vertical Challenge will take place this Friday, February 15.  The event challenges competitors to ski as many runs as they can on Mad River's famous Single Chair in one day. To make things even tougher, the competitors are required to ski directly under the chair, a route that cascades down Chute and Lift Line, two of Mad River Glen's most difficult trails. Olympic racer Doug Lewis and Mad River Glen ski patroller Tiger Baird set the record of 28 runs, or 57,036 vertical feet, in the 1999 contest. Will the new, faster Single Chair enable this record to fall? Come out on Friday to see.

The Vertical Challenge is the second leg of Mad River Glen's Triple Crown Series, designed to determine Stark Mountain's best all-around skiers. Registration will take place on the third floor of the Basebox lodge from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The contest begins promptly with the first chair at 9 a.m. and competitors can load the lift until the last chair at 4 p.m. The awards ceremony will take place in General Stark's Pub at 4:45 p.m. For more information or to register for the event, visit the Mad River Glen website at or call 496-3551.


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