Sugarbush Resort has taken the lead in establishing easements for the Mad River Path by agreeing to sign an easement with the Mad River Path Association. The easement will permanently protect the Mad River Snowmaking Pond section of the Path. This section is located west of the Kingsbury Iron Bridge, takes a left off the Pond access road south of the gate, and traverses along the hillside and western side of the pond.
"This section was constructed by a Vermont Youth Conservation Corps crew in 2004 and is well constructed and stable," stated Jason Lisai, vice-president of planning and development for Sugarbush.
In 2006, a Yestermorrow design/build class constructed an open-sided shelter for Path users to sit and relax. "This is a great section of the Path," added Lisai. Mad River Path Association and Mad River Valley Planning District officials are encouraged about the ability to get easements for additional sections of the Mad River Path.
The Mad River Path is becoming a multi-modal means of transportation around The Valley. In many places, it follows the Mad River and offers views of The Valley's agricultural and rural character. The path is used heavily by bikers, walkers and runners.
Landowners along the Mad River Path have been generous in allowing the path to be built on their land and in giving consideration to a permanent easement. Permanent easements allow the Path Association to apply for grants that would not otherwise fund development of a path.