In case you were wondering, resorts in snowier areas typically get at least 10 times as much true snow — or snow produced naturally — as Mad River Mountain. Mt. Baker Ski Area, located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington State, currently holds the record for snowiest season on record. During their 1998-99 season, they reportedly got 1,140 inches (for quick math, that’s 95 feet).
Recovered from a fire
The resort suffered a big loss in 2015 when a fire destroyed the locale’s well-known, historic lodge.
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A new $6.5 million lodge was built in its place and opened to the public in 2016. The new building can seat up to 1,100 visitors and features more spacious amenities than its predecessor, including a full kitchen and a loft bar. It also has stained glass windows in a tribute to the old lodge.
Some instructors use Mad River Mountain as a venue to train budding winter athletes. In the 1980s, Austrian Olympic silver medalist Josefine “Putzi” Frandl taught skiing at the resort. She won her medal in the giant slalom at the 1956 Winter Olympics, which took place in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. She presently lives in Colorado.
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