ZANESFIELD — Snowboarding in May?
This is one of those rare years for Mad River Mountain, which is coming off one of the longer winter seasons in recent memory that featured numerous snowstorms and more than 20 ski- and snowboard-focused events.
It is hosting one more: An on-snow rail jam on Sunday.
“We only closed March 17 due to business levels on the slopes, not because of the lack of snow. Actually on March 25 we picked up an additional 5 inches and could have been skiing into April, without a doubt,” said Greg Fisher, general manager for Mad River Mountain.
Sunday’s event is being billed as the Cinco de Mayo Sessions. It will be held on the Sugarbush Trail, about 200 feet up from from the base of the ski resort. At the close of the season, Mad River Mountain farmed two of its largest terrain park jumps together into an insulated mound to keep the amount of snow necessary to host the event. Thursday afternoon, a groomer was out on the snow pushing the giant pile out to a 2-foot deep by 40-foot wide by 275-foot long stripe of snow down the now very green hillside.
Those wishing to ski or snowboard from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday must pay $10 and sign a waiver. The $10 entry fee will benefit Mad River Mountain’s 100-percent volunteer ski patrol department.
“Our ski patrol has over 100 members, and each off-season we host a number of fundraising events to cover the costs of uniforms, training and other various dues,” said ski patrol director, Troy Green.
In addition to the on-snow activities Mad River Mountain will also have barbecue fare and beverages available for those enjoying the May snow.