Almanac: Mad River Valley, Vt.

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Including Waitsfield, Fayston and Warren

Population 3,500
Average Age 38
Elevation Sugarbush, 4,135 feet; Mad River Glen, 3,637 feet
Median Home Price $180,000-$200,000 for a single-family dwelling, depending on the town
Median Country Home Price $126,000
Tax On Median-Priced Home $2,000 to $4,000, depending on town Main Business Tourism, Mad River Canoe, Waitsfield Telecom
Ski Area Vertical Sugarbush, 2,650 feet; Mad River Glen, 2,037 feet
Ski Area Acres Of Trails Sugarbush, 432; Mad River Glen, 115
Average Snowfall Sugarbush, 282 inches; Mad River Glen, 250 inches
Adult Season Pass Sugarbush, $1,099; Mad River Glen, $620
Adult Lift Ticket Sugarbush, $47; Mad River Glen, $34
Best Local Events (Winter) Mad River Carnival, Valley Triathlon (Summer) BrewFest, Valley Horse Show
Local Hangouts All in Waitsfield: Mad Mountain Tavern (live bands, pool, darts, great dancing); John Egan's Big World Pub and Grill (upscale pub food, pool, darts); The Hyde Away (hearty American cuisine, pool, darts)
Best Places To Stay The Inn at the Round Barn (upscale inn with commanding views), (802) 496-2276; Lareau Farm Country Inn (mid-priced inn located on Mad River), (802) 496-4949; Wait Farm Motor Inn (low budget, basic but clean), (802) 496-2033; Mad River Barn (moderately priced ski lodge located halfway between Mad River Glen and Sugarbush Resort), (800) 631-0466
Chamber Of Commerce Sugarbush Chamber of Commerce, Route 100, PO Box 173, Waitsfield, Vt., 05673. Phone: (802) 496-3409. Internet: www.sugarbushchamber.org