I'm thinking about going to MRG next weekend (also considering Sugarbush), and I was curious about how difficult it is compared to places like Gore/Whiteface. I know about the reputation it has, but how does something like Rumor/Lies compare to the average black diamond at MRG? Want to make sure I'm not getting in over my head.
There is plenty you'll be able to ski. If you get there and feel like you're in over your head on the single chair side, just move to the other lifts. The "Ski it if you can" istickers are just brilliant guerilla marketing. There's plenty of intermediate terrain
I think MRG is hard, especially for someone that skis at "normal" mountains. Even if some trails get groomed on the double side, there's a lot of vertical, and it will tire you out. Antelope is a tough ski when it's snowy and bumped!
Rumor and Lies are like nothing at MRG. They're way wider and way more manicured, with man made snow, not natural. Every diamond at Mad River is like Gunbarrel or Lower Steilhang with 4 headwalls instead of 1. The Glades at MRG are like the first path on Chatiemac glades (the one with the frozen waterfall on skier's left).
It's a tough mountain. You can ski it, sure, but don't underestimate it. It'll tire you out and beat you down. Then you'll go back for more because it's also awesome.
Yeah, the hard stuff is harder for sure, especially if you're not used to skiing natural conditions but we can agree that if the hard stuff turns out to be too hard he'll be able to find other easier stuff to ski. It's not like the whole place is off-the-charts dangerous.
Also, Sugarbush is awesome as well
How's your bump skiing? There's always a groomer down, but to really enjoy the mountain you should at least be able to ski bumps at some level. Go regardless however, it's a skiing mecca and a right of passage. Be careful though, it's addictive, be prepared to jones to go back.