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World's Scariest Ski Slopes

Paradise, Mad River Glen, VT

The Ride: An icon of New England–style extreme terrain, Paradise starts with a plunge off an eight-foot cliff—then morphs into a windy, super-steep trough that snakes between trees, around rocks, and often (since it’s never groomed) through both thick snowdrifts and sheer patches of ice. The upside: when you go cartwheeling into the woods, you won’t have to worry about hitting any snowmaking hydrants.

Insider Trivia: Mad River is the only cooperatively owned ski area in the U.S.

See our ultimate ski guide.

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