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.