Waitsfield Travel Guide

Proprietors David and Melanie Leppla twirl hot glass into fantastical shapes in their basement workshop, visible from the ground-floor showroom where their finished bowls, vases, and objets d’art are sold.

Visitors can watch as Ulrike Tessmer throws and fires her sturdy, traditional stoneware, a trade she learned in Hamburg.

Mad River Glen is an obstinate throwback. It is owned cooperatively by shareholders whose vehicles are plastered with red-and-white ski it if you can bumper stickers. Mad River Glen has no snowmaking equipment. Boarding is banned.