Earn-Your-Turns Roundtable

MRVTV Recording

MRVBC, in collaboration with the Catamount Trail Association and Sugarbush Resort, are proud to host the 4th annual Mad River Valley Earn-Your-Turns Roundtable. We are anticipating another interesting and lively discussion this year, with a deep-dive into a range of topics.

Date: December 9, 2022

Time: 6:00 to 9:00PM

Location: Castlerock Pub, Sugarbush, Warren, VT

Description: Interest in backcountry skiing and riding continues to increase in Vermont. Backcountry organizations have established “managed backcountry ski zones'' throughout the State. Opportunities are beginning to emerge for the creation of managed BC zones in and around the Valley, however, many in our community have concerns about possible ecological and neighborly impacts. With this and other recreational uses in mind, a new group (MRV Conservation and Recreation Visioning Committee) has come together to define a "Gold Standard'' that attempts to balance outdoor recreation with protection of our natural resources.

  • What would Gold Standard BC zones look like in the Valley?

  • How can we support this type of recreation while balancing environmental and neighborly concerns?

  • What can we do to foster inclusion in the sport, and how does it inform our definition of Gold Standard BC zones?

  • How does backcountry safety fit into the mix?


  • Kate Wanner - Trust for Public Land

  • Kathryn Wrigley - Vermont Forest, Parks, and Recreation

  • David Goodman - Author (Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast)

  • Norm Staunton - VT Adaptive Ski and Sport

  • Zac Freeman - Trail Builder (Apex Trailworks)

  • Walker Randal - MRV Ambulance Service


  • 6:00 - Doors open

  • 6:15 - Uphill Policy Update (SB + MRG)

  • 6:30 - Roundtable: intro + presentation

  • 6:45 - Questions from the Moderator

  • 7:20 - Q&A from the audience

  • 8:00 - End of Roundtable discussion

  • 8:00 - 9:00 - Social Hour

Hosted by the Mad River Valley Backcountry Coalition and Catamount Trail Association

Thanks to Sugarbush Resort and MRVBC's Annual Sponsors for their support!