The Wall Street journal named Mad River Glen one of four world class ski resorts that won't break your bank account. 

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Also included on the list were the Purgatory Resort in Colorado, Bridger Bowl in Montana, and Whitewater Ski Area in British Columbia.

Here are a couple of takeaways from the Journal article:

SKIERS ARE FINDING that the cost of their beloved sport has shot way up, as winter resorts woo visitors with extravagant extras, from heated gondolas and maniacally groomed slopes to designer chalets and five-star eateries. While some skiers welcome the new amenities, others long for the old days of world-class skiing at attainable prices.

Happily, for those unwilling to cough up the GDP of a small nation for a ski trip, at these four highly regarded resorts, the cost of a vacation, and even the lift tickets, won’t freeze you out.

Ski-cooperative Mad River Glen in Waitsfield, Vt., is a legend in American ski culture, with expert terrain, over 2,000 feet of vertical and a heritage-rich, family-friendly atmosphere.

Unlike at many U.S. ski areas, daily skier numbers are capped and leisurely lifts let ascending skiers take in the view. The spiffed-up base lodge remains the central hub to recharge and warm up, and retrieve belongings casually left on hooks all day. Day lift ticket from $49.