On February 15, the Skiing for Scholars program launched at Mad River Glen. This innovative program works to afford local kids the opportunity to enjoy the sport of skiing. It is available to all students enrolled in the Mad River Valley, Waterbury, Bristol, and Lincoln area schools. The program offers free skiing on Friday afternoons, free rentals of equipment, and free instruction with the Mad River Ski School and coaches from the Mad River Ski Club. The program was funded by a grant from the Reed Family Foundation.