Black Chair Work Begins

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 23-08-2010

Work started last week to get the Black Chair back on line.  The Vermont lift inspector was on site to identify which sheave assemblies need repair.  For those who don’t know about lifts here is what is going on:

Groups of wheels on the towers are called sheave assemblies.  These assemblies are attached to the towers on posts.  The sleeve that lines the hole where the post fits in the assembly can wear out from rocking back and forth each year.

The Black Chair has four of these that have worn out.  The four assemblies will be taken down and sent to a machine shop to have new sleeves pressed in.  These pictures show the assemblies being prepared for removal.

Working with the lift inspector, the Mountain hopes to have the Black Chair spinning this season.

Work Starts On Groomer #2

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 18-08-2010

With most of the snowmaking work complete, a severe weather warning kept the crew off the hill for the last few days.  Attention was turned to Groomer #2, a Bombardier BR275.

Engine work was nearing completion Tuesday afternoon with attention turning to hydraulics later in the week.

If the crew can get the cat online this season it will provide redundancy and additional coverage.  Lets keep our fingers crossed that they get it going!

In addition the Red Piston Bully Groomer #1 will get a major service this summer to increase reliability.

Magic’s Resident Wizard

Filed Under (History Updates, Mountain Snapshots) by admin on 10-08-2010

If you have ever been to Magic you have to know this building.  Much like the Blue Gentian, The Alpina Haus was part of Hans Thorner’s master plan to build a Swiss Village in Southern Vermont.

Kenneth and Wilma Birdsey ran this Motel/Restaurant/Dairy Bar during Magic’s early years.  The hotel was eventually sold and renamed the Posthorn.  The Posthorn featured a restaurant and bar.  In the Late 80‘s it was sold again and renamed the Country Hare Inn and run by Bev and Wally Plachta. The inn section of the building has since been converted to apartments.

Most current Magic skiers will recognize this building as Snow Wizard’s.  Magic’s resident ski shop is run by one of the finest men in the ski industry, Dick Stillson.  Snow Wizards specializes in expert repair work and rental equipment, but has plenty of clothing, snowboards, skis and accessories to go around.  Snow Wizard’s also organizes the annual Craig Potter Memorial Black Magic Challenge, now an official Ski The East event.  Look for Snow Wizard’s new website this fall!

See what it is like to visit a ski shop where the staff takes the time to learn your name.  Think that ski has seen its day?  Bring it to Dick and watch the Wizard work his Magic.

The Trivial Pursuit of Liftlines

Filed Under (History Updates, Mountain Updates) by admin on 06-08-2010

Back in the 80’s when Magic had four lifts, the mountain suffered from a phenomenon called lift lines.  To tame the restless skiers itching for another bump run, a lifeguard chair was brought to the lift maze.

“The Liftguard” had no easy job.  His or her craft required extreme multitasking.  The Liftguard would tell which row to move forward in line all while checking tickets and shouting out Trivial Pursuit questions!  The first skier with the correct answer got a piece of candy.

If you were at Magic this season you may have experienced these lift lines returning on many weekends.  At first we did not know what to do making a line like a snake.  Suddenly these orange ropes appeared, but they were not long enough on powder days.

I for one think a “liftguard” armed with Trivial Pursuit and a bag of 100,000 Grand bars would make the wait for the powder go a little quicker.  I will kick in the pursuit set and some of my time and I think I know a few others who would too.  If you want to “liftguard” this season email savemagicvermont@gmail.com and we will see if we can work with Matt to make it happen.

Let’s bring back this great Magic tradition because at Magic, we view lift lines as a positive sign.   Keep spreading the word, its working.