Skinning Is For The Dogs

Filed Under (Mountain Snapshots, Mountain Updates) by admin on 30-09-2011

We have spent all summer talking about the Red Chair, but have failed to mention another great way up.  Magic has a very friendly skinning policy, more so than most ski areas in the East.

Now we all know the purists love their tech inserts, but I was lucky enough to grab a pair of Marker Barron’s a few seasons back.  Long ago when Magic’s snow surface was not as reliable as it is today, we learned to be resourceful.  I thought the A/T bindings would add variety on the days that skiing is confined to blue cruiser runs.  In the east, those days happen.

My first skin was from Timberside to the top of the Red Chair.  This was a whole new way to experience Magic. My crew created a fantastic adventure out of what would have been an average ski day with marginal conditions.

Four years later the majority of my touring is relegated to Magic as time is tight and I like to spend my weekends around the hill.  I have found however that skins are quite versitile. Last season on most Saturdays, I made a habit of taking my mutt Lexi and her friends Piper and Baxter for a 4:00 lap.  They love to run up and down and I manage to work off at least two beers in advance of hitting Goniff’s.  Most importantly, I get one extra run and some time to reflect upon the great ski day I just had.

Southern Vermont had a windstorm last President’s Weekend and most mountains were without Power.  Another great opportunity for the skins to help make lemonade out of lemons.  Rumor has it they are also handy for a dawn patrol run powder run, if you can get up that early. In sum I have learned that touring can be whatever you want it to be.  For those who are not ready to summit the Eiger, Magic is a great place to enjoy touring.  Mix it in with your regular day or take a side country adventure.  Do it because we are lucky to have a mountain that encourages going up hill as well as down.

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