43 is Enough

Filed Under (History Updates) by admin on 27-06-2012

In 1987 a little bit of Strange Magic occurred.  New owner Simon Oren waved his wand and Magic Mountain became “The Magic Mountains”.  Oren built two trails to connect Timber Ridge ski area on the back of Glebe Mountain.  With the new Timberside, Magic was now poised to compete with its larger neighbors.

During this unique period at Magic, the trail count suddenly jumped to 72 trails. The blue double transformed into a black triple chair and the mid-station disappeared.  Skiers would strut their stuff on Red Top, Redline and Red 944.  While nothing screams 1987 like a Red 944, I’m glad we just call the whole thing Redline now.

With the new connector trails, Grant Goodeve could ski from his house on Timberside to Magicside for just $15 mid-week! A day might include a warm up run on Firestar before heading over to hit Duck Jibe and a ride up the Timberside Link Chair.

Rest assured Magic has resolved its identity crisis with no intention of “tricking” people into thinking it is a big resort.  Magic may be the only ski mountain to have intentionally reduced its trail count in the last ten years.    So take off your T-Tops, take a drive and see how Magic has returned to its roots.

We’ve Come A Long Way

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 15-06-2012

Things have been somewhat quiet as of late.  This is primarily because management and the board have been working very hard on the legal details of finalizing the partnership.   Sometimes all this planning for the future can be daunting so I have decided use this time to reflect upon how far the mountain has come.

In 1997 I convinced my college buddy to skip a day at Killington and try out the area where I grew up.  Pucker brush was above our heads, but we didn’t care.  I had waited seven years to ski those trails again a, few saplings weren’t going to stop me.

The red chair was kind of reddish and the towers were faded white with patches of rust tears.  It is amazing to see how far it has come not only from a cosmetic standpoint but also in terms of safety and reliability.  She was only down for one morning last season. That is less downtime than most new chairs experience a year!

Only six years ago “groomed” meant a cat had laid down one path of ice balls in the middle of the trail.  While our terrain is still much more natural than most, we have a “fleet” of two modern BR class grooming machines including a winch cat.  The grooming staff for the last two seasons has really been top notch and will be getting even better this year.

A busy day used to mean you would see 20 other riders.  The lifts would spin empty all day.  Now on powder days the red chair line is backed up to the green chair.   Dave and Rio greet you with great tunes blasting and Harley salutes you at the top.  The mountain once again has a real culture and a sense of identity.

While operating a classic ski area in today’s world of the mega-resort is no easy task, Magic is resilient.  Many people said we wouldn’t make it and laughed at us.

Magic has now been open twice as long as it was closed.

Dostal’s Remembered

Filed Under (History Updates) by admin on 08-06-2012

Once upon a time Dostal’s was the centerpiece of Magic’s Village.  For years Trudy Dostal ran the place impeccably.  This once proud inn had everything you could want in a classic “resort lodge.” A pool, tennis and impeccable rooms, Dostal’s provided true European hospitality.

Trudy had such a good reputation for running a fine establishment that Dostal’s thrived even when magic was closed from 1991-97.   The bar at Dostal’s was a regular evening hangout for Hans Thorner’s ski instructors and was integral to Hans’ original Swiss Village concept.

Unless you are an old timer you might not know that Trudy’s Run to the right of the Red Chair was named for Mrs. Dostal herself.  Today Dostal’s serves as employee housing for a nearby mountain.  The bright red shutters, beautiful flowers and Trudy’s hospitality are certainly missed.