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.