Guns are Back On!

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 12-12-2012

Please Note: The image above is only an approximation of what Magic will look like this holiday season.

The Guns are back on tonight and Magic should expect four straight nights of snowmaking temps.  Reports from the hill indicate that the upper mountain fared better than expected during the warm spell!  A bit more work up top and then efforts will move right down to Showoff.

Thanks to new on-hill leadership; Magic is making snow more strategically and efficiently.  You can look for the crew to blow aggressively whenever temps hit the magic number.  The first route down will be Magic Carpet-Through the Woods-Lower Trick-Showoff.  This was selected to give beginners and intermediates a fair shake day one.

I can’t tell you what the second route will be… but there is a good chance it will not be on the East Side!  This would provide more experienced riders with some of the classic Magic they love for the holiday week.  So keep your fingers crossed for cold temps and think snow!

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Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 06-12-2012

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A Reminder from Willis

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 03-10-2012

Willis Sweitzenheimer would like to gently remind you of two things:

1) Buy your Magic Season Pass, Three Pack, or Whiteout Pass before Columbus Day!

2) The next volunteer day is Saturday October 6th.

A Tradition in the Trees

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 25-09-2012

During last Saturday’s volunteer session, Willis Sweitzenheimer was busy clearing a section of an off-map glade.  Out of the corner of his eye he noticed something sticking out of the ground.   It was the tip of a ski, a 1970’s Fischer with Spademan Bindings.  The ski had been there for at least thirty years.  This tells me one thing, the year that ski was lost must have been a pretty good season.

It also proves that people have been playing in Magic’s trees for decades.  The volunteer days at Magic continue the tradition of tree skiing on the hill.  While not as rogue as our brethren on Spademan bindings, the workdays permit us to perform glade maintenance in a planned manner.  We like to think of it as controlled chaos.

Tree skiing at Magic dates back to the 1960’s, when Twilight Zone was considered a revolutionary trail.  With today’s offering of on-map glades like the Hallows and The Wardrobe, we at Magic invite you to share in our stashes.  Just ask anyone at the bar for a tour of our trees, we would be happy to share.


Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 07-09-2012

We apologize for our hiatus this summer; we have been very busy working to help launch The Partnership.  Labor day has passed and it is time to reconnect with the Magic Faithful.

The focus of the fall will be Magic’s three volunteer workdays on September 22, October 6th and October 20nd.  There will be numerous projects to be completed from painting to cleaning storm damage from four designated glades.   The aim is to keep all Magic skiers involved in the partnership, not just shareholders.  So please come out and lend a hand, you will be proud you did when the snow falls!

We have debated what to do about the “save” part of Save Magic.  For now we are leaving it, as in this economic environment no independent ski area is truly safe.  It is important so support organizations such as Mountain Riders Alliance to sustain ski-centric mountains.  Wearing your Magic gear is a great way to start up a conversation and raise Magic awareness in the skiing community.  You can now follow us on twitter @savemagic.

So we will remain Save Magic as we begin the first chapter of The Magic Partnership. Let’s make it a long novel.

From The Mountain

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 07-09-2012

Magic Faithful:As the summer nears its unofficial end, our thoughts turn to the new
2012-13 ski season. And, with the economy still sluggish and costs 
continuing to rise for everyone, Magic just announced we are refusing (again) to hike lift ticket prices for the new season (still under $60 for weekends and under $40 weekdays).

While we can’t turn back the clock to $5 tickets of the 1960s, Magic 
is trying to stay true to the original roots of the sport in the type 
of skiing and riding experience the mountain offers–and along with 
that, attempting to hold the line as much as possible on ticket 
pricing so an already expensive sport remains within reach for more people.

Magic 3-Packs go on sale with this newsletter!

This is Magic’s favorite way to save even more on tickets–and they also make great holiday or birthday gifts. The 3-pack of tickets are good anytime during the ‘12-’13 season and are transferable (hence the gift giving part). And, they cost just $129, saving almost 30%! Vouchers for the 3-pack tickets will only be sold before December, so now is the time to buy.

Click for more information and to purchase 3-packs

Save $50 on each Season Pass until Oct. 8th

The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a return to a colder, snowier winter which will make all the work our crew is doing on the snowmaking system, trail mowing and lift maintenance even more gratifying to our season-long skiers and riders. There is only one month left to save $50 on each unrestricted season pass. Magic passes are over 50% less than any major resort and give both families and young adults an affordable skiing and riding alternative (without the black outs of “value” passes). Unrestricted College passes are also on sale for just $149–which means, you ski here 3 times and you’re already skiing for free by the afternoon of your third day! That leaves a lot more money for gas (and other necessities of college life).

Click here for more information and to buy season passes


TimberQuest at Magic is open for Labor Day Weekend and the Fall!

The reviews have been awesome since the grand opening last weekend with both the young and not-so-young enjoying hours of fun and challenge some 10′ to 40′ up in the trees. Between the 60+ obstacles, features and zip lines, TimberQuest gets you unplugged and recharged in the beautiful woods of Magic. Come venture here this Labor Day weekend!

Visit for more information and reserve tickets

Black Line Brew Pub is Open

While you are up here this weekend, be sure to drop by the Black Line Brew Pub for drinks, dinner and music. The deck is a great spot to get some sun, a refreshing beverage, and tasty Vermont farm-fresh food!

We look forward to seeing you here! Think sun!

-The Magicment

P.S. Please pass this Alpine Update on to your friends and acquaintances who might be interested in experiencing something different and not just following the crowd down the same worn path…

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Upcoming EventsVolunteer Days on 9/22, 10/6, 10/20

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.

Just Getting Started

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 18-05-2012

We’re back! And you thought we would ride off into the sunset when we hit 333 shares.  Despite the success of the partnership, there is still a lot of “saving” to do.

To achieve sustainability the mountain needs to put more skiers on the hill.  The mountain is working hard to implement a plan to provide increased snowmaking and improve operations.   This means Magic will be a more reliable place no matter what mother natures serves up.  So think about how you can get more people to the mountain you love.

Whether you re-tweet updates, like facebook posts or organize groups to tour the mountain.  You can help The Partnership succeed.  You don’t need to be a shareholder to be a part of the partnership.

The best thing you can do is to bring your family as this creates organic growth.  I am passionate about Magic because I have many fond memories of skiing here as a child.  The partnership is looking at how to improve the beginner and intermediate experience.

So stay tuned as we keep you apprised of upcoming improvements and more ways in which you can be part of the future success of Magic!

Ready For Lift Off

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 10-04-2012

We reached our goal of 333 shares and The Partnership will soon begin!  The board will be voted into place and the partnership can work towards closing.  It is time for the next chapter of Magic.

Thank you to everyone who came out to make this season of winterless weather fun and memorable.  Your support of the mountain is invaluable.  Most importantly thank you to the 333 who purchased shares.  We will make this happen.

Just In From the Hill!

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 16-03-2012

Saturday is “Spring Fling”!
Saturday is St Patrick’s Day!
Saturday is “Moustache Cape Day”!
I think the last one says it all. Come up and enjoy the last of spring skiing here and let’s just have some fun together. The weekend is supposed to be sunny and warm, so you’ll come back to work with a nice tan line, especially where your fake moustache was…
The Magic Alpine Club will host a fun race, free to all, on Show Off. Capes and Moustaches are expected to fly down the course. Simply sign up Saturday morning in the lodge.
Any one wearing a moustache or green will get 10% off tickets at the ticket booth.
Any one wearing a tartan/kilt will get 20% off a lift ticket (please remember your skivvies!)
Any one playing the bag pipes gets 50% off a ticket (less if you play poorly)
We’re grilling on the deck for lunch!
Spike Dog Tooth will be Irish folk/rockin’ apres ski
BLBP will be icing beers, mixing drinks and preparing some great food for apres and dinner (some Irish fare will be added as well!)
We have 20% off tickets for Saturday and Sunday (moustache or no moustache)–only online at our store here.
Please have a safe trip up to McMagic this weekend. We thank you for skiing and riding with us and let’s have some fun in the sun this weekend!
-The Magicment