Retro G.N.A.R.

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 01-02-2012

So I’m a little behind the 8 ball, I only watched G.N.A.R. for the first time last week.  For those of you who haven’t seen G.N.A.R, it is a tribute to the late great Shane McConkey and the legacy he left behind.  The most important takeaway is that Shane reminded everyone that skiing was supposed to be fun.

I like to think that over the last few seasons “Saving Magic” we have had quite a bit of fun in the process.  Sometimes this fun is derived from necessity.  Magic doesn’t have a base village for shopping so when conditions are bad, we still ski.  After all, skiing two open trails wearing a fake moustache is far better than skiing thirty open trails with no moustache at all.

This weekend is Magic’s 50th anniversary retro day and après party, the Grande dame of Magic style fun. So put on your favorite retro gear and join in the fun all day and night long.   High jinks are sure to be about on the trails and in the lodge so throw on something ridiculous and see how much better you ski.

A Few Minutes on the Deck

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 25-01-2012

There has been a barrage of new shareholder pictures on Magic’s Facebook site since the partnership meeting MLK weekend.  Many of Magic’s family, both old and new, have been stepping up to push the share offering over and hopefully beyond the 300 mark.

A generous offer was made by a Magic Family wishing to remain anonymous to match every share sold by January 31st.  If you ever considered purchasing a share, now is the time as every share is worth two.

I am realizing for the first time that this is actually going to happen and cannot wait to see the mountain I love return to her former glory over the next few years.  Not too much change, but a bit more of the dignity she deserves.

I always take a few minutes at the end of the ski day to step out on the deck alone and gaze at Glebe.  From this vantage the hill looks exactly as it did when I was a child.  I reflect upon my runs that day or years of countless other memories.  I marvel at the sheer drop of Magician and the contours of Wizard.  Now I can enjoy this ritual knowing that there will be many more to come.

Let’s make this happen now.

Bring a Friend! Chair Dedication!

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 12-01-2012

The car wash seems to be working as it looks like Mother Nature may give us something to celebrate before MLK weekend!  December’s stellar snow wouldn’t allow us to dedicate the chair plaque on opening day as planned. The Red Chair dedication is all set for 8:30 am on Saturday so come on out.  There will be prizes all day long for those who ride chair 50 in honor of Magic’s 50th anniversary.  Come find your number and check out your chair in bright red.

It is also “Bring a Friend to Magic Weekend.” The first fifty people to purchase tickets for Saturday, Sunday and Monday will receive a 25% discount on tickets!  TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE IN ADVANCE! Come see what our community is about and why we have fun no matter what Mother Nature brings.

At 4:30 on the first floor of the lodge there will be a shareholder meeting open to the public.  Management will discuss where we are at in terms of share sales and how the partnership funds will be allocated when 300 shares are sold.  Come learn about the future of this great mountain.

New England Snow Guarantee

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 21-12-2011

Attention skiers! Magic guarantees that it could potentially snow this weekend!  Snow totals may be up to three feet or as little as 0 inches.  Expect either bluebird skies or thick dense clouds as we ride on somewhere from 0-43 trails!

Conditions are expected to be either frozen granular, powder, packed powder, icy, or machine groomed, with a natural man made primary surface.

Enough Mother Nature, please hear our call.  Let this be a white Christmas.

The Wizard on the Corner

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 08-12-2011

There is a double dose of good news tonight.

First up despite prior news, Snow Wizards will be re-opening on the end of the access road as well as in the lodge!  Read all about it at the Snow Wizards FACEBOOK site.  Make sure to pay a visit to Dick, Sharon, Andrew and all this season and check out the coveted DPS Wailer 112RP ski that cleaned up this year’s Powder buyer’s guide.  We are very glad the corner of the access road will still have a Wizard watching over it!

Secondly, Mother Nature seems to be turning the corner just in time for Magic’s anticipated opening day of December 17th.  Temps are already dropping and the national weather forecast is calling for 10-14 inches to fall on Londonderry tonight.  Let’s hope they are right I want to ride my Red Chair.

Road Trip

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 28-11-2011

The Save Magic Crew decided we needed to get our legs going prior to Magic’s anticipated opening of December 17th.  A team of 8 highly equipped Magic Shareholders headed north to the big city…Killington.

There is nothing like those first few turns to remind you why you dream all summer long.  I have to hand it to Killington this early season.  They have fought hard against adverse weather and a major flooding disaster to have the most extensive terrain open in the east.

The gondola was like a space ship compared to old red.  We got the one that looks like a hot tub of course.  The obvious downside was the holiday crowd.  All that lift capacity worked a bit too well.  One of our group pointed out that his $3000 share has been well worth having virtually private trails for the last two seasons.  I would concur.

After skiing we headed to the Lookout Bar and Grill and immediately spotted “Chairholder” Jon R. sporting his Save Magic Shirt!  It’s always nice to see the shirts getting around.  Keep up the good work!

I have to admit our trip was a blast. It is always good to ride with other Magic skiers and the change of venue is refreshing.  That said I can’t wait to do it on our own turf.  The ski world certainly needs a place like Killington but skiers need a place like Magic.

Important Message If You Pledged a Chair!

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 16-11-2011

Thank you to everyone who pledged to paint a chair!  The chair now has new footrests, new seats, new paint and a great deal of maintenance has been performed. Good Old Red is waiting for you on opening day!

We are getting ready to make the plaque and will be notifying you by email Thursday November 17 for you to submit the name you want to appear on the sign.  If you don’t get an email on Thursday please email us at and get us your information.

If you pledged but did not pay please let us know if you still want your chair.  We will be reassigning chairs to the waiting list starting Thanksgiving.

New Logo and Website!

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 11-11-2011

Tonight Magic launched the new website and logo!  The new logo pays homage to the original double M logo of the Hans Thorner years while symbolizing a new era at Magic.

The website now reflects that Magic is a skier’s mountain, centered on community and the Partnership.  I will let the site do the talking……

New Cats Abound

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 03-11-2011

While we have been weathering the Halloween storm, the folks at Magic have been hard at work getting ramped up for season.

As many of you know, Matt Lillard accepted a phenomenal new job.  We will all miss him greatly as he settles in at our new sister mountain in Alaska.  We would like to thank Matt for his tireless dedication and wish him the best as the new General Manager of Eaglecrest Alaska!

Geoff Hathaway will be leading and implementing Magic’s new marketing plan.  Many of you know Geoff and his family, as he is an avid member of the Magic skiing community.  Geoff has an extensive full time career in marketing and PR and studied at Dartmouth.  Geoff will be overseeing marketing from a macro perspective shaping and implementing Magic’s new era.  Make sure to take a run with Geoff if you can keep up.

To further the effort of improved snow product, Magic has a new winch cat coming December 1st.  The Prinoth BR350 is the big brother of everyone’s favorite purple Bombardier BR275.  It will be replacing the Piston Bully Edge, which while a great machine, was never the right fit for Magic’s terrain.

The new cat has a winch so it will be able to work in tandem with the purple cat, packing a solid base layer down on steeper terrain.  Having a uniform fleet (Both cats are BR models) will allow for many interchangeable parts and tools, streamlining maintenance.

Save Magic can’t wait to see our “new cats” in action.  We congratulate Geoff in his expanded role at Magic.

Fall Work Updates

Filed Under (Mountain Updates) by admin on 24-10-2011

Work weekend #3 was a great success with crews spread out around the base and on the hill.  While Slide of Hans got a haircut, a crew led by Matthias Werkmann finished up a new glade.  Check out the pictures on MAGIC’S FACEBOOK SITE.

The Save Magic crew did a lot of sprucing up around the base of Red Chair.  A great deal of painting and cleaning was performed. The Chair is the heart of Magic and we want her to look really good this opening day.  Matthias wins the prize for hand scrubbing the entire drive-terminal, bullwheel and engine room!

Red has a busy schedule before December 15th.  In a few weeks she will get a cable splice that will bring the bottom bullwheel forward and raise the counter weight.  After this both red and black chairs will undergo a full load test with jugs of water simulating passenger weight.  Both chairs have also undergone substantial NDT (Non-destructive Testing).  This program provides the mountain with important data about the useful life of various lift parts, increasing lift reliability.

The best part about work weekend #3 was the opportunity to meet some of the expanded crew you will see at Magic this year.  The mountain has a new dedicated lift mechanic with lots of training from one of those “Big” resorts!  He is passionate about the lifts, the mountain and is very impressed Magic’s sense of community.

There will be a lot of announcements over the next month so stay tuned both here and on MAGIC’S FACEBOOK SITE.