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Snow Lover’s Trivia: Enjoy old school skiing at Magic Mountain


Magic Mountain is one of the last truly independent ski areas in Vermont. It is different, it has challenge, but most of all, it is plain fun thanks to their community of skiers and riders.

Magic opened in 1960 and to this day it is still one of the most exciting, challenging and authentic Vermont ski experiences. Different than the corporate resorts, Magic has stayed true to the original Vermont ski culture. Magic skiers and riders enjoy a mountain emphasizing natural, diverse ski terrain in an atmosphere of shared camaraderie for the sport both on the slopes and in the lodge after a long, rewarding day. Magic has an authentic, fun vibe because, in reality, it remains first and foremost a ski area, not a “resort,” a distinctively Vermont one at that. Magic is not fancy, but you will find a home here if you love the sport more than commercial distractions and soul-crushing crowds.

There is a community spirit here which keeps Magic thriving for those committed ski and riding enthusiasts who want to “carve their own trail” and experience real snow and obstacles that mother-nature puts on the hill. It is why Magic skiers love the mountain so much that they are personally investing resources in the ski area via The Magic Faithful Club in order to enhance and preserve it for future generations to enjoy. New snowmaking, grooming equipment and a beginner area surface lift, are some of the ways skiers and Magic are partnering to improve one of Vermont’s best kept secrets.

With an impressive 1700 vertical feet serviced by two bottom-to-top lifts, skiers experience longer runs than at most mega-resorts. The longest Run is Wizard, at 1.6 miles. Snowmaking is equal to70%. Magic has 43 trails some of which are old-school, narrow trails, great skier’s terrain. Skiable acres are 195 and 200—plus, including glades.

Here are some “did you know facts” on Magic. The top of the expert fun, Master Magician, is 45 degrees steep. You can ski and ride anywhere within Magic Mountains boundaries. Swiss ski instructor Hans Thorner founded Magic in 1960 and the first bottom-to-peak lift was carrying skiers in 1962. The famous “No wind holds” Red Chair has been going strong since 1970 and recently received a new paint job and foot rests thanks to the “Magic faithful”. Magic skiers and riders have purchased over 333 shares to form the Magic Partnership (similar to Mad River), which is now run as a partnership with its skiers. Black Line Tavern (formerly the Abracadabra Lounge and Goniff’s Den) has been the ongoing site for an original, fun Vermont-style après ski experience since the 1960s.

The amount of liquid precipitation that Magic (as well as other ski areas in the East) has been getting in these brief warm-up periods is hard to believe and difficult to keep up with from a snowmaking perspective, but snow making crews keep working hard to overcome these obstacles so you can get out and enjoy skiing and riding. Taking the long view, it is early and no doubt we will be getting more Powder Days ahead and consistent winter weather. For now, we must roll with the volatility and keep having a good time on the slopes.

Catch the spirit of Magic Mountain which believes taking the “road less traveled” makes all the difference. Visit

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