Magic Mountain Renovations Continue
Magic Mountain making big strides since new owners took over last fall. (Magic Mountain/Facebook)
With the go-ahead from Vermont’s National Resource Board, Magic Mountain is now moving ahead with multiple facilities projects, adding to the significant progress they’ve made over the last year in bringing the southern Vermont resort back to life.
The resort is planning to spend over 2 million dollars in improvements, including a yet-to-be approved snowmaking pond.
Priorities for this year are two new chairlifts. The Green Chair will take skiers and riders to mid mountain, a perk for those not ready to go all the way to the top. A new conveyer lift in the new beginner area, the “Nelson Family Learning Area,” will be a significant step in making Magic a beginner-friendly mountain.
“We’ve taken what many regarded as an experts-only mountain and are adding in a brand new learning center, with an easy lift to use.” Geoff Hatheway, President of SKI MAGIC LLC told Snocountry.com. The Green Chair will also offer novice-oriented terrain. “We’ve changed the complexion of who can be here be here by opening the mountain up to a lot more ability levels,” Hatheway told us.
Magic will also replace and upgrade 1,500 feet of snowmaking pipeline in the base area. “We want to get it done this fall so we are ready to go this winter with increased pressure at the top of the mountain,” Hatheway told us. The mountain hopes to start in November and have an early season.
Separately Magic has another permitting process underway to improve the snowmaking pond with that major project expected to commence next year.
They also plan to replace the base lodge exterior deck with a new 30-foot by 80-foot deck next year.
“While not all the projects approved by Act 250 will be completed this year, our customers will see an immediate impact on a more accessible and better-quality snow experience for young families who want a mountain their kids can learn on and never outgrow”, commented Matt Cote, Magic Operations Director. “Plus, there is now great all-season mountain recreation here with the new Magic Mountain National disc golf course.”
The new Magic Mountain National Disc Golf Course is now open with nine holes of an eventual 18-hole championship course.