Magic’s Black Lift Turns First Time In Three Years
First chair on Black belongs to the kids. (Magic/Facebook)
Well over $100,000 in repairs and maintenance went into bringing the Black Lift at Vermont’s Magic Mountain back to life. The Black Lift began loading skiers and riders for the first time in three years last weekend, after being certified to operate as a double lift by the State of Vermont Passenger Tramway Board.
Work began on the lift last year even before new owners SKI MAGIC LLC officially took over at the ski area. Work has been going on several fronts - upgrading the top and bottom bullwheels, each individual chair, all grips redone and repaired.
“It came back to us just in time in terms of right when the big holiday weekend came,” Magic’s Geoff Hatheway told SnoCountry.com, where recent snowstorms and then favorable temperatures brought skiers and riders out in force.
Magic announced on their Facebook page late Sunday morning that they’d no longer be selling lift tickets for the day. “Unfortunately we had to turn people away. We could have squeezed some more people on the roads, but the parking lots were full, we had twenty minute lift lines at each chair. We just felt we didn't want to go much beyond that because then it starts to impact the quality of the product in terms of how long people wait,” Hatheway told us.
“The response to what we’ve been doing here with the snowmaking, the lifts, and the things we’ve done in the lodge has really been heartening that so many people showed up.”
Hatheway added that an important ingredient in revitalizing Magic Mountain is having two operational summit lifts so to keep lift lines to a minimum. This is another key milestone accomplished this season in creating a better future for Magic.
“This is the first step in terms of bringing some more stability to our lift service,” Hatheway told us. “We are looking at adding for next year a magic carpet for the beginner area and a mid mountain lift.” The mid mountain lift would access more beginner and intermediate terrain and provide a graduated way for people to get to know the mountain.