Magic’s system of off-piste glades have become proving grounds for many of New England's finest free skiers. (Magic Mountain/Facebook)
Vermont’s Magic Mountain officially has new owners, SKI MAGIC LLC, marking a critical turning point in the future sustainability and prosperity of Magic, founded in 1960.
The ski area has plans for a series of capital improvement projects over the next several years designed to improve the quality, efficiency and consistency of Magic’s skiing and riding experience.
SKI MAGIC will be investing over $2 million in the next few years on snowmaking-efficiency and expansion, as well as better lift reliability and options for all skier types.
Magic’s second summit lift, the 5000’ long Black Triple Chair, will turn this winter, after being inoperative for the last two years due to insufficient financial resources to complete the work required by the Vermont Passenger Tramway Board.
New low-energy, high-efficiency snow machines are already on order to help make a difference immediately this winter.
“We have purchased new HKD energy efficient snowmaking machines and have upgraded our pump house with new Variable Frequency Drives and new motors to increase the amount of snow and the efficiency with which we put in on the hill to expand our snowmaking coverage,” Geoff Hatheway, President of SKI MAGIC LLC, told SnoCountry.com.
“We're also making some enhancements to our already vibrant après ski scene at the Black Line Tavern and kitchen,” said Hatheway.
“Magic has been one of Vermont’s best kept secrets,” said Hatheway, “but it’s time to let a few more people know about this alternative, some say ‘counter-cultural’, ski experience here which harkens back to an era when Vermont skiing originally began to take off.”
Enhanced beginner and intermediate access through new lower-mountain lift options and a better learn-to-ski environment will be undertaken to help attract young families.
Magic will be working closely with the state of Vermont on expanding access to water in an environmentally sound way in order to cover 50 percent of its terrain consistently with man-made snow on both its east and west sides of the mountain.
Magic's plans to open Dec. 17.