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Magic Mountain

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Trail Map
Trail Map
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Conditions
170 inches average snowfall
Exposure is northwest
 

Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

Manchester NH Regional Airport
Airlines:
Air Canada, Continental/Continental Express, Delta/Delta Connection,  Southwest Airlines,  United/ United Express,  US Airways/US Airways Express
Car Rentals:
Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Thrifty


Albany International Airport      
Airlines:
Air Canada, Cape Air, Continental Express, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
Car Rental;

Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National/Alamo, Thrifty

 

Burlington International Airport

JETBlue, US Airways, Continental, United and Delta.
Major car rental agencies are available at the airport.

 
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

From Albany, NY:
Take Route 7 East (Troy, NY) towards Bennington, VT. Take VT Route 279 East towards Manchester, VT, then merge onto VT Route 7 North towards Manchester/Rutland, VT, then take exit 4, Routes 11&30, turn right off Exit onto Route 11 East. Follow Route 11 East through Londonderry, VT, the Magic Mountain Access Road will be on your right.

From Boston, MA:
Take Route 2 West to I-91 North to Vermont Exit 6 (Rockingham/Route 103). Turn left off exit onto VT Route 103 towards Chester, VT. Continue through Chester on VT Route 11, the Magic Mountain Access Road will be on your left.
              
From Points South:
Take I-91 North to Vermont Exit 6 (Rockingham/Route 103). Turn left off exit onto VT Route 103 towards Chester, VT. Continue through Chester on VT Route 11, the Magic Mountain Access Road will be on your left.

From Points South (alternate route):
Take I-87 (NY State Thruway) North to Exit 23, I-787 North. Take I-787 North to Exit 9, Route 7 East (Troy) and follow directions from Albany.

 
 

Lodging
Lodging
Check our other guides for more area lodging and dining options at these nearby resorts:  Mount Snow, Bromley, Stratton,and Okemo.
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

The Snowdon Motel

4071 Rte 11
Londonderry, VT

Motel rooms NA $50 - $115

The Frog's Leap Inn
7455 Route 100
Londonderry, VT 05148

 

Four suites and Four queen rooms, as well as an apartment. Breakfast included,  Pet Friendly, Alarm Clocks, Coffee Maker, WIFI throughout buildings, Fireplace in Common area, Cable/Satellite TV in Common Area, Down Comforters. 4 $89 - $260.00
Rates include breakfast, tax, grat etc.
Lodging Option throughout the Area Motels, B&B, Inns and Lodges. varies with properties varies with properties
The Lodge Vermont

Euro-style Lodge, located on the access rd.

http://www.thelodgevermont.com/

NA Starting @ $99/night
Magic View Motel Motel rooms with a swiss flair remeniscient of classic Magic style NA Starting @ $55/night
       
       

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Dining
New American Grill
5700 Vt Route 100
Londonderry, VT 05148
802-824-9844
*fantastic new-style fusion comfort food with a bright open kitchen*
 
Jake's Marketplace Cafe
Mountain Marketplace, Junction of Routes 100 & 11
Londonderry, VT 05148   (802) 824-6614
*classic small town family restaurant and sports bar*
 

Stoddard's

2170 N. Main St, Londonderry, VT 05148

(802) 824-9652

*small town diner-style breakfast place*

 

The Garden Cafe and Gallery

Vermont 11

Londonderry, VT 05148
(802) 824-9574
 
 
*exceptional organic and even vegan offerings, complete with organic deli and store*
 
 

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More
 
Invest in Magic  own a piece of classic Vermont skiing and riding.
 
REAL ESTATE
 
 
 
DEALS
 
 
WHAT'S NEW
Improved snowmaking should add Wizard, Talisman, and Lower Magic Carpet back in the mix with hope to add Witch and Black this winter. The Black Triple should be running before MLK weekend. Dedicated volunteers have been cutting back trails and glades.
 
 
ACTIVITIES
 
 
SERVICES

Snowsports School

Equipment Rentals

Childrens Programs

 

 

GOOD, BETTER, BEST
Good skier and rider owned mountain.
Best terrain in Southern Vermont.
 

 

Magic Mountain
Description:

Magic Mountain in Londonderry is a true renaissance of the old-fashioned Vermont mountain area experience. Many skiers and riders `in the know' consider Magic to be one of southern Vermont's last unspoiled winter destinations. The area has been making improvements every year since reopening in 1997. Don't be fooled though, Magic is by no means the new kid on the block. Magic Mountain offers challenging double diamond terrain in Southern Vermont and easy trails for new skiers and riders. Surrounded by giant mega resorts, Magic is a good family ski area for downhill and riding. Although the area is renowned for its expert terrain, beginner and intermediate skiers and riders need not be afraid; there are plenty of runs for you that are maintained with meticulous grooming and snowmaking. The area prides itself on its learning and development programs for all levels. F Magic Mountain will nourish the minds, souls and bodies of skiers and snowboarders allowing the individual to continue to expand their skill set and have FUN, no matter if they are out on the mountain for the first day or their thousandth.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent70%
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts4
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-1-Beginner33%
Trails-2-Intermediate30%
Trails-3-Advanced37%
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park1
Trails-6-Half pipe
Trails-Total40
Runs-Steepest run45 degrees
Runs-Longest run1.6 miles
General-Base elevation1150'
General-Vertical drop1700'
General-Owner
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds135 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: challenging terrain, many trails ungroomed, no crowds, bargain prices

Cons: It does not snow enough in the northeast to keep Magic in top condition all winter long

Friends, family and I loved skiing and boarding at Magic Mountain today. Today was my first time at Magic since I skied Magic and its backside neighbor, Timber Ridge, as a child more than 30 years ago. I had no idea what I had been missing. Magic is awesome!

Magic has a combination of fun green and blue trails on its East side (which are great for my wife and 5yo daughter) and some of the most challenging runs I have ever skied in VT on its West side.

My 8yo son today added a new word to his vocabulary while skiing with me on one of my favorite runs of the day. The word is gnarly, which is an apt description of Red Line, the run under the only chair to the top, called the Red Chair. (This is a two person chair that was likely installed and last painted red well before I first skied at Magic as a child. The only other chair serving the mountain, called the Black Chair, has been broken the whole season so far. Fortunately, Magic is a hidden gem so we never had any wait at the lift.)

Red Line is like Stowe's Goat and Killington's Vertigo Headwall and Stitch Line all in one. It's narrow, wicked steep in places, loaded with jagged rocks, huge bumps, chutes, 5-10 foot drop-offs and while you're slaying the run (or its slaying you) you have a captive audience above you cheering you on. Today, Red Line had a good amount of soft powder from yesterday's snowfall but there were also a lot of spots where vegetation, dirt and rocks were poking through to add to the challenge.

The beauty of Magic is what Magic does not do. Magic does not groom the trails flat as a pancake edge to edge like Stratton and Okemo. Most of the terrain is ungroomed. Even on the green and blue trails that are goomed, one side of the trail is left ungroomed, preserving the soft powder received recently, which, of course, is where my kids wanted to ski. They loved the powder and enjoyed skiing over the many rocks and other hazards on the sides of the trails.

Magic has some very challenging tree runs. I skied in some knee deep, untracked powder and dodged some cliffs in the woods on the skier's left of Talisman. I spent most of the day on marked trails and am very eager to go back to explore more of the woods. 

Posted

Pros: Terrain, vibe, terrain, Goniff's Den, terrain, the people, terrain

Cons: If you don't like natural terrain (moguls, weeds, saplings, rocks) this may not be the place for you

DoWork asked me about my first season as a Magic passholder.  Here was my response:

Can't narrow it down to one thing...let's see:

  • Value - great skiing for a great price
  • Terrain - The best within striking distance from me - 100 minutes door-to-door
  • Vibe - I was a passholder at Gore for a few years...place felt like a geriatric ward. I also had a pass at West Mountain for weeknight turns last winter. That place was so awful, I couldn't force myself to go and took a real bath on that pass. Everyone I met at Magic was all about the skiing and the laid back vibe that defines the place. The guys that define the vibe are always willing to share their "secrets" and don't mind hauling an old fart around - you guys make me a better skier. There's always someone interesting to talk to in Goniff's Den and everybody has the attitude of pulling together to make the place work. I don't think I heard many complaints the whole year because people would rather find solutions than whine.
  • Small town Vermont - I come from a small town in Vermont and this place just feels like home. My uncle has lived in Springfield (VT) for as long as I can remember...and that's a long time. We used to ski with him at Okemo (hated it), Round Top (pretty cool place but now a private outing club I think) and Magic back in the mid and late 70s. Magic was always my favorite of those 3. Although I like Stowe the best, it's just not practical for me based on where I live now.

Posted

Pros: Advanced terrain, fantastic glades, lots to explore, cheap

Cons: Not much of a resort, not much to do when the snow's been lacking

 


You live in Connecticut or Western Massachussetts. You're watching the snow totals pile up in Vermont. But you can't afford an extended trip - where do you go for one day? You can deal with the crowds at an Okemo, Snow or Killington - and with most of the fluffy stuff being groomed into oblivion - or you can head up to Magic. It's an easy choice.

 

Magic is not the place to take the family for a nice vacation. It's also not the best place for a beginner to learn. But if you're looking for the natural stuff on a powder day, fantastic steeps and wicked glades and no risk of being run over by crowds, and oh by the way to save $20-$30 on your lift ticket, how could you pass up Magic? Don't be fooled by the occassions when they have long lift lines (I was unlucky enough to make my first visit when a competition brought out 100 people), you might wait a bit for the one lift they have running that day, but the crowd spreads out so well at the top that you barely notice people when you're doing your thing. It probably helps that their slow lift delivers just two people at a time to the top.

 

Just one warning - don't follow your GPS up there. Follow the easy route in Google Maps (91 to 103 to 11). I tried getting there using my GPS and almost died on snowy mountain roads it decided were a shortcut. Have fun!

Posted

Pros: Challenging terrrain, few crowds, great vibe, inexpensive

Cons: No terrain park, just adequate absolute beginner terrain

This has been my first year skiing Magic Mountain and I'm in love.  I was convinced to try it out by the internet devotion it inspires and I can't tell you how happy I am that I did.  My fondness for it can be divided into two categories: the terrain and the vibe.  Both make Magic special.

 

The terrain: Unlike most of southern Vermont, Magic is steep.  Most trails on the west side are more challenging than anything I've run into at Stratton or Okemo and even the easier east side, Goniff's Glade, Twilight Zone and Greenline are runs on the map that will challenge very good skiers.  Unlike it's overgroomed neighbors, Magic is full of rocks, stumps, and drops that force a skier to really read and react to the terrain.  Almost nothing (save Wizard which serves to traverse the hill) on the west side is groomed so everything gets bumped up and exciting.  The woods are all inbounds so if you want to duck in, you might find a hidden gem.  Though you also might hit a stump or a small cliff.  Having that possibility there makes Magic feel like a much less packaged adventure than its neighbors.

 

The vibe: This is about the least pretentious ski area you're likely to run into.  I bought a pass a few weeks ago and it was the owner who took my photo (though ultimately the mountain wants to transform itself into a coop).  There are some of your typical racer kids (many from surrounding mountains) when a competition is going on, but aside from that it is completely missing the majority of the rich, over-geared, under-skilled element that tend to breed in other resorts reachable from major metropolitan areas.  The regulars are cool and if you come back you're likely to have some friends in no time.  Stop up at the bar at the end of the day and just watch the number of high fives exchanged.

 

 

 

Possible downsides: 

-If you want something fancy, this probably isn't for you.  There are minimal slopeside accomodations and no shopping village at the base (though Vermont Snow Wizards does a great job with skis and has been GREAT to me every time I've been in).  If you're looking for a multi-faceted resort vacation, you should probably look elsewhere. 

- Learning to ski here might be a mixed bag.  I brought my girlfriend as her introduction to skiing.  The lesson packages are affordable and she had a blast.  There are really only one or two ways down the mountain for a absolute beginner though, and even these have sections more challenging than their counterparts at other resorts so if beginner variety is what you're after, Magic might not be ideal.  For someone who is athletic and fearless, though, the terrain would open up within a few days.

 

 

Overblown downsides:

-The rumored unskiiability of Magic when there isn't new snow.  Once the ground gets covered up reasonably well or the season, the stereotype of Magic as a place where you can only go when there has been fresh snow just doesn't hold.  I was there this season when it had been at least two weeks since the last appreciable snow fall and the mountain was skiing great.  Even the expert terrain was skiing great, though there were a few runs where you might scratch your skis (if you have a strong attachment to the aesthetics of your bases, Magic might not be the place for you...).  It was reasonably early in the season, but the lower angle woods were in play and there were places where I was skiing 30-40 yards at a time of untracked before popping back onto the previously broken lines.  Try that two weeks later at any other place around. 

Posted

Pros: great snow, no crowds

Cons: slow recovery from bad weather periods

    Magic Mountain is where you need to go for REAL skiing.  If there is soft snow to be found anywhere in southern Vermont, you are certain to come across more of it at Magic than anywhere else.
    It truly is a mountain to ski from the top for all ability levels, with the possible exception of the never-ever.  Beginners have several options from the top on Upper/Lower Magic Carpet all the way to the bottom or several choices off Wand from mid-mountain.  These aren’t just boring traverses or work roads, but actual interesting trails.
    Intermediates will not be bored with a cruise down those but can also make things more interesting by getting on Trick and Show Off for a steeper cruise or Up Your Sleeve or Vertigo which often provide a nice intermediate introduction to the ungroomed.
    The mountain shines for the advanced and expert skiers where everything on the west side will hold interest.  There are also great tree shots on and off the map all over the place.  The lines under the lifts also provide quite a challenge - Green Line is a short shot on the East side.  You can show off under the lift on Red line and Black line has great terrain too.  When there’s a lot of snow, it doesn’t get much steeper than Magician.
    The best part is the lack of crowds.  If weekend/holiday lines scare you away from skiing elsewhere, this is the place to come.  There’s always a close parking spot to be had.  It's one of the friendliest places you can ski - chat someone up in the great little lodge, on the lift or in line and get some good tips on where to go.

Posted

Pros: I would recommend Magic for Pros and amateurs alike!

Cons: Might be ok for ex-cons but we discourage current convicts

Visit Save Magic to see Magic through the eyes of a group of dedicated Passholders/Shareholders.  See why we made the investment in Magic and why we believe it is important Magic remain part of New England skiing.

Posted

Pros: less crowds, varied terrain

Cons: slow lifts, little manmade snow

If it hasn't snowed lately, don't come here.  if the conditions are good, this place is a blast.  Varied terrain including nice glades.  It has a very welcoming feel.  One of those family resorts that's not swamped by one-day a year skiers.  The lifts are slow but that's mainly what keeps the crowds away.  So a blessing in its own way.