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Anyone skied Magic Mountain (VT)?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I live within 1.5 hrs. of Magic Mountain in southern Vt. Although I have skied nearby Mt. Snow and Stratton several times, I have never skied Magic. A friend told me that Magic Mtn. is the southern VT version of one of my favorite VT ski areas, Mad River Glen, because it has challenging trails and glades, but (like MRG) you need good natural snowfall to really enjoy it.

Based on my friend's recommendation and close proximity, I want to give Magic Mountain a try this winter. Have any of you skied Magic withing the past 2-3 seasons? If so, what were your impressions?

Thanks,

Ski the East
post #2 of 15
Many lively threads on Magic over on www.snowjournal.com. Some of the Magic threads got too lively and were locked There are also a lot of excellent Magic trip report threads on SnowJournal.com . Enjoy.
post #3 of 15
Skied it last season on New Years Day, Epic conditions and and a great alternative to MRG when they have snow.
post #4 of 15
Magic is the only opportunity for something decent in south VT (although I still like Mt. Snow tune-ups).

As insipid as Flatton, Okemo and Bromley are, Magic is like real skiing. When it snows, it's the place to go.
post #5 of 15
Magic is great, but not exactly "state of the art". It' one of my favorite ski areas in the East when it snows, but don't expect much in terms of amenities.

It's no resort and for the most part it's primitive - one of the nice things about the place. It's the terrain that keeps Magic going.

For your first visit make sure there is snow.
post #6 of 15
Magic is an old New England style ski resort. Slow lifts, narrow trails, GREAT SKIING. A real treat and break from all the routine of "modern" mountains.
post #7 of 15
Terrific mountain if it's all open...along with Saddleback and Smuggs I consider it NE's most underrated mountain. Good glades and steeps worth a trip for sure but even more than most places check the conditions and what's open before going.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all for the helpful replies. It appears that you all agree with my friend's description of Magic Mountian as the best skiing in S. Vt. when the snow is good. I will definitely give Magic a try this winter at a time when there's good natural snow.

One more question, does Magic get long lift lines due to the relatively slow lifts on weekends? I'm just trying to decide when the best time to go is (midweek or weekend). I generally use my days off to head to MRG or Killington when it snows (Stowe is just a bit too far to drive up and back the same day), but it sounds like Magic is worth burning a vacation day on.
post #9 of 15
I've never skied Magic either and I am from NH. I'm going to have to try it this coming season.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ski the East View Post
Thanks to all for the helpful replies. It appears that you all agree with my friend's description of Magic Mountian as the best skiing in S. Vt. when the snow is good. I will definitely give Magic a try this winter at a time when there's good natural snow.

One more question, does Magic get long lift lines due to the relatively slow lifts on weekends? I'm just trying to decide when the best time to go is (midweek or weekend). I generally use my days off to head to MRG or Killington when it snows (Stowe is just a bit too far to drive up and back the same day), but it sounds like Magic is worth burning a vacation day on.
You should hit it.
post #11 of 15
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One more question, does Magic get long lift lines due to the relatively slow lifts on weekends? I'm just trying to decide when the best time to go is (midweek or weekend). I generally use my days off to head to MRG or Killington when it snows (Stowe is just a bit too far to drive up and back the same day), but it sounds like Magic is worth burning a vacation day on.
Magic is rarely ever crowded. The longest I've ever waited in a lift line at Magic is 2 minutes. It's completely empty midweek. It's only slightly more crowded on weekends but crowds have never been an issue for me on weekends. The slower lifts don't make the liftlines any more crowded because there are never any lines to begin with.

The key at Magic is to hit it after a good snow storm so the conditions are good. If that happens to be on a weekend, you'll deal with a few more people than midweek but it will still be relatively empty compared to Mt. Snow, Stratton or other S. VT ski areas. The terrain at Magic is the reason to go there. Best terrain in Southern Vermont.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Great terrain, short lift lines (even on weekends), can't ask for much more. Here's hoping that this winter brings even more snow than last winter (which was a darn good winter).

Thanks again for all the responses.

Ski the East
post #13 of 15
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Great terrain, short lift lines (even on weekends), can't ask for much more.
I love Magic when there's snow. But I have seen some lift lines there when the snow's good. Still worth it.

Keep in mind that the red lift is old. It gets the job done but it's just a double. The blue lift is broken.

If you get a chance to go after a snow - do it. Not only is the skiing great, but good Vt type skiers show up and it's a blast.

Let us know when and many will try to be there. I missed last year when Phil was there and the TR was great.
post #14 of 15
Good Place, Some of the best expert terrain in So. Vermont. You can always find freshies 1 or 2 days after a dumping. If you like gromers don't go skiing is natural.

Mountain = Great
Lifts = shit
post #15 of 15
Magic = old school! It's like the hometown favorite, and it's never crowded. Most people drive right by it on the way to more well-known resorts. I think the rumor that it was closed keeps people away- it seems every time Magic gets brought up someone inevitably says "I thought it was closed!"... But def a great Southern VT mountain. It's very homey-feeling and awesome, awesome terrain... A friend of mine has a house on it and this thread really makes me want to catch up with the guy... Just don't expect a McSkiing environment, because you won't find it at Magic.
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