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Magic Mountain, VT 1-19-09 pics and videos

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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 were 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, is broken and is anticipated to come back on-line in a few weeks. Fortunately, Magic is a hidden jewel so we never had any wait at the lift.)

Red Chair


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. Paul Jones, this is the run for you!

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.

learning2luvskiing & like2ski_once_im_on_the_slope
on Show Off




On the Twighlight Zone


like2ski, Mark and Chris enjoying the powder on Mystery


Black Line - another gnarly run


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.

Tracks of today's runs.

The trails to the right of Magic are Timber Ridge, a ski area that fell on hard times and went out of business many years ago. For a fascinating history of Timber Ridge, see:
http://www.nelsap.org/vt/timber.html
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Magic sounds great! I'm glad you and your kids enjoyed skiing together so much. Sounds like the type of place my boys would love.
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Thanks for sharin!
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Hi taw. We skied together in Dan Egan's group at Stowe last December. I remember you ripping the Goat and Liftline. You and your family would love Magic. PM me your address and I will send you some 2 for 1 coupons that are good midweek at Magic. Yesterday, my family of four skied for $39.

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Magic sounds great! I'm glad you and your kids enjoyed skiing together so much. Sounds like the type of place my boys would love.
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Thanks for sharin!
TC, Magic would be a great place for a low budget mid-winter ESA!
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TC, Magic would be a great place for a low budget mid-winter ESA!
Do I sense a hint in that post.
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Wish I could recall rippin down goat. I've been wanting to go to Magic for a while. Everytime I think about going something like an ice storm happens. The price sounds fabulous. I will PM you.
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Dave, great report as usual. I thought about Magic all day yesterday.

It sounds like the younger one is incharge That footage will be appreciated when they are older rippin, MRG or Magic or JH. That terrain is great for kids to learn on if they can do it, and it looks like they can.
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Few memories stand out as well I think than that of skiing with your kids as they first move independently down the hill. Watching the videos of the youngsters brought back reminiscences of my girl’s so many years ago as they once motored about and explored the slopes. Great stuff this report.
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Dave, great report as usual. I thought about Magic all day yesterday.

It sounds like the younger one is incharge That footage will be appreciated when they are older rippin, MRG or Magic or JH. That terrain is great for kids to learn on if they can do it, and it looks like they can.
Buzz, Next big dump, you need to call in sick and head to Magic with me. I only scratched the surface yesterday. There are a lot of runs and trees there that beg to be explored.
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Few memories stand out as well I think than that of skiing with your kids as they first move independently down the hill. Watching the videos of the youngsters brought back reminiscences of my girl’s so many years ago as they once motored about and explored the slopes. Great stuff this report.
Thanks Don. Skiing at Magic yesterday brought back childhood memories of me skiing with my brother. I have not skied with him in over 25 years. I hope to ski with him and his two sons soon.
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