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Magic 1-28-09 powder pics and videos

post #1 of 14
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Today at Magic Mountain was the best powder day of the season for Paul Jones and me and some of the best tree skiing I have ever experienced.

We arrived at Magic at 8:30 AM in the midst of a raging snow storm. About one inch of new snow had fallen when we boarded the first chair at 9:00 AM and between 8-12 inches had fallen by our last run at 4:00 PM. We just about had the entire mountain to ourselves. We did not see more than 25 people the whole day. We had fresh tracks almost every run.

Three cars in the lot at 8:30 AM


Red Chair


Magic Carpet


The snow, which was soft and light, got better and better as it piled up until about 3:00 PM. Between 3:00-4:00 PM, the snow turned to sleet, making the snow on the slopes heavy and slow.

Our favorite runs, which we skied multiple times, were Red Line, Heart of Magician and the trees on both sides of Talisman. The tree runs were untracked with boot-top to knee deep powder. I ran into only a few rocks and sticks in the woods. The base under the powder was mostly soft. Slide of Hans and Lower Wizard were also a lot fun with loads of soft bumps and deep powder.

Buzz ripping Red Line (For those with high speed connections, you can view the videos in high quality by selecting HQ near the volume slider.)


Buzz and me in The Hollows


Heart of Magician


Tracks of the day's runs


After having after such a great time today and last week, Magic is now my favorite day trip mountain. I can't wait to go back.
post #2 of 14
I love Magic. After how pathetic the other hills in that area are, it's great there's at least some redeeming value in the Manchester valley. Way to get after it.
post #3 of 14
Where is this? Great skiing!
post #4 of 14
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Where is this? Great skiing!
Thanks. Magic is in southern Vermont.
post #5 of 14
There couldn't have been more than 50 people on the hill. Everyone on the lift was 'hootin and holleren'. With each run the snow was refreshed so it was almost untracked powder. I'd say the snow was shy of knee deep with spots in the woods to the crotch.

Red Line was awesome with its ledges and steep pitches. There was plenty to watch out for underneath so picking the line was important. The snow underneath was bumped in a pleasant way, not too tight, but enough to play with in the pow.

In the woods I got snagged on some downed branches. Some caution was advised. But the cover was fantastic. At one point I broke out of the trees on to a logging type road, deep powder straight down the fall line - beautiful.

Everyone was pleasant and friendly. The lifties always said hello and they seemed a little frustrated to be stuck loading skiers instead of ripping it up. The employees are locals and they ski

Tallisman, a regular trail, skied pretty much untracked powder top to bottom. What I mean is that you could easily find a line with no tracks all the way down throughout the day. Now that is uncommon for a trail east or west.

We skied from opening to the bell, something I never do. Many thanks to live4ski my new found ski buddy. Magic was the best skiing I have experienced in years.
post #6 of 14
Reminds me of that song... "Whoa ho ho it's magic you know, never believe it's not so..."
post #7 of 14
What an audio catch the “I’ve got no more” comment [from Paul?] ending the first video. Instant classic! I could feel the burn when coaxed to keep it rolling . Great share.



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Reminds me of that song... "Whoa ho ho it's magic you know, never believe it's not so..."
Thanks crank. Now that song will be in my head all day…
post #8 of 14
Thanks for the stoke. Magic deserves all the praise it can get.
post #9 of 14
Man I am so pissed I was stuck at work! Nice work guys!
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post
What an audio catch the “I’ve got no more” comment [from Paul?] ending the first video. Instant classic! I could feel the burn when coaxed to keep it rolling . Great share.
My legs are fried. When I ski with live4ski, I play catch upThat was the most skiing in one day that I have done in many years. I still have a ways to go, but Crossfit has made a huge difference.

Today is a Tylenol day.

And DoWork, there is more to come, next time. Magic rocks.
post #11 of 14
I'd also like to mention that the shop at the bottom of the access road is the first to ever give me a really good tune.
post #12 of 14
Sweet TR. Way to go. I hope to get me sumadat soon!
post #13 of 14
nice - ya it's a great place!
post #14 of 14

Great trip report

WOW! Nice stoke footage, watched in HQ mode very nice quality.
I agree with DD you can feel the thigh burn.

Mark
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