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post #31 of 47

I just got back from Magic.  The powder was awesome.  It was snowing the whole day but really started dumping around Noon.  By 4:00 PM, Magic was knocking on the door of epic powder with between 3-5 inches of new snow on the mountain on top of the 15 they received 2-3 days ago.  It was coming down very heavy when we left at 5:00 PM.  Tomorrow will likely be the best day of the season, so if you were saving your sick day from work for that epic powder day, Monday is the day to use it.

post #32 of 47

I'm on for Magic in the morning.  Anyone else in?  Where's a good meeting place?  My plan is to arrive about 8:30 but with unfamiliar and hopefully snowy roads that is a bit questionable.

 

Just checked in in Albany, gotta get some food and drink.  See ya!

post #33 of 47

Usually, you are one day behind us, and we got a good foot of snow in some areas around here yesterday.

I am anxious to see the TR's from this thread.

 

post #34 of 47

Ok, I'm in!  Who else is coming to Magique?

Looks like I'll have to find some skis!

DoWork? are you able?

post #35 of 47

Bumpfreaq, Are you returning to Albany after Magic or heading north from there?  Latest forecast covering Magic:


Statement as of 8:06 PM EST on February 22, 2009


... Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 am EST Monday...



A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for heavy snow until 7 am


EST Monday for Washington County in New York... southern


Vermont... and the Berkshires of Massachusetts.



An additional 2 to 6 inches of snow is expected through this


evening across southern Vermont... the Berkshires... and


Washington County in New York. Total snow accumulations will range


from 6 to 12 inches. The greatest snowfall accumulations are


expected to be over the southern Green Mountains and the Berkshires.



Snow will continue to be heavy at times this evening... before


gradually diminishing in intensity overnight. Blustery northwest


winds of 15 to 30 mph will produce blowing and drifting of the


snow overnight... allowing for difficult travel during the


overnight hours.



The heavy snow will result from an intensifying low pressure


system moving northeast into the Gulf of Maine overnight.



A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow...


sleet... and ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also


possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

post #36 of 47

I'm SO jealous!

post #37 of 47
Thread Starter 

I suck...  I'm spending today stuck in my shop, welding like a sweatshop worker so all our stuff can be ready for our inspector on Wednesday...  I would have finished it this weekend but I was in a panic boxing up all my stuff for my emergency move this week.  I hate my life's penchant for throwing a monkey wrench in the works...  But NOTHING can stop me from going to Jay Thursday.  Nothing.       

 

At least this thread inspired others to get out there and kick some ass...  

post #38 of 47
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I suck...  .............  But NOTHING can stop me from going to Jay Thursday.  Nothing.       

 

 

I was just thinking how funny this will be if it's quoted and/or misquoted.

 

 

post #39 of 47

Well we skied Magic!! 

We being Bumpfreaq and I.

 

Originally Posted by Do Work View Post

 

At least this thread inspired others to get out there and kick some ass... 

 

Yes DoWork! Probably would not have happened without you starting the thread!!

 

There was not a lot of people there. In the afternoon we were a significant fraction of the skiers.  The morning had a bunch of rippers on fat stuff and was generally more crowded - meaning the double had most chairs with people in it.  Possibly there was a 20 second wait to be next. Light snow flurries to heavy flurries throughout the day.

 

The snow was great.  I wouldn't worry about missing some sort of epic powder day but it was pretty damn good throughout the day. Definitely worth the trip! Morning had lots of piles of windblown that exploded when you blew through them or turned in them.  Great fun!  Too bad we didn't have a camera with a predictable shutter but we did get some photos.  Maybe we should post in a trip report?  We were always able to find something pleasing to ski - at least for part of the run.  The wind really did a number on some things with the exploding piles becoming firm moguls where the wind hit them by afternoon.

 

It is a little bizarre though to ski trails at this time of year and with the snow we've had recently and blow through weeds or the top of tall grass.  If you're squeamish about your bases this was not the place to be!  The run under the lift -called 'Red Line' for the lift color (there's only one lift that works) was interesting.  I think we skied it three times and every time I thought I had it figured out from the chair but managed to ski it and effectively hit most of the rocks I'd scouted. I must say I never knew rock was so skiable! The middle section though was great with very little wind pack and excellent coverage.  You could launch from pile to pile.  Bump was jammin' on the Bluehouse Districts in his signature style. He definitely likes to go! He seemed to be enjoying skiing steep rock under thin cover and was not very concerned about the ptex. He also has to get some sort of award for ski traveling, he was headed to Burlington or Waterbury afterwards.

 

The snow  was good where it was good!

We even got some bonafide soft powder in the woods.

 

Ok, somehow I went into a store that sold all sorts of fat stuff and came out with a turd of a demo that was 79mm.  Whatever, there was no time for shopping! Part of it was all the fat skis got scooped up the day before, the other part might have been the word 'Magic'. See 'Magic' means "Place that shall destroy skis" to most shop owners. They've got a point! I was considering going down to the corner store down the road at lunch and seeing what they had for demos.  The logistics were too tough though so I decided to stick with the one I brought to the party.

 

Magic is pretty cool.  Consider that people apparently were getting tickets 3 people for 75$ Mine was 39$ I don't think there's an area that comes close to that in terms of price/terrain.

Thanks Bumpfreaq! Awesome time!

 

Magic?  "Magique!"  as in Zoolander.

 

 


Edited by Tog - 2/24/2009 at 01:30 am
post #40 of 47
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

 

Well we skied Magic!! 

We being Bumpfreaq and I.

In the afternoon we were a significant fraction of the skiers.  The morning had a bunch of rippers on fat stuff and was generally more crowded - meaning the double had most chairs with people in it.  Possibly there was a 20 second wait to be next. Light snow flurries to heavy flurries throughout the day.

 

The snow was great.  I wouldn't worry about missing some sort of epic powder day but it was pretty damn good throughout the day. Definitely worth the trip! Morning had lots of piles of windblown that exploded when you blew through them or turned in them.  Great fun!  Too bad we didn't have a camera with a predictable shutter but we did get some photos.  Maybe we should post in a trip report?  We were always able to find something pleasing to ski - at least for part of the run.  The wind really did a number on some things with the exploding piles becoming firm moguls where the wind hit them by afternoon.

 

It is a little bizarre though to ski trails at this time of year and with the snow we've had recently and blow through weeds or the top of tall grass.  If you're squeamish about your bases this was not the place to be!  The run under the lift -called 'Red Line' for the lift color (there's only one lift that works) was interesting.  I think we skied it three times and every time I thought I had it figured out from the chair but managed to ski the most of the rocks pretty effectively.  I must say I never knew rock was so skiable! The middle section though was great with very little wind pack and excellent coverage.  You could launch from pile to pile.  Bump was jammin' on the Bluehouse Districts in his signature style. He definitely likes to go! He seemed to be enjoying skiing steep rock under thin cover and was not very concerned about the ptex. He also has to get some sort of award for ski traveling, he was headed to Burlington or Waterbury afterwards.


The snow  was good where it was good!

We even got some bonafide soft powder in the woods.

 

Ok, somehow I went into a store that sold all sorts of fat stuff and came out with a turd of a demo that was 79mm.  Whatever, there was no time for shopping! Part of it was all the fat skis got scooped up the day before, the other part might have been the word 'Magic'. See 'Magic' means "Place that shall destroy skis" to most shop owners. They've got a point! I was considering going down to the corner store down the road at lunch and seeing what they had for demos.  The logistics were too tough though so I decided to stick with the one I brought to the party.

 

Magic is pretty cool.  Consider that people apparently were getting tickets 3 people for 75$ Mine was 39$ I don't think there's an area that comes close to that in terms of price/terrain.

Thanks Bumpfreaq! Awesome time!

 

Magic?  "Magique!"  as in Zoolander.

 

 

Yeah, Magic was big fun today.  I'll post up some pics in my GTG thread and maybe I can convince a mod to change it to the TR forum in a few days.

 

I'm glad Tog didn't end up on some fatties because even on turds he was doing everything I was but making it look easy.  Maybe when I grow up I'll ski as good as him......hmmm.... probably not but I'm more than satisfied with having as much fun.

 

Thanks Tog, it was a really good day!

post #41 of 47
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

 

Well we skied Magic!! 

We being Bumpfreaq and I.

In the afternoon we were a significant fraction of the skiers.  The morning had a bunch of rippers on fat stuff and was generally more crowded - meaning the double had most chairs with people in it.  Possibly there was a 20 second wait to be next. Light snow flurries to heavy flurries throughout the day.

 

The snow was great.  I wouldn't worry about missing some sort of epic powder day but it was pretty damn good throughout the day. Definitely worth the trip! Morning had lots of piles of windblown that exploded when you blew through them or turned in them.  Great fun!  Too bad we didn't have a camera with a predictable shutter but we did get some photos.  Maybe we should post in a trip report?  We were always able to find something pleasing to ski - at least for part of the run.  The wind really did a number on some things with the exploding piles becoming firm moguls where the wind hit them by afternoon.

 

It is a little bizarre though to ski trails at this time of year and with the snow we've had recently and blow through weeds or the top of tall grass.  If you're squeamish about your bases this was not the place to be!  The run under the lift -called 'Red Line' for the lift color (there's only one lift that works) was interesting.  I think we skied it three times and every time I thought I had it figured out from the chair but managed to ski the most of the rocks pretty effectively.  I must say I never knew rock was so skiable! The middle section though was great with very little wind pack and excellent coverage.  You could launch from pile to pile.  Bump was jammin' on the Bluehouse Districts in his signature style. He definitely likes to go! He seemed to be enjoying skiing steep rock under thin cover and was not very concerned about the ptex. He also has to get some sort of award for ski traveling, he was headed to Burlington or Waterbury afterwards.


The snow  was good where it was good!

We even got some bonafide soft powder in the woods.

 

Ok, somehow I went into a store that sold all sorts of fat stuff and came out with a turd of a demo that was 79mm.  Whatever, there was no time for shopping! Part of it was all the fat skis got scooped up the day before, the other part might have been the word 'Magic'. See 'Magic' means "Place that shall destroy skis" to most shop owners. They've got a point! I was considering going down to the corner store down the road at lunch and seeing what they had for demos.  The logistics were too tough though so I decided to stick with the one I brought to the party.

 

Magic is pretty cool.  Consider that people apparently were getting tickets 3 people for 75$ Mine was 39$ I don't think there's an area that comes close to that in terms of price/terrain.

Thanks Bumpfreaq! Awesome time!

 

Magic?  "Magique!"  as in Zoolander.

 

 

Yeah, Magic was big fun today.  I'll post up some pics in my GTG thread and maybe I can convince a mod to change it to the TR forum in a few days.

 

I'm glad Tog didn't end up on some fatties because even on turds he was doing everything I was but making it look easy.  Maybe when I grow up I'll ski as good as him......hmmm.... probably not but I'm more than satisfied with having as much fun.

 

Thanks Tog, it was a really good day!

post #42 of 47
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

 

Well we skied Magic!! 

We being Bumpfreaq and I.

In the afternoon we were a significant fraction of the skiers.  The morning had a bunch of rippers on fat stuff and was generally more crowded - meaning the double had most chairs with people in it.  Possibly there was a 20 second wait to be next. Light snow flurries to heavy flurries throughout the day.

 

The snow was great.  I wouldn't worry about missing some sort of epic powder day but it was pretty damn good throughout the day. Definitely worth the trip! Morning had lots of piles of windblown that exploded when you blew through them or turned in them.  Great fun!  Too bad we didn't have a camera with a predictable shutter but we did get some photos.  Maybe we should post in a trip report?  We were always able to find something pleasing to ski - at least for part of the run.  The wind really did a number on some things with the exploding piles becoming firm moguls where the wind hit them by afternoon.

 

It is a little bizarre though to ski trails at this time of year and with the snow we've had recently and blow through weeds or the top of tall grass.  If you're squeamish about your bases this was not the place to be!  The run under the lift -called 'Red Line' for the lift color (there's only one lift that works) was interesting.  I think we skied it three times and every time I thought I had it figured out from the chair but managed to ski the most of the rocks pretty effectively.  I must say I never knew rock was so skiable! The middle section though was great with very little wind pack and excellent coverage.  You could launch from pile to pile.  Bump was jammin' on the Bluehouse Districts in his signature style. He definitely likes to go! He seemed to be enjoying skiing steep rock under thin cover and was not very concerned about the ptex. He also has to get some sort of award for ski traveling, he was headed to Burlington or Waterbury afterwards.


The snow  was good where it was good!

We even got some bonafide soft powder in the woods.

 

Ok, somehow I went into a store that sold all sorts of fat stuff and came out with a turd of a demo that was 79mm.  Whatever, there was no time for shopping! Part of it was all the fat skis got scooped up the day before, the other part might have been the word 'Magic'. See 'Magic' means "Place that shall destroy skis" to most shop owners. They've got a point! I was considering going down to the corner store down the road at lunch and seeing what they had for demos.  The logistics were too tough though so I decided to stick with the one I brought to the party.

 

Magic is pretty cool.  Consider that people apparently were getting tickets 3 people for 75$ Mine was 39$ I don't think there's an area that comes close to that in terms of price/terrain.

Thanks Bumpfreaq! Awesome time!

 

Magic?  "Magique!"  as in Zoolander.

 

 

Yeah, Magic was big fun today.  I'll post up some pics in my GTG thread and maybe I can convince a mod to change it to the TR forum in a few days.

 

I'm glad Tog didn't end up on some fatties because even on turds he was doing everything I was but making it look easy.  Maybe when I grow up I'll ski as good as him......hmmm.... probably not but I'm more than satisfied with having as much fun.

 

Thanks Tog, it was a really good day!

post #43 of 47
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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

 

Well we skied Magic!! 

We being Bumpfreaq and I.

 

Originally Posted by Do Work View Post

 

At least this thread inspired others to get out there and kick some ass... 

 

Yes DoWork! Probably would not have happened without you starting the thread!!

 

There was not a lot of people there. In the afternoon we were a significant fraction of the skiers.  The morning had a bunch of rippers on fat stuff and was generally more crowded - meaning the double had most chairs with people in it.  Possibly there was a 20 second wait to be next. Light snow flurries to heavy flurries throughout the day.

 

The snow was great.  I wouldn't worry about missing some sort of epic powder day but it was pretty damn good throughout the day. Definitely worth the trip! Morning had lots of piles of windblown that exploded when you blew through them or turned in them.  Great fun!  Too bad we didn't have a camera with a predictable shutter but we did get some photos.  Maybe we should post in a trip report?  We were always able to find something pleasing to ski - at least for part of the run.  The wind really did a number on some things with the exploding piles becoming firm moguls where the wind hit them by afternoon.

 

It is a little bizarre though to ski trails at this time of year and with the snow we've had recently and blow through weeds or the top of tall grass.  If you're squeamish about your bases this was not the place to be!  The run under the lift -called 'Red Line' for the lift color (there's only one lift that works) was interesting.  I think we skied it three times and every time I thought I had it figured out from the chair but managed to ski it and effectively hit most of the rocks I'd scouted. I must say I never knew rock was so skiable! The middle section though was great with very little wind pack and excellent coverage.  You could launch from pile to pile.  Bump was jammin' on the Bluehouse Districts in his signature style. He definitely likes to go! He seemed to be enjoying skiing steep rock under thin cover and was not very concerned about the ptex. He also has to get some sort of award for ski traveling, he was headed to Burlington or Waterbury afterwards.

 

The snow  was good where it was good!

We even got some bonafide soft powder in the woods.

 

Ok, somehow I went into a store that sold all sorts of fat stuff and came out with a turd of a demo that was 79mm.  Whatever, there was no time for shopping! Part of it was all the fat skis got scooped up the day before, the other part might have been the word 'Magic'. See 'Magic' means "Place that shall destroy skis" to most shop owners. They've got a point! I was considering going down to the corner store down the road at lunch and seeing what they had for demos.  The logistics were too tough though so I decided to stick with the one I brought to the party.

 

Magic is pretty cool.  Consider that people apparently were getting tickets 3 people for 75$ Mine was 39$ I don't think there's an area that comes close to that in terms of price/terrain.

Thanks Bumpfreaq! Awesome time!

 

Magic?  "Magique!"  as in Zoolander.

 

 


Edited by Tog - 2/24/2009 at 01:30 am

Great post.  Take a listen to the third video in my Magic TR from Sunday.  http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/81474/more-magic-love-2-22-09  You can hear the rocks clearly on Red Line.  Surprisingly, the gouges in my bases were not that deep.

post #44 of 47
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Great post.  Take a listen to the third video in my Magic TR from Sunday.  http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/81474/more-magic-love-2-22-09  You can hear the rocks clearly on Red Line.  Surprisingly, the gouges in my bases were not that deep.

Hmm, I was thinking the same thing.  Do they have soft rocks there?  Maybe it's magic...

post #45 of 47

liv4ski, yes that's the sound! We actually got used to it.

I think one should put very hard wax on the bases for a little added protection. It's part of the 'Magique' makeup kit.

 

Goniff glade was one of the best trails today. Even at the end of the day it was well covered with big soft bumps or clumps to go off.  Witch and Twighlight zone were good, as was Talisman - is that with the race shack? Very good left of the shack but definite rock  and boiler plate ice alert in the middle of the trail a bit down.  Heart of Magician was good to. The top part of Magician was frightening how little snow was on there. I guess the wind is always blowing straight up there and there's never enough skiers to start packing it.  I can't believe there was no rope, but no one in their right mind would ski that - no soft rock there, just hard!

 

Wow liv4ski, you guys really had a line! All the way around the building we had nothing like that.  Note that even that line is not that many people compared to a normal ski area.

 

post #46 of 47

Tog, Talisman is the one with the race shack.  It is one of my favorite on-piste runs. 

 

The long lift line only occurred at the start of the day as people were lining up waiting for the broken Red Chair to get fixed.  After the first run, there was no line.  

 

After adding more gouges to my bases at MRG and Jay last week (their rocks are harder than Magic's rocks) I was thinking of getting them refinished today, but now I am not sure that is a good idea.  Magic is forecast to receive around a foot of new snow on Monday.  I may do some powder/rock skiing on Tuesday or Wednesday.

 

BTW - the ski patrol calls the rocks on Upper Magician tombstones. 

post #47 of 47

 

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Tog, Talisman is the one with the race shack.  It is one of my favorite on-piste runs. 

 

One of the day's best trails for sure, esp. left side.

 

After adding more gouges to my bases at MRG and Jay last week (their rocks are harder than Magic's rocks) I was thinking of getting them refinished today, but now I am not sure that is a good idea.  Magic is forecast to receive around a foot of new snow on Monday.  I may do some powder/rock skiing on Tuesday or Wednesday.

 

I would not recommend a base grind before Magic! As for the rocks,...yes those ones under the red? lift were soft and movable - if you don't try to hit them.  You should invite Rossismash to Magic! He doesn't really appreciate the concept - as a ski museum curator he has important responsibilities to the skis apparently.

A foot eh? What about the wind? A foot at Magic is a little different... but some of those trails will be great.

 

BTW - the ski patrol calls the rocks on Upper Magician tombstones. 

 

hehe...yeah they look like that! I wonder if that trail is ever skiable. Those are not soft tombstones.

 

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