Hey all, most of you know about my obsession with Magic Mountain but I had to start a thread about this coming season as there's just so many improvements, I'd be doing you a disservice by not telling you about them. Even in the off season, I spend a great deal of time there helping the staff make repairs on equipment, camp and clear trails, and generally help out whenever and wherever I can. It's because of this constant involvement that I can relay to you the massive changes Magic is making this year. Dont worry, they aren't puttin gin a high speed gondi to the top, and there's still no village- thank God. The things they ARE changing however, will vastly improve the overall skier experience without compromising what we all feel is the "magic experience".
First up is the mowing. Magic recently purchased an AEBI flail mower, which has allowed them to mow a MUCH larger swath of the mountain, resulting in wider and smoother trails, as it gives the soft grasses a chance to grow above the goldenrod and other sticky brush. Crews are out even as you read this widening trails to their border, cutting back the brush that is encroaching and making corners and such that have gotten hairy in the past few years a good, solid cleaning. The difference in trail width and quality is already staggering.
Next is the snowmaking. Magic's snowmaking has been in desperate need of repairs and upgrades for years, and it's been getting some SERIOUS attention in the off season this year. Look for the west end to blow snow for the base- and staple trails like wizard and talisman should have full ability to blow snow should the need arise. Also, a myriad of patches and fixes along the east side piping will mean that the guns that were not functional last year will be ready to go. Also they will be using the fan guns this year, not just the tower guns. I for one, am excited to see the change this brings. Magic is more of an off-piste oriented hill, but it's nice to have nice groomers, and it will also hopefully increase skier visits from other, more posh area resorts.
Up next is the grooming. The old groomer operator was far from an artist but towards the end of the season you may have noticed a jump in the quality of the grooming on parts of the hill. This is beacuse of Magic's new groomer operator who will now be handling the vast majority of the courderoy, as the old operator got the boot. The new guy is obsessive about the quality of his work and I'm positive that you'll notice a huge difference in the quality of the grooming, it'll be that apparent. Also, Magic is repairing one of their older snow cats, as to be able to groom the hill faster and relocate snowmaking equipment without stopping the other groomer or relying on sleds.
On to tree runs, Magic's bread and butter. Let's just say that I've already spent four or five weekends up there, camping out and cutting new woods trails/cleaning old ones with large groups of friends of Magic. Magic might have far and away the best tree skiing in S.VT, but that doesn't mean we are leaving well enough alone. Just this past weekend, we cleared out more than a dozen cliff bands, steep woods shots, a natural staircase pillowline and more than a few steep chutes. Resting on our laurels is just not what we do. We hike, we scout and we make the cool stuff we find skiable, it's just the Magic way. Locations are tour-only, as in you have to come and find someone who knows to be shown them, but a season pass or share in the mountain is a sure bet for learning the ins and outs of the hill.
Now for the black chair. Yes, it will be running this year. Not all the time, but when the weekend "crowds" create a liftline (GASP! A LINE!?!???) it will be an option to disperse the people a bit better. There were a few days last year when there was actually a 15 minute wait in line, which was weird. It will be good to have that as an option this year for sure, as time spent waiting line is time NOT being spent sliding downhill, and that's not cool.
Park skiing. Yes, Magic will have some this year. Not a huge Red-Bull sized park, but a few features to keep the jib kids happy, most likely on Carumba but nothing set in stone as far as how much there will be just yet. It's been discussed, and it seems everyone agrees that Magic should use some of the park stuff it had spread around the hill, so look for that as well.
Basically if you liked Magic last year, you'll LOVE it this year. If you loved it last year, you may just become as obsessed as I am with it and never want to leave again. If there is anyone that has never been or people who have gone and maybe didn't get to let their hair down, please don't hesitate to PM me, etc. It is my home mountain and I want to share it wil as many people as possible and make sure people have a blast when they're there. It is in my opinion what skiing should be, and for those who want a no-hassle, all-skiing experience unrivaled in S.VT (or maybe anywhere for that matter!) and I hope to introduce my favorite hill to those of you who have had enough with the megaresort experience and want to get back to what's important. Thanks for reading, and if you are interested in becoming a Magic shareholder or just want to keep up on what's happening on the hill, please stop by the following websites...
Save magic official website, info on physical progress, share sales, management plans, etc.
The oh-fish-ul Mountain site, with info on season passes ($389 for a full season of skiing?!?!!??)
Link to TGR thread about the volunteer camping trips and woods progress. Last weekend's trip was I think page 8.
So who is planning on spending time there this winter? If you are, make sure you find me. I'd love to show you all the awesome things Magic has to offer and introduce you to the people that make Magic what it is. I'm 100% positive that once you get into the scene, you will never look at resort skiing the same. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, concerns or ideas, throw them out there! Also, if you have a cool story of some awesome pictures, throw them in here too!