Can't narrow it down to one thing...let's see:
- Value - great skiing for a great price
- Terrain - The best within striking distance from me - 100 minutes door-to-door
- Vibe - I was a passholder at Gore for a few years...place felt like a geriatric ward. I also had a pass at West Mountain for weeknight turns last winter. That place was so awful, I couldn't force myself to go and took a real bath on that pass. Everyone I met at Magic was all about the skiing and the laid back vibe that defines the place. The guys that define the vibe are always willing to share their "secrets" and don't mind hauling an old fart around - you guys make me a better skier. There's always someone interesting to talk to in Goniff's Den and everybody has the attitude of pulling together to make the place work. I don't think I heard many complaints the whole year because people would rather find solutions than whine.
- Small town Vermont - I come from a small town in Vermont and this place just feels like home. My uncle has lived in Springfield (VT) for as long as I can remember...and that's a long time. We used to ski with him at Okemo (hated it), Round Top (pretty cool place but now a private outing club I think) and Magic back in the mid and late 70s. Magic was always my favorite of those 3. Although I like Stowe the best, it's just not practical for me based on where I live now.