With Magic’s first of three Volunteer days coming up on September 22nd, it is appropriate to recognize how important our volunteers are to this ski area. It is also important for the non-volunteers (yet!) to understand that this volunteer activity is truly a mutually beneficial relationship–and worth giving a try.
For Magic, our volunteers get critical work done to prepare the mountain for the new ski season. Our steep trails need hands-on trimming because in certain areas, machine-driven mowers just can’t tread. And, this cutting is necessary so that when we get snow, it doesn’t take as much to get a trail open. The glades also need attention to clear brush growth and remove fallen trees/limbs. And, for those that prefer to stay lower down on the mountain, a fresh coat of paint around the buildings is a big help to freshen Magic’s face.
You see, Magic is a place that needs a community to pitch in so we can control costs and keep things affordable for more skiers and riders. But it’s also about letting our skiers create some new skiable terrain which leads to a natural, incremental expansion of the adventure to be had here (for those who know where to find it).
So Magic looks forward to our army of volunteers to put their imprint on Magic. And, just as importantly, Magic puts its imprint on each volunteer after they’ve given their hard work and sweat.
Volunteers see the mountain in a different, more personal level out there on the hill (without its winter coat on). The tremendous natural terrain here is appreciated even more up-close (it’s why Hans Thorner selected Glebe Mtn to be the home of Magic, as its contours reminded him of the Swiss Alps). Plus, the camaraderie of working with other like-minded enthusiasts builds bonds and creates new friendships. And, clearing a trail or creating a new glade makes skiing or riding that trail a much more personally satisfying feat come winter time. In essence, you become one with the mountain–and that stays with you forever.
For those that have yet to experience it, a Magic Volunteer Day will leave you deeply tired, but also deeply fulfilled. Our volunteers have a part themselves on that hill, and both they and Magic are the better for it.
Bonding with Magic