It’s time to rev up those tubes, because Magic’s Alakazam Tube Park is back in action for the 2013 season! MLK weekend jump starts our winter tubing season and the action is sure to be fast and furious as the temperatures are going to be cold, so the tracks will be slick.
Tubing is fun for the whole family, providing an opportunity for any one who may not ski or snowboard to come enjoy the great outdoors of Vermont and Magic. (It is also a nice diversion for the youngsters after a long day on the slopes so Mom and Dad can enjoy some relaxation at Black line Tavern–all while viewing the activity from the comforts of the lodge…).
Magic’s tube park is centrally located at the base so it is easy to get to and view from the lodge. And, an all day ticket starting at 11am is still only $25–$20 after 4pm on Saturdays. Tubing also makes a fun party and many Magic tubers get group rates for birthday parties and other celebrations (with the option to get some food catered as well).
So the tubes are warmed up and ready-to-go, all we need are some drivers! As always, please follow all safety procedures–one person to a tube, drag feet, wait until lane is clear before going down, etc. We want everyone to have fun, but we also want you to be safe.
Dear Magic Customers and Friends:
I want to advise you all as to the progress on the lift front the past two days. On Monday we pursued five different leads throughout the country for the necessary part on the Red Chair, and were able to get it shipped from Detroit to Boston on New Year’s Eve with the part eventually arriving at Magic at 2:30 AM yesterday. We arranged for a mechanical engineer in Springfield, VT to come in on New Year’s day. He worked all day removing the faulty parts, milling news fasteners, and installing the new part on the shaft. The shaft and braking mechanism are being installed this morning. The lift inspector will review the installation as soon as it is completed, and thereafter he has required that we load test the lift. A load test consists of putting weight on every chair by filling barrels of water on each chair and then executing a complete battery of tests. As part of the test, an electrical engineer will be on site making any necessary adjustments to the electrical and safety systems.
On the Black chair we arranged for a cable inspection which occurred yesterday with a positive result. Also, the lift inspector approved a process to be performed on each grip which will allow the chairs to swing freely (a requirement for the lift to pass inspection). With approval of that process the work on that task has begun on every chair.
Snowmaking also continued through the night at both the Beginner Tow Handle area and Tube Park to create enough base depth for the tow lifts to operate properly and last us though March. Now that there is enough machine-made snow, the lift tracks can be groomed out today and angled properly for safety purposes so they can be inspected this week as well.
This is obviously a great deal to accomplish in a short period of time, but we have the experts, the inspector and personnel in place to accomplish it. All hands are on deck in an effort to get the Red Chair, Beginner Handle Tow and Tube Park tow prepared to run on Saturday. I will update you all as to the progress on the above tasks as they move forward. If there are any questions, feel free to contact me.