Nothing like the first run of the season at Magic, even if it’s a week late. Squeezing into the boots, locking them into the skis, and enjoying that beautiful first ride up the newly painted and refurbished Red Chair. The crew did a great job laying down some nice cord on some fine man-made Magic snow mixed in with a bit of Mother Nature’s own. Upper Magic Carpet to Trick to Wand to Show Off is a fun East Side top to bottom run. It’s not for beginners, but intermediates will find it challenging while the advanced and expert skiers can let it rip (safely of course). Wish there was more, but we need a little cooperation from above. Until then, pretty darn good for the first run of the season! A tradition that started 50 years ago here in Londonderry Vermont.
It’s steep and the trails are narrow. It has an abundance of tree runs and cliffs to launch off of. It’s Magic Mountain, and it’s uniquely awesome. As an adult these features may be intimidating. To kids they are fun and exciting, a natural playground at its finest, which is most fun when skied properly and safely.
This year is the dawn of a new era of young skiers at Magic. This year we are proud to announce the creation of a freeskiing team. The three coaches: Matt Tabrys, Jake Kravitz and I have big goals and expectations for this team, our athletes and the future of Magic skiers. What exactly is a freeskiing team you ask? Well, it can be defined a few different ways depending on whom you ask and what mountain they train at. Well our freeskiing team isn’t about learning to grind rails and hit 40 foot jumps in the terrain park. Nope, our freeskiing team is about learning to ski real terrain on a real mountain. Terrain that is steep, rocky, full of cliffs, and terrain that is often the most fun…in the trees. Oh and we love powder! Our goal is to help young skiers learn the skills to ski this great terrain to the best of their ability under the guidance of three very skilled coaches. We are going to be competing in the Ski The East Freeride Tour at various times throughout the year (one stop being at Magic in March) and also compete in our homegrown event The Black Magic Extreme Challenge.
Magic is the type of mountain that should and will breed absolutely ripping little skiers. These young skiers grow up into adults that pass this legacy, this love and this passion onto their own children someday. We couldn’t be more pleased to be able to be a part of helping grow this next generation of Magic skiers.
Director of Magic Freeskiing Program
We have so many things for which to be thankful. A great ski season this past year, with ample snow and skiers. The unbelieveable resiliency of Vermonters after the destruction of Irene. The dedication and commitment of our workers and many volunteers to continue to make improvements to Magic each and every year. The many individuals and families who have personally invested in, and believe in, the future of this ski area. The distinctive physical resource of this great mountain which has provided so many memorable adventures and thrills over the last 50 years based on the initial vision of Hans Thorner. But, most importantly, we give thanks to the passionate and growing community of Magic “faithful” who really make this a fun and welcoming place to visit or call a “winter home”.
So, on behalf of our “faithful” family to yours, please enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll see you on the slopes soon!
-The Magic Crew
The Boston Globe business section on 11/15 covers Magic’s “Second Life”. It’s really a story about the dedication of our community of workers and volunteers to see Magic get beyond survival and into the revival of an authentic Vermont ski mountain and culture. Check it out in our News Room
All this weekend, from Thursday to Sunday, Magic packs its gear into a pick-up and heads to the big city.
It’s hard to squeeze the Red Chair in there, so we left her behind. She was all dressed up and really looking forward to painting the town, er, yeah…red!
The event is the Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo and it’s a chance for Magic to get in front of the industry and consumers and tell her story. We will try not to stay out too late. But after handing out hundreds of coupons and information on 3-Packs, College passes and White-Out passes, it’s important to get together for some Magic après ski show fun, too! Did we pack the shot-ski?
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