Tags: fall foliage, glades, Magic, Magic Mountain, ski, skiing, snowboarding, Vermont, Volunteer, winter
Posted: September 19, 2013
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But first, we need to get prepared! And, the fall is the perfect transitional season in New England. First we start to feel the cooler nights. Then we wake up to an early morning frost. But still the days can be sunny and pleasant with temperatures in the 60s. We make efforts to exercise more–especially for the legs. And, we check in on the state of our skis, boots and poles. Both the mind and body begin to prepare for the colder weather and the anticipation of what comes with it.
And like us, the mountain begins its preparation for winter as well. The ground begins to harden at night. The mountain grass doesn’t grow as fast. The leaves begin to change color and eventually drop. The evening shadows fall across the mountain sooner. All portending the coming snow that will blanket the hill.
This is also the time of stepped up activity on the mountain. The operations crew does the final mowing so trails are ready for the first few inches of whiteness. The chair lifts go through final maintenance, testing and inspection so they can transport folks up the hill. The snowmaking system begins to be brought back to life with old and new pipes welded, new guns purchased and pumping system tested so it’s ready to lay down tracks of snow come the November drop in temperatures.
And just as important as everything the operations team does, the rhythm of Magic’s autumn includes the footsteps of many of our skiers and riders fanning out over Magic to help clean and clear glades and work around the lodge–all in harmony with the mountain to help her welcome guests come winter time.
When Magic Volunteers arrive on September 21 and October 12, we know that winter is coming, because first…there’s work to do!
Update: Here’s a video from the 9/21 Volunteer Day–come on out for 10/12!