We’ve already had a wedding here at Magic over Memorial Day weekend that was really beautiful (including a rainbow). But, what’s really fantastic about summer in Vermont is that it lets us fall in love in a different way with the same girl (or boy–but I think states are feminine).
Winter is our favorite season, of course, and a Vermont winter at Magic is like no other. Timeless.
The snow, the cold, the skiing and riding, the crisp star-filled nights, relaxing with friends by a fire–it’s so Vermont that many don’t even realize there is a whole different personality to this state in the summer. Vermont is so green in contrast to white. Everything is lush and welcoming, from the mountain trails to the rivers, ponds, quarries and lakes. Some folks don’t even realize that Vermont can get really hot–and many places don’t have AC, so people find refreshment in the many local watering holes–okay, those kind too! There are secret stashes of waterfalls (Jamaica State park and Pike’s Falls) which take you away from the routine. Find them.
If you love the outdoors, Vermont has it all in the summer. And, at Magic, we have TimberQuest which serves up adventure courses for the whole family on our hill. It’s a great way to get close to nature while also challenging yourself in a new type of sport I like to call “treecrossing”.
And, if you love music, Vermont has many classic grassroots music festivals. On the back side of Magic this weekend at Timber Ridge, the Frendly Gathering will take place with overnight camping, multiple stages with over 20 bands, yoga, swimming, skateboarding and of course, frisbee tossing and hula hoops! The music goes late into the night under the brilliant summer stars and the crowd at The Gathering lives up to its name: Frendly! (no “i” in Frends).
There’s even more music next weekend here with The Battenkillers performing at our Independence Day Fireworks celebration for the town of Londonderry on July 5th and then The Butties are playing Magic on July 6th at 8pm for their 30th anniversary party. It will be a night full of Beatles music and dancing.
Vermont’s natural beauty shines in a different but compelling way during the summer. From exploring new outdoor activities, to cool summer nights filled with music and stars, to great local food, to the wonderful people who call Vermont home–it’s like falling in love all over again until winter arrives anew.
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Posted: September 24, 2012
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Ready for a lift up the hill on the Red Chair
The first day of fall was also the first day of volunteer projects at Magic. And what a beautiful day it was to gather as a ski community and help prep the mountain for the coming winter season.
At least 40 people came to trim current glades, create new ones, and spurce up the lodge and deck. Thanks to all that came–you truly represent the spirit and dedication needed to keep an independent ski area vibrant in an era of large corporate resort entities.
The first glades crew went up at 9 am to tackle the mountain’s largest glade which is now “officially” on the map: The Wardrobe. It is steep and vast as it lies between both Sorcerer and Talisman. The crew cleaned it up and cleared it out to make the fall line to skier’s-right more accessible. But while the objective was The Wardrobe, the crew hit another great spot, not to be mentioned here, which is not on the official map, making a great new line for the upcoming season.
The first team cutting a new line
At 10 am the next crew headed up to the East Side of the hill to hit glades both on and off the map…”on” being Disappearing Act which now has a new skier’s-right route and “off” being a baby called “Up Your Shirt”. Also on the East Side there was an additional crew of pros weed wacking both Goniff Glade and Twilight Zone–two trails that only “goats” with power tools can handle.
Meanwhile back down below, volunteers were busy painting and repairing the lodge–with plans for a new sound system for the outdoor deck!
So with sun and temps in the 70s as the leaves start to turn, Magic was a hub of work this saturday, while customers also flowed in to challenge themselves in the new TimberQuest tree-crossing obstacle courses. But lest you think Magic is all work and no play–all our volunteers came together at day’s end to share a few cold ones, some food and talk about the new hidden stashes which await the new season. And with that, Day #1 was in the books, with two more Volunteer Days coming on October 6th and 20th.