Tags: deals, Freedom, New England, riding, savings, season passes, ski, Ski Area, ski tickets, skiing, snowboard, Vermont, VT
Posted: August 26, 2013
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With summer ending and fall starting up, this is a great time of year to get some deals for the 2013-14 ski season. And, the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a big snow year for New England so cross your skis and let’s get the stoke going!
Your local ski shops already have early season equipment lease specials for the kids and tent sales are going on up here in Vermont. And when it comes to tickets and passes, why wait?
Here at Magic we’ve just launched a brand new product called the Freedom Four-Pack! It combines fab-four savings on tickets with the freedom and flexibility to use them whenever and with whomever you want. Four ticket vouchers for only $185 saves you $67, and the vouchers are good anytime this season (even holidays) and they are 100% transferable to others. Most discounts come with black-outs and restrictions–but not here at Magic where we are trying to keep winter affordable for more people. It’s all reward and no risk. But, hurry to get your Freedom Four-Pack because there are only 100 available here
Speaking of no restrictions or black-outs, now is a perfect time to get season passes at Magic as every pass bought before October 12th saves you $50. Magic passes are some of the best deals in Vermont, with every pass below $500–about half the cost of most big resorts. Now their passes come with a lot of extras that we don’t have–like CROWDS on the slopes, in the lift lines, and in the lodge! Check out our passes today here and join the Magic Faithful family.
And, if you are loving the outdoors right now, the TimberQuest Park is a fun escape and challenge which has a 15% off deal just by booking online and using the code FB15. So start dealing here at Magic–where the cards are always wild…
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Tags: Adventure, Adventure Parks, Golden Triangle, Magic, Magic Mountain, New England, southern Vermont, travel, trip s, Vacation, vacation ideas, Vermont, VT, Zip Lines
Posted: August 4, 2013
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August is summer vacation time. And, while we are certainly biased, what better place to take it than Vermont?
There’s our Green Mountains, lakes, quarries, covered bridges, scenic vistas, hikes on the Long Trail (drinks of Long Trail too!), farm-fresh food and dining, classic inns, historical sites, state parks, golfing, fishing, swimming, biking, adventure parks, and hanging out with some of the best people on earth at local bars and restaurants listening to great local music. All of this is available right here in the “Golden Triangle” of Vermont between Bromley, Stratton and Magic.
Here at Magic, we’ve added our TimberQuest high trees ropes obstacle course and zip lines to the mix of Golden Triangle must-visit spots. TimberQuest has been designed to be different than any other adventure activity out there. And, the unique, natural setting of Magic Mountain makes it feel like you have truly escaped for the day. But rather than take our word for it, here’s a link to all the independent ratings/reviews on Trip Advisors from recent guests. I think they illustrate why going up in our trees will take your vacation to Vermont “up a notch” this summer and fall. Happy TreeXing!
See reviews and ratings here for TimberQuest and to reserve time and visit TimberQuest go to www.timberquestparks.com
Tags: Freedom, Independence, Independence Day. Magic, July 4th, Londonderry, Magic Mountain, New England, Powder, ski, Ski Area, Ski Resort, skiing, Snow, snowboarding, Vermont, VT
Posted: July 2, 2013
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On July 4th the nation celebrates its independence from the yoke of tyranny and our long road down the path of democracy, freedom and liberty. When America first started on this path, there were few other nations serving as a model for democracy and freedom. And, while by no means perfected yet, the beauty of America is that we continue to try to create a “more perfect union”, never satisfied that we can’t be better than we were before.
In our own little way, Magic is also on a road with few models as we diverge from the corporate resort experience and seek to carve out an independent future which provides a bit more choice and freedom to skiers and riders. Certainly we have not perfected Magic–and maybe that’s part of its beauty too–but all of us strive to make each year better than before.
Also, the ironic thing about independence, as America found, is that you need the help and volunteerism of the people, of the community, to make it work. Certainly this is the case with Magic. Volunteers help keep the trails clear, create some new glades, check tickets, manage kids programs, and perform maintenance projects. Our ski community not only gives money for capital projects, but they are the very essence of the spirit and vibe which makes Magic so welcoming and different from major resorts. And, different is good!
Difference provides choice and variety. Without choice, we are all resigned to the same experience despite our individual desires. One of the problems with a ski industry that becomes increasingly consolidated by major corporate players, is that the ski experience over time becomes increasingly similar as they all look at the same “majority rules” research and have the same quarterly demand for higher yield and profit per customer. Skiing, already an expensive sport, not surprisingly, has become ever more exclusive with more “value added” services and “perks” created to justify higher pricing. Unfortunately many of the higher fee services are simply greater/more exclusive access to their basic product–thereby creating an unnatural “caste” system based on income stratification and restrictions. No longer is every skier or rider created equal in the eyes of the resort model.
At Magic, we want to see if we can create a natural, open, no restrictions, sport-focused model which enhances the ability for all to ski and ride (uh, like it used to be!) . This means no restrictions on passes or tickets and an open boundary-to-boundary mountain. (Now with freedom comes responsibility, so if a trail is closed, it’s still closed for safety reasons.) Freedom to start skiing as soon as the mountain opens and ski anywhere you want whether you are pass holder or ticket holder. Freedom from long lines and overcrowded slopes by retaining our non-high speed lift system to keep on-slope skier density down. Freedom from high pass and ticket prices that keep the sport out of reach for many middle class and local skiers and riders. Freedom to enjoy a variety of terrain, from groomed to all-natural, from trails to glades, from steep expert trails to gentle windy beginner slopes. Freedom to hang with family and friends in a low stress, friendly community atmosphere. Freedom to have a say in how the mountain evolves with capital improvements. While this may not be what a majority of skiers want based on the success big resorts are having, we think there are enough folks who desire a different, more personal and intimate experience–at least some of the time!
With Magic as a strong independent ski area option among the many resorts in the region, we hope to bring greater vitality and choice to the previously famed “Golden Triangle” of southern Vermont. And, we will again welcome any of our neighboring mountain pass holders to come visit us at a discount price next year just by showing their home mountain pass, so we can bring even more value to that pass. And, I’m sure some of Magic’s pass holders will be visiting other areas on days those mountains might have better conditions or they’d like a change of pace as well.
With independence comes a responsibility on our part to preserve what makes Magic different while continuing to improve the reliability of our product so our community can rely on this place for years to come. It is our hope that Magic can “set you free” from the typical resort experience. We will never be perfect, but that doesn’t mean we won’t strive to be better each season. And, with the help of our devoted and faithful community, we plan on celebrating many Independence Days together for years to come.
Happy 4th of July! And, we hope to see you here on the 4th for an All-American Grill on the Deck; on July 5th for the big fireworks show, cook out and The Battenkillers; and, on July 6th with the return of The Butties playing Beatle music all night long!
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.