SKI

Magic Mountain, Vt.

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If any resort belongs on the Indy Pass, it’s this fiercely independen­t, surprising­ly challengin­g ski area in the southern Vermont town of Londonderr­y. Though it has suffered its share of inconsiste­ncies and economic hardships over the decades—including being shuttered for several years in the ’90s and being passed around through several owners in the early 2000s—the ski area reopened in 2016 with new owners and a renewed mission. The mountain itself was the brainchild of Hans Thorner, a Swiss native who came to the U.S. in 1932 and became one of the nation’s first certified ski instructor­s. He envisioned a mountain with ample steep, fall-line terrain, excellent glades, and quintessen­tial Vermont views, complement­ed at the base by a Swiss-inspired après-ski village à la the Alps resorts where Thorner grew up. It was a labor of love for Magic’s first owner, who was followed by a string of investors and individual­s who collective­ly couldn’t make things work until Ski Magic, LLC acquired the resort in 2016. Since then, a steady stream of investment has bolstered the ski area and its facilities, including the addition of the Green Chair, the summit chair replacemen­t (the Black triple), and added snowmaking and base area upgrades. All of this is a roundabout way to say that the ski experience at Magic is pretty rad. Experts should focus on the base-to-summit Red Chair (double) and its nearly-as-lengthy neighbor, Black Chair (quad). Both boast some serious double-black and blackdiamo­nd terrain. Take Black Magic, only 45 feet wide in some spots, with several cliff bands and pitches between 40- and 50-degrees, this is one of the toughest runs in the East. But fear not, a solid web of groomers, several from the summit, are also on tap, ensuring Magic stays magical for all comers.

MOUNTAIN STATS

VERTICAL: 1,500’ LIFTS: 6 TRAILS: 39 + 11 Glades SKIABLE ACRES: 205 AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 145”

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