Spunky lit­tle Magic Moun­tain is mak­ing a name for it­self as the new ad­ven­ture cap­i­tal of Ver­mont.

VER­MONT’S MAGIC MOUN­TAIN IS RE­CLAIM­ING ITS REP AS ONE OF THE EAST’S AD­VEN­TURE MECCAS. FIND OUT WHY.

SKI - - CONTENTS - By Con­nor W. Davis // Pho­tos by Justin Cash

It’s the Thurs­day be­fore clos­ing week­end at South­ern Ver­mont’s Magic Moun­tain, and I’m or­der­ing a beer with the ski area’s pres­i­dent, Ge­off Hath­away. It’s been a long and busy win­ter; Hath­away re­ally de­serves this beer. But first, an elec­tri­cian dressed head to toe in Carhartt mo­seys to­wards him with some­thing to say.

“Ya’ lost ele­ment one on the first hot wa­ter heater and two is startin’ to fail,” he ex­plains. "Must’a blown when the power went out last night.”

Hath­away pa­tiently lis­tens to the elec­tri­cian, then goes back and forth with him to de­ter­mine a so­lu­tion. Mean­while, I watch in fas­ci­na­tion. It’s not typ­i­cal for the pres­i­dent of a ski area to deal with a busted wa­ter heater, but things are done a bit dif­fer­ently at Magic. I re­call the sign I saw ear­lier on the ac­cess road on my way to the moun­tain: “YOU’VE OF­FI­CIALLY TAKEN THE

Chest deep and lov­ing it be­neath Magic Moun­tain's iconic Red Chair dur­ing one of last win­ter's storms.

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