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Magic Mountain Vermont Lets YOU Cut Your Own Glades!


Magic Mountain Completes First Volunteer Day of the 2012/2013 Ski Season

Some interesting things are going down in Southern Vermont. Dee Dee Tomatoes and Andy Jameson fill us in on what all the buzz is about at Magic Mountain

Ever wish you could hike up your favorite mountain and cut your own private glade?  Magic Mountain located in Southern Vermont lets you do just that.  Skier owned and operated, Magic encourages their skiers and riders to come out and lend a hand.  On September 22nd, 40 members of the Magic community came out and helped trim glades, paint the lodge and help with various other projects.   If you’re interested in coming to see for yourself, Magic has two more volunteer days on Saturday, October 6, and Saturday, October 30.

Five reasons you should visit Magic this season.

1) Terrain: Magic is packed with steep, narrow, classic New England terrain.  While the hill is actually a phenomenal family mountain, it is best known for expert runs like Red Line, Goniff and Magician.  Don’t let the trail count fool you, Magic packs a lot of punch into 1,700 vertical feet.  There are many skiable acres in the woods awaiting your tracks. Both chairs are base to summit, no “pod” skiing.

2) Laid Back Attitude: Leave your Quattroporte at Stratton and take the Subaru.  Introduce yourself at the bar or just ask someone in line for a tour of the woods.  Don’t be shy, any of the regulars would be happy to show you around.  Magic’s skiers are proud of their stashes, and many participate in mountain sanctioned volunteer glade workdays each fall.

3) Fun is Actually Permitted: The bar serves shot skis, you can bring your dog, skin uphill, sled downhill, ski with fire at night and even ski where you want without getting in trouble (open access glade policy).   The lift moves slow enough that you can make a friend, get engaged or whatever else you deem necessary in between runs.

4) The Mountain is Close:  Magic Mountain is 1.5 hours from Albany, 2 hours from Boston and 4 hours from NYC.  Despite its proximity to large cities, you won’t feel like you’re in the City.   Magic doesn’t have a shopping village, multimillion dollar condos or private clubs.  Instead, they have the great outdoors, with the rocks, steeps and glades that would otherwise require another three hours in the car.

5) Skier Ownership: The people who ski Magic like the place enough that they bought it.  Enough said.

To learn more about this hidden gem and its story visit and  With continued snowmaking expansion it is rapidly becoming a reliable option on non-powder days.  Treat yourself to a new area this season and explore Magic.

Twitter @savemagic for the inside scoop


  • Mamabird

    Mr. Young, I at times feel the same way about some of the “undesirables” (as you call them) in NJ. But being that I am one of these “undesirables” (in your words) myself, I have to question riding with people, such as yourself, from Larchmont, who think this way. Luckily, Magic is an awesome mountain and is full of amazing folks (obviously, not from Larchmont) who I can’t wait to ride with on the mountain and do shot skis with at the bar. See you there, turd!

  • DontStrattonMagic

    Magic is the place to be in SoVt. Great terrain, awesome vibe – it’s everything skiing is supposed to be but has been forgotten in the era of mega resorts that could care less about the skiing experience – most of them are in the real estate biz.

  • SkiPhan

    The sad reality is that Magic is southern VT with limited snowmaking. Last year Magic had a tough time staying open and providing a quality product. Hopefully this winter will be different.

  • sades

    damn that looks super sick. next winter i spend in the east i need to get there! big props to the people at magic

  • torn edge

    how would that work at Squaw, say parts of Red Dog, Squaw Creek? Those Grey Fir trees are not the natural forest anyhow, right?

  • Anonymous

    Stop telling people about these rad little hills and how far they are from gaper centrals.
    Keep it local and keep it chill.

  • Drag Knucks

    At any resort on Forest Service property it is legal and totally rad to get a permit and go cut your own glades- just as long as the resort’s lease isn’t in effect.

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