Magic Mountain – 2/18/13

Location: Magic Mountain, Vermont
Date: February 18th, 2013 (Presidents Day)

First trip report here! I had not been on slopes since my Sugarloaf trip back in early January so I was eager to get back out, but I didn't want to mess around with the holiday crowds, so I decided to make my first trip to Magic. I got there at 8:15 and was about the 5th car in Lot A. Didn't realize they open at 9:00 during the week... Oops. So I got a primo parking spot and got to check out the area. Like everyone has stated before, this place has a different vibe than most other areas, just laid back and really family oriented.

They let me on the lift at about 8:50 and I was heading up Red (The only lift that ran that day). I love how up-top it is not in the middle-of-nowhere (For example, Stratton) and you are blocked by the trees from any wind. The ride is amazing and can get a great view of a lot of the valley.

They only had 33 trails open, and maybe about 20 of them were groomed. The grooming was haaaarrrrrrdddddd. Making first tracks was enjoyable feeling the tips of the skis flutter a bit in the frozen corduroy. I took to the right side of the mountain first getting my legs back under me (Green runs). I met up with some late arrivals from my group and we hit all of the mountain that was not roped off. We skied til 2:00 and called it a day.

Their manmade snow was skiing great and even the natural snow trails that were open weren't half bad. You obviously had to watch out for rocks and such, but my skis fared ok. Up your sleeve was quite fun with bumps and some blown in man-made snow that was going on Medium. Talisman skied awesome (Wow that is steep up top), but my favorite run that I did twice was Trick to Mystery. Trick had a fresh coat and Mystery was left au-natural and you can see below in the pictures.

It was awesome and kinda sad at the same time that it was ski-on all day. The lodge was barely buzzing and I could imagine my local hills in WMass were getting more attention than Magic on that day. Either way, I loved it and will be back on a snowy day!
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