Magic Mountain

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Magic Mountain
United States
Phone: 802 824-5645

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About the Ski Resort

Magic Mountain in Londonderry is a true renaissance of the old-fashioned Vermont mountain area experience. Many skiers and riders `in the know' consider Magic to be one of southern Vermont's last unspoiled winter destinations. The area has been making improvements every year since reopening in 1997. Don't be fooled though, Magic is by no means the new kid on the block.

The mountain was originally developed in 1960 by Swiss instructor and film producer Hans Thorner, whose intent was to capture the feel of a Swiss alpine village in Vermont. Fortunately, the area still maintains that karma, which for most visitors, is a refreshing change from the scene of the more crowded and expensive mega-resorts. Mr. Thorner chose the site after conducting an extensive survey of possible mountains in central and southern Vermont and it's easy to see why as you make your approach from route 11. Its steeps, trees and cliffs on the upper half seem to daunt even the most skilled on the snow. Due to it's foreclosure in 1989 Magic has fallen off most people's radar and for those of whom it has not; the mountain has become the `Best kept secret in Vermont.' The ski and snowboard area offers some of the most challenging terrain in the East and serves up tons of specials and prices that simply can not be beat.

Although the area is renowned for its expert terrain, beginner and intermediate skiers/riders need not be afraid; there are plenty of runs for you that are maintained with meticulous grooming and snowmaking. The area prides itself on its learning and development programs for all levels. Furthermore, the Ala Kazaam Tubing Park is enjoyed by young and old alike and operates under the lights on Saturday and holiday nights until 8:00 PM. Magic offers the convenience of one central base lodge that makes it easy for groups and families to meet if they chose to go separate ways for a few turns. Magic Mountain will nourish the minds, souls and bodies of skiers and snowboarders allowing the individual to continue to expand their skill set and have FUN, no matter if they are out on the mountain for the first day or their thousandth.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: No
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: No
Snow tubing: Yes

 Easiest:  25 %

 More Difficult:  25 %

 Most Difficult:  50 %

 Experts only:  --

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  2,850 ft
Summit elevation:  1,700 ft
Vertical drop:  -1,150 ft
Skiable area:  135 acres
Annual snowfall:  180 in
Snowmaking:  87 %
Number of trails:  33
Number of lifts:  3
Types of lifts:  2 Surface Lifts,
 1 Double Chair,
 1 Triple Chair

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  No
Adaptive skier:  No
Nearby lodging:  Yes
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  Yes
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  Yes

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Ski Resort directions

Magic is located in southern Vermont, 1.5 hours from Albany, 2 hours from Hartford, 2.5 hours from Boston and 5 hours from New York City.
From the south, take I-95 north to I-91 in New Haven, CT. Take I-91 north to VT Exit 6 (Rockingham/Route 103). Follow Route 103 north to Chester. Route 103 will merge with Route 11. Follow Route 11 West to Londonderry and Magic Mountain on your left.

From Albany, take Interstate 90 East to Interstate 787. Follow Route 787 north to Troy. Take Route 7 East to Bennington, VT. Route 7 will become VT Route 9. In Bennington, turn left at light on US Rt. 7 Go north to Manchester. Turn right at blinker in Manchester Center on Route 11/30. Follow Route 11 East to Londonderry and Magic Mountain on your right.