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Magic Mountain Ski Area: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide

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One of four lifts that service Magic Mountain Ski Area.
One of four lifts that service Magic Mountain Ski Area.

Magic Mountain Ski Area in Vermont is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Magic Mountain Ski Area, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.

The Basics

Magic Mountain Ski Area in southern Vermont is 90 minutes from Albany, New York, and fewer than three hours from Hartford, Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts. The central location gives skiers travel options; they can fly into Albany International Airport or Boston's Logan Airport. A family-friendly ski area, Magic Mountain offers a relaxed, social culture on and off the slopes where skiers enjoy a sense of community on their vacation.

The Mountain

Magic Mountain features a summit elevation of 2,850 feet and a vertical drop of 1,700 feet. The ski area's season runs from mid-December to early April and is open Friday through Monday (the mountain is open Tuesday through Thursday only following a snow of 6 inches or more). Magic Mountain averages 13 feet of powdered snow annually, but the ski area's staff supplements the small amount with artificial snow. The mountain's longest run, Wizard, spans 1.6 miles.

Trails And Lifts

Magic Mountain includes 40 trails, split evenly among easy, intermediate and advanced/expert trails. The west side of the mountain features more challenging trails reserved for experts. Adventurous skiers can navigate the woods on Magic Mountain since the resort allows skiing in unmarked, wooded areas. Skiers can hop on one of the area's four lifts: two surface lifts and two double lifts. Magic Mountain describes the Magic trail as its "all-natural terrain park," with chutes, bumps and cliffs for daring skiers.

In The News

Magic Mountain Ski Area's treacherous Black Magic trail hosts the Ski the East Freeride Tour, which challenges expert skiers to navigate extreme terrain. In 2011, Magic Mountain started a freeskiing team, which features skiers navigating naturally challenging terrain. The team competes in the Ski the East Freeride Tour and the Black Magic Extreme Challenge. Magic Mountain has also been featured in the Boston Globe for its creative ownership structure; skiers can own shares of the ski area, and they often help maintain its grounds. For example, shareholders helped repaint the chairlifts to spruce up the ski area.

Cost

Magic Mountain Ski Area sells half-day and full-day lift tickets, with adult tickets starting at $30 for a half day and $39 for a full day; weekend and holiday lift ticket prices average about $17 more. Skiers can purchase two-day through seven-day ticket packages. Season passes start at $389 for most people. Ski rentals cost $35 a day, and skiers can rent additional items, such as helmets and poles, a la carte for a daily fee. The Magic Mountain Rental Shop rents several brands, including Rossignol and DPS powder skis. First-time skiers can enjoy a two-hour lesson from the Learning Center for $99; private lessons start at $105.

Apres-Ski

After a day on the slopes, skiers of all ages can find entertainment at Magic Mountain. Goniff's Den, located on the second story of the lodge, is where guests 21 and older go to enjoy live music and Vermont-brewed beers. Even parents can enjoy the den with their kids in sight since the lodge overlooks the tube park, where kids can enjoy supervised play.