Magic Mountain

PO Box 396, Londonderry , VT (Driving Directions to Magic Mountain)
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Last Updated: 10/22/2014 8:36 PM

Magic Mountain Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 13 Beginner
  • 12 Intermediate
  • 5 Advanced
  • 10 Expert
Magic Mountain is your winter home for adventure in southern Vermont.

Featuring classic Vermont skiing and riding in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere, Magic Mountain offers a winter experience like no other. Whether you are looking to ski or ride Magic’s legendary steep and gladed terrain, cruise our classic Vermont trails, enjoy tubing runs in the Alakazam tube park, ... or simply spend time with friends and family, Magic Mountain is the place for you.
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Magic Mountain Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available; an extra charge may apply.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Magic Mountain Operations

Status

Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 4

Weekday Hours

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Trails Open/Total

0 of 40

Weekend Hours

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Magic Mountain Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

1,250 ft

24-hr Snowfall

0"

Vertical Drop

1,700 ft

Avg Base Depth

0"

Peak Elevation

2,850 ft

Magic Mountain Ski Pictures and Photos

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Magic Mountain Logo
Magic Mountain Trail Map
Magic Mountain Trail Map
Magic Mountain 1 Day Pass, October 17, 2012
Magic Mountain 1 Day Pass, October 17, 2012
Magic Mountain 1 Day Pass, October 17, 2012
Magic Mountain 1 Day Lift Ticket + 5 Person Shotski, December 10, 2013

Magic Mountain Reviews & Tips (42)

No lift lines, fantastic staff. Everyone was extremely friendly! Pick up the lift tickets inside the cafeteria/table area. Has a local feel and amazing snow. When we showed up it snowed on Thursday and were able to find some great snow on Saturday through the afternoon! This may be our new go-to mountain!
Magic Mountain review written Mar 25 2014 - 06:54 AM
 
John Advanced Snowboarder
First time at Magic - and it did not disappoint. Lift line were non-existent...and this was on a gorgeous March Saturday! Staff was friendly, helpful. As a beginner snowboarder, I appreciated the longer green runs and not a lot of crowds whizzing by me either. Some trails flattened out in the middle - so you learn where to build momentum as a rider. Snow conditions were great - 24 groomed out of 36 - and they weren't skied off by the end of the day. I'll be back!
Magic Mountain review written Mar 11 2014 - 08:33 PM
 
Ms. JayBee Beginner Snowboarder
Magic just rewarded me with the 4 of the best days of skiing I had since, oh..., the weekend after new years! Where else can you go to get freshies 5 days after a big dump? The trail cuts are the best in the east and the woods keep you thinking quick. And more vertical per lift ride than just about anywhere else in the east. Everyone at this mountain pours their heart and soul into keeping it going and making it a great experience for all -- skiers, boarders, tele, beginners to experts. My family loves this place!
Magic Mountain review written Feb 20 2014 - 06:22 AM
 
John Advanced Skier
Watching the weather and the Magic Mtn trail map on the internet paid off! I have been patiently waiting for my schedule, snow coverage and winter storms to align. Today it did and i was rewarded with one of my best days on skis. Yes the lifts are slow, but i learned today that that extra couple minutes helped recharge my legs...that resulted in the last hour (skiing till close) was the best hour. The largely natural snow was such a pleasure to ski on (and the extra 6 inches all day helped a lot). loved the funky trail cutting: tons of double fall lines, little hidden nooks, tree shots, narrow and winding. Loved seeing little kids going down trails that wouldn't be open (or exist) at other mountains. While i was booting up, a shell shocked guy came in and started to take off his gear. I inquired as to what was going on, he said " with the fresh snow and the moguls...i just can't ski it! I usually ski at Stratton" That says it all i think. If MRG, Wildcat, Pico, Black Mountain NH, Saddleback, Cannon, Burke are appealing to you then Magic should be a nice fit. If Okemo, Stratton, Loon, Sunday River, Bretton Woods appeal--then maybe stay away.
Magic Mountain review written Feb 18 2014 - 07:31 PM
 
ski bum dad Advanced Skier
Best skiing in the southern half of Vermont, without a question. But not for everyone. If you enjoy old-school, steep and gnarly, tight tree skiing, a good low-key attitude, lots of duct-tape, and can deal with slopes that haven't been groomed to a high level of boredom, this is the place for you. Some people complain about the slow lifts. Yup. Old and slow. But the other side of that means that the slopes are empty. And there is rarely a lift line. By the end of the day you will be wiped because the skiing is steep, challenging and fun. You don't need to make a 100 laps like you do at Stratton to actually feel like you have been skiing. Yes the conditions can be marginal if there has not been fresh snow from in a while, but when the snow is good, and you can't get to Alta, ski Magic.
Magic Mountain review written Feb 04 2014 - 05:23 AM
 
George Advanced Skier
They are not making snow, only three trails were open 12-28-13 when I was there hopefully this storm on 1-2-13 gets some more terrain open Lifts are quite slow
Magic Mountain review written Jan 02 2014 - 01:03 PM
 
Peter Advanced Skier
Very slow ski lifts, only one trail was open, while almost everything was open in Stratton. The one that was open had narrow terrains, very bumpy after a few hours. Do not recommend.
Magic Mountain review written Dec 29 2013 - 03:46 PM
 
Toley Advanced Skier
Some of the best terrain in the northeast. The combination of some trails having groomed and natural sides is really nice. A great laid back atmosphere where you can really enjoy skiing. Its not fancy but for pure ski enthusiasts, its heaven.
Magic Mountain review written Apr 08 2013 - 03:19 PM
 
Joe Intermediate Skier
If you are not a "local," ( I am not), then Magic may not be for you, unless you can be there right after a snow storm. We were there on 3/11 for the first time ever. They advertised that all but 3 trails were open, however,conditions were only so-so and more than 3 trails were closed. Many of the expert trails were closed. It's too bad because we could see the great terrain that we've heard about, but it was mostly closed due to lack of snow coverage. They rely alot on natural snow. We live in PA and visit VT twice a year for skiing. We will go back to Magic if our visit coinsides with a 6"-plus snowfall. We basically had the mountain to ourselves, which is always nice. The Magic employees were very friendly. The food was good. It is a nice place to visit, and definately a neat, "old-school" type ski area.
Magic Mountain review written Mar 15 2013 - 04:13 PM
 
Sam Advanced Skier
Magic was a childhood Favorite of mine!! Advanced skiing with awesome views! Magic is the kind of place you wanna go to ski at your pace with no crowds on the trails or at the lifts. Its not fancy its a simple quaint place to go. Took my kids (16yrs & 12yrs) there for the first time and they loved it...Bolton Valley and Magic Mountain are on the same track...low key laid back skiing. I love the challenging trails they offer here! SKI MAGIC!
Magic Mountain review written Mar 13 2013 - 07:02 AM
 
Susan Advanced Skier
This place is unique and different. if you like skiing without the shishi stuff you see on most other "mountains" ... this is the place. If it snows, they leave it alone in most places . Your kids learn to ski.......not slide through groomers all day and think they can ski.....A nice mix of woods, bumps, some grooming and no crowds..... Try it when they have a decent storm, you will return!!!!!!
Magic Mountain review written Mar 13 2013 - 06:43 AM
 
Paul Advanced Skier
Magic isn't just the mountain in southern Vermont with the most interesting terrain - its a way of life - a community and really authentic Vermont experience. Its also the only mountain where my intermediate wife and I can ski together on the same lift all day. I take the hard way down - she takes the cruiser and everything comes together. An experience worth trying
Magic Mountain review written Mar 12 2013 - 02:43 PM
 
William Hosley Advanced Skier
A hidden gem in Southern Vermont. My second trip there in the last three years. Some nice groomed cruisers and plenty of challenging runs. Only two lift lines with older two/three person lifts, but only rarely had to wait more than a few minutes at the worst. No problems with big clusters at lift lines or at top of trails like at some larger resorts. Definitely some challenging narrow runs! Probably best for at least an intermediate to advanced skiiers. Would definitely go again! Get to the place early to catch some nice groomed runs for a special treat if the weather allows!
Magic Mountain review written Mar 12 2013 - 01:51 PM
 
Doctor Jeff Intermediate Skier
Amazing conditions, especially seeing how we are into the 2nd week in March! Had a good mix of terrain, some groomed/some natural, to give any level person a great day on the slopes! Add in short lift lines, friendly people, and some great views and you can't go wrong!
Magic Mountain review written Mar 11 2013 - 04:10 PM
 
A Intermediate Snowboarder
Great skiing because we had lots of fresh snow. Limited grooming made many trails more challenging. Steep and radical trails compared to other mountains. Several double diamonds which are not plentiful at other mountains. Downfall: Black Magic was closed due to a race. There were many areas of rocks and twigs sticking up on some trails, but all in all, Magic is a nice small mountain that is a nice place to spend a day....cheap rates through Liftopia.
Magic Mountain review written Mar 04 2013 - 06:47 PM
 
Jeanette Advanced Skier
What a Great Place!! Skied the past 3 weeks there; snow was great, lift lines were short; definitely plenty of challenge for the intermediate skier. They groomed some of the green/blue trails which was fantastic! Believe in Magic! :)
Magic Mountain review written Mar 04 2013 - 02:30 PM
 
Lynn Intermediate Skier
We went here the day after Nemo dumped 15 inches of snow in Southern Vermont. Super impressed by everything: atmosphere, trails, the red double chair, and the conditions were excellent to boot. No out of towners (they were all at Stratton, and when we met up with friends who had spent the day at Stratton and swapped stories, we definitely had the better experience), and all the skiiers were super polite and considerate. Our first choice for powder days!
Magic Mountain review written Feb 28 2013 - 12:24 PM
 
Sarah P. Advanced Skier
Real skiing, Real people, and a Real deal! Magic is what skiing used to be before all the world went quantity crazy. We just left there this week of vacation and i can not wait to return. Any skier will love the mountain. Beiginner to huber advanced will find what they want. No doubt you owe it to yourself to step off the grid for a time and rediscover what skiing used to be before all the madness. The staff is awesome....they have it right. What an absolute special treat. Thanks for bringing back some of the soul of skiing.
Magic Mountain review written Feb 24 2013 - 12:54 AM
 
Dave Advanced Skier
This place has come a long way in the last four years. With new management and a boatload of volunteer help, it is slowly shaking off it's image of a steep, gnarly, experts-only hill. They have initiated the “co-op” ownership style, where skiers own the mountain. Well, they own half of the shares, the initial operator/owner has the rest. There are finally two chairlifts operating as of Feb. 2013. During the Nyear's holiday, the only lift running had a brake problem and was shut for nearly a week. At that point, they decided to fix both lifts (the "black" lift had not been running (it needed some work before it would pass inspection). So now the lift reliability problem is fixed. Snowmaking - they had nearly nothing four years ago. There was/is a rat's nest of pipes all over the hill, vestiges of prior management's past attempts. When fired up, the pipes leaked like a sieve. They spent two years welding all the joints and fixing all the leaks. I was out in January and it was amazing how well they could pump it out. Grooming - They got a new groomer this year. It does a lot more and does it faster. BTW, having skied up and down the green spine in January, Magic was in no better or worse condition than the rest. Slope conditions – The blues and greens are overly neglected in the PR. There was at one time a mis-placed marketing strategy to attract only the best skiers. What was neglected is an entire east side full of groomers, with priority given for snowmaking. The blacks and double blacks are truly that. They are all on the west side of the mountain, keeping slow and fast skiers naturally apart. Terrain - East side is gentle groomers with a lot of shoulder room. Easy and more challenging blues. On the west side, there are more natural trailers, which by definition get bumped up. This is where the expert challenge it. A few “boulevard” trails, but mostly the old-style narrow (and somewhat narrow) , winding trails. Gives a sense of adventure and beautiful scenery. Over the past four years, volunteer work groups have pruned the woods between the trails, making for easy, intermediate and advanced challenges. Some are on the map, some are not. Customers – Very laid back, yet very motivated to ski. Not a lot of people just hanging around the lodge. What is friendly? Other skiers who say “hello”, staff who are willing to help or just chat with you. Smiles on most people. Does not have an urban mentality. As many people have said, no liftline. I did find a 20-person line on a weekend last month. But that was dissipated within one run. Lodging – Magic isn’t a destination resort. It’s a skier/boarder’s mountain. You can create a multi-day stay nearly on-mountain with nearby hotels, which are separately owned. Lifts – I’ve already mentioned two lifts. Magic runs even when winds are high, thanks to a fixed grip (and slower) lift. We left Mt. Snow one day after a storm and all lifts were on wind hold. Ended up at Magic and had an incredible day of powder. Management – probably the hardest working crew I know. Worked all night to fix and test the emergency brake. The president as lift attendant and ticket seller. Apres-ski – usually a band on the weekend. Open Friday to Monday. Limited due to the lack of midweek customers. That would change if demand increased. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yes, there are a few rocks poking through the blacks and a little grass now and then. But it’s easily noticeable and easy to navigate around. Skiing the way it was in the 70’s before everyone got spoiled and demanded cushier slopes and latte’s. As Magic slowly heals from neglect, I expect conditions to improve. You owe it to yourself to check it out just once. We can’t afford to lose another area. I’m not a shareholder. But I know many people there because they stepped forward and said “hi!” And nobody paid me to say this!
Magic Mountain review written Feb 14 2013 - 10:02 AM
 
Bill Advanced Skier
If the deal seems too good to be true.... Bought a $46 on Liftopia. Im guessing the deal was offered because 50 percent of the mountain was closed. Which pretty much leaves you with about two, three runs. One of which had grass and small trees sticking out of the snow. Also, it appeared the lift overheated. We spent a good 20 minutes just hanging out on the lift. There are some positives about this place: 1) the bar was fantastic. Bloody mary bar? Dont mind if I do! 2) probably a very economical way to go for beginners. 3) very friendly staff.
Magic Mountain review written Jan 22 2013 - 02:13 PM
 
Erin Advanced Skier
Mostly natural conditions. Watch the weather before you decide to go.
Magic Mountain review written Jan 13 2013 - 09:16 PM
 
Carissa H Advanced Snowboarder
When you decide to go to Magic Mountain, you should remember that it is a small, old fashion ski resort. The lifts are doubles and attached, so the ride up is slower than at more modern locations. There is limited snow making and they do limited grooming. Once you remember all this, and if you can plan your visit to be soon after several inches of new snow has fallen, you will have a great time. Takes me back to the good old days!
Magic Mountain review written Jan 13 2013 - 04:02 PM
 
Mike Advanced Skier
Real skiing for real skiers! A notch above most on the level of difficulty. Minimal grooming on many trails giving it an almost backcountry feel on powder days. Lots of secret stashes. Shhhh... Do other mountains even have black diamonds? This one does. And doubles too!
Magic Mountain review written Dec 06 2012 - 09:04 PM
 
Secrets Advanced Skier
Even in a down snow year, the vibe and epic terrain still reign supreme over any of the other Southern Vermont resorts.
Magic Mountain review written Mar 12 2012 - 08:25 PM
 
Tim Advanced Skier
Definitely one of the best places to ski when there is a good amount of natural snow. Fantastic, classic skiing vibe; friendly staff. I don't go here expecting the best ski conditions per se (especially given the lack of natural snow this year), but the terrain is unparalleled.
Magic Mountain review written Mar 06 2012 - 07:37 PM
 
Clarke Advanced Skier
without fresh powder, this mountian is very tough. Blues seemed like Black to me. Only one lift working and VERY slow.
Magic Mountain review written Mar 05 2012 - 03:55 PM
 
Roxy Intermediate Snowboarder
It's the great mountain I remember coming to as a kid. It was wonderful to bring my son here and enjoy the atmosphere and runs with him. With some more runs open and some natural snow it would be fantastic. If you're there with the limited skiing and they're racing, hit the racing run after they're done - much better cover since it hasn't been skied off yet.
Magic Mountain review written Feb 13 2012 - 07:44 PM
 
Carol Advanced Skier
My friends and I seldomly venture anywhere else. Why should we,the steeps,and glades are some of the best in vermont! Couple that with affordable lift tickets,light crowds and great atmosphere and you can't go wrong!
Magic Mountain review written Jan 22 2012 - 05:59 PM
 
bruce Advanced Snowboarder
I love this mountain! I hope they save it and upgrade the lifts and the grooming...as good as any in southern Vermont. We had the place practically to ourselves....very underated mountain. True vertical is very close to Killington (which is not 3k but more like 1800 feet---despite what they claim)
Magic Mountain review written Mar 07 2011 - 02:47 PM
 
Mattt Intermediate Skier
This mountain has the best terrain in lower VT, posibly the whole state. If there is 6 or more inches of snow, you'd be crazy to go anywhere else. If your an expert skier, do yourself a favor and check out magic, I'll be back next storm.
Magic Mountain review written Feb 14 2011 - 02:35 PM
 
Gregg Advanced Skier
awesome ski area
Magic Mountain review written Feb 08 2011 - 06:34 AM
 
john Advanced Skier
This place is really magic! The best mountain I've been to so far. Zero crowds, and a small intimate feel to this mountain. There's a great variety of terrain here, from glades, moguls, powder runs (my favorite) to long sweeping trails to take a break on, or for beginners. I'll be sure to come back here - the price on Liftopia for a full day is unheard of anywhere. Definitely worth the long drive up from NYC, nothing else close compares to Magic Mountain!
Magic Mountain review written Feb 07 2011 - 10:16 PM
 
J Advanced Snowboarder
Magic Mountain is a great place. Few crowds, awesome trails and a sense of discovery.
Magic Mountain review written Feb 06 2011 - 05:08 PM
 
snowplow Intermediate Skier
One ride up the red chair lift at magic and you will understand why people love magic. Steep, double fall lines, trees, mandatory cliff drops, oh yeah and an entire chairlift full of people waiting to see you rip it!
Magic Mountain review written Jan 26 2011 - 06:29 AM
 
Thekid Advanced Snowboarder
My first time at Magic on Jan 17th 2011 and I loved it. If you are looking for something a little different this is the place. I've skied all over New England and haven't encountered such terrain outside of Mad River, but novices will have as much fun as experts. It's a bit different, a bit less expensive, a bit more interesting, and seriously fun.
Magic Mountain review written Jan 23 2011 - 06:25 PM
 
Charlie Advanced Skier
Roots skiing with great people. I think nothing of hopping in the car and making the trek from Essex County, MA as often as possible. Long live Magic!
Magic Mountain review written Jan 19 2011 - 02:43 PM
 
HBS Advanced Skier
No snowmaking and so no crowds. Great for skiers..
Magic Mountain review written Jan 19 2011 - 02:06 PM
 
lordvoldemort Advanced Skier
Great place, great vibe. Learning that it is a great place to raise a family of ripping skiers. Long live Magic, VT!
Magic Mountain review written Jan 17 2011 - 02:54 PM
 
Magic Rocks Advanced Skier
Love Magic Mountain, amall but challenging, close parking and no need to take a shuttle bus, you won't spend all your time searching for your ski buddies. We stay at the Blue Gentian Lodge in easy walking distance, very cheap@
Magic Mountain review written Dec 10 2010 - 10:42 PM
 
lori giordano Intermediate Skier
I've skied everywhere in Vermont, and there's no place I'd rather be than Magic. Plenty of room for novices, some wide-open runs to bomb from top-to-bottom, and some of the most incredible steeps and narrow chutes in the state. If you like the overpriced, Disney World atmosphere of Stratton, Killington, and Okemo, stick to that. Conversely, if you enjoy the subtle pretentiousness of MRG and the animosity they create between riders and skiers, by all means, stay there. But if you want a true, laid-back Vermont experience--where skiers and riders tear it up side-by-side along with telemarkers, monoskiers, sit-skiers, skinners, and anything else you can imagine--then check out Magic!
Magic Mountain review written Nov 29 2010 - 09:52 AM
 
mintyfresh Advanced Skier
It is great! I loove it. we always stay at the Grafton Inn, and ski at magic!
Magic Mountain review written Nov 27 2010 - 10:35 AM
 
Treat Hardy Advanced Skier
quite simply the best secret in vermont! best terrain in so vermont, family friendly, lift tickets that are affordable
Magic Mountain review written Nov 24 2010 - 06:12 PM
 
dave Advanced Skier

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