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obienick said:Yup. This instills massive confidence:
Yup. This instills massive confidence:
ME2VTskier said:Lol! Someone needs to get ahold of Gandolf to kick Grima Wormtongue out of Magic, so it'll come back to life! )
Lol! Someone needs to get ahold of Gandolf to kick Grima Wormtongue out of Magic, so it'll come back to life! )
I am sure King Hathaway will summon "Gandolf the Rusty Grommer" to vanquish Grima Wormtongue forever, and Elfin "Do Work" will resurrect all lifts to run for all eternity.....
(Sorry to mix/match AZ names on SJ)
obienick said:What kind of permits do they need to get? New ownership wanting to restore the creek pump and/or fix the snowmaking pond?
What kind of permits do they need to get? New ownership wanting to restore the creek pump and/or fix the snowmaking pond?
SAM Magazine— Londonderry, Vt., Nov. 23, 2016—Having been through its fair share of ownerships and plenty of uncertainty about the future, Vermont’s Magic Mountain has begun a new chapter. Ski Magic LLC, a locally based ownership and operating group, completed its acquisition of the classic New England ski area Tuesday, and plans to make immediate improvements.
“While the late closing of the purchase puts us a bit behind the 8-ball prepping for the new season, we’ve already made significant progress on lift repairs, snowmaking upgrades, and trail and glade clearing,” said Ski Magic president Geoff Hatheway. “Along with our large volunteer corps and soon-to-be employees pitching in, Magic will be open come December 17, better than ever.”
The new owners plan to execute a series of capital improvement projects over the next several years designed to improve the quality, efficiency, and consistency of Magic’s product and operating profile. This includes more than $2 million for snowmaking efficiency and expansion, better lift reliability, a new lower-mountain lift, and a better learn-to-ski environment to help attract young families.
The new operators will work with the state of Vermont on expanding access to water so the area can boost snowmaking coverage to 50 percent of its terrain. New low-energy snow guns have already been ordered for this winter.
“Magic has been one of Vermont’s best kept secrets,” said Hatheway. “But it’s time to let a few more people know about this alternative, some say ‘counter-cultural,’ ski experience, which harkens back to an era when Vermont skiing originally began to take off.”
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ciscokid said:Hope the bestWhat's the new lower mountain lift?
Hope the bestWhat's the new lower mountain lift?
obienick said:It's not the Green/Phoenix. That lift is far far too gone for any sensible use. It's the return of the Little Chair.
It's not the Green/Phoenix. That lift is far far too gone for any sensible use. It's the return of the Little Chair.
WITH SALECOMPLETE, MAGIC MOUNTAIN COMES BACK TO LIFE
NOV.28, 2016, 3:22 PM BY BENNINGTON BANNER LEAVE A COMMENT
(This story is by Makayla McGeeney, of theBennington Banner, in which it was first published.)
LONDONDERRY — It’s been anuphill climb, but now it’s all downhill.
With thesale of Magic Mountain Ski Area completed last week, it is scheduled to openDec. 17 after being unoccupied since March.
A groupof 16 investors, friends who grew up skiing together on Magic and aroundsouthern Vermont, make up Ski Magic LLC. The group made an offer to MagicMountain Management in April. The sale was postponed several times but closedNov. 21, according to a news release.
Ski MagicPresident Geoff Hatheway is working on repairing the ski lifts, doubling theamount of snowmaking and become a more consistent business. Referring to thatlast goal, he said inconsistency has made people think the mountain has beenclosed over the last few years.
“Peopledon’t even know that Magic has made snow in the past. Well, it does,” he said.“It has for many years, but it’s just been very inconsistent because ofoperating budgets or lack of investment in terms of how many trails you cancover.”
Investingin the pump house, utilizing the latest snow gun technology for greaterefficiency and repairing pipes that were laid in the 1980s are top priorities.The chair lifts have been undergoing repair to be up to code. There are twobottom-to-summit lifts — the red one with two-person chairs and the black onewith three-person chairs — and two surface lifts for the tubing park.
Hathewayhopes to improve the area for beginner skiers by extending the tow handle. Theterrain park will be expanded and a conveyor lift may be added next year.
He saidhe’s gotten to know the mountain’s operations from the inside over the last fewyears by serving as the former marketing director.
InHatheway’s five-year business plan, he said he hopes to build the skier basefrom 20,000 visitors per year to 36,000 by accommodating 1 percent of southernVermont’s market — roughly 1.7 million visits in a good year.
“If we’reat that level, the mountain isn’t crowded still, so the ski experience is stillwhat we want it to be,” he said. “Nice open trails, freedom, you’re not worriedabout running into another skier. But yet, provides the revenue for us to beprofitable on a very consistent basis. We’re able to either put more money backinto the mountain for further improvements down the road or return money backto the investors. We’re going to run this like a business, but one with a veryspecial character.”
About 50percent of Magic’s employees will return after being laid off in the spring,and the others are new — consisting of community members or folks from southernVermont, Hatheway said.
“Peopleknow that Magic has an unbelievable terrain area. If we can prove that we canbe consistently open earlier, with more snowmaking on more trails, greatgrooming, combined with the raw terrain and the glades that we have and thesteepness that we have, it really creates a special, unique place to visit,” hesaid.
Thepurchase agreement included a provision that the previous owners perform repairwork during the due diligence phase, which included work on the 5,000-foot-longblack triple chair. It had not been operated for the last two years due toinsufficient money, Hatheway said.
MagicMountain, spanning about 700 acres, was founded by Swiss ski instructor HansThorner in 1960. It formed the “Golden Triangle” in the 1960s and 1970s alongwith Stratton and Bromley mountains. Magic was bought by Bromley in the 1980s,later shut down by the real estate market downtown, and then re-emerged circa1997.
obienick said:"improve the area for beginner skiers by extending the tow handle"That's not going to help. There's a reason why so few areas -- quite possibly only Magic and Squaw -- have a handle tow and nearly every area has a segregated beginner pod, the "bunny slope". Beginner skiers simply don't have the stamina to ski 1500 vertical in one run, even with breaks. Kids don't have the mental capacity to sit still for 13+ minutes to the top. And tows aren't the easiest to ride. I think priority #1 -- even before snowmaking -- is bringing back the Little Chair and developing a good learn to ski program. They will piss a good % of the market share away simply because they lack these vital facilities to growth.
"improve the area for beginner skiers by extending the tow handle"
obienick said:I might have missed something, are these new drives for the pumps they are putting in?
I might have missed something, are these new drives for the pumps they are putting in?
newpylong said: obienick said:I might have missed something, are these new drives for the pumps they are putting in?
They're VSDs for their existing pumps.That would be something to see the Green lift finished.
Welcome to the NEW, but still RETRO, Magic. Thanks to all for their support of the purchase of this iconic throwback ski area gem by SKI MAGIC LLC just two weeks ago. We have a big week ahead to determine if we can get open by December 17th, as we'd like to do. STEP 1: Snowmaking. New snowmaking machines were installed on the mountain--HKD Impulse 30' towers on all of Talisman steeps and on strategic locations at Trick/Magic Carpet intersection and Medium/Magic Carpet intersection! Then Monday-Thursday we will be installing new and refurbished pump motors in our main Pump House to give Magic more long-term snowmaking horsepower while connecting our new Variable Frequency Drives to improve the efficiency and control of our horsepower/water output. Our lake pump and new motor/VFD will also be installed this week. So significant capital investment in upgrading the snowmaking system should be ready for testing and then production by late week. That will gives about a week if we get cold temps (looking good right now) to get Magic a way down from the top. Hopefully mother-nature gives us an assist there with natural snow as well. STEP 2: Lifts. Our work-horse Red Chair Lift has been undergoing maintenance for weeks and had its final line check last week prior to state inspection. Because of the diligence of our efforts, we found two assemblies that need to be repaired. Parts were quickly ordered for manufacture over this weekend and will be air-freighted overnight from the west coast Monday arriving here Tuesday. Every day counts with Opening Day on the 17th so no expense is being spared and if all goes well the Red Chair should be ready if snowmaking and weather cooperate. Now, the extra work on Red Chair this week, means that Black Chair work gets pushed back a bit. Still working to have it ready before the end of December. We will continue to keep you posted, but every one at SKI MAGIC is busting their behinds to get this special ski area open as early as possible without sacrificing our commitment to safety and doing things right--no shortcuts! In addition, much work is being done on the lodge, so you may see some changes when you get here! To read more about the purchase by our SKI MAGIC group, click "Read More". Really stoked for Magic! - Geoff