Great Terrain, Location, Few people, Best trees and Glades, Cheap
Small Mountain, slow lift, limited snow making
It takes the right kind of skier/rider to love Magic Mountain. This is my second winter with a season pass to magic and my 3rd season since first trying it. I love this mountain and have little to no desire to return to the bigger, super- ski resorts. I personally think the west side of Magic has the best terrain around: full of steeps, bumps, and powder, on beautiful narrow trails that cut through the woods with marvelous view of southern VT. The east side has some great groomed trails for learning or carving on all day long. Due to some fund raising, they have increased their snow making capacity this year to levels unseen in years past. So don't let those older reviews scare you. With that said, Magic still offers very natural terrain and marked trails that will never see the likes of a groomer or snow maker. So the mountain skis the best during strong seasons and good powder days.
The people are all friendly and the instructors have all skied magic for years. They have opened a tubing park for the kids that runs until after the lifts close. The bar / upper lodge is open to everyone after the lifts close and hosts live music that both kids and adults enjoy.
If you are looking for classic skiing without the lines, prices, or corporate run feeling of the other mountains, you may want to give magic a try. Or for that matter, next time you are at Bromley, Stratton or Okemo, ask your instructor, lift operator, or ski patrol what they think of Magic, they all ski Magic when the snow is good.
I give this an overall rating of 5 stars based on skiing only, not on resort style amenities. Magic provides you with all that you need for a great day of skiing/riding and little more. The Red lift is an old-school double that takes 13 minutes to get to the top - which means you can only get in about 20 runs in a full day --- this is mixed blessing, the limited capacity to get you up the slopes means less runs for everyone, but it also means no crowded trails. If you are from out of town and up for a week, I'd recommend stopping by for a day to check it out. As you see from the other reviews: you will either love it or hate it ... there is no indifference when it comes to magic, you just have to see for yourself.