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Magic Mountain Resort Reviews

by: Richard Walker - 1st March 2011

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  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 2Aprés Ski
  • 1Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Interesting terrain,family atmosphere, alternative to Bromley and Stratton
Inadequate lifts, ungroomed terrain, chaotic parking, feels third world-ish

Full review

Went for the first time on the Saturday of Presidents' Weekend (2011). Really wanted to like it and have an alternative to nearby Bromley and Stratton mountains. This could be a great little ski area but as it is now the lack of investment is too obvious to ignore and the lack of staffing make a lot of things tedious and annoying. The first issue was that nobody was in the parking lots to direct parking and traffic. This resulted in my car (along with about 20 others) being boxed in by other parked cars so that we couldn't leave at the end of the day until the other cars did. The next problem was that only the old double lift was open to the top of the mountain-this was the only lift to the top. The quad lift was closed and apparently had been for some time (money troubles?). The result of this was very long and disorgainized lift lines. Just as there was nobody to assist in parking, for a while there was nobody tending to the line-the lift line was absolutely crazy-the wait was approximately 30-35 minutes!! Finally, the terrain was all natural-which is nice, but none was groomed and some of the trails were in pretty rough shape. Some grooming on some trails should be done. All in all, very disappointed. The trails are interesting and with some investment this area could really rock. As it is now, there is little to recommend it and the lift ticket price is high considering how few runs you can get in compared with other areas with more modern and staffed lift areas.

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