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   Vermont: Magic Mountain Ski Area: Expansions
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Upper Mountain at Magic Mountain Ski Area
Upper Mountain Details
Upper Mountain
Status:Open
First Season of Operation:1962-63
Lifts:1 chairlift
Terrain:
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Starting as a lower mountain, T-Bar only ski area in 1960-61, a top to bottom chairlift was planned for 1961-62, placing Magic in the league of nearby areas such as Bromley and the new Stratton Mountain.

For reasons unknown, the lift was not installed until the 1962-63 season, expanding the ski area by over 1,000 vertical feet with a Pohlig fixed grip double chairlift. A helicopter crashed during the installation of the lift, the remains of which can still be found just off the lift line trail.

Advertised as a mile long, the new chairlift allowed for the opening of 5 new trails, making Magic a sizable player in the Vermont ski industry.

Yan triple chairs were hung for the 1985-86 season, making the lift Magic's first triple chairlift. Interestingly, no other significant improvements were made to the lift, so uphill capacity actually decreased due to increased chair spacing.


1960 Magic Mountain concept map
1960 Magic Mountain concept map

The then-double chair in the 1960s
The then-double chair in the 1960s

The then-double chair in the 1960s
The then-double chair in the 1960s

Magic Mountain as depicted in 1961-62
Magic Mountain as depicted in 1961-62

The 1962-63 Magic Mountain trail map showing the first season of the chairlift
The 1962-63 Magic Mountain trail map showing the first season of the chairlift

The top of the triple chair (2002)
The top of the triple chair (2002)

Magic Mountain Ski Area Expansion History
Project NameSeasonStatus
Hocus Pocus Area1964-65Open
Summit Area1971-72Open
Timberside Interconnect1987-88Abandoned
Upper Mountain1962-63Open
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Last updated: June 12, 2014

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