Swiss-born ski instructor Hans Thorne founded Magic Mountain because he sensed “a Little Switzerland” in Southern Vermont. That charm continues to resonate with an array of skiers today, and for good reason. Magic’s challenging, untamed terrain rivals that of bigger resorts on the East Coast and is well-balanced with dreamy groomers accessible to all abilities.
But, be warned: If you’re looking for a luxurious resort with a billion amenities and a silver platter of warm cookies at the end of the ski day, head elsewhere. Magic is all about delivering a no-frills, simplistic ski experience on a budget. While it’s not Deer Valley, the ski area still earns high marks for service, and it’s this combined with the down-home feel that likely earns the mountain its high Overall Satisfaction ranking. Recent infrastructure upgrades have ensured that the good times will keep rolling for years to come.
No. 9 in the East: Magic Mountain, Vt.
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Magic is on the Indy Pass. Pass holders get two blackout-restricted days on the slopes. Upgrade to the Indy Plus Pass for two days with no blackout dates.
From lodging to dining to shredding the mountain, here’s the SKI editors take on how to take on Magic Mountain.
In the nearby town of Peru, JJ Hapgood serves up fantastic eats and drinks—from breakfast sandwiches and wood-fired pizza to local craft brews and beyond.
The homey Blue Gentian is an unpretentious B&B in walking distance to Magic’s base. Home-cooked breakfast daily, outdoor hot tub, and lovely mountain views add to the appeal.
Double-black diamond Slide of Hans is tight, twisty, turny, and treed.
The Red Slate is the local hangout, serving Vermont-made beer and full lunch and dinner menus.
Viking Nordic Center’s 39 kilometers of trails beckon for classic cross-country, skate skiing, or snowshoeing.