Southern Vermont’s Magic Mountain Ski Area announced yesterday that it is purchasing Stratton Mountain’s Snow Bowl fixed-grip quad in order to replace the Black Chair, a two-seater. The Snow Bowl chair addition brings 148 chairs and a lift capacity of 2,000 skiers per hour. For reference, the Black Chair had a maximum capacity of 620 skiers per hour, and the new project will more than triple Magic Mountain’s uphill capacity with regards to that lift.
“When we heard Stratton was replacing their Snow Bowl lift with a new high-speed detachable, four-passenger lift, our investor group jumped on the opportunity to try and purchase their Poma fixed-grip quad,” said Geoff Hatheway, President of SKI MAGIC LLC. “For our ski community, this lift is a huge upgrade that meets and manages our current and future growth expectations, better fulfills customer desires for quality, reliable lift service at Magic, and sustains our reputation as an area with both minimal lift lines and low on-slope skier density.”
All in all, the project is a $1 million investment for the ski area, which has been in the process of revitalization over the past two years after an extended period of financial hardship that almost caused Magic to close down in 2016.
Magic is known for its steep, technical inbounds terrain, which has built a loyal fanbase of diehard skiers that enjoy the ski area’s taste of big-mountain lines.
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