Magic Mountain spans the seasons

LONDONDERRY, Vt. – The new Magic Mountain National Disc Golf Course opens Friday, Aug. 18. It is currently a 9-hole course. The “club house” will be the second floor of the lodge at the Black Line Tavern. Disc rentals are available and we will have others for purchase. The course wlll be open Thursdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and on holiday Mondays through this summer and fall.

Join us for the new Master Magician Golf/Disc Golf Biathlon Tournament September 1 at our new course with the 1st-ever combined golf-disc golf tournament! A portion of the proceeds support the University of Vermont’s Children’s Hospital. We play 9-holes of golf first at nearby Tater Hill Golf Club and then head to Magic to play 9-holes of disc golf. There’s a BBQ dinner after and live music with Saints & Liars at our Black Line Tavern. There will also be games of skill to support the charity at the Fiddlehead after-party. The dinner (for purchase) and music is open to the public but tourney players have it included in their tournament fee.

Here’s an update on all the work undertaken this summer for a better winter!

Green Lift (base-to-mid-mountain). We are still looking at potentially having this lift ready for Thanksgiving weekend. It will take a herculean effort and a number of things have to fall into place but that is still the goal.

StarLift Conveyor Lift at the new Nelson Family Learning Center. While the new 170′ lift is being manufactured for the new beginner area, we have worked closely with the Trailside Condo Association to get an agreement in place for an easement to use part of their land for the beginner slope. That agreement is in its final stages and we thank all the homeowners at Trailside for assisting in making Magic an even better place to ski, ride and purchase property!

Snowmaking. Over 1,500 feet of new American steel pipe has arrived for our project to replace old, leaky base area snowmaking pipe to permit increased pressures at the top of the mountain for our new HKD guns. Once Vermont State Act 250 permitting approval occurs on Aug. 17, we will be good to begin digging and welding. In addition, we have have identified areas where other leaks may be and new hydrants are necessary as we look to expand snowmaking on trails that have not seen any since the 1980s. Other major snowmaking projects (stream, pond and dam) are separately going through various state agency permitting and approval processes which have taken more time and therefore will not commence until next year. We are still working with the state to bring back the old Thompsonburg Brook pump this fall to supplement the snowmaking pond’s water replenishment for this season, given our objective of making more snow earlier and on more trails than ever before this century at Magic.

Lodge. We are opening up and brightening the space. An energy efficient foam barrier from Vermont Foam Insulation is now in place in the upper lodge and the wood rafters and trusses are now exposed. Low hung ceilings on the sides of the bar area are being removed. This week we begin the painting of the lodge, and an entire new deck gets put on come September.

Volunteer Day is scheduled for Sept. 2. Meet-up is 9 a.m. at the base lodge.


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