Magic gets Act 250 approval to increase snowmaking pond size

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LONGDONDERRY — Magic Mountain Ski Area has received Vermont state permitting to allow for the expansion of its snow-making pond to 9 million gallons, twice the current capacity of the pond.

The permitting is a big step for the ski area as part of its five-year strategic plan to improve skiing conditions and provide a longer and more reliable skiing season to visitors of the mountain.

"Expanding Magic's snow-making capability is critical to the long-term success of our ski area" said Geoff Hatheway, president of Magic Mountain. "No matter what mother-nature decides to bring us in the winter, the doubling of our water resources allows us to cover over 60 percent of the mountain on both the east and west sides, so our customers have a great mix of the East's most interesting and challenging terrain to ski and ride over a longer season."

The expansion project will involve separating the snow-making pond from certain streams to minimize impacts on fish downstream in the river.

The permit allows the pond to receive water from the Thompsonburg Brook along Route 11 for

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pond replenishment.

The permitting approval for the pond comes months after the ski area was granted approval for the installation of a Poma fixed-grip quad lift that will double Magic's uphill capacity.

The work on the snowmaking pond and surrounding streams, as well as the installation of the new lift, will begin this summer and will be completed before this coming ski season begins. For years, Magic Mountain has been renowned for its challenging terrain and its incredible powder skiing.

But as changing climate causes more unpredictable weather patterns and seasonal changes, small ski mountains face the most challenges in maintaining quality trails throughout the entire ski season.

Magic is planning ahead, with these two projects representing a combined investment of $2 million by Ski Magic LLC, which purchased Magic 2 years ago. Over that time the mountain has seen record skier visits each year and has been awarded the No. 1 ski area in North America each of those seasons by Liftopia's "Best in Snow" survey.

The mountain has been able to highlight its skiing conditions in the past and it will only be more enjoyable this coming season.


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