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  • TomWhiteTomWhite advanced
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    Ok.
  • slathamslatham intermediate
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    For those of you who might not be following the Magic web site, they've got a busy off-season!

    The Inaugural SKI MAGIC season has come to a successful close after staying open until April 9th. But skiing was still taking place here this weekend as skinners hiked the hill and hit Talisman which meant crossing some pretty big dry land patches two-thirds of the way down and then hooking back up with some snow for the runout. But, that's the fun of late April turns and we're glad the snowmaking provided the opportunity for our Magic die-hards. The Black Line Tavern will again be open from Thursday-Saturday this week starting at 5pm. We are already turning our attention to some major off-season projects which our SKI MAGIC investor group has given the green light to for this summer. The "Green Chair" project is undergoing an inspection by our operations crew and Ski Lifts Unlimited to more accurately determine the status of the gear box, tower alignments, haul rope viability, parts for rebuilding tower assemblies, and chair count. This will give us a more accurate estimate of project costs and timing with goal of bringing this new third chair online for the 17-18 season. The mid-mountain chair gives young families and less advanced skiers an easier way to access Magic's intermediate and novice terrain without going to the top, and, importantly, provides interesting terrain for all to access earlier in the ski season as snowmaking can cover a smaller trail footprint quicker to get us open earlier than ever before. That means potential Thanksgiving weekend openings versus Christmas openings if the cold weather cooperates. And that means more value for our season pass customers and youth programs like racing, freeride, and young devos.Another key project being fleshed out right now is work requirements and approvals on our snowmaking system as we need to  rebuild our pond dam and stream system, plus sketching out new piping needs coming from our pump house through the base area. These projects will give us more access to water and better performance at high pressures when we are blowing snow. In addition, previously existing snowmaking trails will be brought back online for the first time in decades with the purchase of new hydrants and repair of piping (ex: Lower Magic Carpet, Vertigo, Sorcerer, Witch, Black Line). More good news: in a busy week for the ski industry, we have NOT been purchased by Vail or Aspen yet. Magic is perfectly positioned as a real alternative to the mega-resort trends overtaking the ski business. There's nothing wrong with big resorts getting bigger. But as that occurs, there is even more of a need for independent ski areas that focus on the sport of skiing and riding and not all the ancillary amusements, amenities and real-estate ventures that drive corporate profits. We are focused on providing a better skiing experience at MAGIC and keeping it as fun, laid-back and affordable for families as possible. Magic must make money to be sustainable long-term. But, if we efficiently manage our skiing operations, we can be profitable by offering a truly unique product at a good value to customers who appreciate a different experience. There's a generation of skiers who has grown up not realizing that a more intimate, freer and close-knit camaraderie to the sport exists. We want to see that old-fashioned ski culture survive and thrive. For those of you nodding your heads, we hope you will "take the road less traveled" with us next season. Magic's affordable 2017-18 season passes are on sale now at our lowest "Early Bird" prices until May 15th.So come join us on this grand adventure! I will keep you posted on our progess throughout the off-season.- GeoffSKI MAGIC LLC



  • rickbolgerrickbolger expert
    Posts: 929
    slatham said:

    For those of you nodding your heads, we hope you will "take the road less traveled" with us next season. 

    Make it stop, please. :x

    Misused quotes aside, they posted a photo on Instgram yesterday that shows some green chairs being moved around by a crane or something like that, looks like it really is happening!
  • slathamslatham intermediate
    Posts: 82

     "take the road less traveled"

    Out of curiosity, what is the issue with this slogan?

  • rickbolgerrickbolger expert
    edited April 19 Posts: 929
    It originated with a poem The Road Not Taken and through the years has been misread and twisted to an entirely different meaning than the author intended.  
  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
    Posts: 1,468

    It originated with a poem The Road Not Taken and through the years has been misread and twisted to an entirely different meaning than the author intended.  

    Robert Frost poem, but became the ultimate guide to recover from a break-up or divorce in a book of the same name by Scott Peck.
  • rickbolgerrickbolger expert
    edited April 19 Posts: 929
    The people who misuse it in thousands of sappy speeches are erroneously quoting Frost, because they usually say they are quoting Frost.  Peck went to Middlebury at a time when Frost's influence was still very strong there, so I imagine he was, ahem, well versed with the true meaning.  But not having read his work I don't know what context he used it in.

    I once had a boss who pressured me to use that expression as a Hallmark style metaphor, quoting Frost!  Really ticked me off as I had little choice but to comply.  


    :x :x :x
  • slathamslatham intermediate
    edited April 20 Posts: 82
    Not sure about Geoff, but I use the phrase in its practical sense, with no literary reference. I live on Long Island, work in Manhattan, and ski on weekends and holidays. I literally try to find the road less traveled! Magic satisfies that practicality. Sorry you don't like the slogan, but don't expect them to change it.
  • ski_itski_it expert
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    When the history of most quotes or words are closely examined, they usually turnout to go back longer than expected in one form or another. The same can be said of songs.
    ISNE-I Skied New England | NESAP-the New England Ski Area Project | SOSA-Saving Our Ski Areas - Location SW of Boston MA
  • Bill29Bill29 advanced
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    Interesting discussion. It makes me think that the ski season is just about finished.
  • rickbolgerrickbolger expert
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    slatham said:

    Not sure about Geoff, but I use the phrase in its practical sense, with no literary reference. I live on Long Island, work in Manhattan, and ski on weekends and holidays. I literally try to find the road less traveled! Magic satisfies that practicality. Sorry you don't like the slogan, but don't expect them to change it.

    No I don't expect anybody to stop.  And, I suppose there's nothing wrong with it, as long as someone isn't deliberately quoting the poem.   Perhaps, just perhaps, I take it too seriously!   ;))

    And Bill29s "just about finished" observation is quite appropriate for me -- every now and then Middlebury Snow Bowl is my final stop for the season, and then afterward I stop at the Robert Frost wayside and make anybody who is with me trudge out to the first reading.    Yes, I've stopped at the one in Franconia, and Bennington, etc.

    One of my ski buddies says "No more Robert Frost, and no more cheese factories!"  
  • ski_itski_it expert
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    Way off topic: If I was your ski buddy I'd agree with the "No more Robert Frost", but never agree with no more cheese factories! I tried to make it to the Plymouth Notch Cheese Factory but they close the same time the lifts did. Which brings me to another off topic question. I've noticed several businesses up North that close at 4pm on Saturdays, like the aforementioned cheese factory, some breweries, & others. You would think they would want skiers as customers?

    ISNE-I Skied New England | NESAP-the New England Ski Area Project | SOSA-Saving Our Ski Areas - Location SW of Boston MA
  • rickbolgerrickbolger expert
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    Just because they make cheese and beer doesn't mean they are smart business owners  ;)


    BTW the Robert Frost Wayside in Ripton never closes.  Just sayin.  
    :D
  • JMaulJMaul advanced
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    Nothing like a Robert Frost discussion on a skiing forum.

    Or, Frost in your In Box.............
    You ski because even if you don't do it well, it's still a blast....
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  • rickbolgerrickbolger expert
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    If only the Robert Frost attractions sold beer and cheese....
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