Green – Magic Mountain, VT

This Borvig double came from nearby Stratton and was finished in 2018, over a decade after construction first began.
The bottom terminal with both drive and tensioning.
Uphill end of the lower station.
Loading area.
View up the lift line from the base village.
Tower 2.
Middle part of the lift line.
View down the lower part of the line, which is low angle.
Upper lift line.
The top terminal last few towers.
Newly painted return station.
Breakover towers.
View down from the summit.
Towers 13 and 14.
The bullwheel and motor room are not centered on the terminal frame.
Borvig chair with stained wood slats.
Outdoor operator controls.

19 thoughts on “Green – Magic Mountain, VT

  1. Sam Altavilla May 6, 2019 / 8:15 am

    Looks like they ran out of money to paint the towers. The chairs look really good though, I like how they tried to keep the older theme.


    • Collin Parsons May 6, 2019 / 8:16 am

      They didn’t want to paint the towers until they had finished adjusting the heights. By then it was too cold to paint outdoors. I believe it will get done this summer.

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  2. Teddy's Lift World May 6, 2019 / 11:44 am

    It honestly looks really nice! They did a good job, although the towers need painting. When this lift was Betwixt I wonder if it had the same motor room design or if that is a custom retrofit. This lift has a pretty rare motor room and towers. Does anybody know the details on this motor room?


    • Max Hart May 7, 2019 / 11:00 am

      The motor room is probably mostly original. From the mid-1970s until the mid-1980s, this boxy-style motor room was Borvig’s alternative to building a roof over the entire terminal. These motor rooms were commonly called “Glass Houses” and were discontinued before 1986.

      The last Glass House to be built is on the Snubber Triple at Sugarloaf [1985]. That same year the new motor room style made its debut at Sunday River.

      At one point Sugarloaf operated five lifts with Glass House motor rooms (Timberwind [1981, relocated to Skidway in 1988], Double Runners [West 1973, East 1974], and Spillway Chairs [1975 East, 1983 West]). Sunday River’s Locke Triple [1984] also has a Glass House motor room.

      There are probably more that I don’t know about.


    • Tijsen January 21, 2020 / 2:45 pm

      The motor room is not original. The motor room is from one of the old spillway lifts at sugarloaf.


      • Tijsen January 21, 2020 / 2:58 pm

        Never mind, their Instagram says it’s from Attitash.


  3. Sam Shirley December 9, 2019 / 4:02 pm

    Is there any lift which has taken longer to install than this one?


    • ne_skier March 2, 2020 / 8:08 pm

      As for anything well-known in the US, this may be it. From Magic’s 1997 rebirth to around 2016-ish Magic has been owned by a number of LLCs which all had low budgets. If it weren’t for the people who own it now, Magic would have been permanently closed for a second time. This is the first time since around 2003 when the lift was purchased that Magic really has the money to do these types of projects. With the cash flow that they were getting before, it’s certain Magic would’ve closed, especially with the Black chair having become basically inoperable. Sure, the current cash flow isn’t as much as places like Bromley and Stratton, but it’s getting Magic to places where it couldn’t have ever gotten with the previous ownerships.


      • sullivanq March 4, 2020 / 6:31 pm

        Yeah until recently they were put together every year by duct tape and needles. They would routinely miss Christmas week because they couldn’t get snow on the hill, and all they had was red chair. It wouldn’t be unusual for them to fire workers after the season had ended because they couldn’t pay them over the summer


  4. Tijsen June 16, 2020 / 7:20 pm

    I think this lift may have been 2 lifts in one: grizzly and betwixt. Betwixt had fewer towers than this lift and recently I found about 10 towers worth of Borvig sheave assemblies, some Borvig tower pylons, and dozens of Borvig double chairs. behind their parking lot. It makes sense since they bought 2 lifts in the early 2000s, not much longer after both of these lifts were removed from Stratton, and both lifts were originally installed not far apart from each other in terms of time.


    • sullivanq June 16, 2020 / 9:54 pm

      It’s quite possible. According to a source I found they might have had plans to call it the Phoenix double, I’ll put a link in here, but you might have to scroll a bit. This could have been referencing one of the two lifts they bought (if that was the case)

      The so called Phoenix double could also have been a plan to replace the little chair, which was sent to mt Tom after they closed. But based on a picture I found on the same website the lift line looks too steep to be the little chair lift line.


      • Tijsen June 17, 2020 / 5:39 pm

        It also says that the original lift is from 1977… which was the year when Grizzly was put in at Stratton. I believe that the people who owned magic when they bought the two lifts intended for the leftover parts to be used on the little chair spot.


        • ne_skier July 17, 2020 / 7:29 pm

          Magic stated that they were “done with chairlifts” following the Black installation, but they did say they had a plan with the beginner area, which turned into a game of 20 questions. Apparently it isn’t a T-Bar


    • Collin Parsons June 17, 2020 / 1:40 pm

      Where did you find them specifically. I’ve been in Magic’s parking lot and never found what you’re talking about.


      • Tijsen June 17, 2020 / 5:34 pm

        back of lot b. If you go to where there’s old Pohlig towers in the back look into the woods and you will find a small junkyard. I went down there and that’s where I found the stuff.


  5. ne_skier September 25, 2020 / 7:47 am

    Looks like they finally got around to painting Green’s towers, hopefully the paint lasts better than the tower paint on Red, that lift went from white towers to black ones in 2006 (Also when the under-construction Green lift went from blue to black) and the paint is already peeling


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