Winter News


by Craig Altschul

You can help Magic Mountain celebrate its official 50th anniversary Feb. 4 as the guest of honor. You’ll get 50 percent off lift tickets if you’re 50 years or older; retro ski outfits win you 10 percent off tickets; riding the #50 chair gets you actual prizes. Activities include a fun race for all age skiers and riders; an après ski trivia contest at the Black Line Brew Pub; a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to Hurricane Irene relief efforts. The day ends with a buffet dinner with dancing to DJ-led tunes from the ‘60s to today. Magic Mountain was founded by Swiss ski instructor Hans Thorner. Happy Birthday, Magic.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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