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Vermont ski area getting second life

Volunteers’ time, funds revive Magic Mountain

Volunteers painted chairlifts (above) and cleared a glade (below) at the 200-acre Magic Mountain ski area, in Londonderry, Vt. Volunteers painted chairlifts (above) and cleared a glade (below) at the 200-acre Magic Mountain ski area, in Londonderry, Vt. (Photos courtesy of Magic Mountain)
By Katie Johnston
Globe Staff / November 15, 2011

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Things are looking up for the struggling Londonderry, Vt., resort, where the trails are narrow and 10-year-olds ski unsupervised all day. An effort to turn the mountain into a cooperative is expected to hit its goal of nearly $1 million this season. A second chair lift is up and running, snow-making equipment can now reach half the trails, and the amount of tree skiing has doubled, largely thanks to volunteer crews.

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