Geoff Hatheway bought a ski area. Now what?

The new owner of Magic Mountain hopes to have a second chairlift to the summit to ease the burden on its existsing “red chair” lift.
The new owner of Magic Mountain hopes to have a second chairlift to the summit to ease the burden on its existsing “red chair” lift. –Courtesy Magic Mountain

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Geoff Hatheway has been skiing since he was 3 years old, when his parents first clicked him in and took him and his siblings on frequent trips to southern Vermont, mostly Stratton, Bromley, and Magic Mountain.

He recalls a period in the 90s when Magic was closed, but when it reopened, it became a natural destination for him to bring his own family as they sought an alternative to larger, more crowded places. Day trips led to more and more involvement in racing and other skiing programs as well as the Magic community. Hatheway even spent some time as the area’s marketing director.

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On Nov. 21, however, his role grew exponentially when he announced on YouTube that the sale of the ski area to an investment group he is leading was complete following a lengthy and complicated process.

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