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Swiss ski instructor Hans Thorner founded Magic Mountain Ski Resort in 1960 and it has been a staple of the skiing community in Southern Vermont ever since. More than 40 trails snake down the mountain, which checks in at a 45 degrees slope at the very top. But inexperienced skiers needn't fear: the resort features classic beginner and intermediate trails that are ideal for learning. A centralized lift system and lodge make meeting up and getting around a cinch, and Black Line Tavern makes celebrating successful days on the slopes just as convenient. The popular hangout also overlooks the entire mountain, so visitors should be able to easily spot groups of yetis sneaking down to make their nightly snow angels.