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Volunteers give second life to Vermont ski area

Volunteers’ time, funds revive Magic Mountain

Six years ago, Magic Mountain lost half a million dollars. Snowmaking covered only a quarter of the southern Vermont ski area, and the chairlifts had a reputation for being so unreliable that some skiers didn’t feel comfortable letting their children ride them.

But now the once-struggling resort, which has attracted a cult following for its steep, narrow trails and old-fashioned feel, is approaching an important milestone in its effort to become a skier-owned cooperative: nearly $1 million raised from the sale of shares to patrons.

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