Magic Mountain Reopens


By Andrew Reed

Magic Mountain Resort, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Good news for skiers and snowboarders.

Magic Mountain reopened today with more than 24 inches of snow.

This is now the second time the resort opened, due to no snow these past few weeks.

The ski lifts are moving and instructors like Carlene Harding are busy at work teaching students from Kimberly Elementary School how to glide down the hill.

Two weeks ago, it was a completely different scene for Harding.

"I knew the snow was going to come, I was hoping it was going to come sooner than later,” she explains.

Magic Mountain officially opened right after the New Year... that didn't last long, though; the owners locked the gates after two weeks.

"I can't say how much money we lost, but it was a lot. When you lose the holiday season, that's a big portion of your earnings of the season," says Suzette Miller, Magic Mountain owner.

Having to reopen for a second time takes a toll on employees.

Harding looks forward to an extra income every winter.

"It means loss of exercise, loss of income, and it's a big impact on the community," she points out.

Staff members are just excited to see the snow fall. Despite the rough start of the season, they believe sales will increase from here.

"With the Winter Olympics kicking off, we are hoping that will get everyone excited to come up and ski,” Miller says.

Round two of opening...something Harding and snow bunnies hope will last until March.

Road conditions on the way up to the mountain can be slick.

Resort management recommends you take your time while traveling to the top.

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