Magic Mountain Ski Area, Kimberly, Idaho

Magic Mountain Ski area is located 28 miles outside of Hansen in Kimberly, Idaho. Magic Mountain boasts of having cheaper gas and the ability to give visitors more time on their slopes. In recent years the resort management has put in more snowboard runs with rails and jumps to make it more challenging. They groom all of the trails for the visitors, but leave enough powder to make it exciting. There is a ski patrol on site. Snowmobile trails are also on the land. It is possible to snowmobile right to the lodge for a hot drink and some lunch before heading back out to enjoy the winter wonderland.

Daily rates are $27 for adults, $18 for juniors, and children 6 or under are free. They have ski rental options available for $15. Some of the runs are set up for tubing. Tubing is going to be $10 per person. Residents can purchase a seasonal pass.

There are eleven runs at Magic Mountain Ski area. Three of the runs are easy, four are intermediate, and the rest are difficult. The runs all have special names like open sesame, hocus, pocus, wizard, etc. Each of the runs has something to do with their magic theme. Magic Mountain recently renovated their resort as well as installed a new lift. They took out the old tow rope and made sure to install the latest in lifts.

The mountain has a base elevation of 6,500 feet. The summit is at 7,240 feet. There is a vertical drop of 700 feet. 120 acres of land is set up for skiing. Each year the resort gets about 230 inches of snowfall. There are three lifts at the resort. These lifts combine to do 1,240 people per hour. Two of the lifts are surface lifts, and the third is a double chair configuration. The longest run is 5,200 feet.

Alpine skiing is the largest draw to the resort. However, they do have 32 kilometers of Nordic skiing. The snowboarding is restricted to a specific location. There are restricted areas on the mountain that can be dangerous if one skis off the designated paths. The ski resort also has a few snowshoe trails.

The ski lessons are for children and adults. Anyone can take ski lessons or snowboard lessons. There are children's programs beyond the ski lessons. The ski resort is set on United States Forest Service land. There is also lodging nearby the ski resort.

During the summer the lifts do not operate. However, individuals can drive to the area and take the Nordic trails. In the summer the land is lush with trees and plants in bloom. Wildlife can also be spotted in the area.

The nearby town of Kimberly is not very large. In 2008 the population was a little over 3,000. The small residency statistics makes the town a nice place to visit. There will not be a great many tourists like some of the more popular Idaho resorts, allowing more time to ski.

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