Erik Mogensen was at Magic Mountain when the rains came in December. The founder and owner of Entabeni Systems, a ski-focused business that provides technology solutions for dozens of independent ski resorts across North America, and a company that also acquired Indy Pass last year, was at the Londonderry, Vt., ski area doing a software install. He saw first-hand the sort of impact the pre-Christmas storm delivered across New England with damaging winds and localized flooding putting an abbreviated halt to the ski season.
Magic, one of the dozens of partners on the popular multi-mountain pass, had lost much of its snowpack from the driving rain, and it quickly became clear that, with snowmaking temperatures turning unkind, recovery wasn’t going to be swift (at press time, Magic was aiming to reopen on Jan. 6 with the return of the Green Lift).
Over in New Hampshire, Black Mountain, another ski area on the Indy Pass, which provides two lift tickets to nearly 200 ski areas around the world, didn’t have that unwanted luxury. Fox’s “Fox and Friends” morning show had scheduled an opening day live shot from the ski area that Mogensen and the Indy Pass helped bring back from the dead last fall, when owner John Fichera announced that it would not open. One week later, Entabeni Systems announced that it had reached an agreement with Black to remain open for the 2023-24 season.
So a live shot — which wound up being himself and Fichera — on a national morning show to prove the resiliency of a tiny, independent ski area in the wake of disastrous wind and rain would go a long way. Black had to open.