Tenney Mountain Ski and Snowboarding Area
|Tenney Mountain Ski and Snowboarding Area|
|Location||Plymouth / Groton, Grafton County, New Hampshire|
|Nearest city||Plymouth, New Hampshire|
|Vertical||1,400 ft (430 m)|
|Top elevation||2,149 ft (655 m)|
|Base elevation||749 ft (228 m)|
|Skiable area||110 acres (45 ha)|
|Snowfall||140 inches (360 cm)|
|Snowmaking||85% of terrain|
The first trails at the mountain were cut in 1959, and until 1964 operated only T-bar lifts. In 1964, the area constructed a new Stadeli double chair, which made Tenney Mountain the largest ski area in the region. This lift was dubbed the "Hornet Double," and began operation on 10 January 1965, along with five new trails that it serviced. In 1970, a second double chair was constructed, built by Heron-Poma. This lift was replaced in 1987 by a Borvig triple chair, called the "Eclipse." This was planned to be followed by a second triple, extending from mid-mountain to a higher summit than the Hornet Double served. Due to a weak real estate market during this time, however, the lift was never constructed, although trails were cut. Tenney was purchased shortly after by Bill Krikorian, who renamed the area Lookout. It was later closed for part of the 1990s, and subsequently reopened under the name of Tenney Mountain.
In 2002, the ski area was purchased once again; the new owners announced a $1 million investment in a new snowmaking system, called SnowMagic. The system was designed to enable snowmaking operations, and in consequence the ski area, to continue year-round, but compared to the cost of the system, the additional revenue was insufficient, and in 2004 year-round snowmaking operations were shut down.
The area did not open for the 2010/2011 ski season due to financial issues including $200,000 in unpaid taxes. On 15 December 2010, Tenney was sold to Iroquois Capital, an investment firm from New York City. The purchasing price was $500,000, and Iroquois also bought 425 acres (172 ha) of land near the ski area. According to Mitch Kulick, Iroquois' general counsel, up to six entities were interested in buying the area and potentially reopening it for the 2011/2012 ski season. As of winter 2012-2013, the ski area remains closed.
Tenney Mountain has 45 trails, spread over 110 acres (45 ha). Of the trails, 13% are rated as "easy," 56% are rated as "intermediate," and 31% are rated as "advanced." The terrain is serviced by four lifts: a triple chair, a double chair and two surface lifts. 85% of the terrain has snowmaking installed, and Tenney receives around 140 inches (360 cm) of snow per year.
The ski area has a top elevation of 2,149 feet (655 m) and a base elevation of 749 feet (228 m), for a vertical drop of 1,400 feet (430 m).
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