Tenney Mountain Ski and Snowboarding Area

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Tenney Mountain Ski and Snowboarding Area
Location Plymouth / Groton, Grafton County, New Hampshire
Nearest city Plymouth, New Hampshire
Coordinates 43°44′16″N 71°47′01″W / 43.73778°N 71.78361°W / 43.73778; -71.78361Coordinates: 43°44′16″N 71°47′01″W / 43.73778°N 71.78361°W / 43.73778; -71.78361
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)
Runs 45
Terrain parks Yes[1]
Snowfall 140 inches (360 cm)
Snowmaking 85% of terrain

Tenney Mountain Ski and Snowboarding Area is a former ski area near Plymouth, New Hampshire.[2] It is located on Tenney Mountain.

History[edit]

The first trails at the mountain were cut in 1959, and until 1964 operated only T-bar lifts.[3] In 1964, the area constructed a new Stadeli double chair, which made Tenney Mountain the largest ski area in the region.[3] This lift was dubbed the "Hornet Double," and began operation on 10 January 1965, along with five new trails that it serviced.[3] In 1970, a second double chair was constructed, built by Heron-Poma.[3] This lift was replaced in 1987 by a Borvig triple chair, called the "Eclipse."[3] This was planned to be followed by a second triple, extending from mid-mountain to a higher summit than the Hornet Double served.[3] Due to a weak real estate market during this time, however, the lift was never constructed, although trails were cut.[3] Tenney was purchased shortly after by Bill Krikorian, who renamed the area Lookout.[3] It was later closed for part of the 1990s, and subsequently reopened under the name of Tenney Mountain.[3]

In 2002, the ski area was purchased once again; the new owners announced a $1 million investment in a new snowmaking system, called SnowMagic.[3] 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.[3]

The area did not open for the 2010/2011 ski season due to financial issues including $200,000 in unpaid taxes.[2] On 15 December 2010, Tenney was sold to Iroquois Capital, an investment firm from New York City.[2] The purchasing price was $500,000, and Iroquois also bought 425 acres (172 ha) of land near the ski area.[2] 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.[2]

Mountain statistics[edit]

Tenney Mountain has 45 trails, spread over 110 acres (45 ha).[1] Of the trails, 13% are rated as "easy," 56% are rated as "intermediate," and 31% are rated as "advanced."[1] The terrain is serviced by four lifts: a triple chair, a double chair and two surface lifts.[4] 85% of the terrain has snowmaking installed, and Tenney receives around 140 inches (360 cm) of snow per year.[1]

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).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Tenney Mountain". America Skiing. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ski area sells to only bidder". Concord Monitor. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Tenney Mountain". NewEnglandSkiHistory.com. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Tenney Mountain Overview". OnTheSnow.com. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 

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