Temple Mountain Ski Area

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Current sign of state reservation area
Former sign outside of the former Temple Mountain Ski Area

Temple Mountain Ski Area was a downhill, or alpine, ski area that operated from 1938 until 2001 on Temple Mountain in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. During peak operation, the ski area featured a quad chairlift, a double chairlift, and multiple T-bars and rope tows. Like many other small ski areas in the country, it closed due to poor weather, rising costs and changing recreational habits.

Its entrance was located on New Hampshire Route 101, straddling the border of the towns of Temple and Peterborough.

The 350-acre (1.4 km2) site, of which about 60 acres (240,000 m2) was used for the ski area, closed after the 2000-2001 season. John and Connie Kieley of Temple Highlands LLC purchased the ski area in 2003. The quad chairlift was sold to Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Massachusetts, while the double was sold to SkyTrans Manufacturing and was later used as a ride at the Milwaukee Zoo.[1]

In December 2007 New Hampshire, with some federal funds, purchased the 352 acres for a reported $1 million, creating the Temple Mountain Reservation.[2]


  1. ^ Lost Ski Area Project report
  2. ^ Nashua Telegraph, Aug. 14, 2008: "New land preserve is a temple to nature"

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Coordinates: 42°50′48″N 71°53′07″W / 42.84667°N 71.88528°W / 42.84667; -71.88528