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Tenney Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area in Plymouth, New Hampshire,[2] located on Tenney Mountain. It closed in 2010 after operating for 45 years, but reopened for ski operations in March 2018.

Tenney Mountain Ski Resort
Tenney Mountain Ski Resort Logo.png
LocationPlymouth / Groton, Grafton County, New Hampshire
Nearest cityPlymouth, New Hampshire
Coordinates43°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
Vertical1,400 ft (430 m)
Top elevation2,149 ft (655 m)
Base elevation749 ft (228 m)
Skiable area110 acres (45 ha)
Runs45
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 13% Novice
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 56% Intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 31% Advanced
Lift system1 triple, 1 double, 1 platter/tubing lift
Terrain parksYes[1]
Snowmaking85% of terrain
Websitewww.skiTENNEY.com

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HistoryEdit

The first trails at the mountain were cut in 1959, and until 1964 operated only T-bar lifts.[2] In 1964, the area constructed a new Stadeli double chair, which made Tenney Mountain the largest ski area in the region.[2] This lift was dubbed the "Hornet Double," and began operation on January 10, 1965, along with five new trails that it serviced.[2] In 1970, a second double chair was constructed, built by Heron-Poma.[2] This lift was replaced in 1987 by a Borvig triple chair, called the "Eclipse."[2] This was planned to be followed by a second triple, extending from mid-mountain to a higher summit than the Hornet Double served.[2] Due to a weak real estate market during this time, however, the lift was never constructed, although trails were cut.[2] Tenney was purchased shortly after by Bill Krikorian, who renamed the area "Lookout".[2] It was later closed for part of the 1990s, and subsequently reopened under the name of Tenney Mountain.[2]

In 2002, the ski area was purchased once again; the new owners announced a $1 million investment in a new snowmaking system, called SnowMagic.[2] The system was designed to enable snowmaking operations, and in consequence the ski area, to continue year-round, but revenue didn't cover the cost and in 2004 year-round snowmaking operations were shut down.[2]

The area did not open for the 2010/2011 ski season due to financial issues including $200,000 in unpaid taxes.[3] On December 15, 2010, Tenney was sold to Iroquois Capital, an investment firm from New York City.[3] 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.[3]

Tenney Mountain Development GroupEdit

On October 17, 2014, a company named Tenney Mountain Development Group (TMDG), headed by Michael L. Bouchard, was registered in Windham, New Hampshire.[4][5] Two months later, TMDG purchased the area for 1.25 million dollars.[6] In February 2015 it was reported that the construction company working with TMDG had "presented plans" to the town of Plymouth, and that both of the chairlifts had been run recently.[4] In March, TMDG launched a Facebook page, with hints on what was planned for the resort. Later posts on their Facebook page showed that the reopening of Tenney Mountain was moving forward, including chairlift inspections and snow surveys.[7]

Attempted 2015-2016 season reopeningEdit

In early 2015, TMDG started clearing five years of brush growth on the mountain's trails.[8] The lodge was renovated, including a new roof, kitchen and bathrooms. Daily posts outlined the progress at the resort, such as the retrofitting of chairlifts and snowmaking system repairs. Three grooming machines were purchased from Piston Bully, as well as HKD snowmaking equipment.[9] Amenities for the first season were expected to be limited, with no rentals or season passes and minimal trail lighting.[10][11] They originally planned to open on December 15, 2015,[12] but were unable due to poor winter conditions. Faced with the same problems as many other New England ski resorts, Tenney was unable to open during the season.

When the resort shut down in 2009, the owners simply walked away, leaving the infrastructure to decay.[11] They left the snowmaking system full of water, causing the pipes to shatter and split during the following winters. Food was left to rot in the kitchen, and roads on the mountain were not maintained, allowing for erosion to wash away access roads. Also, most of the copper piping in the pump house was ripped out and stolen at some point during the five-year closure period.[9][10] On the evening of January 5, 2016, Tenney Mountain started making snow for the first time in six years, using four SMI fan guns borrowed from a ski area in New York. Installation of the HKD snowmaking equipment purchased in the summer of 2015 was postponed until after the 2015-16 season.[13]

2016-2017Edit

During the numerous warm spells during the late winter, and into the early summer, Tenney Mountain worked on repairing and upgrading the Hornet double chairlift, hoping to have it inspected in June. On June 13, 2016, the Hornet was inspected and tested by the state and passed.[14] Throughout the summer and into the fall, the resort worked to locate and repair bursts and breaks in the snowmaking loops caused by freezing water.

While the mountain announced that they were very close to a partial opening in January 2017, the mountain never opened for lift-served operations. They did encourage people to hike up the mountain to ski down if they wanted to do so. The mountain continued to work on clearing and maintenance through the summer and fall of 2017.

2018Edit

After telling the Plymouth Planning Board that it planned a series of developments around a refurbished mountain,[15] the mountain opened for snow-tubing on February 17, 2018. Tenney Mountain officially re-opened for lift-served skiing and riding on March 8, 2018. [16]

Mountain statisticsEdit

Tenney Mountain had 45 trails, spread over 110 acres (45 ha).[1] The terrain is served by three lifts: a triple chair, a double chair and a Pomalift.[17]

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][18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Tenney Mountain". America Skiing. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Tenney Mountain". NewEnglandSkiHistory.com. Franklin Web Publishing. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Spolar, Matthew (16 December 2010). "Ski area sells to only bidder". Concord Monitor. Newspapers of New England. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  4. ^ a b Clark, Jeremy (24 February 2015). "Tenney Mountain Reopening Plans Moving Forward". NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com. Franklin Web Publishing. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  5. ^ Clark, Jeremy (14 January 2015). "Tenney Mountain Could Reopen in 2015-16". NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com. Franklin Web Publishing. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  6. ^ Clark, Jeremy (1 December 2014). "Tenney Mountain Ski Area Sold". NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com. Franklin Web Publishing. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Work Underway at Tenney Mountain". NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com. Franklin Web Publishing. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Tenney Mountain Issues Progress Update - NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com". www.newenglandskiindustry.com. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  9. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Tenney Mountain CEO Michael Bouchard (Part 2 of 3) - NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com". www.newenglandskiindustry.com. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  10. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Tenney Mountain CEO Michael Bouchard (Part 3 of 3) - NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com". www.newenglandskiindustry.com. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  11. ^ a b "New Tenney Mountain owners aim to keep ski area open | New Hampshire". UnionLeader.com. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  12. ^ Media, First Tracks!! Online. "Tenney Mountain Returns to N.H. Ski Scene". First Tracks!! Online Ski Magazine. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  13. ^ Clark, Jeremy (6 January 2016). "Tenney Mountain Tests Snowmaking System". NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  14. ^ "TENNEY - Progress Update - Well, we have succeeded... Without a day to spare!!!". Tenney Mountain Facebook Page. Facebook. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  15. ^ Concord Monitor: "Tenney Mountain Ski Area Development" Jan. 27, 2018
  16. ^ Concord Monitor: "Tenney Mountain quietly opens" Feb. 18, 2018
  17. ^ "Tenney Mountain Overview". OnTheSnow.com. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  18. ^ Clark, Jeremy (27 February 2016). "Tenney Continues Snowmaking with Tubing Opening on Horizon". NewEnglandSkiHistory.com. Retrieved 1 March 2016.

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