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The overgrown Bombers Ridge slope (right) (2004)
Alpine Ridge Ski Area
Gilford, New Hampshire
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:1965-66
Last Season:
Vertical Drop:400 feet
Standing Lifts:
Past Lifts:1 double, surface lifts
Left: The overgrown Bombers Ridge slope (right) (2004)
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Located on the northeastern face of 1,680 foot Mt. Rowe, Alpine Ridge provided skiing and/or summer activities for nearly a quarter of a century.

Mt. Rowe Ski Area

Mount Rowe ski area debuted for the 1965-66 ski season as a small, T-Bar operation literally in the shadow of Gunstock. With an initial vertical drop of less than 200 feet, the area was far from posing any threat to its larger neighbor.

Mount Rowe was nonetheless growingly popular in its segment, notching a decent increase in business during its second season. Heading into its third season, the area announced it would be pursuing a sizable expansion, including a new chairlift and skating rink.

The Alpine Ridge chairlift circa the 1970s
The Alpine Ridge chairlift circa the 1970s

Mt. Rowe Expands, Becomes Alpine Ridge

The new chairlift was finally installed for the 1971-72 season, more than doubling the area's vertical drop. The top terminal of the chairlift was located a short distance from the top of the original single chairlift at Gunstock.

The area likely underwent changes in ownership in 1973 and 1976. Also in 1976, Mt. Rowe announced it would be installing an alpine slide.

With the installation of the alpine slide, Mt. Rowe changed its name to Alpine Ridge circa 1977. Given its proximity to Weirs Beach, the summer attraction was so popular that the ownership hinted at shutting down winter operations altogether.

Ski operations were reportedly improved for the 1982-83 season with the expansion of night skiing to the top of the ski area, as well as the clearing of new trails.

Ski Operations Cease

The top of the defunct Alpine Ridge ski area (2011)
The top of the defunct Alpine Ridge ski area (2011)

Ski operations at Alpine Ridge may have ceased following the winter of 1985-86. The alpine slide, as well as water slides, continued to operate as late as 1988.

In early 1989, Rowe Ridge Corporation was formed by Milo Pike, husband of local Olympic Silver Medalist Penny Pitou. Alpine Ridge likely operated for a final summer in 1989. The lifts and slides were likely removed in the early 1990s.

Closure and Possible Reopening

Alpine Ridge gradually grew in during the 1990s. In 1997, Penny Pitou sold the former ski area to Belknap County. With the addition of the Alpine Ridge tract, Gunstock is hoping to expand to that side of Mt. Rowe, perhaps tying in the project with the development of a hotel.

Image Gallery
Alpine Ridge Aerial Imagery, 1998 vs. 2011
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Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed

Past Lifts
Seasons
The base terminal circa the 1970s
Double Chair
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1971-72
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T-Bar
Hall
T-Bar
1965-66
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1982-83$13.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price Graph1982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$13.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph1981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1974-751974-75 Ticket Price Graph$60.001974-75 Season Pass Price Graph1974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$4.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"i worked at Alpine Ridge thru my high school years.. i loved it.... "
Patrick McKenna, Sep. 25, 2017
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External Links
  • Mount Rowe/Alpine Ridge - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Last updated: September 25, 2017

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