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The Main Slope in 2014
Arrowhead Recreation Area
Claremont, New Hampshire
Status: Open
First Season:1962-63
Vertical Drop:120 feet
Standing Lifts:Surface lifts
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: The Main Slope in 2014
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Located on 1,080 foot Flatrock Hill just south of Claremont, Arrowhead Recreation Area has offered lift served skiing off and on over the past century.

Early Years

Arrowhead circa the 1960s
Arrowhead circa the 1960s

While Arrowhead was advertised as having two Poma lifts and 30 acres of terrain for the 1961-62 season, however the area did not open until 1962-63 with said features, as well as night skiing. Of note was the steep Face trail, giving experts legitimate terrain despite Arrowhead's small size.

While the area was reported to have "gained excellent acceptance," the area likely ended up on the auction block prior to the 1963-64 season.

Ken Olsen and Harry Snow purchased the ski area at auction and operated it during the mid 1960s. Some seasons were a struggle, particularly 1964-65 when the ski area closed for the season on February 24. Around this time, the snowmaking system was likely removed.

Multiple Closures

Arrowhead likely closed for one or more years following the 1967-68 season due to continued financial issues. Operations were sporadic during the 1970s and 1980s. The lower Poma lift may have been removed in the late 1970s. The area was closed for most, if not all, of the 1990s.

Claremont Locals Reopen Arrowhead Recreation Area

Looking down The Face (2013)
Looking down The Face (2013)

After years of closure, Spencer Allen led an effort to reopen the ski area. While an attempt was made to reopen the area late in the winter of 2001-2002, Arrowhead's return to operations finally happened in 2002-2003. While the area once sported a 600 foot vertical drop, only the lower 120 vertical feet currently have lift service. Upper mountain trails have been maintained and are used for those hiking for their turns.

Members of the Arrowhead Recreation Club have donated countless hours of work in rebuilding the ski area, which now features two lower mountain surface lifts, snowmaking, and tubing.

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1962-63 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed

Past Lifts
Seasons
The Pomalift in 2002
Pomalift

Platter
1961-62
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Pomalift

Platter
1961-62
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Maps
1962-63 Arrowhead Skiway Trail Map2011-12 Arrowhead Recreation Area Trail Map2012-13 Arrowhead Trail Map2013-14 Arrowhead Trail Map2014-15 Arrowhead Trail Map2015-16 Arrowhead Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2016-172016-17 Ticket Price Graph$120.002016-17 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 23March 192016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$9.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$120.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph13.3 daysJanuary 8February 212015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$9.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$120.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph13.3 days2014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$8.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$120.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph15.0 days2013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$8.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$120.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph15.0 days2012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$8.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$120.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph15.0 days2011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$8.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$120.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph15.0 days2010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$8.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph2009-10 Season Pass Price Graph2009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2007-08$7.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph2007-08 Season Pass Price Graph2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$7.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph2005-06 Season Pass Price Graph2005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$7.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph2004-05 Season Pass Price Graph2004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$7.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph2003-04 Season Pass Price Graph2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$7.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph2002-03 Season Pass Price Graph2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1967-68$3.501967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$3.501963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$3.501962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price Graph1962-63 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"My buddy grew up in Claremont and worked as a ski instructor there in the late 70s and early 80s before going over to teach at Ascutney. If I recall correctly the area closed in the early to mid 80s. There was an attempt made by the Rotary to operate the area for a couple of years in the late 80s. I was there one day with my buddy when he skied it. I believe it was in Feb/March 1988. I unfortunately did not ski because I had hit a snow making hydrant the day before after a 4 foot dump at Killington. Good times. I know he has skied the front face."
Matt Severson, Oct. 9, 2016
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External Links
  • Arrowhead Recreation Area - official site
  • Arrowhead Recreation Area - SmallSkiAreas.com
  • Arrowhead - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Flatrock Hill - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: October 8, 2016

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