The base area (2011)
Campton Mountain Ski Area
Campton, New Hampshire
Status: Open
First Season:1969-70
Vertical Drop:313 feet
Standing Lifts:1 double, surface lift
Past Lifts:
Left: The base area (2011)
Recent News:
12/7/2016: New Hampshire Lift Ticket Prices Up 3% Profile
Located in the middle of Waterville Estates near the Waterville Valley ski area exit of Interstate 93, Campton Mountain ski area is a small, semi-private operation.

Waterville Estates Development

One of the key amenities of the Waterville Estates development, the Campton Mountain Ski Area was built in 1969 with a new 1,481 foot long Stadeli double chairlift. Three runs descended from the top of the chairlift, with one of the trails having a novice rope tow on its lower portion.

Over the years the ski area was also known as Locke Waterville and Mad River Run.

2000s Closure

The base area during its idle years (2007)
The base area during its idle years (2007)

While the area had grooming and night skiing, it did not have snowmaking. As a result of the lack of snowmaking and a lack of funding, the ski area likely closed after the 2003 season (though there were plans to operate as late as February of 2006).

Grand Reopening

The top of the chairlift (2011)
The top of the chairlift (2011)

After years of not operating, the ski area had a grand reopening on February 19, 2011 with a rebuilt base lodge. Thanks to plentiful snowfall, the season was considered a success.

Though the lifts and lighting were improved for the 2011-12 season, a lack of snow and high insurance costs resulted in the area not opening.

Routine maintenance and inspections were conducted in the fall of 2012, allowing for operations following the February 2013 Nor'Easter. The ski area was able to operate for 28 days on natural snow.

In March of 2013, the Waterville Estates Board of Directors formed a Snowmaking Exploratory committee. The group started a feasibility study with Maverick Management and Design Group that spring.

While snowmaking has not yet been installed, the ski area continues to operate when natural snow allows. Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
December100%    (4 reports)100 Open
January68%    (2 reports)68 Open
February100%    (2 reports)100 Open
March48%    (2 reports)48 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Mar. 16, 2018 by rocket21
Powder, Variable Conditions
Mar. 9, 2018 by rocket21
Packed Powder, Packed Powder
Dec. 26, 2017 by rocket21
Packed Powder, Packed Powder
Jan. 22, 2017 by beccam
Spring Snow, Ice
Dec. 30, 2016 by nordicgal
Packed Powder, Packed Powder
Campton Mountain Ski Area on News
Recent Articles
New Hampshire Lift Ticket Prices Up 3% - Dec. 7, 2016
Campton Mountain Ski Area News Page

Image Gallery
Waterville Estates Ad in the January 14, 1973 Connecticut Sunday HeraldWaterville Estates Ad in the February 7, 1973 Nashua Telepgraph
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Standing Lifts
The Tail Spin Double in 2003
Tail Spin
Chairlift - Double - Fixed

Past Lifts

2010-11 Campton Mountain Trail Map2011-12 Campton Mountain Trail Map2015-16 Campton Mountain Trail Map2016-17 Campton Mountain Trail Map2017-18 Campton Mountain 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
2017-18$20.002017-18 Ticket Price Graph2017-18 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 22March 242017-18 Skier Visit Graph
2016-17$15.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$100.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph6.7 daysDecember 26March 192016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$15.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$100.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph6.7 daysDecember 312015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$15.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph2014-15 Season Pass Price Graph2014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$12.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph2013-14 Season Pass Price Graph2013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$12.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph2012-13 Season Pass Price Graph2012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$12.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph2011-12 Season Pass Price Graph2011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$20.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph2010-11 Season Pass Price GraphFebruary 192010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2002-03$16.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph2002-03 Season Pass Price Graph2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$16.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph2001-02 Season Pass Price Graph2001-02 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"David, I remember those early 70's also. We owned the slopes. Torch light parades, tubing on the slopes,Ski racing. Those times were a big part of my youth. Fond fond memories. What I would give for those times again."
Ken Kurkjian, Mar. 1, 2015
"Wow!!!! What great memories...I remember the lift in the 'old days' even going backwards once! Yikes,that was scary. We were among the founding families. Could not have asked for a better life growing up."
David Cleary, Jan. 19, 2014
"I night skied here shortly after the grand re-opening in February of 2011. Recent snowfall resulted in nice packed powder skiing on the two trails open at night (Lazy Eights and Glide Path). While the slopes were practically deserted, the base lodge was packed with folks having dinner and beverages."
Jeremy Clark, Jan. 20, 2013
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  • Last updated: November 25, 2016

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