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Cranmore as seen from South Moat Mountain (2008)
Cranmore Mountain Resort
Conway, New Hampshire
Status: Open
First Season:1937-38
Vertical Drop:1200 feet
Standing Lifts:1 high speed quad, 1 quad, 2 triples, 1 double, surface lifts
Past Lifts:2 Skimobiles, 3 doubles, surface lifts
Left: Cranmore as seen from South Moat Mountain (2008)
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Located in popular vacation destination North Conway, Cranmore Mountain Resort is one of New England's oldest and most storied ski areas.

Early Years

The modern history of Cranmore dates back to January of 1937, when locally-raised developer and international financier Harvey Gibson acquired the slopes of 1,667 foot Cranmore Mountain and started a plan to make North Conway into a winter destination. The lift served skiing history of Cranmore Mountain dates back to the following winter, when the local Chamber of Commerce funded the installation of a 1,000 foot rope tow.

The Skimobile and Hannes Schneider

The Cranmore Skimobile circa the late 1940s or early 1950s
The Cranmore Skimobile circa the late 1940s or early 1950s

In the era of rope tows, a cutting edge lift named the Skimobile was constructed for the 1938-39 season, reaching halfway up the mountain. Consisting of a set of cars on a track, it was only the third lift in the state that allowed the skier to be seated while riding up the mountain. Local mechanical guru George Morton was hired to design and construct the lift.

After negotiating with Heinrich Himmler, Gibson was able to get legendary ski instructor Hannes Schneider released from Nazi Germany and transported to the United States in January of 1939. Gibson then accompanied Schneider to a massive welcoming party in North Conway, after which Schneider essentially took the reins of Cranmore. Upon the initial recommendation of Hannes Schneider, an upper portion of the Skimobile was added for the 1939-40 season.

Three new trails were added for the 1940-41 season including the Toni Matt Trail, the Middle Trail, and the Koesler Trail. The Kandahar was completed for the 1942-43 season.

Improvements continued following World War II, as the Skimobile base station was rebuilt and expanded. The Alberg trail opened in late December of 1946. By this point, Harvey Gibson had invested $1,000,000 this snow train destination resort. He passed away in 1950.

The Artist Falls Trail debuted for the 1952-53 season. A larger expansion was being planned.

While laying out the new expansion on the back side of the mountain in April of 1955, Hannes Schneider suffered a fatal heart attack. While his death was a major blow to Cranmore, the East Bowl expansion project continued that off season with Herbert Schneider taking over for his father. Opening in December of 1955, the double chairlift served complex was complemented with a new Poma lift on the South Slope. The development also brought forth rumors of further expansion to Black Cap, however only one trail/access road was partially cut.

A new version of the Rattlesnake Trail was cut for the 1957-58 season. A new 4,000 foot Poma lift was advertised for the following season, however it was never fully installed.

After reporting a record season in 1962-63, Cranmore installed its second double chairlift for its quarter century anniversary. Unfortunately, a decline in business was starting. Not only were larger mountains being developed, but Interstates 89 and 93 were soon providing easier travel to these new places.

Longtime Cranmore general manager Phil Robertson headed up the valley in the mid 1960s when he opened Mt. Attitash in Bartlett for the 1964-65 season.

The Snowmaking Era Begins

The Mid Double circa 1974
The Mid Double circa 1974

A third double chairlift was likely installed for the 1969-70 season (it may not have opened until 1971), serving the lower mountain. A snow drought that winter threatened the area's economy, resulting in local business owners joining together to rent snowmaking equipment for the South Slope. A $250,000, 44 acre snowmaking system was installed for the 1970-71 season, helping to prevent anymore lack-of-snow closures.

The base area circa the 1970s
The base area circa the 1970s

Following a fire, the East Bowl double was mostly replaced with Mueller parts for the 1973-74 season. Meanwhile, the recently installed snowmaking system came in handy, as Cranmore was the only Mt. Washington Valley ski area to open in December of 1973.

Starting in 1975, Cranmore hosted a decade of Volvo International Tennis Tournamets, bringing superstars to the Mount Washington Valley each summer.

Schneider Sells Cranmore

Lacking the capital to keep Cranmore competitive, Herbert Schneider sold the ski area to Ed Mank's Mt. Cranmore, Inc. in the fall of 1984. Snowmaking was extended to the summit for the 1985-86 season.

A $3 million expansion program was completed for the 1986-87 season, including a significant snowmaking expansion and the installation of a triple chairlift to the summit. A second triple chairlift was installed in 1987-88 on the South Slope.

While Cranmore enjoyed successful decades at the beginning of its history, it was eventually overshadowed by its larger nearby competitors, such as Attitash, Bretton Woods, and Wildcat. Shortly after being sold by in 1984, two new chairlifts were installed, including a triple chairlift to the summit. This was not enough, however, to keep Cranmore from sinking. By 1988, the Skimobile was abandoned. Bay Bank assumed ownership in November of 1991, keeping Mt. Cranmore, Inc. onboard in a management capacity.

In August of 1994, Bay Bank brought in Sno-Engineering to operate the ski area for a season as it looked for a buyer.

LBO and Booth Creek

Attitash Bear Peak Cranmore jointly advertised by LBO Resorts in 1995
Attitash Bear Peak Cranmore jointly advertised by LBO Resorts in 1995

In June of 1995, LBO Resort Enterprises Corp. purchased Cranmore and subsequently installed a Doppelmayr high speed detachable quad, climbing 1,123 vertical feet to the summit.

A merger with S-K-I Ltd. in 1996 resulted in the formation of American Skiing Company and a Justice Department order to sell Cranmore due to antitrust concerns. As such, American Skiing Company sold Cranmore and Waterville Valley to Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Inc. in November of 1996.

FO Resorts Purchases Cranmore

The South Quad and non-skiing amenities (2016)
The South Quad and non-skiing amenities (2016)

Booth Creek would own and operate Cranmore through the 2009-2010 season. On June 15, 2010, Booth Creek sold Cranmore to Brian Fairbank, Tyler Fairbank, and Joseph O'Donnell, the operators of Jiminy Peak in Massachusetts. An aggressive expansion project was immediately started, including the installation of a mountain coaster and a fixed grip quad chairlift.

The historic East Bowl double chairlift was removed in 2012 and replaced with a Doppelmayr triple chairlift. Additional terrain was opened in the East Bowl to complement the new lift. In September 2016, ground was broken on new real estate development in the base area, which is expected to eventually result in new base facilities for skiers.

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Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
December15%    (1 report)15 Open
January75%    (1 report)75 Open
March75%    (1 report)75 Open
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Expansion History
Project
Season
Upper Mountain
Open
1939-40
East Bowl
Open
1955-56
Lower Mountain Redevelopment
Open
2010-11
Black Cap Mountain
Proposed

Image Gallery
1952-53 Eastern Ski Map1953-54 Eastern Ski Map1954-55 Eastern Ski Map1955-56 Eastern Ski Map1956-57 Eastern Ski Map1957-58 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
Opening day of the C-More Double, December 27, 2010
C-More Double
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
2010-11
The Lookout Triple bottom terminal in 2007
Lookout Triple
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1986-87
The Schneider Triple in 2014
Schneider Triple
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
2012-13
The Skimobile Express in 2003
Skimobile Express Quad
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
1995-96
Installation of the South Quad in 2010
South Quad
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
2010-11

Past Lifts
Seasons
The East Bowl Double in 2007
East Chair
Roebling-Mueller
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1955-56
-
2011-12
The Lower Skimobile
Lower Skimobile

Skimobile
1938-39
-
1989-90
The Mid Chair in1974
Mid Chair
Mueller
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1969-70
-
1994-95
The North Chair bottom terminal in 2007
North Chair
Mueller
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1963-64
-
2005-06
The South Double in 2007
South Double
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1987-88
-
2009-10
The lift line
South Slope Poma

Platter
1955-56
-
The Upper Skimobile circa the early 1960s
Upper Skimobile

Skimobile
1939-40
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1989-90

Maps
1962-63 Cranmore Trail Map1994-95 Cranmore Trail Map1997-98 Cranmore Trail Map1998-99 Cranmore Trail Map2000-01 Cranmore Trail Map2002-03 Cranmore 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
2016-17$72.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$729.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph10.1 daysDecember 3April 22016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$70.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$699.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 daysNovember 27March 202015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$64.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$679.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph10.6 daysNovember 22April 52014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$63.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$639.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph10.1 daysNovember 23April 62013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$59.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$639.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph10.8 daysNovember 23March 312012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$64.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$619.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph9.7 daysNovember 26March 21117,3512011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$59.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$569.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph9.6 daysNovember 27March 27118,0002010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$55.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$529.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph9.6 daysDecember 12March 212009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$55.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$529.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph9.6 daysDecember 6March 292008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$49.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$499.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph10.2 daysApril 62007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$47.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$429.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph9.1 daysDecember 9March 252006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$45.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$399.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph8.9 daysDecember 10March 26108,0002005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$39.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$349.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph8.9 daysDecember 11March 27128,0002004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$35.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$349.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph10.0 days102,0002003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$35.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$459.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph13.1 daysMarch 30119,0002002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$32.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$489.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph15.3 daysDecember 15March 2496,0002001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$29.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph$459.002000-01 Season Pass Price Graph15.8 daysApril 1129,0002000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$29.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price Graph100,0001999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-99$29.001998-99 Ticket Price Graph1998-99 Season Pass Price Graph112,0001998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1997-98$39.001997-98 Ticket Price Graph1997-98 Season Pass Price Graph100,0001997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1994-95$35.001994-95 Ticket Price Graph1994-95 Season Pass Price Graph1994-95 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$33.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$33.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$29.951990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 301990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$29.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 21989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$28.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$26.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-87$22.001986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price Graph1986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1985-86$19.001985-86 Ticket Price Graph1985-86 Season Pass Price Graph1985-86 Skier Visit Graph
1984-85$18.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph1984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$14.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price Graph1980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$13.001979-80 Ticket Price Graph1979-80 Season Pass Price Graph1979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$12.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$10.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-771976-77 Ticket Price Graph$200.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1975-76$10.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price Graph1975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1974-751974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 221974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1973-74$9.001973-74 Ticket Price Graph1973-74 Season Pass Price Graph1973-74 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$8.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$8.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1965-661965-66 Ticket Price Graph1965-66 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 251965-66 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$6.001964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$5.501963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$5.501962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price Graph1962-63 Skier Visit Graph
1961-621961-62 Ticket Price Graph1961-62 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 24April 81961-62 Skier Visit Graph
1959-60$5.501959-60 Ticket Price Graph1959-60 Season Pass Price Graph1959-60 Skier Visit Graph
1950s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1958-59$5.001958-59 Ticket Price Graph1958-59 Season Pass Price Graph1958-59 Skier Visit Graph
1957-581957-58 Ticket Price Graph1957-58 Season Pass Price GraphApril 131957-58 Skier Visit Graph
1955-561955-56 Ticket Price Graph1955-56 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 101955-56 Skier Visit Graph
1940s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1947-481947-48 Ticket Price Graph1947-48 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 131947-48 Skier Visit Graph

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External Links
  • Cranmore Mountain Resort - official site
  • Cranmore Mountain - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: May 14, 2017

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