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Tenney Mountain as seen from Red Hill (2008)
Tenney Mountain
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:1960-61
Last Season:2009-10
Vertical Drop:1400 feet
Standing Lifts:1 triple, 1 double, surface lifts
Past Lifts:1 double, surface lifts
Left: Tenney Mountain as seen from Red Hill (2008)
Recent NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News:
5/16/2017: Former Tenney Mountain COO Sentenced to...
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12/11/2016: Snowmaking Underway at Tenney Mountain
8/9/2016: Tenney Still On Track for 2016 Reopening
Located on the west side of historic ski town Plymouth, New Hampshire, Tenney Mountain has long been a fickle ski area.

Early Years
Starting in the mid-1930s, the Edelweiss Trail was developed on Tenney Mountain, using logging roads. In 1935, the Plymouth Ski Club announced plans to build a cabin on the ski trail. Meanwhile, Sam Hall and his father opened a small rope tow area at Mt. Cardigan.

After serving with the 10th Mountain Division in Europe in World War II, Sam Hall returned to the White Mountains and set his sights on Tenney Mountain. On weekends, Hall and his wife Berenice would skin around Tenney on their skis, enjoying the trail and surveying potential new ones.

Tenney Mountain circa 1980
Tenney Mountain circa 1980
Starting around 1953, Sam Hall and John French purchased over 400 acres of land on Tenney Mountain for logging. Hundreds more acres were purchased that decade for a total tract of over 1,000 acres. In 1958, Hall and French formed the Tenney Mountain Corporation with their sights set on skiing.

Significant work took place in 1959 as the ownership announced an late December opening. Multiple trails were cut along with a novice slope. In addition, a 200 car parking lot was bulldozed. A T-Bar lift was slated for installation in December. Unfortunately for Tenney, a major flood hit on October 24, forcing them to focus their attention on other properties that were damaged.

Early Years
Tenney Mountain ended up opening on December 26, 1960, likely served by a rope tow and 1,200 foot long Tebru T-Bar. A rare brand, Tebru was derived from the name of WSO Stadeli lift manufacturer employee Theodor Brunner. There are no other known Tebru lift installations in New England.

Tenney operated as a surface lift ski area for four years. In the spring of 1963, Hall and French transferred 1,200 acres to their Tenney Mountain Corporation for ski development.

In 1964, Tenney Mountain was greatly expanded when a Stadeli upper mountain chairlift was installed. Spanning 1,285 vertical feet, the new upper mountain complex made Tenney one of the largest ski areas in the region, pre-Loon and Waterville Valley. The chair also provided lift service to Edelweiss Trail for the first time.

Sam Hall bought out John French's share in the mountain circa 1968. Also that time, the Tenney Mountain Highway opened, providing easier access from I-93. In addition, real estate development commenced around the base area.

Despite poor weather during the 1969-70 season, Tenney moved forward with more investments in 1970. The original T-bar was likely removed and placed in storage (later reinstalled below the Hornet chairlift), while a new Heron-Poma double chairlift was installed in its place. With a bit of foreshadowing, the chairlift installation dragged into 1971.

Starting in 1974-75, Hall experimented with offering free ski school lessons to anyone buying a lift ticket. The concept gained Tenney national headlines in 1975-76, but eventually evolved into a free-tips-from-a-roving-instructor program.

Riding the novice T-Bar in the mid 1980s
Riding the novice T-Bar in the mid 1980s
No Snowmaking
Despite some rough winters, Hall refused to install snowmaking at Tenney. When asked by the Boston Globe during the rough winter of 1979-80, Hall proclaimed Tenney would be the "biggest holdout against machine-made snow in North America," and that snowmaking consumes "2500 gallons of diesel fuel a day. That much fuel could heat two houses for a winter. And you're going to spend that way to make snow which doesn't motivate skiers anyway?" Being a hold out didn't work. Hall was forced to sell to Terry Murphy that year.

1980-81 was once again a tough season for Tenney, however 1982-83 was even worse - the lack of snow kept Tenney closed. Sam Hall reclaimed ownership around that time and subsequently sold the area to the Tenney Village Company, led by Paul Nergaard, during the 1983-1984 season. The new ownership group, composed of mostly Vermont residents, looked to develop real estate around the ski area. One of their first investments in the ski area was to install a snowmaking system.

Expansion and Bankruptcy
A major expansion took place in starting in 1986, but was not without significant bumps in the road. The Hornet double chairlift was to be rebuilt and the Heron-Poma double chairlift area to be replaced with the triple chairlift served Eclipse Area, all in conjunction with a real estate development. The rebuild of the Hornet double chairlift was hit with delays, while the replacement of the Heron-Poma double chairlift hit a major roadblock. As a result, Tenney operated with only two surface lifts until late January of 1987, when the Hornet double chairlift finally reopened.

While the Heron Poma chairlift was originally supposed to be partially reused, it was sold, and Poma commenced construction on the new lift with some used towers from Stratton. Tenney paid $210,000 of the $705,000 contract prior to work stopping. Tenney and Poma then sued each other during the summer of 1987, whilst Poma ended up selling the rest of the new lift to Magic Mountain. Borvig later came in and finished the Eclipse Triple Chairlift for the 1987-88 season.

Though skier visits were up, Tenney Mountain was quickly falling victim to the real estate crisis. With 48 completed condos sitting empty, the Tenney Village Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June of 1989. While it was able to open the ski area in December of 1989, Maine Savings Bank of Portland foreclosed on Tenney mid-season, resulting in an early closing.

The Eclipse Triple (2006)
The Eclipse Triple (2006)
Tenney Mountain Skiing of NH, Inc., led by Bill Krikorian, purchased Tenney and reopened it in January of 1991. The ski area made headlines in 1992 when it attempted to host strip shows.

Tenney was renamed Lookout for the 1992-93 season, however the new branding was not enough to keep it afloat, as unpaid debts eventually dragged it down by the end of the year. By 1994, the shuttered area was purchased by the Wilkinson Corp. of Yakima, Washington.

Russell Wilkinson was able to reopen the area as Tenney on December 6, 1996, while also looking to purchase a second New Hampshire ski area.

After a few more years of operation, the ski area closed yet again following the 2000-2001 season.

Year Round Skiing
In October of 2002, Tenney was purchased by a Japanese company called SnowMagic. A significant investment was planned in the area - the choice was rumored as being between replacing the 1964 Stadeli double chairlift with a high speed detachable quad or installing a high-tech snowmaking system.

In advance of the 2002-2003 ski season, the investment in a SnowMagic system was announced. The system, rumored to cost $1,000,000, would allow the ski area to stay open year round. There was some speculation that the runaway success of this new system would allow for the purchase of a high speed quad shortly thereafter.

Tenney was able to open during the summer and fall of 2003 thanks to the system, however numbers were disappointing and costs were high (especially considering it was only covering a small slope). Summer snowmaking operations were cancelled in 2004 as a result and within a year, SnowMagic was all but forgotten. Tenney then closed yet again for the 2006-2007 season.

Though the ski area reopened for the 2007-08 season, it once again struggled, as the Hornet Double chairlift was not inspected or operational until later in the winter.

The idle Hornet Double (2014)
The idle Hornet Double (2014)
Closed Again
The area remained operational through the 2009-10 season. However, in the fall of 2010 it was announced Tenney Mountain would be put on the auction block. On December 15, 2010, the area was sold at auction to Iroquois Capital.

The construction of wind turbines for the Groton Wind Farm along the summit ridge commenced in the spring of 2012. 398 feet tall at top pass, the turbines now cast fast moving shadows far down the ski slopes while emitting a distinct industrial sound.

While the lifts still remain, some of the snowmaking equipment has been sold. According to local sources in June 2013, Whipple Construction was interested in purchasing the ski area, however nothing further has emerged. The 869 acre property was originally listed for sale at $2.45 million in spring 2011. The price was cut to $1.999 million in spring 2013 and most recently to $1.5 million in spring 2014.

On November 21, 2014, Tenney Mountain Development Group, LLC purchased the ski area for $1.25 million. Work on the chairlifts and lodge commenced that fall and throughout 2015. While the group was able to get the Eclipse inspected and some snow made, it was unable to open the ski area during the rough 2015-16 winter. Work continued throughout the winter and spring with the hope of finally reopening for the 2016-17 season.

NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
Recent Articles
Former Tenney Mountain COO Sentenced to Prison - May. 16, 2017
Opening Day Yet to Arrive at Multiple Ski Areas - Jan. 18, 2017
Snowmaking Underway at Tenney Mountain - Dec. 11, 2016
Tenney Still On Track for 2016 Reopening - Aug. 9, 2016
Tenney Continues Snowmaking with Tubing Opening on Horizon - Feb. 27, 2016
Tenney Mountain Tests Snowmaking System - Jan. 6, 2016
Tenney Mountain Chairlift Passes Inspection - Dec. 5, 2015
EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Tenney Mountain CEO Michael Bouchard (Part 3 of 3) - Nov. 3, 2015
EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Tenney Mountain CEO Michael Bouchard (Part 2 of 3) - Nov. 2, 2015
EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Tenney Mountain CEO Michael Bouchard (Part 1 of 3) - Oct. 30, 2015
Tenney Mountain NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News Page

Expansion History
Project
Season
Upper Mountain
Abandoned
1964-65
Tenney Brook Area
Abandoned
1981-82
Eclipse Area
Abandoned
1987-88
Lower Mountain
Proposed
Eagles Nest
Proposed
North Peak
Proposed
Summit Area
Proposed

Image Gallery
1965-66 Eastern Ski Map1966-67 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Eastern Ski Map1987 Nashua Telegraph
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The Eclipse Triple in 2003
Eclipse Triple
Borvig-Poma
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1987-88
The Hornet Double in 2003
Hornet Double
Stadeli
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1964-65
The Poma lift in 2006
Poma Lift

Platter
1988-89

Past Lifts
Seasons
Heron Double
Heron-Poma
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1970-71
-
1985-86
The lower T-Bar circa the 1980s
T-Bar
Tebru
T-Bar
1981-82
-
1987-88
Tebru T-Bar
Tebru
T-Bar
1960-61
-
1969-70

Maps
1964-65 Tenney Mountain Trail Map1967-68 Tenney Mountain Trail Map1983-84 Tenney Mountain Trail Map1986-87 Tenney Mountain Trail Map1996-97 Tenney Mountain Trail Map2000-01 Tenney 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
2009-10$50.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$349.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph7.0 daysDecember 172009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$49.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$200.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph4.1 days2008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$45.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$299.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph6.6 days2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-072006-07 Ticket Price Graph$375.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph2006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$39.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$349.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph8.9 days24,0102005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$39.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$329.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph8.4 days47,1572004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$39.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$299.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph7.7 days2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$37.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$299.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph8.1 daysMarch 302002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$36.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph$490.002000-01 Season Pass Price Graph13.6 daysApril 843,5002000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$34.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price Graph1999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-99$32.001998-99 Ticket Price Graph1998-99 Season Pass Price Graph1998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1997-98$29.001997-98 Ticket Price Graph$490.001997-98 Season Pass Price Graph16.9 days1997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$29.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 6April 632,0001996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$29.751992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$28.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$25.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph1990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$28.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price Graph1989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$26.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$23.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph35,5831987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-87$17.001986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price Graph1986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1985-86$17.001985-86 Ticket Price Graph1985-86 Season Pass Price Graph1985-86 Skier Visit Graph
1984-85$16.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph1984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1983-84$14.001983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price Graph1983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$14.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price Graph1982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$14.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph1981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$12.001979-80 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
1977-78$10.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-77$9.001976-77 Ticket Price Graph1976-77 Season Pass Price Graph1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1975-76$8.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price Graph1975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1973-74$8.001973-74 Ticket Price Graph1973-74 Season Pass Price Graph1973-74 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$7.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$7.001969-70 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
1968-69$7.001968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price Graph1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$6.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$5.501964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1960-611960-61 Ticket Price Graph1960-61 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 261960-61 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"Glad to here Tenney is being resurrected again. Spent many winters skiing here with my family from the late 60s. Countless memories mostly with the Wernig boys."
Tim Brooks, Nov. 22, 2016
"My dad has told me that Tenney might open next season"
Prescott Peckham, Jul. 21, 2016
"Tenney Mt. was the first place I ever skied, back in 96/97 when I was 7 years old. Great memories of this place and learning to ski almost 20 years ago now. Wow does time fly. I really hope this place can re-open I'd love to go back and ski there again."
Luke Botting, Feb. 27, 2015
"The highlight of every run was waiting at the bottom of North trail to make the 'jump' on the tower!"
Joe Wernig, Feb. 23, 2015
"Tenny was the sunday ride home ski area. We would leave an over crowded Loon on Sunday early, and ski at Tenny till the afternoon and had a blast!"
timothy lafayette, Feb. 2, 2015
"Absolutely, excited about this sale. I have been in contact with purchaser He has some great plans for this mountain!"
Joshua Porter, Jan. 5, 2015
"Have been following the sale of the mountain myself, confirmed that it was sold via nneren and public records. Hope they do something awesome with it!"
Dustin Fleury, Dec. 2, 2014
"Tenney Mountain was just purchase by a group out of Windham NH. This is the group that spoke before the Plymouth Selectmen back in April 2014. There is once again hope!"
Carl Bonvini, Dec. 1, 2014
"Remember skiing there in the late 70's and 80's. It was a nice, compact, intermediate ski area similar to Mt. Sunapee but on a smaller scale. I remember the slow chair to the summit and because of the northerly direction that the trails faced, from Dec -early Feb that sun disappeared behind the mountain relatively early in the afternoon, making that chair lift ride to the top really, really cold most days. When the snow was good, Tenny provided a good day of skiing without the big crowds."
Vin Hutt, Oct. 11, 2014
"Tenney's trails were its selling point -- great variety, great steeps, great glades -- crummy lifts tho -- places like Tenney, also Big Squaw Mtn. in Maine, deserve to be skied on -- but taking on ownership in rural areas like this, w/all the insurance & electric bills & unpredictability, is a recipe to go broke -- no possible way to turn a profit"
Stephen Garfield, Sep. 29, 2014
"Worked there for the winter of 2002-2003 when Snomagic was introduced, while attending PState. Basically the lifts sucks, the snow was only good when it poured snow and the facilities were also poor. Too bad too, cus the mountain itself wasn't half bad, just needed a quicker way to the top."
John Jankowski, Sep. 16, 2014
"A half dozen of my buddies and I had $79.00 season passes in the early 70's. Back then the trail names were pretty basic - North, South, Liftline. The Racing trail was a favorite steep on the mountain. Lots of good memories, I'll miss Tenney."
Bruce Conant, Feb. 11, 2014
"Best run, Tote rosd and seeing brother Bill fly over the edge cutting off from the zoomer....."
Jim Wernig, Dec. 10, 2013
"Many stellar memories of Tenney -- all the glades that were bult in recent years like Hemlock, NorthWoods etc., were great -- Edelweiss was one of my favorites -- a fun area -- places like Tenney, Ascutney etc.,it's too bad there's not enough room for them in the NE ski scene "
Stephen Garfield, Nov. 13, 2013
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External Links
  • Tenney Mountain Ski Area - official Facebook page
  • Tenney Mountain - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Last updated: May 13, 2016

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