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   New Hampshire: Mt. Whittier: Expansions
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Summit Gondola Area at Mt. Whittier
Summit Gondola Area Details
Summit Gondola Area
Status:Abandoned
First Season of Operation:1963-64
Lifts:1 gondola
Terrain:3 trails
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With areas further north on Route 16 rapidly expanding, plans were put in place to grow Mt. Whittier from a small, surface lift operation into a major ski area.

Plans were announced as early as 1959, when the ski area planned to open a "Bubble lift - a fantastic glass enclosed ball-shaped structure similar to the sky-line ride around California's Disneyland."

Plans eventually changed to a four person gondola in the early 1960s. In 1962, construction started in conjunction with a program with the State of New Hampshire Recreation Plan.

In 1963-64, the 6,200 foot long by 1,300 foot vertical Mueller gondola opened, dramatically increasing Whittier's vertical drop. Climbing steeply up the side of Nickerson Mountain, the gondola served some very steep terrain (initially two new trails and one new slope). The bottom terminal of the gondola was constructed east of Route 16, resulting in gondola cars crossing over the highway (for off season scenic rides). A second loading terminal was constructed at the foot of Nickerson Mountain for skiers. Due to the steep nature of the terrain, conditions could be less than optimal.

Due to a lack of snowmaking amongst other things, the area closed in 1985. The gondola towers and haul rope are still standing as of winter 2014.


The Bubbles Over The Bearcamp proposal circa 1958-59
The Bubbles Over The Bearcamp proposal circa 1958-59

The gondola base terminal circa the 1960s
The gondola base terminal circa the 1960s

The gondola circa the 1960s
The gondola circa the 1960s

The top of the gondola circa the 1960s
The top of the gondola circa the 1960s

The Mt. Whittier trail map for the first season of gondola operations in 1963-64
The Mt. Whittier trail map for the first season of gondola operations in 1963-64

The skiers' gondola base station in 2006
The skiers' gondola base station in 2006

The gondola in 2008
The gondola in 2008

The gondola in 2008
The gondola in 2008

The bottom of the gondola in 2014
The bottom of the gondola in 2014

Mt. Whittier Expansion History
Project NameSeasonStatus
Summit Gondola Area1963-64Abandoned
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Last updated: March 25, 2014

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