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   New Hampshire: Tenney Mountain: Expansions
Ski Area Expansions
 
Upper Mountain at Tenney Mountain
Upper Mountain Details
Upper Mountain
Status:Abandoned
First Season of Operation:1964-65
Lifts:1 chairlift
Terrain:Intermediate and expert terrain
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While ski trails had been cut for the Tenney Mountain development as far back as 1959, it operated as a small, T-Bar lift area for almost half a decade.

Tenney moved to major mountain status for 1964-65 when a new Stadeli centerpole double was installed. 5,985 feet long by 1,285 feet vertical, the lift made Tenney the largest in the region (until the development of Waterville Valley shortly thereafter).

The Hornet chairlift opened on January 10, 1965, serving five new trails, as well as existing terrain.

The lift was overhauled in 1986, perhaps with a new drive terminal. New trails were also likely cut at this time. Soon thereafter, Tenney was taken over by Bill Krikorian and renamed Lookout. The area would close in 1993, prior to being reopened as Tenney Mountain in 1996. The ski area struggled in subsequent years due to bad weather, a difficult market, undercapitalization, and image problems. Operations ceased in 2010.

Two years later, construction commenced on a massive mountaintop wind farm, known as Groton Wind. Multiple turbines, as well as a massive clearcut, are located a few hundred yards from the cancelled summit ski complex. 398 feet tall at top pass, the turbines now cast fast moving shadows far down the ski slopes while emitting a distinct industrial sound.

As of September 2014, weeds and saplings continue to grow on the upper mountain ski trails. The chairlift continues to sit idle.


The upper (main) mountain circa 1980
The upper (main) mountain circa 1980

The 1986-87 Tenney trail map showing the upper (main) mountain area
The 1986-87 Tenney trail map showing the upper (main) mountain area

The Hornet Double in 2003
The Hornet Double in 2003

The Hornet Double in 2003
The Hornet Double in 2003

The top of the Hornet Double in 2006
The top of the Hornet Double in 2006

The Hornet Double in 2007
The Hornet Double in 2007

The Dandelion trail (2014)
The Dandelion trail (2014)

The Hornet Double and Main Lodge in 2014
The Hornet Double and Main Lodge in 2014

The Hornet Double in 2014
The Hornet Double in 2014

Tenney Mountain Expansion History
Project NameSeasonStatus
Eagles NestProposed
Eclipse Area1987-88Abandoned
Lower MountainProposed
North PeakProposed
Summit AreaProposed
Tenney Brook Area1981-82Abandoned
Upper Mountain1964-65Abandoned
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Last updated: September 16, 2014

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