|Copple Crown Ski Area|
|Wolfeboro, New Hampshire|
|Vertical Drop:||500 feet|
|Past Lifts:||Surface lifts|
|Left: The T-Bar (2007)|
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Last updated: July 1, 2020
Located just outside of popular vacation destination Wolfeboro, 1,868 foot Copple Crown Mountain (and at its foot, Copple Crown village) was once home to a regionally known alpine ski area.|
Multiple False Starts
Downhill skiing on Copple Crown Mountain dates back to at least the 1939-40 season, when a downhill ski trail or slope existed on the mountain. The Wolfeboro Abenaki Outing Club hosted a race on the mountain in early February 1940.
The Copple Crown real estate development dates back to at least the early 1960s. Shortly after the filing of Copplecrown Resort, Inc. on July 9, 1963, a related ski area was being advertised. In one press account that fall, Les Wood was named as manager and expected to have a 2,000 foot T-Bar and two rope tows in operation. It is unlikely that the ski area opened for the 1963-64 season.
Copple Crown was then mentioned as being in the midst of a clearing process in March of 1964 with an expected 1964-65 opening. The ski area likely once again did not open. Instead, Copplecrown Resort, Inc.'s corporate filing was suspended by the State of New Hampshire in January of 1965. Town & Country Homes, Inc. may have taken an active state in the development soon thereafter, with the holdings possibly placed under the Copple Crown Development Corp.
Copple Crown Opens
After years of false starts, Copple Crown opened for the 1965-66 season with a 500 vertical foot Buhler T-Bar and a rope tow. From the T-Bar, two expert and two intermediate trails were cut. A three mile cross country ski trail was also reportedly developed. M. Lee Shibles of Ogunquit, Maine operated the area.
The former base lodge (2004)
A second rope tow may have been added circa 1967.
An Upper Mountain Area was also planned. While the ski area enjoyed some initial popularity (including hosting the state ski championship), was soon facing financial problems. The Copple Crown Development Corp. sold the development to Town & Country Homes, Inc. in January of 1973. Around this time, Town & Country was also developing the Swiftwater Valley Ski Area in Haverhill.
Operations likely became sporadic thereafter, leading to possible closure midway through the 1970s. According to NELSAP, the ski area may have reopened for the 1977-78 season. It is unlikely that the ski area operated thereafter.
The T-Bar base terminal (2020)
Presently, the base facilities are used by the housing association, while the T-Bar still stands amongst the overgrown ski slopes. There are no known plans to reopen Copple Crown ski area.
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