New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Mt. Prospect Ski Area (2014)
Mt. Prospect Ski Club
Lancaster, New Hampshire
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:1940s
Last Season:2020-21
Vertical Drop:250 feet
Standing Lifts:Surface lift
Past Lifts:
Left: Mt. Prospect Ski Area (2014)
Recent News:
2/11/2023: Mt. Prospect Cancels Operations Again
2/5/2022: Mt. Prospect Discontinues Operations
1/30/2021: Opening Day Finally Arrives at Many Natu...
3/23/2015: Smaller New Hampshire Areas Plagued by E... Profile
Located south of Lancaster, New Hampshire, Mt. Prospect is a small, state-owned, club leased ski area.

Weeks Estate

The history of Weeks State Park dates back to 1908, when Lancaster native and then-Massachusetts Congressman John Wingate Weeks began to purchase land on Prospect Mountain. Three years later, the Weeks Act was passed, paving the way for the creation of numerous national forests. Meanwhile, Weeks' private estate on Prospect grew to 420 acres. In 1941 the property was given to the State of New Hampshire by the children of Senator Weeks.

Mt. Prospect Ski Tow

The top of the rope tow (2014)
The top of the rope tow (2014)

Lift served skiing on the northern slope of Mt. Prospect likely dates back to the early 1940s. The initial operation was likely short lived, however, as the area closed during part or all of World War II. It likely reopened for the 1946-47 season and operated when natural snowfall allowed during subsequent decades.

Mount Prospect Ski Club, Inc. was formed as a non-profit corporation in the fall of 1982.

In February of 1989, the State of New Hampshire Executive Council approved a five year lease for the Mount Prospect Ski Club's ski area in the state park.


The ski area likely closed following the 1996-97 season due to lack of snowfall. The base building collapsed the following year, further complicating the situation.


After sitting idle for over a decade, locals rallied and reopened Mt. Prospect during the winter of 2007-08.

The ski area continues to operate when natural snow allows with a 1957 Chevrolet powered rope tow, three trails, grooming, and a warming yurt. Volunteers staff the area, while the Town of Lancaster provides funds to cover liability insurance. News
Recent Articles
Mt. Prospect Cancels Operations Again - Feb. 11, 2023
Mt. Prospect Discontinues Operations - Feb. 5, 2022
Opening Day Finally Arrives at Many Natural Areas - Jan. 30, 2021
Smaller New Hampshire Areas Plagued by Equipment Problems - Mar. 23, 2015
Balsams State Bond Funding Bill Killed - Feb. 20, 2015
New Hampshire Rope Tow Struggles - Feb. 9, 2015
Mt. Eustis Expected to Open This Winter - Jan. 31, 2015
Mt. Prospect Ski Club Saved - Jan. 26, 2015
Smaller Ski Areas Struggling to Open - Jan. 4, 2015
REPORT: Mt. Eustis Not Expected to Reopen with Lift Service This Winter - Dec. 24, 2014
Mt. Prospect Ski Club News Page

Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2020s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2020-212020-21 Ticket Price Graph2020-21 Season Pass Price GraphJanuary 31March 62020-21 Skier Visit Graph
2019-202019-20 Ticket Price Graph2019-20 Season Pass Price GraphJanuary 11March 72019-20 Skier Visit Graph
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2018-192018-19 Ticket Price Graph2018-19 Season Pass Price GraphJanuary 12March 232018-19 Skier Visit Graph
2016-172016-17 Ticket Price Graph2016-17 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 272016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$7.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph2014-15 Season Pass Price Graph2014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$7.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph2013-14 Season Pass Price GraphFebruary 82013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$7.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph2012-13 Season Pass Price Graph2012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$7.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph2011-12 Season Pass Price Graph2011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$7.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph2010-11 Season Pass Price Graph2010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$7.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph2009-10 Season Pass Price Graph2009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$7.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph2008-09 Season Pass Price Graph2008-09 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"I spent 4 years living on the other side of Mt. Prospect. Some of my best childhood memories are living in that house and learning to ski on Mt. Prospect with my friends. "
Chris Sleeper, Jan. 13, 2024
"I skied Mt. Prospect as a kid. It had to have been somewhere around the late 1950s - early 1960s. Our parents dropped us off to ski for the day, and then we skied home - to Portland St. in Lancaster. We later moved to MA, but I have great memories of the place. I developed a love for the sport there and have been skiing ever since:)"
Jim Delany, Dec. 8, 2015
"I skied here on the day before President's Day in 2014. The upper trails were covered in powder, while the main slope was groomed packed powder. One could get seemingly limitless runs in, as there was no line for the rope tow. The views of the north country peaks were quite nice as well."
Jeremy Clark, Feb. 17, 2014
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  • Mount Prospect Ski Club - official site
  • Mt. Prospect Ski Club -
  • Prospect Mountain - Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: December 11, 2016

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