The base area (2008)
Ragged Mountain Resort
Danbury, New Hampshire
Status: Open
First Season:1964-65
Vertical Drop:1250 feet
Standing Lifts:1 high speed 6 pack, 1 high speed quad, 1 triple, surface lifts
Past Lifts:1 triple, 3 doubles, surface lifts
Left: The base area (2008)
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Located southwest of the Lakes Region in New Hampshire, Ragged Mountain's 2,286 foot tall summit is one of the highest peaks in Merrimack County.

Early Attempts

Ragged Mountain had been considered for skiing dating back to initially boom of the sport in the 1930s. In December 1937, the Boston Globe mentioned a "Winter sports center" in Danbury on the "eastern slope of Ragged Mountain at about 1500 feet above sea level."

A potential major development almost started in 1955, when a Danbury-based corporation named Ragged Mtn. Ski Area, Inc. was registered. The corporation was dissolved in 1959. While it is known that former Ascutney manager George Dunning was part of the project, it is not known who else was involved, what was planned, or what was attained.

In early 1963, State Senator Arthur M. Drake sponsored a bill that funded the construction of access roads to two proposed ski areas, Willard Basin and Ragged Mountain. Of the two, only Ragged Mountain ski area would open.

Ragged Mountain Ski Area Finally Opens

The present day Village Green slope in the 1960s
The present day Village Green slope in the 1960s

With Dick Guild as President and Earle Chandler as General Manager, about $300,000 was spent to develop Ragged Mountain ski area for the 1964-65 season. Part of a proposed 10 year, $3 million project, the initial phase of development included a Hall double chairlift and T-Bar. Described as a family area, two expert trails, two intermediate trails, a novice trail, and two novice slopes were expected for the debut season. Long term plans included developing a year round resort with a golf course.

Ragged Mountain likely opened at the beginning of January 1965. The area soon made regional headlines in February, as Boston Patriot star wide receiver Gino Cappelletti went skiing with Ragged Ski School Director Hans Jaeger.

While a second chairlift was planned for the Northeast Peak area soon thereafter, it would not come to fruition for decades. Instead, Ragged found itself in financial trouble. While ski patrol director Roger Pederson was promoted to General Manager for the 1967-68 season and would remain in that position for multiple years, the ownership would not. In 1968, Indian Head National Bank commenced foreclosure proceedings. That fall, James Foote acquired a controlling interest in Ragged Mountain Corporation, rescuing the ski area. In a letter to Danbury residents, Foote announced the corporation was studying the development "of a year round recreational community within Danbury." The town was apparently so enthused with the development that it put "Ski Ragged" on the cover of its 1968 Annual Report.

Apart from the addition of the Sunnyside Trail in 1970, no sizable developments took place in the subsequent years. Instead, without snowmaking, Ragged was forced into bankruptcy following the disastrous 1973-74 season.

Bankruptcy and Closure

The Summit Double circa the 1970s
The Summit Double circa the 1970s

In July of 1974, the State of New Hampshire purchased Ragged Mountain at auction for about $231,000. That fall, the state sold Ragged Mountain to a group including Bob Dunn, owner of Boston Hill ski area in Massachusetts. Combined season passes were eventually offered.

Still lacking snowmaking, lean snow years in the early 1980s crippled the ski area. Operations likely ceased following the 1983-84 season. While an attempt was made to reopen the area for 1986-87, deferred maintenance was likely too big of a challenge to overcome.

Back from the Dead

The summit circa the late 1980s or 1990
The summit circa the late 1980s or 1990

In 1987, the Endriunas brothers of Endriunas Brothers, Inc. purchased Ragged Mountain from Bob Dunn's Ragged Mountain Recreational Area, Inc. for $875,000. The new owners immediately spent a quarter of a million to get the summit double chairlift operational.

Snowmaking was finally installed for the 1988-89 season, reportedly reaching the top of the mountain. Though a new T-Bar was also advertised for the 1988-89 season, the T-Bar served Meadows beginner area was likely developed for the 1989-90 season.

The 1990s started off with a relative bang, as two double chairlifts were installed and lodge facilities were improved. Later in the decade, the Spear Mountain complex was developed to the west of the main mountain. Debuting for the 1996-97 season, the Spear Mountain dramatically expanded the size of the ski area, while also providing more sustained steeps.

Improvements continued in 1998, when a triple chairlift was installed serving the novice Barnyard complex, while barn-like base lodge expansion also took place.

In the summer of 1999, the hilly 18 hole Ragged Mountain golf course opened. Numerous wetlands, along with an 820 foot vertical change, quickly made the course known as one of the most challenging around. One year later, the Endruinas brothers took over Blue Hills, MA and attempted to market it as a feeder area for Ragged Mountain.

In the winter of 2002, Ragged opened the first high speed detachable six person chairlift in New Hampshire. Purchased at a discount after another ski area had cancelled an order, the new lift was seen as a key piece of a future expansion that would have made Ragged the largest ski resort south of the White Mountains. Foreshadowing future problems, the lift did not open until February, leaving the upper main mountain inaccessible for the first half of the season. The costs associated with the lift contributed to the eventual bankruptcy of the area.

More Financial Problems and a New Start

The base area circa the mid 2000s
The base area circa the mid 2000s

The financial situation fell apart during the 2006-07 season, as the ownership defaulted on a $4.75 million loan. In addition, the resort had accumulated over a quarter of a million dollars in local and Federal back taxes. On top of that, the Spear Mountain and Northeast Peak chairlifts were inoperable. After narrowly avoiding multiple auctions, the ownership sold Ragged to RMR-Pacific LLC, a subsidiary of Pacific Group, in May of 2007.

With Bob Fries taking over as General Manager, RMR-Pacific invested nearly two million dollars in snowmaking, lift, and base area repairs for the 2007-08 season.

Bob Ashton assumed the title General Manager after Bob Fries departed for Waterville Valley following the 2009-10 season.

On October 11, 2011, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services approved New Hampshire EB-5 Regional Center, LLC as a part of the EB-5 program. Under the EB-5 program, a foreigner can invest $1 million in an approved United States business (which must then create jobs), in exchange for a green card. With the region labeled a Targeted Employment Area, the minimum investment is cut in half to $500,000, making participating rural businesses such as Ragged Mountain more attractive. Jay Peak was used as a model for the development of the New Hampshire program. At the time of its offering, Ragged Mountain Resort hoped to raise $35 million from the EB-5 program.

Winter offerings were expanded for the 2013-14 season, as Ragged opened a brand new tubing area serviced by tower mounted fan guns and a magic carpet lift. The tubing facility operated sporadically in subsequent seasons.

The Spear Mountain Quad (2015)
The Spear Mountain Quad (2015)

For the 2014-15 season, Ragged Mountain replaced the Spear Triple with a new Doppelmayr high speed quad. In January, Ryan Schramm was promoted to General Manager, as Bob Ashton departed to start a consulting business.

A major snowmaking pond expansion took place in 2016.

Prior to the 2018-19 season, Ryan Schramm was named General Manager of Pacific Group's newest area, Powderhorn. Longtime Mt. Sunapee General Manager Jay Gamble took over the reins at Ragged. Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
November7%    (3 reports)7 Open
December30%    (28 reports)30 Open
January43%    (20 reports)43 Open
February68%    (31 reports)68 Open
March73%    (18 reports)73 Open
April81%    (6 reports)81 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Mar. 10, 2020 by brianna
Variable Conditions, Spring Snow
Mar. 7, 2020 by beccam
Frozen Granular, Ice
Mar. 3, 2020 by brianna
Frozen Granular, Variable Conditions
Feb. 27, 2020 by beccam
Frozen Granular, Wet Packed Powder
Feb. 24, 2020 by beccam
Spring Snow, Variable Conditions
Ragged Mountain Resort on News
Recent Articles
Multi-Area Passes Growing in Popularity - Mar. 6, 2019
Musical Chairs at Vail and Pacific Owned New England Ski Areas - Nov. 26, 2018
Construction Starts on Ragged Mountain Snowmaking Pond Expansion - Sep. 29, 2016
State Financing Approved for Ragged Mountain Snowmaking Pond Expansion - Sep. 7, 2016
Ryan Schramm Named General Manager at Ragged Mountain - Feb. 12, 2015
Ragged Mountain to Install High Speed Quad - Jun. 11, 2014
Ragged Mountain Resort News Page

Expansion History
Spear Mountain
New Canada Road
Lower Mountain
Pinnacle Peak
Under Construction

Image Gallery
1965-66 Eastern Ski Map1966-67 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Eastern Ski Map1969-70 Eastern Ski Map1970-71 Eastern Ski Map1971-72 Eastern Ski Map
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Standing Lifts
The Barnyard Triple in 2002
Barnyard Triple
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
The base terminal (March 2019)
Spear Mountain Quad
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
The Summit Six Pack in 2002
Summit Six Pack
Chairlift - Sixpack - Detachable

Past Lifts
The bottom terminal circa the early 1970s
Face T-Bar
Meadow T-Bar

The Northeast Peak Double in 2007
Northeast Peak Double
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
The Spear Mountain Triple in 2002
Spear Mountain Triple
Hall-Von Roll
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
The bottom terminal (1960s)
Summit Double
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
The Village Green Double in 2002
Village Green Double
Chairlift - Double - Fixed

1967-68 Ragged Mountain Trail Map1968-69 Ragged Mountain Trail Map1969-70 Ragged Mountain trail map1970-71 Ragged Mountain Trail Map1971-72 Ragged Mountain Trail Map1979-80 Ragged Mountain Trail Map
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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
2019-20$92.002019-20 Ticket Price Graph$519.002019-20 Season Pass Price Graph5.6 daysNovember 29March 152019-20 Skier Visit Graph
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2018-19$89.002018-19 Ticket Price Graph$499.002018-19 Season Pass Price Graph5.6 daysNovember 30April 72018-19 Skier Visit Graph
2017-18$79.002017-18 Ticket Price Graph$449.002017-18 Season Pass Price Graph5.7 daysDecember 1April 12017-18 Skier Visit Graph
2016-17$79.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$449.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph5.7 daysDecember 8April 22016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$79.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$749.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph9.5 daysDecember 5March 202015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$79.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$749.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph9.5 daysDecember 5April 52014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$73.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$579.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph7.9 daysNovember 30April 62013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$71.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$529.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph7.5 daysDecember 1April 72012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$71.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$529.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph7.5 daysDecember 16March 1880,0002011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$68.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$499.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph7.3 daysDecember 4April 380,0002010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$62.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$499.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph8.0 days2009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$59.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$499.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph8.5 days2008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-082007-08 Ticket Price Graph$399.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph60,0002007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$54.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$815.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph15.1 daysDecember 26March 182006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$52.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$815.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph15.7 daysMarch 1997,6832005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$49.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$815.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph16.6 daysDecember 11April 197,6832004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$49.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$815.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph16.6 daysMarch 282003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-032002-03 Ticket Price Graph$775.002002-03 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 29April 132002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$45.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$775.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph17.2 daysDecember 11April 72001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-012000-01 Ticket Price Graph$675.002000-01 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 25April 152000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$38.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 4April 21999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-991998-99 Ticket Price Graph1998-99 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 281998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1997-98$30.001997-98 Ticket Price Graph1997-98 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 22March 291997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$30.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 30April 61996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1993-941993-94 Ticket Price Graph1993-94 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 27April 355,8421993-94 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$25.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$25.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph30,0001991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$25.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph1990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$22.001989-90 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$22.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$20.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$10.001979-80 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
1978-79$9.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$9.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-77$8.001976-77 Ticket Price Graph$135.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph16.9 days1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1975-76$8.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price Graph1975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1974-75$8.001974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price Graph1974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1973-74$8.001973-74 Ticket Price Graph1973-74 Season Pass Price Graph1973-74 Skier Visit Graph
1972-73$8.001972-73 Ticket Price Graph1972-73 Season Pass Price Graph1972-73 Skier Visit Graph
1971-72$8.001971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price Graph1971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$7.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph$120.001970-71 Season Pass Price Graph17.1 days1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$7.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph$120.001969-70 Season Pass Price Graph17.1 days1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$6.001968-69 Ticket Price Graph$100.001968-69 Season Pass Price Graph16.7 days1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$6.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"I served in Korea with Joe Noonan of Manchester. When we got home, he called and asked me if I wanted to get involved in developing a ski area in NH? I said yes and sent him a check which he took around saying to his buddies, “Watch out, New York money is coming.” I was on the original board with Dick Guild. I skied up there with my kids and played to golf course many years later. I’m glad to see it doing so well. John Blumenthal Rye, NY 10580"
John Blumenthal, Apr. 10, 2019
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  • Ragged Mountain Resort - official site
  • Ragged Mountain - Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: April 9, 2019

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