Tenney Mountain 3/18/2018

After a number of years of anticipation I was finally able to ski Tenney and it was worth it! It was a cold bluebird day with lots of snow on the ground. Temperatures were in the single digits and teens with moderate winds. There were a good number of people there, especially in the afternoon, but it was never busy and very little was scraped off. Everything that had been cleared of brush was open and cover was excellent with a deep base of packed powder and powder. Trails not cleared yet were being poached regularly, but there were plenty of options without ducking ropes. There were multiple woods areas which were skiable and there was plenty of deep, untracked powder left.



The open terrain has a lot of variation and the mountain is very fun to ski. The Hornet Double and Platter Pull are open. The platter pull is slightly separate from the main mountain and serves a beginner run and the tubing park. The terrain off the double is mostly middle intermediate to low expert, but there are also low intermediate and middle expert options. The runs vary greatly and most switch from wide to narrow multiple times. Glades areas such as Hornet Glade and Hemlock Glade are relatively clear and skiable. It is great fun to ski there and it is one of my new favorite mountains.


Base Area

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- Sam

Comments

  • Beautiful pics!!
  • Wow they did it! And so did you. Great report
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  • edited March 19
    I've been waiting such a long time!
    And such a blue sky to too
    That Hornet lift looks low in that one pic, under 14'?
  • ciscokid said:

    I've been waiting such a long time!
    And such a blue sky to too
    That Hornet lift looks low in that one pic, under 14'?


    Definitely, more like six or seven feet at the lowest point.
    - Sam
  • How was the speed of the Hornet?  Also, did you ski any expert trails to the skiers right or Hornet?
  • How was the speed of the Hornet?  Also, did you ski any expert trails to the skiers right or Hornet?


    The Hornet seemed to run at about the same speed as the Red Chair at Magic, probably 400 or 450 fpm, and the ride time was about the same.

    I didn't ski any of the expert trails to skiers right, except Hemlock Glade. They looked like a number of people had ducked the ropes and skied them and looked like they had decent cover.
    - Sam
  • I timed it at 450 last weekend.
  • obienick said:

    I timed it at 450 last weekend.

    I am thinking this is quite an improvement over the previous standard operation, which had to be more like 350, perhaps less.  We have discussed this before in gut wrenching detail on this board but I don't have any data.
  • Great report - shared on our NELSAP Facebook page 
  • NELSAP said:

    Great report - shared on our NELSAP Facebook page 


    Thanks!
    - Sam
  • Anyway Rick B you can retrieve your report from Tenney just before it closed, about 10 yrs ago. Your report got me interested in Tenney, that and my sister in law raving about it when I stayed at her parents Ashland/Plymouth condo in '05
  • Looks like Tenney is off and running in preparation for next season. More trail cleaning and bridges being replaced. Some vids on their Facebook page. Can’t wait for next season with my pass, such a sweet place to carve teleturns.
  • Again Tenney isn’t laying low this off season. More trail clearing is on going along with new safety works. A bridge over the stream at the 🐝 lift will keep anybody that doesn’t load the lift properly and may fall off won’t land in the freezing water. Also new trail signage with location markers on the trails to facilitate finding people in need of help. Great idea!

  • Couple of new videos on their facebook page both related to snowmaking. A used engine for one of the pumps is being installed and how their going to get the old one out and the new one in.
    Also of note the season pass has gone up to $269. which is still a bargain!
  • Hopefully he has plans to obtain and install electrics soon to replace those Cummins. DES is not going to permit those.
  • Remski said:

    Also of note the season pass has gone up to $269. which is still a bargain!

    The relative value of the season pass all depends how many days they open and how much terrain they have available on those days of operation.
  • newpylong said:

    Hopefully he has plans to obtain and install electrics soon to replace those Cummins. DES is not going to permit those.

    Was wondering why they were doing that. Weren't they previously stopped from using them for the same reason?
  • I am not sure but stationary combustion engines for other than emergency use are not easily permitted these days. Most people have moved to electric because it is not really feasible to install all of the emissions controls/modifications, etc. If Tenney's equipment was grandfathered I am sure those permits have lapsed and they would have issues re-permitting.
  • Begs the question, why don't snowmaking systems automatically fall under "Fire suppression" the other 3 seasons of the year...
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