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NewEnglandSkier13 said:Tenney is now off of the "lost" section of the NH NELSAP page!
Tenney is now off of the "lost" section of the NH NELSAP page!
obienick said:OT but supposedly The Balsams purchase agreements are to be distributed in a couple months.
OT but supposedly The Balsams purchase agreements are to be distributed in a couple months.
12/29/2016 post on their FBook page it says they are close to a soft opening and it also says a lot more.
"....we are that close to accomplishing our third phase goal of a soft / limited opening. (Limited: Meaning no day care, ski rental will be coordinated in advance with Plymouth Ski & Skate and ski lessons by reservation only)....."
TenneyMountain owner says ski area is close to a ‘limited opening’
By DAVID BROOKSMonitor Staff
Sunday, January 01, 2017
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been editedto add mention of Pinnacle Mountain near Keene, which closed in 1977 andreopened in 2003 as Granite Gorge.
The best snowfall in almost two years has thePlymouth area ready for the long-awaited reopening of Tenney Mountain Ski Area,but the owner is asking them to be patient a little longer.
“The mountain has been groomed a few times andthe tubing park carved out. We got a thumbs up from state public safetydepartment, less a few operation procedural verifications that can be takencare of in a day. We have been preaching safety from day one and what’s left isa few technical and legal issues, period!!!” Michael Bouchard wrote Thursday ina post on the ski area’s Facebook page.
Bouchard wrote that the area is close to a“limited opening” on part of the mountain, but no official date has beenannounced.
“The mountain has been off-line for sevenyears and a few more weeks won’t kill anyone,” he wrote.
It is unusual but not unknown for a ski areato reopen after being closed for years. The most prominent example in NewHampshire is Crotched Mountain in Francestown, which was shut for 13 yearsbefore it reopened in 2003 after being bought by Missouri-based Peak Resorts.That required basically rebuilding the entire resort, including cutting newtrails and building an entirely new lodge.
In Roxbury, Pinnacle Mountain closed in 1977and reopened in 2003 as Granite Gorge, while in Enfield, Whaleback SkiArea reopened in 2005 after being closed for three years. It almost closedagain in 2013 but is now owned by a nonprofit group, the Upper Valley SnowSports Association.
And this month New Hampshire saw a surpriseentry into its list of ski areas with the opening of the tiny Gateway HillsSnow Park in Nashua, near the Massachusetts state line. It is so small that ithas just one “magic carpet” to transport skiers up the hill.
The rebirth of Tenney Mountain Ski Area is ofhuge interest in Plymouth and surrounding towns, where its long status as thelocal resort means that thousands of locals learned to ski there, and haveavidly followed Bouchard’s attempts to resurrect it.
Tenney Mountain Ski Area dates to 1960. Itflourished for years but hit roadblocks in the 1980s, compounded by financialproblems involved with grandiose plans for nearby condominiums. It then wentthrough four owners, including a Japanese company, before shutting down in2010.
In 2014, Bouchard, a physicist who co-foundedan engineering firm in Nashua, bought 900 acres on the mountain, including theski area, for a reported $1.2 million.
Bouchard says he was interested in the mineralrights but was persuaded that it would be worthwhile to reopen the ski area asa first step for a long-term business plan involving more housing andbusinesses on the property, with frontage along Route 3A. Bouchard had neverskied when he bought the area.
Bouchard says he and investors have spent some$4 million on upgrades since then. The ski area’s Facebook page has detailedthe process extensively, showing bad news like frozen fan guns, flooded roomsand drainage projects gone awry, as well as good news like restarting thechairlifts and starting snowmaking after more than half a decade.
The business plan has been complicated by acontract dispute with former chief operating officer Keith Fitzgerald that ledto dueling lawsuits being considered in Belknap County Superior Court.
(David Brooks can be reached at 369-3313 email@example.com or on Twitter @GraniteGeek.)
Wow, 10 to 30 years. There's child molesters who get shorter sentences.
NewEnglandSkier13 said:Tenny's website is up and running!https://www.skitenney.com/
Tenny's website is up and running!https://www.skitenney.com/