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Moose Mountain -- OPEN (sorta) this winter! -- with pics

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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 6:32 PM GMT

Happened to drive near Moose Mountain in Brookfield, NH, this morning and saw that cables were hanging from towers! I drove over and discovered the happy news:

1. The lodge will be open this winter, mostly to cater to snowmobile trade, with a restaurant and fuel.
2. Unassisted skiing (aka Nordic Backcountry, aka "Earn Your Turns" ) will probably be permitted this winter. Be sure to stop at the lodge and ask for permission first!
3. Lifts will open for 09-10 season, not this winter.

Pics from today are in my Moose Mountain gallery.
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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 6:41 PM GMT

Wow, thanks for the update!

Just as an FYI, I don't think those are new lift towers - the double chair and cable were still in place the times I visited prior to the reclearing.

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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 6:41 PM GMT

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3. Lifts will open for 09-10 season, not this winter. .


Wow I for one would love to see this happen. I was lucky enough to ski there one day back in the early 80's. The conditions were great and the weather perfect which is probably as responsible as anything for my fondness of the place, but I thought it was great and was heart broken when I heard it went under.

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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 6:42 PM GMT

wow thats great news!! hope they have a good winter with lots of snow keep us updated
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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 6:44 PM GMT

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Just as an FYI, I don't think those are new lift towers - the double chair and cable were still in place the times I visited prior to the reclearing.


Yeah, I guess I was bedazzled by the sunshine today -- that caption has been "fixed."

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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 6:44 PM GMT

how was the access road? when we visited there in sept 2007, was not in that great a shape. Looks like they've done a lot of work!
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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 6:49 PM GMT

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how was the access road? when we visited there in sept 2007, was not in that great a shape. Looks like they've done a lot of work!


No problem driving in today. (However, it's pretty wet right down by the maintenance building.) A well contractor was pounding a hole in the ground today.

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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 6:53 PM GMT

Wow, that's pretty cool! Nice to see clearing around the towers and one of the slopes! Does anyone know who bought the property, or did the owners just try to start their own business?

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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 8:11 PM GMT

Great news! Moose is/was one of my favorite lost areas. Lots of work done so far, but there is a lot more to do I am sure, including a complete rebuild of the chair.

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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 9:04 PM GMT

All I can say is - WHOA and WOW!

Very impressive. Do you have a contact there?

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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 10:04 PM GMT
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Sorry, I don't have a contact. I talked with a guy who's the nephew of the owner.

EDIT: Here's the business info on the owner:

Moose Mountain Recreation LLC
107 Mountain Road
Brookfield NH 03872

Registered agent is Robert W. Bourdeau, same address.

The nephew was unaware of NELSAP. I told him I'd be posting the info here.
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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 10:15 PM GMT

Thanks Sardog - I'll be contacting him. Hope to promote it on the site!

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Posted: Oct 31, 2008 - 10:22 PM GMT

That's great news!! Thanks for the pictures.

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Posted: Apr 19, 1984 - 12:25 PM GMT

here's a discussion we started in Feb on it, with some pictures from the fall prior... moose mountain thread
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Posted: Nov 01, 2008 - 12:00 AM GMT

Sweet!
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Posted: Nov 01, 2008 - 12:03 PM GMT

In the 2/08 thread davew said:
King pine has some good infrastructure, but it doesn't have the vertical that Moose could have(does it?) (Looks like 1000' vert is possible with base at 700 ft, and top elevation unload @ 1700' for Moose). The old lift didn't go to the peak.

My '68-69 ski atlas has a nice aerial photo of Moose. However, the stats give no vert. or elevations. The chair is 2400'. The photo stops at the top of the lift. What's there doesn't look like 1000' vert. However, there was a nice contest thread (last year or so) on expanding Moose. 1200' vertical sticks in my mind.
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Posted: Nov 01, 2008 - 3:13 PM GMT

This is awesome! Nelsap ski day next season? I only question the opening with the way the economy is, and their lack of a major highway, although Rt 16 is close by.
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Posted: Nov 02, 2008 - 12:59 AM GMT

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I only question the opening with the way the economy is, and their lack of a major highway, although Rt 16 is close by.


I think it'll be questionable if they try to get that Mueller double up and running again as it was.

16 is a pretty major highway, but the question is, will folks stop there or keep going. Or, will they even base their business model on window sales, or more along the lines of seaosn passes and groups.

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Posted: Nov 02, 2008 - 2:31 PM GMT

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16 is a pretty major highway, but the question is, will folks stop there or keep going. Or, will they even base their business model on window sales, or more along the lines of seaosn passes and groups.


The one thing I see as an advantage is that it would serve the people living on the east side of Winnipesaukee. It's quite a haul to the areas north of there and even to Gunstock on the west shore. I believe there has been significant growth in the lake area since Moose's closure.

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Posted: Nov 02, 2008 - 2:33 PM GMT

I did a little searching and could only come up with this. It will be interesting to see what lifts they put in place and how much cash they are backed with. They seem to be lacking a website at this point, or my searching skills are extremely bad. That seems like it could be their largest tool and it would be a way for them to share their progress with the public.

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