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post #31 of 36
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Mike answered a variety of questions at the ACE meeting on Dec. 8.  Day tickets are expected to be $29, hopefully will have enough snow to open by Christmas.  

 

For more details and a video of the Q&A:

http://www.epicski.com/t/144081/tenney-plymouth-nh-mountain-rises-from-the-ashes

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post #32 of 36
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The new owners of Tenney Mtn continue to surprise.  They ran into unexpected official paperwork for the HKD fixed snow guns that meant no snowmaking is possible for a while longer.  Fan guns are okay.  So what did they do?  They BORROWED a few fan guns in order to at least get more snow on the tubing area.  Also can get a head start on the base area.  Hopefully a snowstorm or two will provide enough natural snow coverage so the newly re-certified chairlift can start running.

 

A crew spent two weeks replacing any suspect slats on all the chairs on the Eclipse lift.  They were still working on Christmas Eve!  Next on the to do list is to put back all of the chair pads.  They could have operated with the chairs as they were, but decided to take advantage of the unusual warm weather.  Plan is to do a full replacement with even better materials before the 2016-17 season.

 

Mike is amazingly patient when answering questions about why it's taking so long to get open.  As he pointed out today, they were originally not planning on opening at all for 2015-16.  And that was before they really understood how much needed to be done to fix fundamental water and electrical systems, much less had a full timeline for the complete rebuild of the lodge building and food facilities.

 

Facebook post on 1/5/15

TENNEY - Progress Update

Snow question: Is there enough snow at TENNEY?

Answer is: There will be!

Some borrowed snow guns have arrived which will help us out of this lack of snow issue.

Tonight we be blowing lots of snow town at the tubing park first then the Eclipse lower third of the mountain...

So keep an eye out for us tonight while we start engineering so awesome TENNEY snow...

It's now all about the snow here at TENNEY... After safety of course! 👍🏼

post #33 of 36

Around here SNOW is what sells and what is needed to be viable.  If you can't make snow, and lots of it every time temps allow you won't survive the ski area/resort business east of the Mississippi and not close enough to the lake effect snow bands..  Would be sweet if they can get that one pretty important detail worked out.  I'm a big fan of rustic, mom and pop places, but water, pipes, and pumps are a definite must, even more important than high speed lifts.  People Skiers will pay for rope tows if you have snow..

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Around here SNOW is what sells and what is needed to be viable.  If you can't make snow, and lots of it every time temps allow you won't survive the ski area/resort business east of the Mississippi and not close enough to the lake effect snow bands..  Would be sweet if they can get that one pretty important detail worked out.  I'm a big fan of rustic, mom and pop places, but water, pipes, and pumps are a definite must, even more important than high speed lifts.  People Skiers will pay for rope tows if you have snow..


The situation at Tenney is very unusual, even for New England where there are quite a few small ski areas that are not part of some 4-season resort.  If you read the details about the new owner and follow the Facebook Page, it's a great story.  Tenney does not need high speed lifts to be viable.  Any more than MRG does.  Is the ski area going to be making big bucks?  No, and the owners know that.  But the ski trails are now part of their long term plans.  They didn't expect to open the ski area at all when they decided to buy the property.

post #35 of 36
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Well, obviously the weather in NH slowed down the process of getting enough snow at Tenney to open, but they are still working at it.  The focus has been on snowmaking for the tubing park.  Sounds like all the paperwork is finally done.  So there is a possibility of a soft opening for tubing in early March.  If it actually snows, the Eclipse lift is ready to go for skiers/boarders willing to deal with thin natural cover.

post #36 of 36
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The upside to the temps too warm for snowmaking was that a lot of work got done.  The best news from June 13 is that the Hornet lift was certified!  Lots more to do before next season.  But there is no question that Tenney will be off the Lost Ski Areas list soon.

 

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