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Tenney... worth it?

post #1 of 14
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Never skied Tenney up in Plymouth, NH and now they have a great deal on passes. I only live 90 minutes away but drove by there last Saturday to find no snow being made on a 25 degree day in December! I have a friend in Plymouth who has heard complaints about the new management there and about snowmaking practices, not sure how much credence to give to rumors.

Anyone have either recent past (like last season) experience there or have inside knowledge of the place? The Tenney of years past had a decent rep and I'd like to take a chance on them but the utter silence about opening dates (finally announced 12/18 this week) and the lack of snowmaking have me spooked.

TIA!
post #2 of 14
Dubious. Month old second hand info from snowjournal:
http://www.snowjournal.com/page.php?cid=topic14235

If you don't get more here, try asking there.
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Dubious. Month old second hand info from snowjournal:
http://www.snowjournal.com/page.php?cid=topic14235

If you don't get more here, try asking there.
Interesting... thanks James! I'll try to keep the thread here alive as there seems to be local interest in the outcome. It's less than a week until their supposed opening date so we'll see what happens.

post #4 of 14
No real experience, although a friend swears by them and has been skiing there for a few seasons (aside from the one during which they never opened?) Anyway, I bought a pass in the spring during their $99 event over Easter Weekend. They are cheap, so it might be worth if for you, depending where you are coming from. they have been poor communicators, and the 12/18 opening date on their site took some digging to find. I'll believe it when I see it! If they don't have a deadline on the pass, hold off and see how they look in a week or two.

They do have a good rep for the actual skiing, but I think we'll need a good snow year for it to live up to it.
post #5 of 14
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Tenney Updates?

One last bump... no Tenney insiders watching the forum? Any last comments?
post #6 of 14
I worked there for awhile about 16 years ago. Management then was a real problem. I left along with others because our paychecks kept bouncing. I won't go into their other issues here although it does make a good story. I had a chance to ski there again about 10 years ago after the place had closed and re-opened under different management. The skiing at that time was quite good. The place is a decent small ski area with somewhat antiquated lifts, and a location easily accessed from I93 that has been through a sucession of openings and closings. They did have snowmaking 16 years ago. I'm not sure of the current status of it though. The real estate side of the scheme has been the downfall of the ski area in the past. I'm sorry I can't provide you with any current info. I work about 8 miles away from Tenney and I didn't realize it was still operating.
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I work about 8 miles away from Tenney and I didn't realize it was still operating.
Wow... it really doesn't say anything positive about Tenney that a skier 8 miles away doesn't know that it's operating. Think I'll give this one a miss until they have another season or two (and possibly another new owner from the sound of it) under their belts.

post #8 of 14
Its only a short sidetrip off I-93 if you are on your way North to Loon, Waterville, Cannon, Burke etc and want to check it out. My gut feeling is that, if it is operating, and we've had some pretty good snowfall and a decent base then you'll probably have a good time there. Its a nice sized smallish area with maybe 1400 ft vertical (plus or minus, I can't recall the number). Their terrain is fun but not terribly challenging, some good tree skiing if there is decent cover. Tenney is, or could be, a great place waiting to happen. I like eastern areas of this size personally. For one reason or another no one has stepped up to invest in running it the way it should be. The bottom line may be that the available developable real estate has been mined out but I don't really know why this place has mouldered.
post #9 of 14
Passing on this year is a good call. We went by to get our passes last Sunday, 12/14, and it hardly looked like they had made snow at all (saw two guns, not blowing snow though). It was about 22 degrees out at the time, and it was a ghost town, no snow makers, no pre-season prep. Chairs were not all on the summit lift either. They were planning to open today, 12/18.

Tenney just sent me an email about buying Gift Certificates there for Xmas, and as a side note, mentioned opening day is now 12/22 (only $20). They should be better at their communication though, pass holders should not get this info via Spam emails.

Anyway, if we have good snow, maybe it'll be fine despite the ownership/mgmt problems.

If I get a chance, I'll scan in my pass so you can see the poor quality of the overall operation, it looks like I photocopied my face.
post #10 of 14

Tenney... worth it?

Tenney is a small ski area. Snow in the NE is in short supply, at least until the weekend as snow is predicted overnight, Sunday and maybe Christmas. Cannon Mtn., just a bit further north, is a good place to ski, and not very expensive. Might be a better choice.
post #11 of 14
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So... Did Tenney Open?

OK, so today is 12/22 and no conditions report on Tenney's website nor have they sent anything to Snocountry or any of the other sites. I've pretty much given up on these yahoos for the season, but if anyone happens to be in the area I'm curious whether they opened or not. I could call but I figured I'd keep the thread alive for just a bit longer...

post #12 of 14
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OK, so today is 12/22 and no conditions report on Tenney's website nor have they sent anything to Snocountry or any of the other sites. I've pretty much given up on these yahoos for the season, but if anyone happens to be in the area I'm curious whether they opened or not. I could call but I figured I'd keep the thread alive for just a bit longer...

I don't know whether they opened or not but they don't have a lack of snow for an excuse. We got a lot of snow in last weekend's storm(s).
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by CrashingElvis View Post
OK, so today is 12/22 and no conditions report on Tenney's website nor have they sent anything to Snocountry or any of the other sites. I've pretty much given up on these yahoos for the season, but if anyone happens to be in the area I'm curious whether they opened or not. I could call but I figured I'd keep the thread alive for just a bit longer...
Yeah, ignore them is my guess. I haven't been, but apparently they did open Monday per their site, and will be open again Friday. Unless you can get free tiks, I would skip them this year. Also, it notes that they are not open Tuesdays or Wednesdays this year. I can understand that, but maybe they should tell people when they buy passes? Anyway, no biggie.
post #14 of 14

It's An Interesting Place

I don't know anything about their operation or when/if they'll open. What I do know is that for the second year in a row, SkiNH.com isn't listing them. I think it's odd that a site dedicated to promoting skiing in NH doesn't mention them.

I did ski it last year. First and only time there. Would go again but haven't had the opportunity. The lodge has that old New England feel to it. Emphasis on old. But everyone was nice and the rates were great.

The mountain needs a class in Feng Shuie (sp) though.

Their quad or triple, left side as you face the mntn., was incredibly slow. Bring a book or an iPod.

It was a fun place to ski. I'd go again as long as every thing was open.

I also know that EMS does courses up there. You can find out about it at the EMS site - http://www.emsski.com/index.html
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