“The first phase resurrected the ski area. COVID allowed us to transition to phase 2, to find a large developer, with deep pockets and skills to know how to handle a large project.” -Michael Bouchard, General Manager of Tenney Mountain.
After being shut down since 2020, Tenney Mountain in New Hampshire announced in May that they are under new ownership, and are aiming to reopen for the 2022-23 season. Back in May, the Concord Monitor spoke to Michael Bouchard and the new ownership group at Tenney Mountain.
A major portion of the upcoming work revolves around the master planning for the mountain. Steven Kelley is the CEO of Northcountry Development Group, which is the development firm that bought the 900-acre property this year. Steven said the following about the master plan:
“We have a ways to go on master planning … over the next year. There’s been a lot of different versions of things going on. We’re taking a clean slate, meeting with all the key stakeholders – PSU (Plymouth State University), town of Bristol, town of Plymouth. … This is a multi-year, phased approach…I see Tenney as a huge opportunity. The infrastructure’s there, the land is there, to do a lot of great things, to boost the economy for the whole community.”
Next up after preparing the master plan will be the approval process, designing the projects, and then building them. Some of the ideas that could be a part of the master plan include “hotels, homes, condominiums, research facilities and student housing associated with PSU, plus retail and commercial buildings along a stretch of Route 3A.”
Yesterday, Michael Bouchard, also known as mike@TENNEY, made a video vlog of the work being done at the mountain. Some of the topics mentioned in the video include load tests on the Eclipse lift, a trail maintenance crew that will be coming by in September to clear out the trails, and a top-secret snowmaking project that they’re working on. Tenney Mountain’s resurrection is yet another interesting New England skiing story to follow as we inch close to winter.
Image/Video Credits: Tenney Mountain