“What you see at Tenney today is not what you’ll see in one, two, five or 10 years.”– Dan Egan, the new general manager of Tenney Mountain.
After a turbulent history, will Tenney Mountain finally get over the hump? The Plymouth Record Enterprise & New England Ski Industry report that Dan Egan, one of the most legendary skiers of all time, has been appointed the new general manager of the New Hampshire ski resort.
Dan previously served as the general manager of Tenney from 2002 to 2004, a period during which the ski resort used a unique Snow Magic snowmaking system, allowing them to produce snow year-round. In addition, Dave Lorrey and Jeff Day have returned to Tenney in operational management roles.
Last winter, Tenney Mountain reopened for the first time since 2020. For the 2023-24 season, they will have both chairlifts operational, 80 new fan tower guns, and night skiing (although skiers will need to bring headlamps). A new base lodge is expected to be developed, with construction expected to start next spring. Summer activities that are planned in the future include disc golf(expected to be introduced this fall), mountain biking, and ziplining.
Dan Egan’s resume is extensive. He was inducted into the US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2016. The Pioneer of Extreme Skiing was a staple in Warren Miller’s films for many years, appearing in thirteen of them. You may recognize him from this Warren Miller clip.
He’s also an author and producer. For books, he wrote All-Terrain Skiing I & II and co-wrote 30 Years In A White Haze alongside Eric Wilbur. For producing, he’s helped create many ski films. His most recent endeavor in filmmaking has been producing a documentary analyzing racism in soccer. Transforming the Beautiful Game: The Clyde Best Story will analyze the West Ham legend’s experiences with racial discrimination in the 1960s and 70s. This documentary is currently in production.
Steven Kelley, who owns Tenney Mountain, said the following to the Plymouth Record Enterprise about the future of Tenney Mountain:
“We plan on making Tenney Mountain a local mountain, but eventually a destination location. When we open this year, we’ll be in the best shape Tenney has been in 30 years because of the investment in infrastructure and equipment.”
Based on Tenneys’ past failures, I tend to take the developments there with hesitation. I will say though that my optimism for this place is growing.