Tenney Mountain Won't Open in 2006-07

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SAM Magazine-Plymouth, N.H., Dec. 11, 2006-The ownership of Tenney Mountain Ski Resort has decided not to open the ski operation this winter. Instead, it is focusing on future planning for the entire resort including an outdoor adventure partnership plan with Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS). The decision came as the resort management and staff was in the midst of preparing for 2006-2007 ski season.

"Here at the mountain, we are indeed very disappointed but, at the same time, excited to be working on some exciting development plans," said Joel Bourassa, spokesman for Tenney Mountain.

Tenney was purchased in January 2006 by a New York company which saw an investment and development opportunity at Tenney. Skiers and riders may start to see the results of this winter's planning as early as next season.

Though Tenney has cancelled its season, it has not neglected its customers. Season passholders will receive a refund and various season pass incentives at Loon, Waterville Valley, Cranmore, Ragged, and Gunstock. School programs, events, races and other activities will be redirected to other nearby ski resorts.

Tenney will proceed with some scheduled on-mountain EMS programs this winter, including an introduction to alpine touring, guided backcountry tours, and introduction to telemark skiing. These programs will be based out of the Tenney Mountain Base Lodge and held on Tenney property.


Hmmm. Hate to see the locals suffer

The partnership with EMS is going to be cool. As an ex-REI employee who worked with developing outdoor ed classes for one of their stores, I'm totally supportive of the programs that they (EMS) are going to run this year (and have to wonder if there are opportunities for other resorts to tap into this). But give the locals a break! What a bummer that the mountain isn't going to open for them this year. Advice to them: get up early and hike. That way when EMS shows up at, oh 9 o'clock or so, for the Backcountry touring class, all the goods are tracked out! ;-)