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SAM Magazine—Plymouth, N.H., Sept. 19, 2023—Extreme skier-turned-media professional Dan Egan has been named general manager of Tenney Mountain, N.H. Egan previously served as GM at the ski area, which was purchased by a new ownership group last year, from 2002 to 2004. He assumed the role in August.

"I'm a big believer in independently owned resorts, as they had a huge effect on my life as a kid," said Egan. "And Tenney is near and dear to my heart. It has great terrain and a loyal following. We're revitalizing a treasured resort, and bringing it back online is a viable situation, especially with our new owner."

Dan EganEgan, who last worked in resort leadership at Sugarbush, Vt., in 2005, gained notoriety as a pioneer of extreme skiing who achieved visibility as a longtime staple in Warren Miller films. He started his own media production and distribution company in 1988, taking his skills behind the camera to help produce a variety of ski films, as well as other works, while also working a speaker, consultant, and writer, according to his website. Egan was inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2016.

At Tenney, Egan will take on a new challenge of leading the revitalization of a historically troubled ski area—it has shuttered several times since its first trails were cut in 1959, most recently in 2020. Tenney reopened in February after it was purchased by a new ownership group, Northcountry Development, in April 2022. To date, the team has spent about $1.5 million on improvements to the area, including the addition of 80 new fan guns to bolster the snowmaking system, a new fleet of Prinoth groomers, and lift and infrastructure repairs. 

"There's a lot of work to be done, and the place is buzzing," said Egan. "The owner is making the capital investment so when people come up the road, they see the infrastructure is being cared for. That's just the beginning."

The group also recently received conditional approval from the Plymouth Planning Board for a $30 million base lodge upgrade, with construction expected to start next spring, and plans to significantly expand skiable terrain among other upgrades. The investments lend to the goal to turn the local hill into a destination location, Northcountry manager Steven Kelley told the Plymouth Record Enterprise. 

Tenney Mountain is scheduled to open for the 2023-24 season in November, with two chairlifts—a triple for recreational skiing and a double for back and sidecountry—as well as night skiing.