Tenney Mountain Ski Area quietly reopens for snow tubing only, so far

  • A sign for Tenney Mountain Ski Area in Plymouth is seen on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • Tenney Mountain Ski logo Courtesy

Monitor staff
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Four years after a non-skier bought the long-closed Tenney Mountain Ski Area and said he planned to reopen it, people finally had the chance to ride the chairlift and slide back down Saturday – albeit on snowtubes, not skis.

The Plymouth ski area, which shut in 2010 after years of financial turmoil, opened its tubing park Saturday and promised skiing “soon.”

The ski area’s Facebook page, which has been its main avenue for public communication, said it would be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week, at a cost of $20 for two hours.

“Very exciting having all you good folks coming by! Hard work is paying off in the form of safe outdoor fun!!!” a post read.

Tenney Mountain Ski Area opened in 1960 and flourished for years before financial problems related to construction of nearby condominiums led to its downfall.

Michael Bouchard, who co-founded an engineering firm in Nashua, bought it and 900 acres on the mountain in 2014 for a reported $1.2 million to get access to mineral rights. In past interviews, Bouchard, who didn’t ski when he bought Tenney, said he had been convinced to reopen it, and for the past three years investors have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into working the buildings, reshaping the runs, and upgrading drainage, snowmaking and chairlifts.

Plans presented to the Plymouth planning board in January showed a reopened ski area as the centerpiece of development, starting with a hotel and retail space along Route 3A as early as this year, and eventually 90 townhouses, a “senior living community,” and “an apartment complex for (Plymouth State) University clientele,” over the next five to eight years

Almost 100 condominium units already exist around the ski area. The site has planning approval for hundreds more.

(David Brooks can be reached at 369-3313 or dbrooks@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @GraniteGeek.)