Campton Mountain closed eight years ago and sat idle until Denis Cahill and friends persuaded enough people in Waterville Estates, a village of Campton, N.H., to pony up the dough to open up this gem of a ski hill.
The area's fixed-grip double is spinning, after a soft opening, but the official opening isn't until 6 p.m. Feb. 19.
"We wanted to have a soft opening to make sure we get all the bugs out," Cahill told OnTheSnow.
"We are so excited," he said. "That mountain has been a dream of mine to get open since we bought our home up here, eight-plus years ago.
"It was a very long process. The lodge building sat there for years and just rotted away. My General Manager Corey Smith always maintained the lift. We always made sure it worked, kept the cable greased up. It was run down but it always worked, so we were very fortunate in that," Cahill said.
The lodge has been rebuilt, the chair and rope tow reopened, and all is ready for the official ceremony Feb. 19, he said.
"Our lodge was ready to fall down. We replaced outside walls, the outside sheathing, the windows, redid the bathrooms, put in a new septic system, redid the fireplace because it wasn't safe, and put in rustic cut boards for bar. Our GM found old skis, and people donated things that are 20-to-30 years old, and when you walk into the lodge it looks like you've walked back in time," Cahill said. The lodge has a restaurant and bar.
Campton Mountain also has a ski patrol, a grooming machine that's being repaired, and water capacity for snowmaking but no actual snowmaking system yet, although this winter who cares? The area offers cross country skiing and snowshoeing as well.
The area offers day and night skiing, on three trails, 1,550 feet long, with a 313-foot vertical, served by the chair and the rope tow.
Lift tickets cost $15 for association members, and $20 for everyone else.
The area is owned by the village of Waterville Estates, and the roughly $150,000 it took to get things up and running came mostly from taxes, but also from the Waterville Estates Association Capital Improvement Fund, which comes from a fee paid out of property sale revenues.
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