Gunstock, NH

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6 thoughts on “Gunstock, NH

  1. BB17 September 3, 2021 / 1:45 pm

    A few corrections and additions for the spreadsheet:

    The Mt. Rowe Single, installed 1937 and removed in 1979, built by American Steel & Wire but had tubular towers rather than lattice ones. The trails it once served are now lost. 3200′ long by 714′ vert. https://newenglandskihistory.com/lifts/viewlift.php?id=1

    The Red Hat T-Bar, installed 1954 and removed in 1986, built by Constam, 2250′ long, replaced by the Tiger Triple. https://newenglandskihistory.com/lifts/viewlift.php?id=30

    The Smith T-Bar, installed 1960 and (probably) removed in 1988, built by Doppelmayr/Alpine Lift, 1400′ long, replaced by the Ramrod Quad. https://newenglandskihistory.com/lifts/viewlift.php?id=99

    The T-Bar listed as “F” was also called the Phelps T-Bar. It was extended at some point to 1500′ and was likely replaced in 1988 by the Ramrod Quad. It was definitely not removed in 1980 as it is shown on this map from 1985: https://skimap.org/data/342/7/1217789223.jpg

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    • Utah Lost Ski Area Project September 3, 2021 / 2:38 pm

      Why exactly was the terrain on Mt. Rowe abandoned? A few more trails could have been cut but removing the single without replacement seems odd for such a developed mountain.

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      • BB17 October 2, 2021 / 12:14 pm

        I do not know what the actual reason was, but I have a few guesses:

        1. At the time, Gunstock was focused on developing the larger Main Mountain and may not have had the funds or resources to continue maintaining Mt. Rowe or install a replacement lift.

        2. There was another ski area called Alpine Ridge (https://newenglandskihistory.com/NewHampshire/alpineridge.php) located on another face of Mt. Rowe and Gunstock’s management may have been trying to discourage skiers from using the Single to cross over to it (similar to how Stowe’s Sensation Quad ends slightly lower than the double it replaced to discourage skiers from going to Smuggler’s Notch).

        3. Gunstock may have needed to remove the Single (and thus abandon the trails it served) in order to make room for the learning area at the base of Mt. Rowe.

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      • carletongebhardt June 22, 2022 / 3:03 pm

        I’m not sure of the exact compass direction, but it has a more southerly exposure and doesn’t hold snow as well either. I do remember going up the single chair as a beginner and being extremely scared…

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        • Calvin June 23, 2022 / 8:50 am

          The exposure for terrain served by that old single is East.

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