|Londonderry, New Hampshire|
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|Left: An early 1980s promotional photo of Birchwood|
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Last updated: February 23, 2017
Located north of Londonderry and west of Derry, Birchwood was a popular small ski area that operated for about twenty years.|
The history of Birchwood likely dates back to December of 1962, when Edward Misiaszek purchased multiple parcels of land off Hardy Road in Londonderry.
Little is known about the early years of the ski area, but it reportedly opened around 1965, developed by Edward and his sons David and Peter. According to the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, the area was constructed in part to keep the family's Derry Paving and Construction employees occupied in the winter. Perhaps initially served by rope tows, the area had a unique upside down design with the lodge located at the top of the slopes.
After two years of excavating and fill work, a new Poma T-Bar was likely installed for the 1969-70 season.
By the time 1973-74 arrived, Birchwood featured night skiing, 50% snowmaking coverage, and 4 miles of nordic trails. Within a few years, snowmaking was expanded to 80% coverage. At its full build out, the area featured two T-Bars and a Poma lift.
Birchwood Ski Area, Inc. was formed in 1980. Unfortunately for Birchwood, the lodge burned down that October.
In February of 1981, the property was transferred to the corporation, which then received a Small Business Administration Loan for $20,000. Debt continued to accumulate, as Birchwood fell behind in property taxes in 1984, 1985, and 1986.
Circa 1985, the area's snowmaking equipment was reportedly stolen, signalling the end of the ski area. The corporation's last annual report was filed in March 1986 and that December, the land was transferred back to Misiaszek. Birchwood Ski Area, Inc. was dissolved in November of 1988.
The remains of the entrance sign (2016)
The Parrish Hills real estate development was constructed on the overgrown ski trails in 2001.
The overgrown access road (2016)
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