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Black Mountain as seen from Doublehead (2008)
Black Mountain Resort
Jackson, New Hampshire
Status: Open
First Season:1935-36
Vertical Drop:1100 feet
Standing Lifts:1 triple, 1 double, surface lifts
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: Black Mountain as seen from Doublehead (2008)
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Located in Jackson, Black Mountain is the oldest lift served ski area in New Hampshire.

CCC Days

Modern skiing on Black Mountain dates back to at least 1934, when the Civilian Conservation Corps cut the Black Mountain Ski Trail on the middle peak of the ridge. The trail and its cabin remain in use today, unconnected to the lift served alpine ski area.

Moody's and Whitney's

Early grooming at Black
Early grooming at Black

From a lift served skiing perspective, Black Mountain likely first opened in either December 1935 or early 1936 as a small rope tow area designed to bring more people to Moody's Inn. Later that year, mechanical engineer Bill Whitney and his wife Betty purchased the facility and renamed it to "Whitney's." Soon thereafter, the rope tow was modified with the installation of Sears Roebuck & Co. shovel handles for easier riding. By the end of the 1930s, Whitney's was a popular ski area for both day and night skiing.

Black Mountain

The Knoll T-Bar
The Knoll T-Bar

After World War II, Whitney's was in danger of being left behind by developments with much longer lifts than Whitney's relatively short surface lift. With the top to bottom Skimobile service in place at nearby Cranmore and a large development being planned down the road at Thorn Mountain, Bill Whitney became to plan a chairlift development in 1947. Brothers Halsey and Stanton Davis were brought in as partners on construction of the mile long lift.

The project was either inflated or else scaled down, as the result was a new 3,500 foot long Constam T-Bar that could be converted to a scenic chairlift for off season use. Nonetheless, the new lift vastly improved the offerings at the ski area for the 1948-49 season, climbing some 700 vertical feet up Black Mountain Knoll. New trails included the Whitney Trail, the Davis Trail, the Hardscrabble Trail, and the Maple Trail. To help rebrand the larger new area, Whitney's was renamed Black Mountain.

Spruce Run was added for the 1949-50 season, while Runaway was cut soon thereafter. Meanwhile, Cranmore, Black Mountain, and Jackson Senator Winifred Wild unsuccessfully tried to stop the state funded Peabody base area development at Cannon Mountain, fearing the expansion would harm Eastern Slope Region business.

Struggles did ensue, in large part due to poor snowfall winters. While Thorn Mountain likely folded following the 1956-57 season, Black Mountain decided to push forward and invest in snowmaking for the 1957-58 season.

Multiple improvements were made for the 1959-60 season, including new night skiing lights on Whitneys' Hill, a skating rink, and a new base building near the T-Bar.

A 1,150 foot long Mueller T-Bar was added for the 1960-61 season, serving novice terrain.

The Chairlift Age

The Knoll T-Bar and Summit Double circa 1970
The Knoll T-Bar and Summit Double circa 1970

Once again finding itself dealing with new competition, including Attitash and Tyrol, Black Mountain made plans to expand the ski area. The Upper Mountain was opened for the 1965-66 season, served by Black's first chairlift. The new lift increased the lift served vertical by 400 feet to 1,100 feet.

Following a successful 1968-69 season in which business was up 30%, Bill and Betty Whitney retired, handing over the reins to former ski patrol director Don Murray and his wife Kathy. While Black was able to stay open through the tough years in the 1970s, there was not much growth.

Financial Trouble

After a few tough seasons in the early 1980s, a group of local businessmen took over Black Mountain and started a five year investment plan. For the 1982-83 season, the base lodge was expanded by 10,000 feet. Two years later, top to bottom snowmaking was installed, along with a new triple chairlift.

Fichera Takes Over

The J-Bar in 2014
The J-Bar in 2014

Circa 1995, John Fichera took over financially troubled Black Mountain. In March of 1996, John and Andrew Fichera formed Alpine Resources Corporation as the owning organization of Black Mountain.

Despite waves of corporate sales at other ski areas in the region, Fichera has retained the independent feel at Black, keeping the ski area in operation whilst offering off season activities. The original surface lift still exists today as a J-Bar, making it the oldest operating lift in New England.

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CCC Trails
Trail NameStatus
Black Mountain TrailOpen

Expansion History
Project
Season
Upper Mountain
Open
1965-66
South Peak
Proposed

Image Gallery
1959 Appalachia1960 Appalachia1961 Appalachia1962 Appalachia1962 Appalachia1977 Ski NH Brochure
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The East Bowl Triple in 2003
East Bowl Triple
Borvig
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1984-85
The Platter Pull in 2004
Platter Pull Lift
Mueller-Poma
Platter
The Summit Double circa the 1970s
Summit Double
Mueller-Riblet
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1965-66
The J-Bar in 2004
Whitneys' J-Bar

J-Bar
1935-36

Past Lifts
Seasons
Looking uphill from the bottom terminal
Knoll T-Bar
Constam
T-Bar
1948-49
-
1983-84
Mueller T-Bar
Mueller
T-Bar
1960-61
-

Maps
A circa 1950s Black Mountain trail map1963-64 Black Mountain Trail Map1973-74 Black Mountain Trail Map1979-80 Black Mountain Trail Map2002-03 Black Mountain Trail Map2003-04 Black Mountain Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2017-18$59.002017-18 Ticket Price Graph$599.002017-18 Season Pass Price Graph10.2 days2017-18 Skier Visit Graph
2016-17$55.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$700.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph12.7 daysDecember 3April 152016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$55.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$700.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph12.7 daysJanuary 1March 92015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$55.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$700.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph12.7 daysDecember 13March 282014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$49.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$600.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph12.2 daysDecember 16March 292013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$49.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$575.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph11.7 daysDecember 15March 242012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$45.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$469.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph10.4 daysMarch 1831,7002011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$45.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$469.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph10.4 days44,9002010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$39.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$499.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph12.8 daysMarch 272009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$39.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph2008-09 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 282008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$39.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$499.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph12.8 daysMarch 302007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$32.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$499.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph15.6 days2006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$32.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$499.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph15.6 days25,0002005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$32.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$499.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph15.6 days25,0002004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$32.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph2003-04 Season Pass Price Graph2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$32.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$499.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph15.6 days2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$32.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph2001-02 Season Pass Price Graph2001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$32.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Season Pass Price Graph2000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$32.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price Graph1999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1997-98$32.001997-98 Ticket Price Graph1997-98 Season Pass Price Graph1997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$32.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 301996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$29.501992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$29.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$28.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 171990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$28.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price Graph1989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$25.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$24.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-87$20.001986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price Graph1986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1984-85$18.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph1984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$11.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price Graph1980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$10.001979-80 Ticket Price Graph1979-80 Season Pass Price Graph1979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$9.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$8.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1973-74$8.001973-74 Ticket Price Graph1973-74 Season Pass Price Graph1973-74 Skier Visit Graph
1971-72$7.001971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price Graph1971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$7.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$7.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$6.001968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price Graph1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$6.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$4.501964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$4.501963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 71963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$4.501962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price Graph1962-63 Skier Visit Graph
1961-621961-62 Ticket Price Graph1961-62 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 15April 21961-62 Skier Visit Graph
1959-60$4.001959-60 Ticket Price Graph1959-60 Season Pass Price Graph1959-60 Skier Visit Graph
1950s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1958-59$4.001958-59 Ticket Price Graph1958-59 Season Pass Price Graph1958-59 Skier Visit Graph
1957-581957-58 Ticket Price Graph1957-58 Season Pass Price GraphApril 61957-58 Skier Visit Graph
1955-561955-56 Ticket Price Graph1955-56 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 101955-56 Skier Visit Graph
1949-50$3.001949-50 Ticket Price Graph1949-50 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 111949-50 Skier Visit Graph
1940s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1946-471946-47 Ticket Price Graph1946-47 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 281946-47 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"My father was in charge of the training, certification and record keeping for the ski patrol as well as maintaining all the equipment for the ski patrol. I grew up spending time around Black Mtn as a kid until the fire of the summit double brought in the Fichera era. I spent time in the off season helping around the base lodge as well being used during ski patrol refresher training and lift evacuation drills. I can't tell you how many times I was strapped to a back board and flipped upside down or stood on my head because the adults thought it was funny. We still have an old center post chair from the double and I remember when the new chairs were installed. The old thiokol groomer caught fire and burned up and our new LMC groomer suffered a catastrophic failure. It was dragged off the mountain never to be seen again as LMC had gone out of business and there was nobody to honor the warranty. "
Jon Blake, Dec. 22, 2015
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  • Black Mountain Resort - official site
  • Black Mountain - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: August 6, 2017

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