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The Main Street slope (2013)
Granite Gorge
Roxbury, New Hampshire
Status: Open
First Season:1960s
Vertical Drop:525 feet
Standing Lifts:1 double, surface lifts
Past Lifts:Surface lifts
Left: The Main Street slope (2013)
Recent NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News:
3/2/2016: REPORT: Granite Gorge Chairlift Acciden...
2/2/2016: Granite Gorge Set to Reopen
2/1/2016: 2 Injured in Chairlift Accident at Grani...
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Located east of Keene, Granite Gorge was originally known as "The Pinnacle." The area offers a variety of activities in addition to skiing.

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle may have opened as early as 1959 as a rope tow served ski area. The area stepped up a notch in 1962-63 when it added a 1,000 foot long novice Poma lift. As a result, business increased by 280% over 1961-62.

The main portion of the ski area received a T-Bar in 1967, likely increasing the vertical drop by about 50 feet to 300 feet.

With larger ski areas developing snowmaking and installing chairlifts, The Pinnacle was left behind. As a result, the ski area closed in 1977.

Granite Gorge

Early reconstruction of the former Pinnacle ski area (2002)
Early reconstruction of the former Pinnacle ski area (2002)

In 1999, Baybutt Construction purchased the former ski area and commenced studies for a potential reopening. After a quarter of a century of idleness, the Pinnacle became a work site in the spring of 2002 when a new bridge was built from Route 9 to the base area.

The Pinnacle reopened in early 2003 under the name of "Granite Gorge." The tiny startup on the Bunny Buster slope featured a rope tow and snowmaking.

After multiple years of planning, Granite Gorge saw a significant expansion in 2005 with the addition of a double chairlift to Spruce Peak.

Snowmaking was expanded to the top of the chairlift for the 2008-2009 season, while night skiing followed for the 2009-2010 season.

In 2010 Granite Gorge was approved for a 300 person lodge, to be built in phases. Portions were completed in 2011 and 2012.

In late 2012, parent company Baybutt Construction found itself in an escalating financial situation. Payments on debt and subcontractors were allegedly missed, as an expected bond payment to the company was allegedly stalled. One of Baybutt's lendors, Interstate Electrical Services Corp., arranged for a foreclosure auction of some of Baybutt's properties, including Granite Gorge ski area, for February 1, 2013. The auction was cancelled at the last minute and the ski area has remained open.

Granite Gorge continues to grow, recently adding a bike park to its off season offerings. A new ski trail was cut in 2016.

NewEnglandSkiConditions.com Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
February50%    (2 reports)50 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Feb. 14, 2016 by arthurhastings
Packed Powder, Powder
Feb. 13, 2016 by newenglandskier13
Packed Powder, Frozen Granular
Granite Gorge on NewEnglandSkiConditions.com

NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
Recent Articles
REPORT: Granite Gorge Chairlift Accident May Have Been Vandalism - Mar. 2, 2016
Granite Gorge Set to Reopen - Feb. 2, 2016
2 Injured in Chairlift Accident at Granite Gorge - Feb. 1, 2016
Granite Gorge NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News Page

Expansion History
Project
Season
Spruce Peak
Open
2005-06


Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
Installation of the Pinnacle Double (October 2005)
Pinnacle Double
Borvig
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
2005-06

Past Lifts
Seasons
Poma

Platter
1962-63
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T-Bar
Poma
T-Bar
1967-68
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Maps
1962-63 Pinnacle Trail Map1963-64 Pinnacle Trail Map1964-65 Pinnacle Trail Map2002-03 Granite Gorge Trail Map2004-05 Granite Gorge Trail Map2009-10 Granite Gorge 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
2016-17$49.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$445.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph9.1 daysDecember 15March 122016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$49.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$445.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph9.1 daysDecember 23March 132015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$47.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$445.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph9.5 days2014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$47.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$425.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph9.0 days2013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$45.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph2012-13 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 312012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$42.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$399.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph9.5 daysDecember 1727,7252011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$42.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph2010-11 Season Pass Price Graph30,0002010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$45.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph2009-10 Season Pass Price Graph2009-10 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 Graph2008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$29.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$299.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph10.3 days2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$29.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$299.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph10.3 days2006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$29.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph2005-06 Season Pass Price Graph2005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$20.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph2004-05 Season Pass Price Graph2004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$20.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph2003-04 Season Pass Price Graph2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1977-78$6.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-771976-77 Ticket Price Graph$50.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1974-75$6.001974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price Graph1974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$4.501970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1964-65$3.501964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$3.001963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$3.001962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price Graph1962-63 Skier Visit Graph
1961-621961-62 Ticket Price Graph1961-62 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 23March 271961-62 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"Hi Fred Baybutt co-owner of Granite Gorge here. Great history report; couple things I never knew!An update for you regarding GGs status. The ski area is up and operating and will be fine! Come on up for "
Fred Baybutt , Nov. 8, 2013
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External Links
  • Granite Gorge - official site
  • Granite Gorge - SmallSkiAreas.com
  • Granite Gorge - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Pinnacle - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Pinnacle Ski Area Emerges From the "Lost" as Granite Gorge - SnowJournal
  • Last updated: November 25, 2016

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