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The base area (2014)
King Pine
Madison, New Hampshire
Status: Open
First Season:1962-63
Vertical Drop:350 feet
Standing Lifts:3 triples, surface lifts
Past Lifts:2 doubles, surface lifts
Left: The base area (2014)
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Located between the New Hampshire Route 16 corridor and the Maine border, King Pine has long been a popular destination for local skiers and Purity Spring Resort guests.

Early Years at Purity Spring

Prior advent of lift served skiing, the establishment of three entities paved the way for the creation of King Pine. Circa the late 1800s, Edward Hoyt created the Hoyt Natural Spring Water Company, which shipped bottled water to regional cities. By 1902, Edward Hoyt and M. H. Hoyt were advertising Purity Spring Farm vacation cottages in Boston papers with the claim of the "purest water in the world."

In 1932, Hoyt's son Milt opened a boys camp on the property, which would eventually be named Camp Tohkomeupog ("Camp Tohko").

Camp Tohkomeupog Tow

Downhill skiing was added as an activity for Camp Tohkomeupog in 1938, when a small rope tow was installed below Bald Ledge. Initially a rope tow powered by Ford Model A work trucks (reportedly tied to trees and put on blocks for the winter), the ski operation grew from a part time endeavor to a larger, multi-tow operation after Purity Spring Resort became a full time, year round operation in the mid 1940s. Up to 4 tows may have operated at the same time, with one reserved for family and friends.

King Pine Opens

The Polar Bear double chairlift (1960s)
The Polar Bear double chairlift (1960s)

In the midst of the lift served skiing boom of the 1960s, Purity Spring Resort constructed a larger ski area on the opposite side of East Madison Road in 1962. Serviced by a double chairlift, the new King Pine ski area initially consisted of 3 trails and an open slope. The Purity Spring rope tow operation overlapped with King Pine for one season. A remaining rope tow may have operated for guests periodically into the 1970s.

The King Pine was nearly doubled in size in 1968 when the North Side area was developed. In addition to boosting overall skiable acreage and uphill capacity, the new complex gave King Pine legitimate steep expert terrain.

Snowmaking was likely added in the mid 1970s. In 1976, Milt handed the day to day management duties down to his children, Ted, Laura, Bob, and Susie.

Chairlift served night skiing may have commenced in 1982-83, initially on weekends and vacation weeks. In subsequent seasons, night skiing was expanded to more trails and nights and has become a key part of operations.

Staying Modern

White Pine (2016)
White Pine (2016)

Starting in 1987 with the installation of the Polar Bear triple chairlift, King Pine underwent a steady campaign of modernizing its infrastructure. Following the closure of King Ridge, King Pine acquired a modern CTEC triple chairlift. Portions of it were used to install the Powder Bear Triple in 1996, followed by the Black Bear Triple in 2006. At that point, each main lift had been upgraded to a modern, higher capacity triple chairlift.

NewEnglandSkiConditions.com Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
January95%    (1 report)95 Open
February100%    (2 reports)100 Open
March100%    (1 report)100 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Mar. 20, 2016 by newenglandskier13
Spring Snow, Frozen Granular
Feb. 22, 2016 by beccam
Frozen Granular, Spring Snow
Feb. 19, 2016 by rocket21
Loose Granular, Frozen Granular
Jan. 31, 2016 by newenglandskier13
Packed Powder, Packed Powder
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Expansion History
Project
Season
North Side
Open
1968-69

Image Gallery
The King Pine Polar Bear Chairlift, 1960s vs. 20141964-65 Eastern Ski Map1965-66 Eastern Ski Map1966-67 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Eastern Ski Map1970-71 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed
The Black Bear Triple in 2007
Black Bear Triple
Garaventa-CTEC
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
2006-07
The Polar Bear Triple in 2005
Polar Bear Triple
CTEC
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1987-88
The Powder Bear Triple in 2005
Powder Bear Triple
CTEC
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1996-97

Past Lifts
Seasons
The Black Bear Double in 1972
Black Bear Double
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1968-69
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2005-06
The J-Bar during the 1960s
J-Bar
Hall
J-Bar
1964-65
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J-Bar

J-Bar
1988-89
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The Polar Bear Double during the 1960s
Polar Bear Double
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1962-63
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1986-87

Maps
King Pine 1962-63 Trail Map1976-77 King Pine Trail Map1999-00 King Pine Trail Map2002-03 King Pine Trail Map2003-04 King Pine Trail Map2004-05 King Pine 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$55.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$560.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph10.2 daysDecember 16March 262016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$52.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$560.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph10.8 daysDecember 26March 272015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$52.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$560.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph10.8 daysDecember 12March 292014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$49.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$560.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph11.4 daysDecember 132013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$47.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$545.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph11.6 daysMarch 312012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$47.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$545.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph11.6 daysDecember 1662,0002011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$45.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$525.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph11.7 daysDecember 10March 2762,0002010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$44.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$525.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph11.9 daysMarch 212009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$42.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$498.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph11.9 days2008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$39.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$498.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph12.8 days2007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-072006-07 Ticket Price Graph$498.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph2006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$36.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$498.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph13.8 days58,9002005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$34.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$498.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph14.6 days58,9002004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$32.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph2003-04 Season Pass Price Graph2003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-032002-03 Ticket Price Graph$498.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph2002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$29.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$498.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph17.2 days2001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$29.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph2000-01 Season Pass Price Graph2000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$29.001999-00 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
1992-93$23.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$22.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph1991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$20.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 14March 241990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$20.001989-90 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$19.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$17.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1984-85$13.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph1984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1977-78$7.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-77$7.001976-77 Ticket Price Graph$90.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph12.9 days1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$6.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$5.001969-70 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$5.001968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price Graph1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$4.501967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$4.001964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$4.001963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$4.001962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price Graph1962-63 Skier Visit Graph

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  • Last updated: January 23, 2017

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