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The double chairlift line in 2014
Moose Mountain
Brookfield, New Hampshire
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:1961-62
Last Season:
Vertical Drop:1000 feet
Standing Lifts:Surface lift
Past Lifts:1 double, surface lifts
Left: The double chairlift line in 2014
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Located east of Copple Crown Mountain in the southeast corner of the Lakes Region, Moose Mountain operated as a ski area for nearly three decades. Two decades after closing, the area began a gradual reemergence as recreational facility.

Early Years

Moose Mountain officially opened to an estimated crowd of 3,000 on December 31, 1961, likely served by a Mueller double chairlift and T-Bar. Popular trails that season included the expert lift line run named Whizbang and the novice Big Moose.

Tom Mahoney took over as general manager for Moose's sophomore season, which ended up 23% ahead of its debut season performance. Despite this, Moose soon found itself in financial trouble.

New Ownership

Moose Mountain as seen from above (2008)
Moose Mountain as seen from above (2008)

Paul Cossette took over Moose Mountain in 1964-65, providing financing and overseeing improvements to the base lodge, parking area, and adding a beginner rope tow.

Copple Crown ski area opened on the opposite side of the ridge in 1965-66, initially enjoying some regional attention. The area eventually fizzled without reaching its full potential.

A second T-Bar was installed at Moose Mountain in 1968-69, serving the Jer-Cee novice slope.

The ski area may have been briefly named Limberlost Club circa 1970. The name was quickly restored to Moose Mountain.

Snowmaking may have been briefly in use during the 1970s.

The main lodge burned down in late March of 1976 and was subsequently rebuilt.

Closure

The area likely closed following a series of ownership structure changes in the late 1980s, perhaps as late as 1988-89 or 1989-90.

Moose Mountain Recreation

Newly recleared Moose Mountain (2009)
Newly recleared Moose Mountain (2009)

Moose Mountain Recreation LLC was registered in June of 2008, sparking hope of changes at Moose Mountain. Starting in 2009, the area has been gradually redeveloped for snow tubing and snowmobile use. The tubing facility, located on the former Lil's Fancy slope, includes a handle tow, lights, and snowmaking.

A new disc golf course debuted during the spring of 2013.

The tubing facility was shut down prior to the 2015-16 season due to high insurance costs.

It is not known if or when lift served skiing will return to Moose Mountain.

Image Gallery
1962-63 Eastern Ski Map1964-65 Eastern Ski Map1965-66 Eastern Ski Map1966-67 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Eastern Ski MapFebruary 20, 1970 Portsmouth Herald
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed

Past Lifts
Seasons
The Double Chair in 2004
Double Chair
Mueller
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1961-62
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The Jer-Cee slope T-Bar in 2009
Jer-Cee T-Bar
Mueller
T-Bar
1968-69
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Looking up the line at a former tower location (2014)
Lil's Fancy T-Bar
Mueller
T-Bar
1961-62
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Maps
An undated Moose Mountain trail map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1989-90$15.001989-90 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$15.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 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
1971-72$5.001971-72 Ticket Price Graph$95.001971-72 Season Pass Price Graph19.0 days1971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$5.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph$95.001970-71 Season Pass Price Graph19.0 days1970-71 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 Graph$75.001968-69 Season Pass Price Graph15.0 days1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$4.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"I learned to ski @ Moose in the early sixties. My dad was head ski patrol and mom a ski instructor. I was on the ski team there as well. My family have many great memories of Moose - it was wonderful growing up so close to the Mountain. I would meet friends from high school there for some great night skiing. To this day, I hike Moose on a regular basis. Thank you for the wonderful memories!! February, 2017. "
Suze Stevens Shaw, Feb. 25, 2017
"Learned to ski at Moose in very early sixties. My family had a lifetime pass. Some real characters in the ski world passed through Moose. Happy memories"
Scot Montgomery, Feb. 7, 2015
"Wow...Think i remember skiing there probably late 1970 or 71 or even 69...a couple times, my uncle lived in nearby Milton Mills...Always some good snow in those days especially late in season, (the memorable blizzard of Feb.9, 1969 was what really got us in to skiing..(that and good economy)..Lift tickets incredably reasonable...gas low too....wow what recreation for such a reasonable price...a quiet absolutely commercial-free atmosphere almost with the air of an outdoor saloon/public library with snow, healthy skiing and lodge with a fire place....pleasant indeed...."
Ethan Kibbe, Dec. 12, 2014
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External Links
  • Moose Mountain Recreation - official site
  • Moose Mountain Ski Area - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Moose Mountain - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: December 17, 2016

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