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Mt. Prospect Ski Club
Lancaster, New Hampshire
Mt. Prospect Ski Area (2014)
Mt. Prospect Ski Area (2014)
Mt. Prospect Ski Club Details
Status:Open
First Year of Operation:1940s
Vertical Drop:250 feet
Lifts in Operation:Surface lift
Lifts Removed/Non Operational:
Located south of Lancaster, New Hampshire, Mt. Prospect is a small, state-owned, club leased ski area.

Weeks Estate
The history of Weeks State Park dates back to 1908, when Lancaster native and then-Massachusetts Congressman John Wingate Weeks began to purchase land on Prospect Mountain. Three years later, the Weeks Act was passed, paving the way for the creation of numerous national forests. Meanwhile, Weeks' private estate on Prospect grew to 420 acres. In 1941 the property was given to the State of New Hampshire by the children of Senator Weeks.

The top of the rope tow (2014)
The top of the rope tow (2014)
Mt. Prospect Ski Tow
Lift served skiing on the northern slope of Mt. Prospect likely dates back to the early 1940s. The initial operation was likely short lived, however, as the area closed during part or all of World War II. It likely reopened for the 1946-47 season and operated when natural snowfall allowed during subsequent decades.

Mount Prospect Ski Club, Inc. was formed as a non-profit corporation in the fall of 1982.

In February of 1989, the State of New Hampshire Executive Council approved a five year lease for the Mount Prospect Ski Club's ski area in the state park.

Closure
The ski area likely closed following the 1996-97 season due to lack of snowfall. The base building collapsed the following year, further complicating the situation.

Rebirth
After sitting idle for over a decade, locals rallied and reopened Mt. Prospect during the winter of 2007-08.

The ski area continues to operate when natural snow allows with a 1957 Chevrolet powered rope tow, three trails, grooming, and a warming yurt. Volunteers staff the area, while the Town of Lancaster provides funds to cover liability insurance.


NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
  • Smaller New Hampshire Areas Plagued by Equipment Problems - March 23, 2015
  • Balsams State Bond Funding Bill Killed - February 20, 2015
  • New Hampshire Rope Tow Struggles - February 9, 2015
  • Mt. Eustis Expected to Open This Winter - January 31, 2015
  • Mt. Prospect Ski Club Saved - January 26, 2015
  • Smaller Ski Areas Struggling to Open - January 4, 2015
  • REPORT: Mt. Eustis Not Expected to Reopen with Lift Service This Winter - December 24, 2014
  • REPORT: Mt. Prospect Ski Tow May Not Open - December 19, 2014

  • Ticket Price History
    Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket
    Season Price Source
    2010s
    2014-15$7.00Graphskiprospect.com  
    2013-14$7.00Graphskiprospect.com  
    2012-13$7.00Graphskiprospect.com  
    2011-12$7.00GraphNew York Times  
    2010-11$7.00Graphskiprospect.com  
    2009-10$7.00Graphskiprospect.com  
    2000s
    2008-09$7.00GraphBoston Globe  

    Visitor Memories
    "I skied here on the day before President's Day in 2014. The upper trails were covered in powder, while the main slope was groomed packed powder. One could get seemingly limitless runs in, as there was no line for the rope tow. The views of the north country peaks were quite nice as well."
    Jeremy Clark, Feb. 17, 2014
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    External Links
  • Mount Prospect Ski Club - official site
  • Mt. Prospect Ski Club - SmallSkiAreas.com
  • Prospect Mountain - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: February 16, 2014

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