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Mt. Prospect Ski Area (2014)
Mt. Prospect Ski Club
Lancaster, New Hampshire
Status: Open
First Season:1940s
Vertical Drop:250 feet
Standing Lifts:Surface lift
Past Lifts:
Left: Mt. Prospect Ski Area (2014)
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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.


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Recent Articles
Smaller New Hampshire Areas Plagued by Equipment Problems - Mar. 23, 2015
Balsams State Bond Funding Bill Killed - Feb. 20, 2015
New Hampshire Rope Tow Struggles - Feb. 9, 2015
Mt. Eustis Expected to Open This Winter - Jan. 31, 2015
Mt. Prospect Ski Club Saved - Jan. 26, 2015
Smaller Ski Areas Struggling to Open - Jan. 4, 2015
REPORT: Mt. Eustis Not Expected to Reopen with Lift Service This Winter - Dec. 24, 2014
REPORT: Mt. Prospect Ski Tow May Not Open - Dec. 19, 2014
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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
2014-15$7.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph2014-15 Season Pass Price Graph2014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$7.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph2013-14 Season Pass Price GraphFebruary 82013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$7.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph2012-13 Season Pass Price Graph2012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$7.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph2011-12 Season Pass Price Graph2011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$7.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph2010-11 Season Pass Price Graph2010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$7.002009-10 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$7.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph2008-09 Season Pass Price Graph2008-09 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"I skied Mt. Prospect as a kid. It had to have been somewhere around the late 1950s - early 1960s. Our parents dropped us off to ski for the day, and then we skied home - to Portland St. in Lancaster. We later moved to MA, but I have great memories of the place. I developed a love for the sport there and have been skiing ever since:)"
Jim Delany, Dec. 8, 2015
"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: July 19, 2015

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