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The base area (2008)
Ragged Mountain Resort
Danbury, New Hampshire
Status: Open
First Season:1964-65
Vertical Drop:1250 feet
Standing Lifts:1 high speed 6 pack, 1 high speed quad, 1 triple, 1 double, surface lifts
Past Lifts:1 triple, 2 doubles, surface lifts
Left: The base area (2008)
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Located southwest of the Lakes Region in New Hampshire, Ragged Mountain's 2,286 foot tall summit is one of the highest peaks in Merrimack County.

Early Attempts

Ragged Mountain almost started in 1955, when a Danbury-based corporation named Ragged Mtn. Ski Area, Inc. was registered. The corporation was dissolved in 1959. While it is known that former Ascutney manager George Dunning was part of the project, it is not known who else was involved, what was planned, or what was attained.

Ragged Mountain's lift served history dates back to the early 1960s. State Senator Arthur M. Drake sponsored a bill in early 1963 that funded the construction of access roads to two proposed ski areas, Willard Basin and Ragged Mountain. Of the two, only Ragged Mountain ski area would open.

Ragged Mountain Ski Area Finally Opens

The present day Village Green slope in the 1960s
The present day Village Green slope in the 1960s

With Dick Guild as President and Earle Chandler as General Manager, about $300,000 was spent to develop Ragged Mountain ski area for the 1964-65 season. Part of a proposed 10 year, $3 million project, the initial phase of development included a Hall double chairlift and T-Bar. Described as a family area, two expert trails, two intermediate trails, a novice trail, and two novice slopes were expected for the debut season. The ski area likely opened at the beginning of January 1965.

While a second chairlift was planned for the Northeast Peak area soon thereafter, it would not come to fruition for decades. Instead, apart from the addition of the Sunnyside Trail in 1970, no sizable developments took place in the subsequent years. Instead, without snowmaking, Ragged was forced into bankruptcy following the disastrous 1973-74 season.

Bankruptcy and Closure

The Summit Double circa the 1970s
The Summit Double circa the 1970s

In July of 1974, the State of New Hampshire purchased Ragged Mountain at auction for about $231,000. That fall, the state sold Ragged Mountain to a group including Bob Dunn, owner of Boston Hill ski area in Massachusetts.

Still lacking snowmaking, lean snow years in the early 1980s crippled the ski area. Operations likely ceased following the 1983-84 season. While an attempt was made to reopen the area for 1986-87, deferred maintenance was likely too big of a challenge to overcome.

Back from the Dead

The summit circa the late 1980s or 1990
The summit circa the late 1980s or 1990

In 1987, the Endriunas brothers of Endriunas Brothers, Inc. purchased Ragged Mountain from Bob Dunn's Ragged Mountain Recreational Area, Inc. for $875,000. The new owners immediately spent a quarter of a million to get the summit double chairlift operational.

Snowmaking was finally installed for the 1988-89 season, reportedly reaching the top of the mountain. Though a new T-Bar was also advertised for the 1988-89 season, the T-Bar served Meadows beginner area was likely developed for the 1989-90 season.

The 1990s started off with a relative bang, as two double chairlifts were installed and lodge facilities were improved. Later in the decade, the Spear Mountain complex was built, dramatically improving the size of the ski area.

In the summer of 1999, the hilly 18 hole Ragged Mountain golf course opened. Numerous wetlands, along with an 820 foot vertical change, quickly made the course known as one of the most challenging around.

The following summer, the Endruinas brothers took over Blue Hills, MA and attempted to market it as a feeder area for Ragged Mountain.

In the winter of 2002, Ragged opened the first high speed detachable six person chairlift in New Hampshire. Purchased at a discount after another ski area had cancelled an order, the new lift was seen as a key piece of a future expansion that would have made Ragged the largest ski resort south of the White Mountains. Instead, the high costs involved helped contribute to the eventual bankruptcy of the area.

More Financial Problems and a New Start

The base area circa the mid 2000s
The base area circa the mid 2000s

The financial situation fell apart during the 2006-07 season, as the ownership defaulted on a $4.75 million loan. In addition, the resort had accumulated over a quarter of a million dollars in local and Federal back taxes. On top of that, the Spear Mountain and Northeast Peak chairlifts were inoperable. After narrowly avoiding multiple auctions, the ownership sold Ragged to RMR-Pacific LLC in May of 2007.

With Bob Fries taking over as General Manager, RMR-Pacific invested nearly two million dollars in snowmaking, lift, and base area repairs for the 2007-08 season.

On October 11, 2011, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services approved New Hampshire EB-5 Regional Center, LLC as a part of the EB-5 program. Under the EB-5 program, a foreigner can invest $1 million in an approved United States business (which must then create jobs), in exchange for a green card. With the region labeled a Targeted Employment Area, the minimum investment is cut in half to $500,000, making participating rural businesses such as Ragged Mountain more attractive. Jay Peak was used as a model for the development of the New Hampshire program. Ragged Mountain Resort hopes to raise $35 million from the EB-5 program.

Winter offerings were expanded for the 2013-14 season, as Ragged opened a brand new tubing area serviced by tower mounted fan guns and a magic carpet lift.

The Spear Mountain Quad (2015)
The Spear Mountain Quad (2015)

For the 2014-15 season, Ragged Mountain replaced the Spear Triple with a new Doppelmayr high speed quad. A major snowmaking pond expansion took place in 2016.

NewEnglandSkiConditions.com Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
December14%    (8 reports)14 Open
January31%    (13 reports)31 Open
February52%    (16 reports)52 Open
March47%    (5 reports)47 Open
April100%    (2 reports)100 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Apr. 1, 2017 by arthurhastings
Powder, Powder
Apr. 1, 2017 by beccam
Powder, Wind Blown Snow
Mar. 11, 2017 by beccam
Packed Powder, Frozen Granular
Feb. 28, 2017 by beccam
Spring Snow, Frozen Granular
Feb. 26, 2017 by newenglandskier13
Variable Conditions, Ice
Ragged Mountain Resort on NewEnglandSkiConditions.com

NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
Recent Articles
Construction Starts on Ragged Mountain Snowmaking Pond Expansion - Sep. 29, 2016
State Financing Approved for Ragged Mountain Snowmaking Pond Expansion - Sep. 7, 2016
Ryan Schramm Named General Manager at Ragged Mountain - Feb. 12, 2015
Ragged Mountain to Install High Speed Quad - Jun. 11, 2014
Ragged Mountain Resort NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News Page

Expansion History
Project
Season
Spear Mountain
Open
1996-97
Barnyard
Open
1998-99
New Canada Road
Proposed
Lower Mountain
Proposed
Pinnacle Peak
Under Construction

Image Gallery
1965-66 Eastern Ski Map1966-67 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Eastern Ski Map1969-70 Eastern Ski Map1970-71 Eastern Ski Map1971-72 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
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Standing Lifts
Installed
The Barnyard Triple in 2002
Barnyard Triple
Borvig-Hall
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1998-99
Bottom terminal construction (September 2014)
Spear Mountain Quad
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
2014-15
The Summit Six Pack in 2002
Summit Six Pack
Poma
Chairlift - Sixpack - Detachable
2001-02
The Village Green Double in 2002
Village Green Double
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1992-93

Past Lifts
Seasons
The bottom terminal circa the early 1970s
Face T-Bar
Hall
T-Bar
1964-65
-
1991-92
Meadow T-Bar

T-Bar
1989-90
-
1990s
The Northeast Peak Double in 2007
Northeast Peak Double
Poma
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1990-91
-
2000s
The Spear Mountain Triple in 2002
Spear Mountain Triple
Hall-Von Roll
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1996-97
-
2013-14
The bottom terminal (1960s)
Summit Double
Hall
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1964-65
-
2000-01

Maps
1967-68 Ragged Mountain Trail Map1968-69 Ragged Mountain Trail Map1969-70 Ragged Mountain trail map1970-71 Ragged Mountain Trail Map1979-80 Ragged Mountain Trail Map1987-88 Ragged Mountain 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$79.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$449.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph5.7 daysDecember 8April 22016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$79.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$749.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph9.5 daysDecember 5March 202015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$79.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$749.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph9.5 daysDecember 5April 52014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$73.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$579.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph7.9 daysNovember 30April 62013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$71.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$529.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph7.5 daysDecember 1April 72012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$71.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$529.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph7.5 daysDecember 16March 1880,0002011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$68.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$499.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph7.3 daysDecember 4April 380,0002010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-10$62.002009-10 Ticket Price Graph$499.002009-10 Season Pass Price Graph8.0 days2009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$59.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$499.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph8.5 days2008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-082007-08 Ticket Price Graph$399.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph60,0002007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$54.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$815.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph15.1 daysDecember 26March 182006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$52.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$815.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph15.7 daysMarch 1997,6832005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$49.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$815.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph16.6 daysDecember 11April 197,6832004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$49.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$815.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph16.6 daysMarch 282003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-032002-03 Ticket Price Graph$775.002002-03 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 29April 132002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$45.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$775.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph17.2 daysApril 72001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-012000-01 Ticket Price Graph$675.002000-01 Season Pass Price GraphApril 152000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$38.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price GraphApril 21999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-991998-99 Ticket Price Graph1998-99 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 281998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1997-98$30.001997-98 Ticket Price Graph1997-98 Season Pass Price GraphMarch 291997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$30.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price Graph1996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1993-941993-94 Ticket Price Graph1993-94 Season Pass Price Graph55,8421993-94 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$25.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph1992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$25.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph30,0001991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$25.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph1990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$22.001989-90 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$22.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$20.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$10.001979-80 Ticket Price Graph1979-80 Season Pass Price Graph1979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$9.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$9.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-77$8.001976-77 Ticket Price Graph$135.001976-77 Season Pass Price Graph16.9 days1976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1971-72$8.001971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price Graph1971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$7.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph$120.001970-71 Season Pass Price Graph17.1 days1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$7.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph$120.001969-70 Season Pass Price Graph17.1 days1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$6.001968-69 Ticket Price Graph$100.001968-69 Season Pass Price Graph16.7 days1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$6.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph

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External Links
  • Ragged Mountain Resort - official site
  • Ragged Mountain - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: June 19, 2017

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