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  Alpine CCC Ski Trails > New Hampshire
Mt. Whittier
Tamworth, New Hampshire
Overview
Mt. Whittier location map Not to be confused with the Mt. Whittier ski area on nearby Nickerson Mountain in West Ossipee, 2,205 foot Mt. Whittier in Tamworth was home to a CCC alpine ski trail.

In addition to featuring the Mt. Whittier ski trail, a cabin was also built near the summit of the mountain. Numerous giant slalom races were held on Mt. Whittier, in addition to slalom races at nearby Page Hill ski area.


Trails on Mt. Whittier
Mt. Whittier as seen from Great Hill Mt. Whittier Trail - Abandoned
The Mt. Whittier Trail was likely cut by the CCC in the mid to late 1930s. Due to the gradual topography of the summit of Mt. Whittier, the trail started partway down the peak, heading in a northwesterly direction. The cabin was constructed at elevation 2,000 feet.

In addition to hosting numerous giant slalom races in the 1940s and perhaps 1950s, the Mt. Whittier Trail may have been used as recently as the 1970s by collegic teams.

The rerouting of Route 25 from Whittier Village (now Whittier Road and Route 113) to its present day location may have also hastened the demise of the trail.


Quotes
" And it has built a log hut, with a stove in it, at the top of Mt. Whittier Trail (right near Route 25). "
"Tamworth Ski Region" Brochure, Tamworth Outing Club, 1941


" Mt. Whittier: Challenge to the real skier. Length 1.4 miles, width 30'-100', vertical descent 1650', max. grade 35. Snow needed, 18". CABIN at top, with stove. Intermediate (use caution) & Expert. "
"Tamworth Ski Region" Brochure, Tamworth Outing Club, 1941


" The trail was laid out by Charlie Proctor of the Dartmouth ski program back in the late 1930's. The trail was cut by either the CCC or the WPA as a work project. It was on the land of Walter & Mabel Evans. "
Tamworth Civic News, January 15, 1999



Images
1931 USGS Topographic Map1958 USGS Topographic Map
1931 and 1958 USGS topographic maps (trail was to the right of two ridges)

1956 Aerial Photo of the Mt. Whittier Ski Trail
1956 Aerial Photo of the Mt. Whittier Ski Trail

1940s Mt. Whittier Race Poster
1940s Mt. Whittier Race Poster

1941 Mt. Whittier Location Map
1941 Mt. Whittier Location Map

Possible lower trail remnants in April 2015
Possible lower trail remnants in April 2015

Possible middle trail remnants April 2015
Possible middle trail remnants April 2015

Possible remnants of the big turn in April 2015
Possible remnants of the big turn in April 2015

Likely one of the old turn signs (2015)
Likely one of the old turn signs (2015)

Possible middle trail remnants April 2015
Possible middle trail remnants April 2015

The Mt. Chocorua view (2015)
The Mt. Chocorua view (2015)

The front of the cabin near the top of the trail (2015)
The front of the cabin near the top of the trail (2015)

Mt. Whittier Cabin, circa early 1940s and 2015
Mt. Whittier Cabin, circa late 1930s or early 1940s and 2015

The stove (2015)
The stove (2015)

The stove (2015)
The stove (2015)

Carvings on the back of the front door (2015)
Carvings on the back of the front door (2015)


Resources
  • Page Hill Ski Area - New England Lost Ski Areas Project - where related slalom races were held
  • Mt. Whittier Ski Area - NewEnglandSkiHistory.com - a nearby lift served ski area
  • Last updated: April 5, 2015
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