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New Owner Seeks Proposals for Defunct Mt. Whittier Ski Area

The West Ossipee ski area last operated in 1985.

John Kenney is seeking proposals for the former Mt. Whittier ski area, the Conway Daily Sun reported.

Kenney, brother of New Hampshire District 1 Executive Councilor Joe Kenney, established Whittier Communications in 1996, placing a tower atop the defunct ski area on Nickerson Mountain. On November 1, 2017, the 782 acre ski area tract was acquired from longtime owner Mario Chiaravelotti by Kenney's firm for $600,000.

Kenney told the Conway Daily Sun that he used to ski at Whittier and is hoping he "can interest some real serious people who would like to do something with the mountain in a real positive way," including possibly reopening the gondola and establishing a mountain top restaurant.

Located near the junction of Route 16 and Route 25 in West Ossipee, Mt. Whittier operated from the 1940s to the 1980s, becoming a major ski area when a 6,200 foot long by 1,300 foot vertical Mueller gondola was installed in 1963. Lacking snowmaking, the steep ski area closed multiple times due to bad winters.

Source: "NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com"


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