Elm Tree Slope
Keene, NH
Around 1938-At least 1953

The Elm Tree Slope was typical of many early New Hampshire ski areas. It was first founded in the late 1930's as a hike up and ski down area run by the Keene Outing Club. Then, in 1940 a 500 foot rope tow was added to help skiers access the slope. After World War II, Elm Tree was taken over the Keene Recreation Office, and the tow was extended to 800 feet in length. The area operated until at least 1953. This is probably not the Keene Tows area, which had 2 ropes.

Elm Tree by the Year:

Year Lifts Slopes Other Info Source
1938-1939 none novice slope 100 foot drop, operated by Keene Outing Club The Skier's Guide to New England, NH Winter Sports Map
1940-1941 500 foot tow 1/2 mile long intermediate trail and 1/5 mile long novice trail none NH Winter Sports Map
1947-1949 same open slope Telephone number for area: 1966-M, located on Rte 9 NH Winter Map
1951 800 foot tow open slope Located 4 miles on Bellow Falls Road, warming hut. Operated 130pm-600pm weekends and possibly nights, by Recreation Office. NH Winter Guide
1953 800 foot tow open slope Open Sat. all day, Sun. noon to dark. Operated by Keene Rec Office Ski NH Winter Guide

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