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|Copple Crown was a semi-private to private mountain that operated for about a decade from the mid 1960's to the mid 1970's. Town & Country Homes, from Reading, Massachusetts, built both the mountain and a housing development. The ski area was used primarily by these homeowners and their guests.||
|The skiing was fairly decent for an area
this size, 7 trails and slopes on a 400 to 500 foot drop. The terrain
wound its way down the mountain on a variety of trails for all ability
levels. Night skiing helped extend the skiing day.
Thanks to Joan
Balser, NELSAP has a trail
map from Copple Crown, circa early 1970's.
||Here's a topo map he ski area,
found thanks to Tim Carpenter.
The mountain closed during the late 1970's, due to poor weather and high insurance rates. Today, the area has completely grown up and the trails are hardly visible. According to The Colorado Skier, the summit T-bar terminal remains.
Copple Crown by the Year:
|1966||T-bar and rope tow||Unknown||Vertical drop 500 feet||America's Ski Book|
|1968||Same||4, novice thru expert. 3 slopes.||Year round vacation mountain, night skiing, professional instruction, ski jump, ski shop, snow-catting, toboganning, ice skating||Ski Guide|
|1969||Same||Same||Instuction, patrol, snow packers, night skiing||Eastern Ski Map|
Sandy Luppino: I was just looking at the page for Copple Crown and noticed a line asking for email with information about this area. The interesting thing about Copple Crown is that it is now a golf course!!!! Perry Hollow Golf and Country Club was built back in the late 80s (I believe - don't quote me on that!) and has an 18 hole course built on the mountain. It's fairly steep as you might imagine. :) I played it once in the heat of summer with no cart and it was pretty tough!! :). I never skied Copple Crown myself, but my oldest brother took lessons there. Wolfeboro has a small ski area called Abenaki which has one rope tow, a main hill, 2 trails and a bunny hill. It has always been free to residents and that is where we 'lived' in the winter. I am going to forward my whole family the nelsap URL. I know they are going to be as thrilled as I am to find it.
Tom and Kiki: Found your website intriguing, especially since we live on top of the left part of the main ski trail (or what used to be that trail). Believe it or not, part of the trails are still in existence and would provide excellent "glade" skiing. My wife and I just moved here and plan to both ski and toboggan the hill.
Her brother, Bob Pratt: Your page on Copple Crown was of particular interest to me. At Abenaki [a still open area in Wolfeboro on Rte 109A], I was on the Ski Patrol as a Junior member while I was in High School. I distinctly remember being asked to patrol at Copple crown in the 1977-1979 time frame. Although my memory is fading of such times, I definitely recall this, and it was after 1976, which seems to be when your research says it closed. I think what may have happened is that the area was closed, but may have opened for a short time in the 1978-79 season, perhaps just for a special event or maybe just for the residents, or perhaps they tried to make another go of it, but it did not work out.
John Schoenrock: While a student at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, I can remember skiing at Copple Crown during the winter of 1966-1967. I believe it would be the first year it was open. If memory serves, we got season passes for $ 20.00, and were able to ski every day there was snow. The school had an old yellow bus in which we would leave our skiis stacked like brush in the rear. I can remember trying to untangle them at the ski area. Being the only skiers there, I can remember some of the better skiers skiing the T Bar line using the reat of us as gates. There was also a ski jump there which was basically carved out of the hill, and was located way over on the skiers right.
If anybody else remembers skiing here, please email me. Thanks!
Directions to Copple Crown, provided by The Colorado Skier:
Located about 4 miles south of Wolfeboro on the Middleton Road. Drive east on a road by the "Copple Crown" sign. The base lodge is now a Rec Center with pool and tennis courts. Private property - no trespassing. You can drive to the top of the mountain where the upper T-bar terminal still remains. The lift line and trails are completely grown in.
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