Mount Eustis
Littleton, NH
1939 - Late 1970's

General History    Guidebooks    Pictures    Memories

General History:

Mount Eustis was a long lasting ski area that operated from around Dec 15, 1939 until the late 70's, possibly early 80's.  This was a fairly small area with a vertical drop of about 200 feet served by a rope tow or tow, however the vertical drop was much larger before I93 was built right through it!  Today, the slope is still clear and may still be used for sledding purposes.  The rope tow is still standing as is a dilapidated base "lodge".

Guidebook Listings:
 

Year Lifts Trails Other Info Source
1939 1600' tow ready by Dec 1/2 mile long slope, 15-300 feet wide, 20 degrees steep. Needs 12" to ski, suitable for novices and intermediates Located north side of Mt. Eustis, NE Exposure. Runs out onto 1/2 mi of open slopes Skier's Guide to New England
1940-1941, 1946-1947 1600' tow Open slope starts as trail, 1/2 mile long. 1/2 mile slalom slope as well Skating rink NH Winter Map
1947-1949, 1951 Same Same, but also 2/5 mile long Slaughterhouse Trail. Main slope floodligted for Wed night skiing, and wired for music. 600 foot practice slope Warming hut, snack bar, ski instruction, accessories. NH Winter Map
1951-1952 Tow Novice and intermediate slopes none Eastern Ski Map

Pictures:

Here's an overhead view of the area. The slope is quite clear. You can kind of make out an old trail to the left of the main slope.
Here's the topographic map of the ski area.  You can see how close it is to Insterstate 93.  The vertical decent of the ski area was about 200 feet, according to this map.

Here is what is left of the base lodge, horribly vandalized.  One neat thing though is the painting on the wall, showing happy skiers schussing down a mountainside.

A possible old jump or the side trail Slaughterhouse.
The main slope at Mt. Eustis.  The rope tow is still standing.

Memories

Jeff Plant: I grew up in Littleton, N.H. in the 1950's and 60's. Mt.Eustis was agreat place to learn to ski. Prior to the completion of I-93 the main trail was significantly longer than in your map. The Littleton Outing club ran the Mt. Eustis area and there was a small ski jump along side the tow. The Outing club provided lessons and sponsored an annual race at Eustis. The main slope is still open and when I go home I always take my teleskis and skins and if the snow is good, before the snow machines arrive, I can get some fresh tracks.

Roger Ahlgren: I skied Mt. Eustis in the late 40's and 50's...We used to call it Mt. Usless as it had not much vertical drop.


(Mt. Eustis Sign on top of page courtesy New England Ski Museum)

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