|Russell's Pond was founded
sometime before 1938 as a winter sports area for the Concord Ski Club.
Originally, skiers and other winter sports enthusiasts had to hike up
the area to use it. In 1940, the area added a 500 foot rope tow, which
likely operated until World War II. A ski jump was also used.
After World War II, it is unknown if the area operated the tow or not, since it was not listed in the 1947 guidebook. However, in 1948 the Concord Ski Club planned to replace the "former" 500 foot tow with one three times it length, so perhaps the tow was indeed abandoned. Plans were also made that year to repair the jump, which also indicates it may have been abandoned during the War.
While a 1500 foot tow wasn't installed, a 1000 foot tow was in the late 40's. The area operated until at least 1951. By 1953, there was no more mention of the area, and it likely closed.
A few NELSAP readers have more information on this area:
There were two ski areas in Concord, NH that are now closed as I remember.
One was Russell Pond Ski Area. It had three trails, an open slope and a
30 meter ski jump that was constructed either by the W.P.A. or C.C.C. It
was a half mile trail hike to reach the skiing part. The trail started near Long
Pond (Penacook Lake) the Concord water supply. I think the Concord Ski Club was
the prime mover when it was operating.
Bob Prescott found this great picture of the jump at Russell Pond, from NHHS.
Dwight Conant: This area was located across the road from the southern end of Long Pond, Concord's drinking water supply. There was a walk through the woods to get to the area which had a rope tow and a small wood trestle ski jump. The area operated in the late 40's and early 50's.
Russell's Pond Ski Area by the year:
|1938-1939||none||novice, intermediate, and expert trails, open slopes||ski jump, toboggan run, sometimes skating||NH Winter Sports Map|
|1940-1941||500' ski tow serving novice/intermediate slope||same as above||same as above||NH Winter Map|
|1947-1948||none||same as above||same as above||NH Winter Map|
|1948-1949||unknown||unknown||Concord Ski Club plans to develop a new open slope and repair the ski jump. Plan to change former 500 foot tow to 1500 foot tow in new location. A ski clinic will be held Monday evenings at White Park||NH Winter Map|
|1951||1000 foot tow||trail, two slopes||30 meter jump, warming hut, operates weekends and holidays by Concord Ski Club||NH Winter Guide|
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