Swiftwater Valley
Woodsville, NH

1975-Early 1990's

Brief Introduction:

According to John and Linda Osgood, this ski area opened in 1975. It operated with a double chair and rope tow and provided skiing on a small but interesting variety of trails and slopes. The ski area was developed within the Mountain Lakes development, which is/was a four season recreation community in the White Mountains. By the late 1980's, the area changed its name to Swiftwater Valley, but closed around 1990. 

Details and Pictures:

Late 1970's


Details from the brochure:

Want the exciting experience of carving perfect turns on our gentle, open slopes? Whether it's your first time on skis on our easy-to-master beginner's area, or you're looking for the thrill of plunging down our more difficult trails, Monteau will give you the wonderful feeling of accomplishment on the slopes.


Whatever your needs, Monteau can accomodate you. With complete skiing facilities for everyone, Monteau is the "exciting alternative" to long lift lines, crowded base lodges and high prices. Whatever your fancy, Monteau is the place for your entire family.
At Monteau, the 2800 foot double chairlift will take you to our three main trails and numerous crossovers withing the nearly 40 acres of ski terrain. And if you're looking for the thrill of skiing as a beginner, our 900 foot rope tow will give you easy access to the slopes best suited for your skiing. 

(Billy Kidd's American Ski Guide)
Base elevation: 840 feet
Lifts: 1 tow, 1 chairlift, 1100/hr.
Season: Mid-December to Mid-March
Trails: 35% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced
Vertical drop: 600 feet

(White's Book of Ski Areas)
Summit elevation: 1475 feet
Base elevation: 840 feet
Vertical drop: 635 feet
Skiing terrain: Rope tow trail, novice and intermediate slopes
Lifts: 1 rope tow and 1 double chair, 1200 skiers per hour
Season: Mid-Dec through Mid-Mar
Open: Sat, Sun 9-4, Halfday 9am-12 and 12-4, open holidays and vacations weeks all day
Rates (85-86)
Adult $16.00 full day, $12.00 half day
Junior: $12.00 full day, $9.00 halfday
Chalet rentals at area
Services: snack bar and lounge, rental shop, ski school
Snowmaking: 60% of area
Directions: Exit 32 off Rte 93, just off Rte 112

(Microsoft Terraserver)
Here's the view of the mountain as it appeared in the 1990's. Notice the main lift line and several moderately wide, twisty trails. A good amount of variety for a relatively small mountain.

(Personal Visit)
Although its only been closed for several years, the ski area is still recognizable.  The base lodge is still standing and is still being used.  Most of the slopes are fairly clear.  The double chair has been removed, while the rope tow is still mostly standing.

Here's a picture of the base lodge, still used as a function/meeting place.

This picture was taken on the rope tow slope...the ropes area still attached to this post.

Looking up from the base to the summit.  The double chair lift line is on the left, while the rope tow slope is on the right.

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