In 1909, summer resident Herbert Welsh asked area residents to help save Mount Sunapee from lumbering operations. Through his efforts and the Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests, 656 acres were acquired. This included the summit, Lake Solitude and almost the entire north side. By 1934, the Society has acquired 1,185 acres on the mountain, which was turned over to to the State of New Hampshire for a state park in 1948. On December 26, 1948 Mount Sunapee opened with the 3,300 foot North Peak single chair, three trails, two rope tows and the North Peak Lodge.
Today, Mt Sunapee Resort features 66 trails and slopes covering 233 skiable acres with 18 miles of terrain.
Seventeen trails are rated easier, 32 more difficult and 17 most difficult. The Ridge Trail is the longest at two miles. The summit elevation is 2,743 feet with a total vertical drop of 1,510 feet; the highest in southern New Hampshire.
The resort features three terrain parks, four mogul run and nine glades and there are a total of 11 lifts, including 3 quad chairs (two high-speed), 2 triple chairs, 1 double chair and 5 surface lifts.
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