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Tenney Mountain headed for the auction block

Ever dream of owning your own ski area? Here's your chance.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports that Tenney Mountain is going to auction on Dec. 15 with more than $170,000 due in back taxes. The various owners of the Plymouth ski area are selling the 445 acres of the ski area as well as 385 acres of vacant land at the base and almost 40 acres of an undeveloped subdivision nearby.

According to the details of the auction, prospective buyers must submit a refundable $100,000 cash deposit with their bid for the ski area, and $50,000 for each other plot of land. 

Tenney isn't necessarily a tiny ski area despite its perception as one. It has a "true" vertical of 1,400 feet, and 100-250 skiable acres, which puts it on par size-wise with areas like Bromley, Ragged, Shawnee Peak, and Gunstock.

A few years ago, Tenney made news when it sold 1,000 2008-09 season passes for just $99. The Leader suggests that the tipping point for ownership may have been last season, when they declined to make snow during a winter that saw infrequent storms. The mountain had been struggling financially for years prior.

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