Arrowhead Ski Area

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Resort Summary
Resort Name Arrowhead Ski Area
Location Claremont, New Hampshire, Colorado
Resort Altitude 1,082 feet
Winter Season
Terrain Overall: 25 acres
Beginner: 10%
Intermediate: 50%
Advanced: 40%
Lift System 2 Chairs
Highest Lift Snow cat
Lowest Lift Pine Groove Lift
Vertical 512 feet
Longest Run Bow
Avg Snowfall
Terrain Parks
Snow Sports
Facilities
Nearest Town
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $
Adult 1 Day $
Child 5 Day $
Child 1 Day $


Overview 

Arrowhead Recreation Area is jointly run by the city of Claremont and the Arrowhead Recreation Club. The facility is owned by the city and is operated as a park facility. The Arrowhead Recreation Club leases the facility and is responsible for all aspects of ski area operations during the winter time as well as making improvements to the ski area. During non holiday periods the parks department operates day care and summer camp programs in the main part of the facility though out the year. During the weekend and holiday periods things at the faclity get reshuffled so part of the floor and cooking facilities can be used to support ski area operations. Long term plan is for the recreation club to transition by adding more inter week operating hours and more of the ski terrain to be available for use.

Location

Arrowhead Recreation Ski area is located in Claremont, New Hampshire.

Pros

    • Snow Tubing
    • Near Local Population
    • Night Skiing
    • Small cozy atmosphere

Cons

    • To small
    • Not Enough Runs

Contacts

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Planning

Getting There

Map of Arrowhead Ski Area

Arrowhead Ski area is located near Claremont, New Hampshire. From the North and South on I-91 Take Exit 8 and get on 131 east and cross the State line into New Hampshire where 131 becomes Route 12 south and 103 east. Follow route right into town for about 5 mi.

From the West From Us Route 7 From 7 south get onto 11 north, to 100 north onto 103 east, to 131 east. Then from the NH/VT boarder take route 12 south for 5 miles into town (note some of roads might be east west roads instead of north south just go east and you will be all right)

From the East From I-95 Exit onto Route 4 West and travel to Concord. When in Concord route 4 will turn into I-393. Then at the I-93 interchange take exit for I-93 south, follow I-93 instructions.

From I 93 Travel to Concord at the I-89 interchange exit for 89 north. Continue to exit 12 and take route 11 West towards the town of Newport. Route 11 will merge with 103 continue on for 5 miles to center of Newport. Follow route signs for Claremont (best advice on how to get through this section) and continue on for about 10 miles right into town.

Accommodation

On Mountain

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Lift Tickets

Day Adult 8.00 Under 14 6.00 Under 6 Free

Ski School

Yes Call ahead to arrange a lession $10-$15

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Resort Facilities

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Children

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Ride Guide

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History

he year was 1938, in the remote and inaccessible regions of Maine, loggers began to harvest pine trees that has seeded themselves in the 16th or early 17th century. In the late 1940s and early 1950s Arthur A. Davis, a Claremont businessman, and part owner of a local sawmill became involved with the old growth pine. He wrote "The few remaining old growth pine now being harvested would have doubtless had the Kings Broad Arrow inscribed upon them had they not grown in what was (and still is) a most remote area." Mr. Davis formed the Atkinson-Davis Corporation and started to manufacture furniture at 14 Water Street in Claremont. When naming his corporation he stated. "It seems fitting and proper to me that the product should be marketed under a trade name which will commemorate their long life and struggle against all the elements for as long as five centuries. Almost all of them are twice as old as our nation itself. Thus the trade name - Kings Arrow Pine." A brochure, listing items manufactured, included beds, chests, corner-cupboards, desks, footstools, sideboards, stands, tables and cobblers' benches. Prices ranged from $35.00 for a small cobblers' table to $650.00 for a Queen Anne highboy chest of drawers, all items could seen in a show room located on Water Street. The brochure also stated all products were made from single solid pine boards that could be found in 14 to 24 inches wide. Mention was made that any school woodworking and industrial arts class in need of pine could request lumber and on available supply most requests were granted.

Tuesday 10-20-1964 the Claremont Daily Eagle reported, "Perhaps the most eminent recipient of this mellow pumpkin pine furniture was former President Eisenhower, who has a bedroom of his Gettysburg farm furnished with King's Arrow Pine"

In the book The History of Claremont there is a map that has interesting parcels of land on the West Side of Pleasant Street, it shows the owners as F. Jewett and F. Locke. This land would be sold and upon it a beautiful three-story inn with a large front porch would be built. The building would be bought and sold, each owner making improvements such as adding a dinning room, or additional rooms. What resulted would be known as the Colonial Inn. The front would have small hedges to protect the lawn and large blooming flowering plants. Inside the dinning room became "The Place to Eat." The reception area, or when weather permitted, the front porch with their many comfortable chairs were places to sit and enjoy a good cigar after dinner. All windows on the southern side had awnings to help keep out the summer sun. 1947 the inn was purchased by a group of Claremont investors and the Colonial Hotel Corp. was formed members were Dr. Lewin Arthur Brown and a gentleman by the name of Brown. In 1962 the inn was purchased by Bruce Learned and F. Gardner Learned Jr. at this time the inn became the second business in the city affiliated with the name Kings Arrow when after the purchase the inn was renamed the "Kings Arrow Inn." The inn had some remolding and up dating, a meeting room with a beautiful bar top made from a single piece of that famous pine could be found in the cellar. Shortly the third Claremont business using that famous name would come into existence when a tree-covered hill off South Street would be logged and the King's Arrow, ArrowHead Skiway area developed. Advertising would mention that from the ski area to lodging at Kings Arrow Inn was a mere 900 yards. The ski area was opened in 1962; it had 2 Poma lifts, five trails and a 30-acre novice slope. The price in 1963 for a family season ticket was $100.00, an adult season cost $50.00 and daily rates were adult $3.50 and student or junior $2.50.

A person could ski down the slope, travel to the large deck, remove his/her skies and walk through the large doors to the main area of the lodge. The base lodge was a large A- Frame building and as you entered you were greeted by a large round fireplace in the center of the building. After traveling the slopes, lunch could be purchased at the small cafeteria, the menu consisted of hot grilled items, sandwiches, soups and beverages. A ski shop was located in the cellar where a new skier could rent or buy the needed equipment. To enhance the area and to provide better skiing, snowmaking was introduced, one source mentioned the snowmaking lasted only two years because the owners had to sell equipment to try to maintain the area. Another article stated that the snowmaking equipment was never operational. When the snow conditions allowed, night skiing was offered. Arrowhead, as it became known, has had quite a past, what was to be a boon to the Claremont area unfortunately did not work out as such. What started out as a ski area has over the years served as a day-care center, summers saw Girl Scouts using the grounds. Bands have performed there, I can remember when local rock groups played there almost every weekend. Different organizations have tried their hand at running the faculty when the original owners sold it was operated by a group known as The Arrowhead Association, then the local Kiwanis took over. Articles mention that after a few bad winters with no snow the club decided to stop operations. The City of Claremont has been the owner for perhaps a dozen years. The building was leased to The Sullivan County Community Alliance for a few years. Today the responsibility of the operation is under the Claremont Parks and Recreation, the Goodwin Community Center maintain and coordinate programs to utilize the area.

Of the three operations that utilized the name Kings Arrow, the ski area is the only one still in existence. Where the Kings Arrow Inn once sat there is a large parking lot with a restaurant and a dry cleaning establishment. On Water Street where the Kings Arrow Furniture was manufactured there is a warehouse and an empty lot. Who would have thought many years ago that the Kings Arrow would have had such meaning in the City of Claremont.


Resources

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