42 budding Rye skiers learn ropes on Manchester slope

McIntyre Ski area has perfect terrain for instruction (snowboarding, too)

Bob Dunn - story and some photos

A perfect day for enjoying the skiing at McIntyre. The building to the right will be replaced for next year. (photo courtesy of Bernie DiFloures, McIntyre Ski Area)

McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester, N.H., has 180 feet of vertical with 35 acres of terrain. The slopes from the top are perfect for intermediate ability skiers or boarders. The lower slopes are even better for the beginning classes, allowing the instructors to teach new skiers the basics, and have them build confidence before heading to the top. The area also has a fun tubing area with its own lift for everyone which is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

View up the Elm Street slope serviced by the chairlifts.

The hill received its name from the first superintendant of the Manchester Parks & Recreation Department, T. Edward McIntyre. The ski area opened with great press in the Manchester Union-Leader on February 12, 1971, and has been in operation ever since.

Inside the large sales and rental shop.

The ski school and equipment sales and rental operations were leased out to local individuals. The McIntyre Ski School, Inc., was started up in 1978 by Don Sarette, a local skier, who also built a new ski shop for sales and rentals in 1996. Don has been the lease holder for the shop and school for many years, but has recently expanded the scope of his involvement. This year the City has leased Don and partner Ross Boisvert the entire area’s operation to them for a twenty-five year term. This means that they are now responsible for all the expenses of operation from making snow, plowing, maintenance of the two chair lifts and other lifts at the area and the buildings. They have some great plans for the future, starting next season with a new base building for food sales and warming up between runs.

View of the Beginners slope.

The General Manager and Ski School Director at McIntyre has been Ross Boisvert. Ross learned to ski at McIntyre and taught there while a teenager. He continued his instructor career by taking the necessary exams to become a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America. The thousands of children and adults who have learned to ski and snowboard at McIntyre certainly owe a big thank you to Ross and his staff.

Beginners being given instruction on how to ride up the slope on the Wonder Carpet (an endless moving carpet).

The City of Manchester and the surrounding communities are strongly represented in the ski school program and in the Buddy Werner Junior Race League. McIntyre draws school bus groups for lessons and skiing from communities up to an hour away. The Seacoast area is represented by groups from Hampton, Exeter and Rye. This year the Town of Rye Recreation Department, under the direction of Lee Arthur, is sending forty-two participants from grades two through eight for five Friday afternoon sessions of lessons and practice skiing or snowboarding.

Snowboarder getting some air with the tubers in the background.(photo courtesy of Bernie DiFloures, McIntyre Ski Area)


February, 2010