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My Cathedral Temple Mountain

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Few people can say they owned a ski mountain, but the Beebe family did.

The Beebe Family owned and operated one of the earliest ski areas in North America: Temple Mountain Ski Area - located at the North end of a unique five mile long mountain comprised of peaks and ridges in Peterborough and Temple, New Hampshire. Three generations of Beebes were involved in Temple's "family business" - an enterprise lasting almost fifty years.

"In the 19305, the Austrians, Germans and Swiss were developing ski areas that focused on customer amenities and hospitality as well as techniques that would revolutionize downhill skiing. These important developments were headed to North America. The Beebe family would be ready." -- Mike Beebe, 2015

Charlie and Lucie Beebe, true ski pioneers, purchased land in 1936 and created the Temple Mountain Ski Area. Their son Mike took over operations in 1965 and with the help of his wife and daughters, operated Temple Mountain until the spring of '84.

From the early days of rope tows, wooden skis with "bear-trap" bindings, simple lodges and even simpler amenities, the Beebe family shared their passion for skiing and their love of nature with family, friends and total strangers. Skiers came from miles around to enjoy both the sport and the Beebe hospitality.

In the midst of the developing ski industry, Mike and his family witnessed dramatic changes in ski equipment, ski lifts and ski terrain, all from the vantage point of their beloved Temple Mountain. Mike Beebe shares his heart-felt and humorous stories, including critical behind the scenes details of the ski area operation and the individuals involved in its early years. From pioneer days to the present, Mike Beebe unleashes seven decades of skiing adventure, heartbreak and success. His ability to combine both the technical and the spiritual aspects of life on Temple Mountain is astonishing.

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