STONEHAM – The former Evergreen Valley Ski Resort has been sold.

Harold Brooks of Hebron confirmed Monday that the 260-acre property was sold to his sister Tina Gilliuan and her husband, Ray, of Minot.

According to the Oxford County Registry of Deeds, it was purchased from Bob Bahre and his wife, Sandra, of Paris, on Dec. 4.

The price was “very reasonable,” Brooks said.

Bahre, former owner of New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford and former partner in the Oxford Casino, purchased the property for $1.35 million in 1986, three years after the resort closed.

Brooks, who had attempted to purchase the property, said he will remain active in its future. Initially, he will put a new roof on one building and address other maintenance issues.


Brooks said he still envisions the land being used as a cultural and environmental center, open to the public, but he does not see the Redneck Blank Pig Roast and Music Festival games being moved there from his property in Hebron.

“It’s a 28,000-square-foot property. It’s designed to have people on it,” Brooks said.

Originally, Brooks had said he envisioned music and spiritual festivals, winter activities, painting and sculpture exhibits and stage productions on the land, which abuts the White Mountain National Forest.

He said he was disappointed in the response last year from some of the people in Stoneham and nearby Lovell when he announced his intentions to buy the property and use it for public events.

The Board of Selectmen proposed a Mass Gathering Ordinance, he said.

When he and Bahre’s representative, Nancy Cushman, went to a selectmen meeting in the fall to address the issue, neither of them was allowed to speak, Brooks said.


He said he has made an effort to try to calm concerns about what will happen at the property and hopes public events, particularly for students and disabled veterans, will be able to enjoy its beautiful environment.

“People have always thought of it as public land. It’s owned by a private entity,” Brooks said. “They have to see it as private land.”

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The base lodge at the former Evergreen Valley Ski Resort in Stoneham was said to feature three cocktail lounges in the 1970s and early 1980s. (Leslie A. Dixon/Advertiser Democrat)

Repairs will be made to the farmhouse at the former Evergreen Valley Ski Resort in Stoneham. The property has been purchased by a Minot couple. (Leslie A. Dixon/Adevertiser Democrat)

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