Waterville Valley, NH ski resorts

Waterville Valley, NH

Waterville Valley Resort, located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, is known for its genuine New Hampshire experience with a picture-perfect village and 2,020 feet of vertical to explore. With a 4,004 foot summit, Waterville Valley is one of the highest mountains in New England.  Whether you reconnect with family on Valley Run or conquer the moguls on Lower Bobby’s, Waterville Valley Resort holds terrain to satisfy all skiers and riders. Enjoy après ski with a stroll through the shops in Town Square and finish it off with fireworks blasting over Corcoran Pond. Extend your weekend with Wicked Long Weekends that offer early check-in and free afternoon skiing on Friday and an extra late checkout on Sunday.
Waterville Valley hosts the “Black and Blue Trail Smashers” (also known as BBTS) ski club, one of the oldest in the USA, founded in 1934. The team has expanded its training to include ski racing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding, and boarder cross disciplines.

SUMMER INFORMATION:
New for this summer guests at Waterville Valley can enjoy zip line canopy tours on Barron Mountain. Other mountain activities include golf, tennis, scenic chairlift rides, mountain biking, skateboarding, boating, hiking, swimming, ice skating and more. In Town Square there are live concerts on Saturdays and a full summer schedule of special events. Summer skate camp offers overnight & day sessions. “Summer Unlimited” packages combine local lodging with most of Waterville Valley’s activities.
Waterville Valley’s bike trail network winds through the White Mountain National Forest, using parts of the cross-country ski trail network, old logging roads, fire roads, single track and hiking trails. There is also plenty of road-riding available on miles of smooth roads winding throughout the valley. Suspension bike rentals are available, along with mountain biking packages which include bike rentals and use of the Snow's Mountain chairlift. Snow's Mountain offers a variety of downhill and cross country mountain biking routes, all served from a double chairlift. Hikers and bikers can both use the lift.

History:   Organized alpine skiing first started in the Waterville Valley area with the development of two Civilian Conservation Corps ski trails on Mount Tecumseh in the 1930s. A small rope tow area associated with the Waterville Inn started as early as 1941.  The first of the two trails was abandoned after a decade, while the latter would later become incorporated into the Water Valley Ski Area.
By the mid 1960’s, the Waterville Inn area, owned by Ralph Bean, had grown to two T-Bar lifts. Meanwhile, Olympian Tom Corcoran was looking for a place to build a ski area. With the help of Sel Hannah, Robert Kennedy, and Ralph Bean, Corcoran developed the Waterville Valley ski area in 1965 and 1966.

The Waterville Valley ski area opened for the 1966-67 with four new Stadeli double chairlifts, while the former Waterville Inn ski area was renamed Snow’s Mountain and used as an overflow facility. Though a few lifts have been replaced in subsequent decades, the layout of the mountain today is generally quite similar to that of the late 1960s - a rather unique thing, considering the size and age of the ski area.

Corcoran's Waterville Company was forced to sell the ski area in 1994 to S-K-I Ltd.. Due to anti-trust concerns with a subsequent merger with LBO Resort Enterprises Corp, Waterville Valley was sold to Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Inc. in 1996.

After over a decade of ownership, Booth Creek sold Waterville Valley to a group of investors, including John Sununu, on October 8, 2010.  For the first time since 1994, the Resort is back under local control.
Chris Sununu, Waterville Valley Resort’s CEO, said, “When the Sununu family purchased Waterville Valley Resort in late October 2010, our intent was to focus on family winter vacations. Not only skiing and snowboarding but also a full complement of fun activities for families to do together after the lifts close. The new Winter Unlimited Family Vacation Package is just the beginning of our family vacation initiatives,” Sununu said.

The new Kids Adventure Trail, located in the glades just off the Valley Run trail, will feature multiple routes through the woods for skiers and riders, special stops to explore the Bear caves, hidden animal figures, and other surprises. For beginning skiers or riders, the new Kids Learning Park will feature pint-size terrain features to make instruction more fun.

Waterville Valley Resort will be adding snowmaking to a 2 to 3 km cross-country trail that will loop from the Town Square into the forest and back. The snowmaking loop is part of Waterville Valley Resort’s Nordic Center that offers over 70 km of groomed and tracked trails through the White Mountain National Forest.

Waterville Valley Resort’s new skiing ambassador is Hannah Kearney, Olympic Gold medalist in the Freestyle Mogul event (Vancouver 2010) and alumna of the Waterville Valley Academy. She will be on-hand several days over the Christmas holidays and in between training to offer free mogul clinics for young and old alike.

Trails:  52
Overall Ratings:  20 Beginner, 60 More Difficult, 15 Most Difficult, 5 Experts Only

URL:  www.waterville.com
Address:  1 Ski Area Road, Waterville Valley, NH  03215
Phone number: General Information: (800) 468-2553 | Fax: (603) 236-4344 | Email:  info@waterville.com.com

Dates of Season: Mid November to Mid April *
*weather dependent

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Weekend/Holiday:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Half Day:  12:30 PM

FACTS:

Trails & Terrain:
Terrain:  500 acres
Snowmaking: 100% coverage of 220 acres
Lifts:  12, including 2 High Speed Quads, 2 Triples, 3 Doubles and 5 Surface Lifts
Skier Capacity per hour:  14, 867
Terrain Difficulty:  20% Beginner, 60% Intermediate, 20% Advanced
Longest Run:  3.0 miles
Glades (all levels):  5
Mogul Fields (all levels):  6
Terrain Parks and Pipes:  6, including Exhibition Park – Poma-serviced (Large), Burton Progression Park (Small), Psyched Park (Medium), South Street Park (Small/Medium), Lil; Grom Park (Beginner) and Mini Pipe (beginner)

Snowfall & Temperatures:
Average Snowfall:  148 inches
Average High Temperature:
Average Low Temperature:

Elevation:
Summit Elevation:  4,004 feet/1,220 meters
Base Elevation:  1,984 feet/605 meters
Vertical Drop:  2,020 feet/616 meters

HOW TO GET THERE:

Planes:
Manchester: 82 mi. / 1.25 hrs.
Boston:  130 mi. / 2 hrs.

Automobiles:
GPS Users: Double check the directions you receive. Avoid Sandwich Notch Rd. and/or Tripoli Rd. (via Lincoln, NH). These roads are closed and mostly non-accessible during winter months. Access the Resort via Route 49/Valley Rd., Waterville Valley, NH 03215. You will then take a left, following the Ski Area signage, onto Tripoli Rd. to access the mountain. If you have any questions, please call us at
1-800-GO-VALLEY.
Directions from Manchester, NH     
70 miles, 1 1/4 hours. Take I-293 to I-93 N to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 to resort village.

Directions from Boston
130 miles, 2 hours. Take I-93 N to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 to resort village.
Providence, RI
160 miles, 2 1/2 hours. Take Rt. 1-95 to 128 to Rt. 3 to 1-93 N to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 to resort village.
New York, NY
325 miles, 6 hours. Take 1-95 to I-91 to I-84 to Mass. Turnpike to I-290 to I-495 to Rt. 3 N to I-93 N to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 to resort village.
Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa
225 miles, 3 1/2 hours from Montreal. (525 miles, 8 hours from Toronto; 340 miles, 5 hours from Ottawa.) Take Rt. 10 to Rt. 55 to I-91 to I-93 S to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 to resort village.
Halifax
600 miles, 10 hours. Take Rt. 102 N to Rt. 104 W to Rt. 2 to Sussex. Then Rt. 1 to Calais, Rt. 9 W to Bangor and I-95 to Portland to Rt. 25 W to I-93 N to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 to resort village.
Public Transportation Options to Plymouth, NH and Waterville Valley
Concord Coach buses run daily from Boston, MA to Plymouth, NH, two hours north. From Plymouth to Waterville Valley is 25 minutes. As there is no taxi service, we suggest making arrangements in advance using Advanced Rent A Car.



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