The Adventure Center is the place to start and end your ski day, with a warming beverage and a crackling fire, and the camaraderie of our staff and new found skiing friends. We are located in Town Square, where you can access our 70+ km of trails. Trails are also accessible from the Alpine area once you have your ticket and gear. We groom for skate and classic skiing on our trails that traverse through the White Mountain Nation Forest. Fat Biking and snowshoeing are welcome on select trails as well.
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Nordic Silver Streaks
Join the Nordic Streaks program every Wednesday, non-holiday, at 10am at the Nordic Center in Town Square for 2 hours of fabulous Nordic skiing with our professional guide. Participants then can enjoy their own lunch at the Nordic Center, with complimentary coffee and pastries. Nordic Streaks program members are welcome at all Silver Streak après ski, banquets, and other special social events.
Alpine Silver Streaks may drop in to ski with the Nordic Streaks at no extra charge. All participants must either purchase a daily trail ticket or have a Nordic Season Pass.
Nordic Streaks Program will start as soon as trail conditions permit.
Silver Streaks Seasonal Program: $65
Silver Streaks Daily Program: $12
Silver Streaks Daily Rentals: $10
Fridays at 4pm
January 20–February 17
4 week Nordic Race Series supports skiers of all levels interested in Nordic racing. Sprint format with a guided warm up, course inspection and racing strategies available.
Registration is $5 per race.
This youth program for beginners is designed to share the fun of Nordic skiing with kids ages 5 to 12 by introducing techniques, playing games, and having a great time on skis! Cost is $20 per session or $170 for all 10 sessions. Price includes trail pass, rentals, instruction and a cup of hot cocoa after our ski. Special pricing for parents, too! Twice a month we’ll have a kids fun race, watch for dates to be posted.
Program Dates & Times:
Kids Skate 9:00-9:45
Intermediate Classic 10:00-11:00am
Fun Race 11:00-11:15am
Beginner Classic 11:15-12:00pm
Nordic Kids Tracking
Come explore a trail along the river and see who else has been visiting. This program is for kids 7+ and is a great chance spend a little time out and about. Meet up with your kids at 7:00, in time to watch the fireworks together!
Program Dates and Times:
1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2,11, 2/18, 2/25
Learn advanced techniques for Nordic skiing from 4-time Olympian Kris Freeman and classic technique with our race coach. Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
Skate: Learn to optimize body position for better power, increased cadence, and more complete weight transfer.
$35 per session
Classic: Experienced skiers take it to the next level. Address sport specific goals or race strategies on snow. Sessions are modeled around more ski/less talk and will offer a daily technique theme in specific workouts: intensity, strategy, specific terrain. Commit to improving your skills and fitness and meeting your skiing goals this season!
$30 per session
Woman's Ski Group
Every Monday and Friday from 10:00am - 11:30am
January 9–February 10
Ski one or two days per week with an experienced and cheerful coach. Our focus is on fun and fitness, whether you are looking to try cross country skiing for the first time, or wanting to build on your existing skills, this is a program by women for women. Lessons are offered for beginner, intermediate and advanced ability levels in both traditional and skate styles.
Participants will be provided with a performance rental package, an all-day pass for trail usage and a 1 1/2 hour lesson from one of our top instructors. Spend the day with your closest friends or make new ones as you experience the Nordic Center trails.
$25 per session or $125 for full 10 session program.
Nordic Full Moon Ski & Snowshoeing
Enjoy the moonlight with a ski or snowshoe through the forest, we begin and end in town square. Advance registration required and conditional upon weather, call ahead to reserve your spot.
The Adventure Center has several trails designated for daily fat bike use, see trail report for open trails. Additional terrain open for fat biking on Sundays and Thursdays as conditions allow.
Go where you can't with your mountain bike. What started as a way for cyclists to ride through the winter, now is a fun, year-round activity on terrain that was once un-rideable (snow, sand, and mixed-condition trails).
The wide, or FAT, tires and low tire pressure (4 inch minimum with a PSI of less than 15) roll like a snowshoe over snow and sand. The low tire pressure gives great traction in the snow and over rocks and roots.
$30 for a half day and $42 for a full day.
Our rental bikes are by Framed Bikes of St.Paul, MN.
Fat Bike Demo Ride:
Sunday and Thursday 1:00pm $15
Join a staff member for a 30-60 min. intro and ride leaving from the Adventure Center. Dress warm and wear insulated footwear and heavy gloves. Please call ahead to confirm ride is on for the day!
Best Practices for Fat Biking on Groomed Nordic Trails:
- Ride only when you can travel over snow without leaving a rut deeper than one inch.
- Only ride on designated trails
- Yield to all other users when riding. Skiers don't have brakes but you do!
- Ride on the firmest part of the track. • Do not ride on or in the classic tracks
- Leave room for skiers to pass (don't ride side-by-side with all of your buddies blocking the full trail).
- Allow the track time to set up after grooming and before riding, if the tire leaves a rut of more than an inch, chose a different activity for the day!
- Ride only a purpose-built fat bike, not any old mountain bike. Minimum tire width is 4 inches
- Be an ambassador for the sport: stay polite, educate other riders, discourage bad behavior and follow the rules.
- Help out and get involved by joining your local NEMBA chapter.
- Basic equipment guidelines
- Wide tires — deep snow coverage may require tires wider than 4 inches.
- Tire pressure often be less than 10 PSI.
- Sufficient traction that you are able to safely control your bike and ride in a straight line.
For more information, call the Adventure Center at 603-236-4666.
Many of our Nordic and alpine skiers and non-skier guests are discovering that this activity offers a low cost, easy and enjoyable way to experience the winter landscape while improving your physical fitness.
Snowshoeing Is Easy For All Ages
Snowshoeing requires no special skills. If you can walk it's a cinch. We also have racing snowshoes available if you want to add trails to your running.
Snowshoeing Is Great Exercise
Like hiking and walking, snowshoeing is a low impact activity that people with average fitness levels can enjoy.
Runners, cyclists and other active people have found that depending on your pace, the snow conditions and your work-out schedule snowshoeing can be an excellent aerobic activity.
Snowshoeing Is Affordable
All you need is a trail pass and snowshoes--just $37 with rentals.
Since there are no lifts required and you can go virtually anywhere, a snowshoe adventure can be a self-guided, casual, spur of the moment walk in the woods or a daylong trek to a local summit. Guided tours are available on the weekends for $40 without rentals and $45 with rentals.
Nordic Ski School
Nordic Lessons: Upgrade Your Nordic Skills and Have More Fun! Ski lessons are a specialty of Waterville Valley's Adventure Center. Our instructors provide the kind of coaching that not only builds skills, it builds a strong foundation for the future of the sport.
In order to help you get the most from our expansive terrain, our ski school offers a wide range of programs for all ages and disciplines - from skating to traditional striding. Lessons on week days by appointment only. Call 603-236-4666.
Learn to Nordic Ski: Learn how to cross-country ski in a friendly group setting. If you've never savored the Nordic experience, we can help you get started, with Group (3 or more) Learn to Ski packages that include lessons, rentals, and trail fees for only $51.
Weekends and holidays, mid-week by appointment.
Group Lessons: Even if you've been skiing for years, our instructors can show you how to ski more efficiently. We show you how to diagonal stride, how to climb and descend hills with confidence, even how to get up easily after a fall. You'll learn the basics required to truly enjoy your ski outing with a focus on fun. $23 per person, not including rentals or trail pass
Weekends and holidays, mid-week by appointment.
Private Lessons: Available for all skill levels for those who feel that individual learning fits into their skiing plans.This lesson geared toward the skier's specific needs. Both Classic and Skate disciples available.
$44 per person, $76 for trail pass and rentals.
Weekends and holidays, mid-week by appointment.
Nordic Adaptive: We also offer Adaptive lessons for those athletes interested in Nordic. First timers and more experienced cross country skiers are all welcome! Please call the Adaptive office for more information, 603-236-8311 ext 3175 or e-mail Cynthia Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Waterville Valley is pleased to bring winter sports to everyone!
Race Coaching: Meet your goals this season. Sessions address techniques to improve your skills and performance. Take one lesson or design sessions as part of a training plan.
$55 per person (Not including trail pass and rentals.
Offered by advanced registration only.