Are You Suffering From Winter Withdrawal? [VIDEO]

Are you, or someone you love, suffering from Winter Withdrawal? Symptoms include avoiding mowing the lush, green lawn, cursing at chirping birds, and attempting to ski that last tiny patch of snow like it's a powder day.

Do you know someone who refuses to admit that it is basically summer already? Yeah... we do too.  

[WARNING: Do not attempt to approach skiers in the wild suffering from winter withdrawal. Our videographer is a professional with years of experience tracking and safely recording the summer skier in its natural habitat. Penguin slides can be extremely dangerous and should not be attempted at home.]

We know that was hard to watch. Here are a few simple steps that might help you beat your end-of-season blues:

Step 1: Get Closure

Finding closure begins with acknowledging the absolutely rad and epic winter we just experienced. Ski Magazine's Best Resorts of 2018 poll is the perfect outlet for your rants, raves, and reflections. Or rail on Transworld's Park Poll 2018.  Either way you could win brand new skis and boards! What better way to help you transition to step 2...

Step 2: Look Ahead

Looking to the future is key but focusing on the long summer standing between you and your next powder day could send anyone into a downward spiral. Break things down into manageable goals. You'll feel like you're moving forward and it will make the time pass faster. Start by taking advantage of season pass sales now. Grab your White Mountain Superpass before May 31st to save $100 and have access to four of New Hampshire's leading resorts next season. Saving a few extra bucks and checking something off your to-do list is definitely a win, which you could probably use right about now.

Step 3: Find Distractions

Blasting the a/c, trolling ski forums, and developing a mild case of heliophobia is not a long-term solution this summer and your friends and family are getting worried. Instead, try healthier distractions. You don't have to say goodbye to your favorite mountain as soon as the snow melts. Our summer is stocked with plenty of food, brews, music, and more to ease the pain, keep you on the slopes, and stay in shape in your off season. You can even help with next season prep! Join like-minded skiers and riders for Community Clean-Up Day & Pig Roast on June 3rd. 

Step 4: Help a Friend

Know somebody that might be suffering from Winter Withdrawal? Try broaching the subject gently and from the safety of your computer or device by sharing this article.

Top 10 Photos of Winter 2016/17

Hey everyone! This is Will Zimicki, reflecting on some of my favorite photos from throughout the 2016/17 Season. This year was beautiful, and I appreciate Mother Nature for supplying some incredible conditions in which to shoot. But behind every photo, there is always a story:  

Flying Through the Glades

Flying Through the Glades

1.
This guy was FAST. From the five or six photos taken throughout the day, his mouth was wide open in just about all of them. Primarily, I think he kept it open to send out frequent whoops of joy; it was just easier that way. The glades were alive with the sounds of pure happiness.


Corduroy Morning

Corduroy Morning

2.
Here’s my one semi-pretentious artistic photo on the list. A minimalist study of diagonals, with just the hint of a lift shadow entering the photo on the right to bring the viewer back to reality. Days like this make me wonder if it’s worth it to disturb the perfection of pristine corduroy. But instinct always gets the upper hand; corduroy needs to be carved.


Springtime Powder

Springtime Powder

3.
Nick Benedix: the face of spring skiing. When Nick isn’t skinning up one of the White Mountains, it’s a safe bet he’s shredding Waterville on his teles. He likes to color-coordinate with the sky, which I applaud for photography purposes. 


Buckets of Warmth

Buckets of Warmth

4.
This is the first “really warm” day out on Bucket’s deck with some great people. The crowds came out of hibernation for this one, and the sun’s rays are almost tangible. After a few months of cold and snow, who can blame us New Englanders for pretending to be tropical on a 50° day? 


Lyon at the REV Tour

Lyon at the REV Tour

5.
Lyon Farrell, the 18 year old from Hawaii, feeling not so tropical on the first day of practice for the 2017 REV Tour. It was a beautiful thing, having the top freeskiers and snowboarders from around the world grace Waterville Parks. I hope the trend continues. 


Leah in Her Element

Leah in Her Element

6.
Not to be outdone by mountain events, nordic skiing was amazing this year. Plenty of snow, perfect grooming, and some nice sunny days. This was taken at one of my favorite spots along the trail system: where the two bridges cross Mad River and the trail makes its way up Inner Mad River. Thanks to our Adventure Center Director Leah Elliot for some excellent modeling. 


That's Good Aprés

That's Good Aprés

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Apres Ski nachos at T-Bars anyone? This is another one of those photos that bring back some good memories. Best part of taking food photos... ...someone has to eat it after.


Waterville Seasonal Parade

Waterville Seasonal Parade

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This is a line of cuteness, also known as the end of the year “Seasonal Parade.” The tradition features every member of the Waterville Seasonal Program skiing and riding in single file under White Peaks Quad, making their official pilgrimage from one year to the next. I tried to get as low as I could to capture what it was like to be a kid within the parade. With my eye looking through the view-finder, I’m just glad I made it down without running into any of the kids.


Sun and Skiing with the Smiths

Sun and Skiing with the Smiths

9.
My GM is cooler than your GM. No, but really, he is. This is our GM Tim Smith and his wife Katie, both fantastic skiers. They are fully immersed in the multiple facets of snow-riding (as a broad term), and it’s comforting to know the resort is being run by those who understand the joys of skiing. 


Early Season Snow

Early Season Snow

10.
Not the most stunning of photos, but it’s more the time and place that makes the photo special. A few days before the lifts officially opened, I hiked up during an early season flurry. Excitement was building. Trees were glazed with a fresh coating of snow. The photo captures a feeling that every skier or rider experiences but can't fully explain. I'm already excited for the 2017/18 season to come around so we can do it all over again.   

Cheers, WZ

And remember, use #wvresort to tag your favorite pictures taken at Waterville Valley Resort!     

We love writers and bloggers!

This winter we had a good amount of writers and bloggers stopping by at the Resort. Oh, what a joy it is to show them around and introduce to everything Waterville Valley Resort has to offer! Here's an article written by the columnist Gary W. Moore aboout his x-country skiing experience this January:

"Thursday was warm and sunny and I had it off. The lack of snow in the Connecticut River Valley made my XC trails icy, with rocks protruding, and not very inviting. Thus, I looked to the east on the other side of Mt. Moosilauke where I knew there was good snow and, after checking with the Waterville Valley Nordic Center, headed there. As I got east of I-93 it became apparent that I had made a good choice. Snow banks along Route 49 portended what I soon found at the resort. 

I went to the Adventure Center where tickets are purchased for the trail network and where equipment can be rented and lessons arranged. There I met Leah Elliot, Nordic Center Director, and Waterville Valley Resort Communications Manager, Tatiana Baier, both of whom answered my questions about the Nordic Cent er, its trails and about the resort.

The Nordic Center has 70 km of wide, groomed trails. Most trails are double tracked with skate lanes in the middle. A few narrower trails may only be single tracked with a skate lane. I asked about skate skiing and was told by Leah that, though skating is popular, their "bread and butter is classic."

The sun was shining and I could see groomed trails leaving from the Town Square making me anxious to hit the trails. I had to pass La Tasse Cafe a few doors down from the Adventure Center on my way to my truck to get my skis. Being weak, I had to stop in for one of their delicious cranberry nut muffins and a cup of coffee. My appetite sated, I donned my skis and set out to explore the western part of the trail network.

I prefer woods skiing to that done in the open so the Swans Way and Pipeline trails were ideal. Wending through the woods and along the river, the trails are wide and smooth. I never saw another skier until I was heading back just before noon and enjoyed the solitude likely not to happen on a weekend.

Back at Town Square by 1 p.m. it was time for lunch so I walked across the square to Mulligans where I had good pub grub and a brew after which it was again time to explore some trails. It was a short drive the the north end and a parking area where I had access to more wooded trails.

I should point out that the south end of the trail network includes trails on the golf course and around the village which are much more open than those of the north end. Taken together there are trails for any ability from beginner to expert with many in the White Mountain National Forest which surrou nds the resort.

I went to Waterville for the cross country skiing but Tatiana pointed out that many visit to snowshoe or ride fat bikes, both of which are very popular and encouraged by the Adventure Center which rents bikes and snowshoes. There are many things to do when not skiing with apres ski entertainment at local restaurants and pubs and fire works every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Town Square.

To learn more go to: www.waterville.com/adventure-center/ where you can see the schedule of activities and find out the snow conditions.

Now I just need some time to return and explore more trails".

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THINK SNOW! BE POSITIVE! T.A.B.