Here's the Deal: We decided it was time to roll out some major upgrades.
The Green Peak Expansion project that added a second peak and 45 additional acres of terrain in 2016/17 was the first major expansion in more than 30 years and the only one of it's kind on the East Coast. Now, we are going even bigger! Phase II of Waterville Valley Resort's development will include the completion of the Green Peak Expansion, plus even more brand new projects throughout the resort. Major improvements will debut this summer, throughout the 2017/18 season, and over the coming years.
Phase II Projects include:
- Green Peak Expansion Completion
- Snowmaking Upgrades
- Multiple Lift Enhancements
- Base Lodge Renovations
- New Learners Area Experience
- Nordic Terrain Improvements
- Expanded Summer Offerings
Progress Update: Check out what we are working on this week.
Green Peak Trail Work this Week was a Blast!
The video really speaks for itself this week. Sometimes working in the summer is just plain awesome. Especially with so many huge projects going on across the resort. We have been spending a lot of time on Green Peak with blasting finishing up this week on Governors Run to complete grading. The rock drill that helped us set up the blasting zones is also being put to good use for the next few weeks drilling holes for brand new tower snow guns to be installed on Green Peak. Pipe is also continuing to be installed on Green Peak and we are starting to get really excited about winter and the prospect of playing on the product of all this hard work. Many more projects are taking off across the resort but for today, we are all pretty focused on the kaboom!
Stay tuned for updates next week on the Base Lodge renovation, more snowmaking details, and lift upgrades!
Snowmaking and Lift Upgrades Moving Forward
In the marketing department, winter begins Aug 1st! That means we are already on day two of gearing up for snow season and summer construction has already been in full swing for months. While we have been focused on debuting new summer activities, up the hill, our crews have been working nonstop, seven days a week, to get snowmaking pipe in the ground. Mountain Ops Director, Barry St. Cyr estimates we are about 60% finished with Chandler’s Way and as you can see in the video, are done with a large portion of welding and have moved the 6” water pipe in gigantic segments to the summit. The sound that these 40+ foot segments of pipe make as they travel over the rocky terrain is straight out of a galactic battle scene. We are also about halfway done with laying 8” water lines at the bottom of Governors Run. A lot more progress will be made when blasting is complete, which will begin in the next week or so. Blasting entails using rock drills to make holes that will then be filled with dynamite and covered with big rubber mats (think flattened truck tires) before the kaboom. At the same time, we will be drilling post holes for tower guns. In total, we will lay 36,000ft of snowmaking pipe and are spending more than $1.15 million on a new fleet of low energy, high efficiency snowmaking guns, fans, and other equipment to outfit Green Peak and upgrade the Mt. Tecumseh snowmaking system. To say we are gearing up for winter is an understatement.
As always, stay tuned for more weekly updates and videos coming up, including an opening day announcement for the Bungee Trampoline and Climbing Tower in Town Square, and hopefully some explosive footage of blasting on Green Peak!
Further Progress on New Summer Activities
ResortBoard Adventure Tours and the Snow's Mountain Disc Golf Course are NOW OPEN! The Climbing Wall and Bungee Trampoline are on site and require a few weeks of training before they will be installed in the "Vertical Zone" in Town Square. Training days are definitely one of the more fun perks of being an employee! (P.S. That could be you! We are hiring for Adventure Center Staff!) Head over to the Adventure Center Page for more info, pricing, hours, and details.
In other Phase II news, crews have been working tirelessly on Green Peak. After completing weeks of welding, we are laying pipe on Chandler's Way and the excavator is officially done on Clean Shaven, making for our first completed black diamond trail! After some feedback last season we are also doing some work to improve the Green Peak unload area.
All New Summer Amenities Have Arrived!
The last week has been a blast as we have been breaking in the new ResortBoards and laying out the tour route. This week the other new summer activities have arrived on site! The climbing wall and bungee trampoline have arrived and yesterday staff set up and trained in a temporary location. Next steps involve installation in Town Square and further training before operations for the public begin. Disc Golf equipment and supplies also arrived this week after a few weeks of laying out the course and additional trail maintenance. Today, the baskets and signage will begin being installed on Snow's Mountain.
ResortBoard Adventure Tours begin this weekend, July 22nd & 23rd! Reservations are required so be sure to call the Adventure Center at (603) 236-4666 to book your tour now!
As always, stay tuned for more updates and opening day announcements for the Climbing Wall and Bungee Trampoline and our new 9-Hole Disc Golf Course!
New Summer Activities Set to Debut as Soon as Next Week!
While most of the Phase II projects will bring excitement to skiers and riders come winter, one project seeks to expand summer offerings in the Valley and in Town Square, and it’s almost ready to debut! We have been working hard this spring and were fortunate that a lot of logistics fell into place quickly. That means we can hit the ground with multiple brand new summer activities set to begin their debuts as soon as next week!
Brand New Summer Offerings include:
- ResortBoard Adventure Tours
- 9-Hole Disc Golf Course on Snow’s Mountain
- Outdoor Climbing Wall and Bungee Trampoline
The ResortBoards are already on site and staff had a blast with their first day of training today! The Adventure Center will begin offering guided ResortBoard Adventure Tours next weekend. Call the Adventure Center at (603) 236-4666 to reserve your spot for a 10:00am or 2:00pm tour on Saturday, July 22nd or Sunday, July 23rd.
Tours are $48 per person, space is limited, and reservations are required. More information, the regular tour schedule, and pricing will be available on our website next week!
The opening of the 9-Hole Disc Golf Course on Snow’s Mountain is also fast approaching. The course has been laid out and terrain maintenance is underway this week with the goal of installing equipment and signage next week. The final piece of our new summer activity trio will be an outdoor climbing wall and bungee trampoline located right in Town Square! We are still a few weeks out on debuting this major addition so we will keep posting updates as we make progress.
Erosion Control and Trail Grading Makes Progress on Green Peak.
Our team has wrapped up grading and erosion control work on Governors Run, save for a few small areas that require additional blasting, which will begin in the next few weeks. We have now moved down to Bourbon Street and Lower Stillness to continue excavation, grading, and seeding trails. Seeding trails helps establish a root base and prevents erosion, which is especially important after last weekend's major rain event. After trails are seeded, we lay down hay which creates a greenhouse effect, helping seeds germinate, as well as slowing down water and acting as temporary erosion prevention until the root system develops.
Our snowmakers have been finishing up welding pipe up on the hill and will be ready to start putting it into place pretty soon. Off the slopes, we are already seeing the fruits of Phase II projects begin to drop! We are going to start seeing new summer amenities arriving on property this week!
Green Peak Snowmaking System Progresses
Rain or shine, our crews are out there today working hard on the new Green Peak Snowmaking System. Over the past few weeks 40ft sections of 4" airline pipe have been welded together in groups of three. Today the new 120ft long segments are being moved by a massive loader, slowly and carefully, to the Green Peak summit via access roads. Once there, crews will begin assembling, welding, and installing this pipe on Chandler's Way. The 6" water lines have already been installed on the Oblivion trail and across Upper Valley Run to connect the Green Peak system to the existing Mt. Tecumseh infrastructure. As installation has progressed over the last few weeks production (measured in feet of pipe installed per day) has been speeding up as our crews get into the rhythm of construction.
On the other side of Green Peak excavation work has been making a major dent in Governors Run trail clearing and grading. Crew's have been making their way uphill and are almost at the summit, with a quick detour to the Jugtown jug handle coming up soon. Learn more about the significant meanings behind the Green Peak Trail Names.
Waterville Valley Resort Secures Funding To Begin Phase II of its $7.5 Million Improvement Plan
Waterville Valley Resort, June 14, 2017—Waterville Valley Resort announced that it has secured funding to begin work on Phase II of its $7.5 million capital improvements plan that began with the Green Peak Expansion in Fall 2016. Phase II of this capital investment program will bring multi-year infrastructure upgrades and improvements throughout the resort.
“This is the second step in the most exciting revitalization of Waterville Valley Resort in over 30 years. We are proud to be the only mountain on the East Coast pursuing a renovation of this magnitude” says John H. Sununu, Waterville Valley Resort CEO and Chairman.
The Green Peak Expansion project added a second peak and 45 additional acres of terrain in 2016/17. Phase II of development will include new projects throughout the resort, as well as the completion of the Green Peak Expansion. Work will include additional Green Peak trail clearing and installation of a new snowmaking system, upgrades to existing snowmaking infrastructure on Mount Tecumseh, multiple lift enhancements, base lodge renovations, a new beginner area experience, nordic trail system improvements, and additional summer offerings.
“It is very exciting to be progressing to the next level of development of Waterville Valley Resort and bring to life the vision of our ownership, fellow employees, and guests,” said Tim Smith, President and General Manager. “Financing from The Provident Bank is allowing us to look to the future and continue our evolution, on and off the slopes.”
In anticipation of the major enhancements set to debut throughout the 2017/18 Season, a 10-day Seasonal Pass Flash Sale ending on Friday, June 23rd will offer the lowest pricing of the year on seasonal products for one last time. Waterville Valley Resort is expected to release further details of the multi-year project as progress continues.