Forest Service Approval Launches Construction of New High Country T-Bar Lift for Waterville Valley Resort

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Waterville Valley, NH (September 26, 2017) — Waterville Valley Resort received approval from the USDA Forest Service last week to begin construction of the new High Country T-Bar Lift, proposed in May. While the ski season is just around the corner, the achievement of this significant milestone has spurred construction to begin immediately.

“So much happens behind the scenes before a project finally breaks ground so it is incredible what has been accomplished in just a few months through the collaborative efforts of the USDA Forest Service, SE Group, Horizons Engineering, Inc., LST Lifts, and our team,” says Tim Smith, President and General Manager of Waterville Valley Resort. “Developed from the feedback of industry experts and our own athletes, passholders, and guests, it has been clear from the start that this is the best plan to improve and innovate the High Country experience and now we have the go ahead to bring it to life.”

The new lift is part of a larger, $7.5 million multiyear investment plan, dubbed Phase II. This summer saw the launch of multiple projects set to improve the skier and guest experience with resort-wide renovations, upgrades, and innovations in snowmaking, terrain, lifts, activities, the base lodge, and more.

“Our philosophy for taking on ambitious projects at this point in the season is unique but has served us well in recent years,” says Smith of moving forward on the T-Bar lift. “By prioritizing flexibility over the customary, but limiting, opening day guarantee, we can make progress and deliver results sooner on projects that otherwise might not get started until the next season.”

Those excited skiers and riders who can’t wait for opening day are invited for a sneak peek during the Columbus Day Weekend Fall Foliage Festival. Tour the new Phase II developments on a guided hike with Tim Smith, attend demonstrations of new technology and equipment in Town Square, and take advantage of the season pass sale, now through October 10th. 

Further details and regular updates can be found at:  http://www.waterville.com/Phase-II

 

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Waterville Valley Resort Partners with ResortBoard and Debuts New Summer Activities

Waterville Valley, NH (July 26, 2017) – Waterville Valley Resort continues to offer opportunities for summer fun in the White Mountains with the addition of three new summer activities, including a partnership with GolfBoard to bring ResortBoard Adventure Tours to Waterville Valley, the first experience of its kind in New England.

“It is exciting to not only be adding new activities that we have never had in Waterville Valley, but to also be creating a new type of experience in the Northeast,” says Tim Smith, President and General Manager of Waterville Valley Resort. “You can’t really experience the White Mountains without getting outside, getting off the beaten path, and seeking out a bit of adventure. Partnering with ResortBoards is allowing us to take some of what we love about snowsports and apply it to the summer months.”

ResortBoards are highly versatile personal transportation vehicles and can be used on pavement, gravel, loose dirt, mud, and even packed powder. The rugged design includes heavy-duty front and back spring brackets, off-road suspension system, plus 13x5 inch wheel package that improves stability and optimizes clearance. According to ResortBoard, it is “simply the most exciting, safe, and accessible way to experience any vacation destination.” 

Waterville Valley Resort’s guided Adventure Tours are designed around each group’s abilities and interests, and pairs practice and play with trail riding along cross-country trails, woodland paths, mountain biking system, and expansive wildflower fields. Stops include photo-worthy views, local landmarks, and some little-known hidden gems, allowing an intimate tour of the Valley floor for new and long-time visitors alike.

ResortBoard Adventure Tours debuted this week and will offer the hour and a half experience on Weekends at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm for the rest of the summer. Additional tour schedules are anticipated.

Part of ‘Phase II’ of a multi-year development plan, additional new summer offerings include a 9-hole, lift-accessed Disc Golf Course. Located on some of the resort’s original ski trails on Snow’s Mountain, the slopeside course is already open to the public. The resort is also adding an Outdoor Climbing Wall and Bungee Trampoline. Training and installation are in progress, with a “Vertical Zone” set to debut in Town Square in the coming weeks. Also new to town, the White Mountain Athletic Club has added an outdoor pool, spa, cabana, and kid’s splash pad which opened today.

For more information on New Summer Activities, visit  www.waterville.com/summer-adventure-center.

For more information about ResortBoards, visit  www.ResortBoard.com.

ResortBoard Adventure Tours are Now Taking Weekend Reservations!

ResortBoard Adventure Tours are Now Taking Weekend Reservations!

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Waterville Valley is a four-season resort set on 540 private acres surrounded by 360° of pristine National Forest. Sitting atop 4,004 foot Mt. Tecumseh, “New Hampshire’s Family Resort” features 265 acres of skiable terrain, a vertical drop of 2,020 feet, 60 trails, 11 lifts, and 74km of groomed nordic terrain nestled in the valley below.  Shuttles provide easy access to year-round events, shopping, and dining in the Town Square as well as a variety of lodging options, including country inns, condominiums, and all-suite hotels. In the summer of 2017, Waterville Valley Resort embarks on Phase II of a multi-year capital improvement and expansion project.  Learn more at waterville.com or by calling 1-800-GO-VALLEY.

 

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.

Regular updates can be found at: http://www.waterville.com/Phase-II.

 

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Waterville Valley is a four-season resort set on 540 private acres surrounded by 360° of pristine National Forest. Sitting atop 4,004 foot Mt. Tecumseh, “New Hampshire’s Family Resort” features 265 acres of skiable terrain, a vertical drop of 2,020 feet, 60 trails, 11 lifts, and 74km of groomed nordic terrain nestled in the valley below.  Shuttles provide easy access to year-round events, shopping, and dining in the Town Square as well as a variety of lodging options, including country inns, condominiums, and all-suite hotels. In the summer of 2017, Waterville Valley Resort embarks on Phase II of a multi-year capital improvement and expansion project.  Learn more at waterville.com or by calling 1-800-GO-VALLEY.

 

Waterville Valley Resort and Black and Blue Trail Smashers Announce Partnership with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Assoc.

Waterville Valley Resort, April 6th, 2017 – Waterville Valley Resort and Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers (WVBBTS) announced today a new multi-year comprehensive partnership with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). The agreement designates Waterville Valley Resort as a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Development Site, confirming two annual competitive events.

Tim Smith, President and General Manager of Waterville Valley Resort, says, “Waterville Valley Resort was designed by a two-time Olympian and U.S. Ski Team member and has a long history of producing high caliber competitors.  Having hosted 11 World Cup Races, Waterville Valley truly is a competitor’s mountain. It is very exciting to bring together these three entities and formalize the enormous growth and support that our site has to offer competitive snowsports.”

Peter Stokloza, WVBBTS and Waterville Valley Academy (WVA) CEO and Executive Director, says, “It is exciting to continue to develop a strong partnership and alliance with both Waterville Valley Resort and the U.S. Ski Team, for the benefit of all the WVBBTS and WVA athletes and the entire New Hampshire ski community.  Officially being named a U.S. Ski Team training site, enables athletes from around the country to experience a world-class mountain and a snowsports organization that is rich in tradition and legacy, continually looking to improve and augment the on-hill venues and resources.”

One of the oldest ski clubs in the country, WVBBTS has become one of the leading training and competition centers in the United States. In 2014 WVBBTS was named a Certified Gold Level Club as part of the club development program by the USSA. In 2015 WVBBTS was selected by the United States Olympic Committee as a Community Olympic Development Program (CODP), and was the first mountain sports organization in the eastern United States to receive the designation and is one of 15 CODPs nationwide.

The recent partnership with USSA continues the commitment of Waterville Valley Resort and Waterville Valley BBTS to the support and advancement of athletes, on and off the slopes.  

Waterville Valley Resort Will Reopen for the Easter Weekend

Waterville Valley Resort, March 31st, 2017 – After the extended season until April 9th, Waterville Valley Resort will reopen for skiing and riding on Easter weekend, April 15th and April 16th. The weekend will be marked with special events and celebrations for families and friends both on the mountain and in the Town Square. Sunday, April 16th, will be the last day of the successful 2016/17 winter season.

On Saturday, April 15th, kids ages 11 and under can participate in the Easter Egg Hunt, which will start at 9:30am in Town Square. Also on Saturday, the Waterville Valley Recreation Department invites everyone to Free Open Gym 10am to 12pm.

Sunday, April 16th, will start with a non-denominational Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at the top of Mt. Tecumseh. All guests are welcome to take a ride on the White Peaks Express Chair starting at 5:15am and join a service surrounded by the White Mountains. Free skiing and riding will follow the event until 7:45am.

Lifts for skiers and snowboarders on the last day of the season will start spinning at 8:00am. Kids 12 and under can head down to the lower mountain for the Waterville Valley Resort Easter Egg Challenge. There will be Easter Brunch Buffet at T-Bars starting at 8:30am.

More information about the Easter weekend can be found here

Waterville Valley Resort is Extending the 2016/17 Ski Season Until At Least April 9th

Waterville Valley Resort, March 24, 2017 – Waterville Valley Resort will extend the current ski season until at least April 9th, 2017. This will give guests a chance to enjoy the incredible snow conditions, and extend the fun of spring skiing.

“The spring is our gift for enduring the New England winters, it is the best time of the ski season. Great weather, sunshine, and shades. The snow conditions are incredible right now, and we are thrilled to extend skiing and riding for our guests this Spring.” said Matt Hesser, Director of Marketing at Waterville Valley Resort. “We are especially excited about having great spring events at the mountain, such as our Annual The Last Run Luau Pond Skimming and Beach Party paired with an all new concert event on April 1st”.

The 2016/17 Winter Season has been fantastic for Waterville Valley Resort in different ways, and especially in terms of the weather. Since Opening Day, the Resort has received 179 inches of snow. 3 new inches are expected today with more snow in the forecast during the weekend. The surface conditions remain to be packed powder/powder. With 100% of Nordic trails open, Waterville Valley Resort is still one of the few places in New Hampshire for cross country skiers to enjoy more than 74km of groomed Nordic Terrain

The ability to stay open longer than April 9th will depend on weather and snow conditions.

Waterville Valley Resort Provides Incredible Spring Skiing and Events

Waterville Valley Resort, March 22, 2017 – Waterville Valley Resort received more than 20 inches of new snow from blizzard Stella last week. Great snow conditions along with longer, sunny days are providing incredible spring skiing and snowboarding across Waterville Valley Resort’s 250 acres, 4 parks, and 100% open Nordic terrain with 74km of trails. The 6th Annual Last Run Luau Concert and Pond Skim on April 1st is a highlight of Waterville Valley’s après-ski spring fun.

 This year the Annual Last Run Luau Pond Skim is upping the ante by adding a free-for-all Concert featuring Cody James Gang and Martin & Kelly. The Concert takes place in the courtyard at 12pm on April 1st and opens the pond skimming contest. Spectators, affectionately known as “Beach Bums,” are welcome to take part in cheering on competitors as they splash and skim their way across the pond. The après includes giveaways and beer specials from Corona and Pacifico.

 Spring skiing along with all the spring events and après are available for free to anyone who decides to become a new Passholder for the 2017/18 Winter Season. Along with other lift ticket and lodging deals, the guest-favorite April Fool’s $1 Lift Ticket Day is set this year for Friday, March 31st.

March Story Ideas From Waterville Valley Resort

Waterville Valley Resort, March 2nd, 2017 – It’s common knowledge that March is the month for truly pleasurable end-of-season turns, amazing events, and awesome deals for next Season. Heading to the slopes now will bring families and friends a lot of joy, savings, and memorable experiences.

Free Spring Skiing

Waterville Valley Resort is offering Free Spring Skiing to anyone who purchases a 2017/18 new Waterville Valley Resort Season Pass. With great events and spectacular conditions, there is no reason to refuse this great offer and miss out during this beautiful spring.

NH Special Olympics

For 21 consecutive years The Special Olympics Winter Games have been coming to Waterville Valley Resort and will be held again this year during March 5-7. Events include Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snowshoeing. More information and schedule can be found here.

5th Annual Mike Baker Banked Slalom

On Friday, March 10th riders will take to a custom-built banked slalom course from Higher Ground Terrain Park down into Exhibition. Two runs per rider, fastest time wins. $1500.00 sponsored cash purse for the open division.

Carving It Up With BMW

BMW, Waterville Valley Resort’s partner, brings the Winter xDrive Experience, by hosting a series of demonstrations of their X Series vehicles. Guests can learn winter driving tips and techniques from professional drivers as they demo tight turn and hill maneuvers on the snow. Guests can also get a chance to test drive X Series cars with the pros. Join BMW during the weekend of March 10-12.

$17 St. Patty’s Day Lift Tickets

Big savings on all lift tickets March 17th only - just $17! Guinness drink specials from 3-6pm at Buckets and T-Bars.

Celebrating 90s: Boneyard Beginnings

The Boneyard Terrain Park ushered in a new era here at Waterville Valley. Snowboarders and Freeskiers had a new place to express themselves and show off their skills. Everyone is invited to join Waterville Valley Resort on Saturday, March 18th, as it celebrates the 90's on and off hill.

Hall of Fame 2017

Saturday, March 25th at the Waterville Valley Conference Center at 6pm everyone can join Waterville Valley Resort as it inducts Wig Wag co-editor, freestyle pioneer, and Valley contributor Birdie Britton, Olympic Gold Medal coach and WVBBTS coach Bill Enos, and Freestyle founder Jack Sanders into the Waterville Valley Hall of Fame. Events start at 6pm, and is $49 all-inclusive.

April’s Fool $1 Day

Everyone can join Waterville Valley Resort on Friday, March 31, 2017 to ring in April Fool's Day with a $1 Lift Ticket. And while guests are up, they are welcome to stick around for the 6th Annual Last Run Luau Pond Skimming and concert featuring Martin and Kelly and The Cody James Gang, sponsored by Corona and Pacifico.

Reopening Snow's Mountain, one of New Hampshire's "lost" Ski Areas

Waterville Valley, NH, February 18, 2017 – Waterville Valley Resort Snow’s Mountain, one of New Hampshire’s “lost” ski areas, will reopen on February 25, 2017 exclusively for Season Passholders at Waterville Valley Resort. Closed since 1996, this will be the second time since 2014/15 the chairlift has run in the winter months allowing for an additional 9 acres of terrain.

“I love that our team is dedicated to opening Snow’s Mountain for skiing and riding every year the snowfall allows for it. It’s dedication to our roots and keeping our rich history alive. It’s really exciting for us every year” – said Matt Hesser, Director of Marketing at Waterville Valley Resort.

At one time, Snow’s Mountain was the primary terrain at Waterville Valley Resort, until Mt. Tecumseh turned on its lifts in 1966. Snow’s Mountain saw less and less use until its trails became snowboard only in 1995 and then closed for good the following season. Since then, the chairlift has stayed in operation during the summer for access to its expansive mountain biking trail system which are also used for hiking. In 2014/15 Snow’s Mountain reopened and proved to be a very attractive destination for the Season Passholders.

The Opening Ceremony will take place by the Snow’s Mountain Chair Lift at 10 am. The Snow’s Mountain Chair Lift will run from 10am to 2pm exclusively for Season Passholders. 

The new Green Peak Triple Chair Lift is Now Open

Waterville Valley, NH, February 11, 2017 – Waterville Valley Resort held an opening ceremony of the Green Peak Triple Chair Lift today, marking a milestone in the Resort’s development and its exciting future. The new Green Peak Lift gives access to 6 new trails (30 acres) for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Over three hundred people witnessed the Opening Ceremony of the Resort’s most thrilling accomplishment in more than 40 years.

Officiating at the Opening Ceremony, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu said: “We have been looking forward to this day for more than 40 years! The Green Peak Project was hard, but absolutely necessary and doable thanks to the great Waterville Valley Resort team, the U.S. Forest Service, the ownership, our investor partners, and all people who helped putting together the little pieces to open the Green Peak Expansion this year”.

“First and foremost I want to thank everyone who was involved with the Green Peak construction, the U.S. Forest Service, the State of New Hampshire, our great team of employees, the ownership for believing in our team and all the Waterville Valley Resort Family for joining this big celebration today”, - said President and General Manager of Waterville Valley Resort, Tim Smith.

The Green Peak Triple Chair Lift was originally installed 1985-1986 as the World Cup Triple and was rebuilt in 2000-2001. In 2016/17 the Lift was upgraded, it will continue to service Waterville Valley Resort as the Green Peak Triple Lift. Once fully completed, the new Green Peak will add 10 new trails (45 new acres).