Waterville Valley Resort Announces Trail Name Contest

Waterville Valley, NH, December 1st, 2016 – Waterville Valley Resort announces the Green Peak Trail Name Contest – a chance for anyone and everyone to become a part of the Resort’s history by suggesting official names for the 10 new Green Peak Trails. Name suggestions with stories behind them will be accepted via email now until February 10th, 2017. The new Green Peak Trail Names will be announced February 25th, 2017.

“This contest is a fun, inclusive opportunity for the Waterville Valley Resort family to share their creativity and personal stories, draw on their passion for skiing and snowboarding, and be involved in celebrating our collective accomplishment for the Green Peak Expansion project and the 50th Anniversary of Waterville Valley Resort,” said Matt Hesser, Director of Marketing in Waterville Valley Resort.

The Green Peak Expansion project was announced in August 2016 as Waterville Valley Resort’s first expansion in over 30 years and the only ski resort expansion on the East Coast. The construction team is currently working on installing the lift and some snowmaking to ensure that guests can ski the Green Peak Trails during the 2016/17 Winter Season.

All existing Waterville Valley Resort Trail Names have great stories behind them, and the Green Peak Trail Name Contest will proudly continue this tradition.

More information about the Contest can be found HERE

Waterville Valley Resort Wishes Happy Trails To Governor Elect Chris Sununu

Waterville Valley Resort, NH - Waterville Valley Resort announces that Chris Sununu will resign as CEO of Waterville Valley Resort and relinquish his position on the Board of Directors, effective December 31, 2016 in preparation for his Gubernatorial term beginning January 4, 2017. Tim Smith is promoted to President and General Manager to extend his fiduciary responsibilities. Tim Smith will report to the Waterville Valley Holdings Board of Directors.

Chris Sununu expressed his feelings about leaving: “It has been an honor to build and work with this team at Waterville Valley Resort. I am very excited to see them continue to succeed. We have great guests and a charming destination. You can bet I’ll be looking forward to skiing Waterville Valley with my family for years to come.”

While serving Waterville Valley Resort as CEO since October of 2010 as well as General Manager in 2013-2015, Chris Sununu has been the primary catalyst toward the rejuvenation of Waterville Valley Resort.  During his tenure, Sununu has lead the way to building an effective and efficient business model while investing in business and community growth as seen in the renewed summer business, the investments in work force housing, and the Resort's first expansion in over 30 years.

Waterville Valley is excited for and proud of Chris Sununu’s endeavor to serve the people of New Hampshire with the same dedication, passion, optimism, and drive that he brought to Waterville Valley Resort. The Sununu family will continue to be actively involved in the Waterville Valley Resort Board of Directors. 

U.S. Revolution Tour at Waterville Valley - stop #2 and the only one in New England

Waterville Valley Resort will be hosting The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s (USSA) Revolution Tour (the Rev Tour) January 8th-13th 2017. The next generation of Olympic freeskiers and snowboarders competing in slopestyle will descend upon Waterville Valley Resort’s Exhibition Terrain Park for the second stop of the Rev Tour. Waterville Valley Resort is proud to add the U.S. Revolution Tour to its history of hosting premier skiing and snowboarding events. This season Waterville Valley Resort is honored to be the only destination in New England to host the Rev Tour since 2012.

Quotes:

Jamie Cobbett, Waterville Valley Resort Marketing Event Manager

“We’re very thrilled to host the Rev Tour here at Waterville Valley. Athletes from around the country and the world will get to experience our first class hospitality and terrain parks.”

Sarah Welliver, USSA Event Manager

“We are excited to bring the U.S. Revolution Tour back to New England this season after a five-year hiatus. The Rev Tour is focused on providing the best venues for athletes to progress their careers and Waterville Valley Resort is certain to be a valuable addition to the 2017 Tour.”

Established in 2004 the U.S. Revolution Tour is the premier series of progressive events for top junior riders. Focused towards 13-19 year-old athletes, the Rev Tour is designed to serve as a stepping stone from the grassroots to the elite level. Top winners may earn an invite to be part of the U.S. Grand Prix, Junior Worlds, USASA Nationals, and participate in Project Gold camps.

For more information on the Revolution Tour visit ussnowboarding.com/events/revolution-tour

 

Waterville Valley Resort Invests in Housing for Their Employees

Waterville Valley Resort and General Properties, LLC of Plymouth, New Hampshire is proud to announce the investment of a local property that will provide workforce housing for Waterville Valley Resort employees.  Conveniently located just 2.5 miles from Waterville Valley Resort Ski Area, the new Snow Star Inn will offer everything from bunk style to condo style units based on the employee needs.

Laura Pearlman of General Properties says “We are incredibly proud to be partnering with Waterville Valley Resort to bring this great asset to serve the employees of this beautiful community.”

Workforce housing has been a long standing challenge for the Resort.  An investment towards Waterville Valley Resort employee housing is a significant step for moving the business forward as well as providing for the employee needs.

Tim Smith, General Manager of Waterville Valley Resort says “To live in the place that you work is very important for the resort, as it enhances the skiing lifestyle of the Waterville Valley community.  It also strengthens an employee’s work life experience and provides the security necessary to pursue this lifestyle career.  I’ve always said that it’s the people that make the resort, and the strongest asset in Waterville Valley is our people.”

Introducing the New Communications Manager - Tatiana Baier

Waterville Valley Resort proudly announces that Tatiana Baier has joined their marketing team as the Communications Manager.

“Tatiana is very motivated to see everything Waterville Valley Resort will be offering during our 50th Anniversary year and we are incredibly excited to work with her,” said Matt Hesser, Waterville Valley Resort’s Director of Marketing.

Tatiana comes to Waterville Valley with great work experience. An exciting highlight of Tatiana's career is as the Snowboard and Freestyle Venue Press Manager at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. She also worked at Red Bull Wings For Life races, Freestyle Ski and Snowboard FIS World Cup in Sochi, and the Polartec Big Air at Fenway. Tatiana earned her bachelor’s degree in Sport Public Relations from Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport and Tourism and just received her PhD in Sport Science as well. She also attended Sport Management courses at the Citadel in Charleston, SC.

Tatiana was first introduced to snowboarding 11 years ago and has loved the industry ever since. She has traveled with her board to many resorts around Europe. The first time she came to Waterville Valley she felt like home. “The Resort has a lot of history, charm and contemporary attractions at the same time. It’s an honor for me to join the Waterville Valley marketing team in one of the most exciting and transformative years. I am looking forward to growing my relationship with writers, photographers, filmmakers, editors, producers,” says Tatiana.

Waterville Valley Resort Kicks Off Construction of the Green Peak Expansion

August 31, 2016

WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH – Waterville Valley Resort announces today the start of the Green Peak Expansion project, scheduled to open for the 2016/17 Winter Season. This first phase of the project will include the cutting of 10 new trails to provide 45 new acres of skiing and riding and will be serviced by a fixed grip chairlift.

This will be Waterville Valley Resort’s biggest expansion project in more than 30 years.

Jack Sanders, a longtime skier at Waterville Valley and attorney for the Resort said “I congratulate Chris Sununu, his leadership team and the management of Waterville Valley Holdings on launching the first expansion of the ski area. Chris Sununu is President of the ownership group which is the fourth company to own Waterville Valley, but the first to expand the ski area.” Sanders continued, “I have been skiing in Waterville Valley since Tom Corcoran developed it as a first class ski area and now with new leadership, the updated master plan is on the road to being fulfilled. What is amazing is to see a ski area in New England invest on the heels of the winter we experienced with so little snow.”

“The expansion process has been very exciting for us internally,” said CEO Chris Sununu. “There’s been a lot of hard work done by members of our team and the U.S. Forest Service to make sure this project is a success. We are especially excited to be partnering with local New Hampshire contractors for this project.” M.E. Johnston Construction of Thornton, NH and Wade Reed Logging of Rumney will provide the site work while SkyTrans Manufacturing of Contoocook, NH will be installing the lift.

“We are honored to be working with Waterville Valley Resort on the Green Peak expansion project,” said SkyTrans GM Rich Combs. “This project builds on our history together starting when O.D. Hopkins Associates, the predecessor to SkyTrans, who installed the very first lifts at Waterville Valley Resort, and the nearly 50 years of experience our company has gained since then in ski lift and amusement ride design and manufacture. We look forward to contributing to the success of this project, the future of Waterville Valley Resort, and New England Skiing.”