Green Peak Expansion

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). 

Waterville Valley Resort To Open The New Green Peak Triple Chair Lift on Saturday, February 11th

Waterville Valley, NH, February 6, 2017 – On Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. Waterville Valley Resort will celebrate the culmination of the Resort’s major Green Peak Expansion with the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting of the Green Peak Triple Chair Lift. The new Green Peak is the Resort’s biggest expansion in over 30 years and the only ski resort expansion on the East Coast this year. When completed, it will add 10 new trails (45 new acres) for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, the former Governor John H. Sununu, and the President and General Manager of Waterville Valley Resort, Tim Smith, along with hundreds of Resort employees, skiers, tourism officials, and the local public will be there to celebrate the Green Peak opening ceremony. After the welcoming address and ribbon cutting, the new Green Peak Triple chair lift will bring guests to the top of the new ski terrain.

“We are very excited to open Green Peak during Waterville Valley Resort’s 50th Anniversary Season,” said President and General Manager Tim Smith. “The Green Peak Expansion is a tremendous accomplishment for everybody who was involved in the project: the U.S. Forest Service, the local enthusiasts, the management team, and all of the Waterville Valley Resort family. Getting this project achieved is a huge step forward for Waterville Valley Resort. The expansion will provide an exciting new peak experience for the guests.”

The Green Peak Expansion project was first announced in September of 2013, with construction getting the green light this past summer. Waterville Valley Resort partnered with all local New Hampshire contractors for this project: M.E. Johnston Construction of Thornton, NH and Wade Reed Logging of Rumney provided the site work, and SkyTrans Manufacturing of Contoocook, NH installed the Green Peak Triple chair lift. Waterville Valley Resort started the Green Peak Trail Name Contest in December and will continue accepting name suggestions and the stories behind them until February 10th, 2017.

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December Story Ideas

December is a big month for Waterville Valley Resort. It is when the season of joy for skiers and snowboarders hits full speed and visitors book their vacation packages and start exploring everything the Resort has to offer. Numerous winter activities, special holiday celebrations, dining, shopping, and the charm of Waterville Valley Resort make it more than a mountain. Let us guide you through the Christmas and New Year’s deals and happenings.

Green Peak Expansion Update

The Green Peak Lift is getting a lot of work done during the Christmas week. With all the Towers up, and cross arms and the communication cable ready, the haul rope will go up this week. The hardworking crew is putting together 157 chairs, which have been re-galvanized and will look and feel like new with new aluminum back slats and cushions for seats. The max speed of the Green Peak Lift will be 1800 people per hour.

Ski & Stay Special: Winter Holiday FLEX Package

This is a unique opportunity to save on Lodging and enjoy Lift Ticket Flexibility. If the guests haven’t used all of their skiing days while staying at the Valley, they can use them another day this season. FLEX Ticket Prices start at $128 per person, per night, that includes lift ticket, lodging, taxes, and resort fees for 4 people. To get this package, customers can use the package code WINTER HOLIDAY FLEX in the online store.

Nordic 5-0 Pass

The Adventure Center at Waterville Valley Resort is one of the few places in New Hampshire where you can try cross country skiing, snowshoeing and fat bikes all at the same place with more than 70km of groomed trails. A free Nordic Pass for the rest of the year is given automatically to guests that complete 5 lessons at the Adventure Center. Ski lessons are a specialty at Waterville Valley. The professional instructors provide the kind of coaching that not only builds skill, but a strong foundation for the future of the sport as well.

Ladies Retreat & Clinic

Unlike other Ski resorts Waterville Valley Resort doesn’t have a specific date for the ladies’ weekend. Every Friday through Sunday of January 6 till April 2, 2017 ladies are welcome for a weekend in the mountains.  This offer includes lodging, Saturday Lift ticket, Private Ladies Only Clinic and a $50 gift card for dining at one of the on mountain locations.  Ladies get a Freedom Pass featuring ice skating passes at the indoor Ice Arena, and access to the White Mountain Athletic Club’s indoor swimming pools, hot tub, sauna, and exercise facility as well as open gym activities at the recreation department. 2 nights minimum. Clinic only available Saturdays and Sundays.  Clinic minimum is 3, maximum of 6 per instructor.  

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 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.”