Waterville Valley Resort

The New Green Peak Trail Names

This is very exciting. First of all we would like to thank more than 600 people who submitted their Green Peak trail name ideas and the stories behind them. The Marketing Team and Waterville Valley Resort Management staff went through all the suggestions and read every single email and letter. During the final phase we kept or tweaked some of the great suggestions based on the character of the trail and the story behind it.  And now...(drumroll please)...

The New Green Peak Trail Names:

Trail 51: Chandler's Way

Named in honor of Kathy Chandler.

Kathy is in the Waterville Valley Hall of Fame 2016, U.S. Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame 2012 (formerly the Disabled Ski Hall of Fame), founder of the first adaptive skiing program at Waterville Valley, founder of Ability Plus, Adaptive Coordinator for PSIA-e (Adaptive Division), PSIA certified examiner for both alpine and adaptive divisions. 

Named by Waterville Valley Adaptive Snowsports Program

Trail 52: Bourbon Street

Named in honor of Keith Sutherland.

Katherine McClellan: "Keith worked at Waterville Valley for many years. Keith worked his way up to Head of Snow Surfaces and Mountain Manager. He dedicated many hours to Waterville Valley, and he was part of the planning of Green Peak before retiring. He was always at the mountain in the morning, checking in to make sure everything was running".

The story goes, he was given 44 bottles of Bourbon when he retired (one for every year he was at Waterville). Keith was one smooth operator.

Named by Waterville Valley Resort Senior Staff and long-time First Chair Joe Robertie

Trail 53: Mean Jean's Ravine

Named in honor of Jean Brosseau

Robert Armet: "Jean has been a loyal, conscious, and dedicated employee for 28+ years".

Emma Lundberg: "Jean comes back every season, time and time again, and is a consistent character that many people both hope and expect to see each ski season".

Kim Kelly: "Jean has sat on her stool at the cafeteria with all of her jewels for many years, always ready to help regulars and new visitors alike".

But employees watch out!  She won’t let you get away with anything out of line!  The name "Mean Jean" is very fitting to such a rugged trail. 

Named by over 60 people who nominated Jean Brosseau

Trail 54: Wayne Wong Way

Named in honor of Wayne Wong.

Pamela Turner: "Inspiring to young and old alike, Wayne Wong set the bar for freestyle skiing in the East and, in particular, at Waterville Valley. Elegant and strong, he demonstrated a type of skiing that embraced the poetry of ballet and encompassed the strength of an athlete. He was a joy to watch, a pleasure to be around, and a mentor to many future and aspiring freestyle skiers. He brought both class and character to Waterville and is a part of the history of Mount Tecumseh".

Gail Marshalka: "His name was often connected to Waterville in the 70's and I remember seeing him perform his freestyle magic on your slopes".

Ian Young: "The first ever international freestyle skiing competition was held in Waterville Valley in 1971. The term freestyle was yet to be invented, so the event was named the National Championships of Exhibition Skiing. Wayne Wong was sponsored to enter by his friends. Over the next few years he became the poster boy for this new sport".

At the age of 21, Wong travelled from Vancouver on $200 in sponsorship money to the first World Cup Freestyle event held on Waterville Valley's True Grit. Trail 54 drops off of Trail 51 so everyone should be careful not to go the wrong way - go Wayne Wong's Way!

Named by Ian Young and Gail Marshalka

Trail 55: Clean Shaven

Named in honor of Butch Cushing.  

Antonia Stewart: "Butch has put his heart and soul into making lift operation and Waterville Valley the best it can be. Butch has been at Waterville Valley for over 33 years. He has seen trails cut and built, and has provided years upon years of customer service and loyalty. He previously worked in Ski Patrol where his caring nature shone. From saving lives in ski patrol to making and selling renowned baked potatoes, he always puts the guest first and brings smiles to everyone he meets".

Butch loved to patrol the slopes as much as he was beloved by guests and staff. Now he is training the next generation of lift attendants to be conscientious, caring, and dedicated to the experience of every skier and rider, even greeting Passholders by name.  He believes that every guest and Waterville Valley Resort as a whole deserves an extremely high level of respect and attention. 

Lift operations value and expectation of excellence goes as far as military grade shaving standards for all lift attendants.  Trail 55 has a very clean fall line all the way down and it is going to be a perfectly grated slope.  In honor of Butch, this trail will be of the highest standards, and definitely Clean Shaven!

Named by Waterville Valley Resort Senior Staff

Trail 56: Pfosi's Pfolly

Named in honor of Paul Pfosi

The original director of the Waterville Valley Snowsports School in 1968, he also ran a lodge in the Valley called Pfosi's Lodge. 

Robert Mann: "A former member of the Swiss National Team, Paul established the early European culture at Waterville Valley Resort".

Don Warnock: "I remember Paul Pfosi greeting us on our arrival at the Lodge, and he and his staff couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating during the entire week. We loved our stay at Pfosi's Lodge and Waterville Valley, and got hooked on skiing, and we've been going back ever since, As time went on, both our sons learned to ski at Waterville Valley, and our oldest son eventually became an instructor and taught at Waterville Valley for more than 8 years. We eventually bought property just outside the valley and continue to ski Waterville every year. I really believe Paul Pfosi's genuine interest in making sure we were having a good time contributed to a great first ski experience for my wife and I and kept us coming back for forty years"

Trail 56 is a trail you can accidentally end up on if you don't pay attention, a Pfolly you may want to make on purpose!

Named by Don Warnock

Trail 57: Governors Run

Named in honor of Governors John H. Sununu and Chris Sununu

The family tradition started here when John H. Sununu was the Governor of New Hampshire (1983 - 1989) and would bring the family to ski every winter.  The trail name ""Governors Run"" was chosen in honor of both the current (2017) New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu who spearheaded the new Green Peak Expansion when he served Waterville Valley as CEO, and his father, former New Hampshire Governor John H. Sununu.

Named by Robert Perreault  

Trail 58: Piano Man

Named in honor of Lenny Emery

Richard and Ellie Scherr: "To Lenny, there was never a bad day of skiing at Waterville Valley. From the opening day in November to Closing in April, he'd never miss "first chair"- often recording 120+ days of skiing. If it rained, when asked how it was to Lenny "it was a great day". When there was bullet proof ice, to Lenny "it was a great day of firm skiing". Lenny passed away much too soon a few years ago. He is buried up the hill here in Waterville Valley. Lenny always had a wonderful sense of humor. The inscription on his gravestone reads "I'd rather be here than Loon".

Margaret Turner: "Lenny was part of the team that built the ski area and ran the Bird's Nest for several years, living in the loft space above. He left us his skier's prayer, which is featured at the entrance to the Schwendi Hut:

When the mountain starts to sparkle

In the dawn's early sun

And you're getting off the chair

For your first powder run

Look out upon my Valley just before you go

And if your voice is truth

And your heart is pure I'll be your snow".

Pk. Conti: "He was a fixture at the Mountain"

Named by Pk. Conti

Trail 59: Calvert's Crossing

Named in honor of Richard "Dick" Calvert

Born on June 11, 1923, and one of the oldest ski racers in New England.  He is also the last of his WWII 10th Mountain Division to continue ski racing.  He has been a member of the Waterville Valley Silver Streaks for over 30 years and continues to bring his lovely wife, Millie, to the mountain weekly to participate in the Silver Streaks.  Dick is a wonderful human being with a joyous heart that brings energy and inspiration to everyone around him.  He reminds us all what to aspire to, at any age.

Named by Waterville Valley Resort Silver Streaks

Trail 60: Ruffled Feathers

Name in honor of William "Bill" Feather

Carol Stewart: "In memory of Bill Feathers, our long time ski patrol leader".

Jennifer Boisvert: "Bill was a professional in every aspect of his position. He spent countless hours both on and off the mountain making it a safe place for guests to enjoy. His top priority was safety. He would arrive early in the mornings and make sure all trails and personnel were ready to go for the paying customer".

Bill started vacationing in Waterville Valley in 1986 from New Jersey, and in 1994 sold his business to move to the Valley. Bill was in Ski Patrol for 22 years: Assistant Director 2001-2005; Director 2005-2016; PSPA - for 22 years, and Instructor Trainer for 9 years.  His legacy will live on as his trail sign guides future generations. William H. Feather passed away unexpectedly on December 30th, 2016. 

Named by Jennifer Boisvert and Mrs. Pud Feather

BONUS:  Preston's Path (After Nick & Suzi Preston)

Named in honor of Nick and Suzi Preston.

Dennis Evgenov: “This name is dedicated to the Preston family. Nick was a long time freestyle coach at BBTS at Waterville. He has dedicated his life to the mountain and the Sport. Skiing is his passion, and where ever he might be, Waterville is always him home mountain. He also has seen great success as a coach. He has coached many Olympic hopefuls, and a two time Olympic medalist Hannah Kearney. Here at Waterville they both helped pioneer the sport of freestyle skiing, and it is only logical to name a trail after this dynasty of skiers since Waterville does boast to be the "Birthplace of Freestyle skiing".

The trail under the Northside lift has opened this season for the first time as an official trail.  We have recently enjoyed opening it every chance we can and it has become a natural mogul run.  It's only fitting that the Preston's have a mogul run named after them!  Nick and Suzi Preston together have done so much for not only the sport and youth in Freestyle, but for Waterville Valley Resort in general.

Named by Dennis Evgenov

Thank you for your support and so many interesting stories! We hope to see you soon and invite you to check out the new Green Peak Trails. 

Snowmaking: Quick Facts from Barry St Cyr, Director of Mountain Operations

So far, this Season's Total is 90.5" of fresh, white, tasty, and just beautiful snow. But we want MORE! Our famous Snow Reporter Whitney talked to Barry St Cyr, Director of Mountain Operations, and learned everything about snowmaking at Waterville Valley Resort. If you have more questions just text them in comments below this blog and we will get back to you with the answers.  

What time does your snowmaking crew start working?

There are two shifts, one is midnight to noon and the second is noon to midnight. Much of the work occurs at before and after the mountain is open to the public so the alternating shifts split the work up most evenly, rather day and night shifts.

How many people do you have on your snowmaking crew and how many are on the clock at any given time?

16 total and 8 on each shift.

How many snow guns do you have?

About 1,200 in total, which includes fan, ground, and tower guns.

What % of your mountain has snow making?

100% of Mt. Tecumseh has snowmaking capabilities. At the moment, one trail on Green Peak has a water line for snowmaking, however we are able to actually blow snow on 3 trails, which is almost 1/3 of Green Peak Trails. We are hoping to install more lines this summer so that Green Peak will have 100% snowmaking next season!

Where do you get your water for the snow?

Our water comes from the Mad River, which feeds Cocoran Pond in the Valley and the Snowmaking Pond up on the mountain.

Is there anything special or new about your snow making capabilities?

The water line on Green Peak is new (along with all of Green Peak) this year! We also have about 9 new sufag Fan Guns this year. It has been great this year the way the snowmakers have gotten creative to blow snow on Mt. Tecumseh trails in such a way that groomers can manipulate it and transport it for full coverage of our open Green Peak trails and also all the way up to the top of Green Peak!

What is your "mode of operation" when it comes to getting the slopes ready for the first runs of the day?

At the end of the day when the lifts close patrol will clear the whole mountain of guests before the operations crews can begin their work. Snowmakers and groomers will then start working right after the mountain closes for the day, either setting up or adjusting snowmaking equipment or grooming, shaping, or building on trails. Snowmakers and groomers will work through the night and right up until the mountain opens the next morning. Groomers will work in conjunction with snowmakers to get all trails ready for the next day, whether that means removing all equipment and grooming, getting equipment out of the way of skiers and groomers but leaving snowmaking running during the day, or closing trails for snowmaking and shaping or building parks or Fun Runs. Snowmakers will put down snow in designated areas like lift ramps that groomers will shape in the morning before putting down a final layer of smooth corduroy in the morning before guests hit the slopes. Lift mechanics and operators will then clear and open lifts once all snowmaking equipment is clear of trails and grooming cats are clear of the hill and skiers. Finally, ski patrol will ride all the lifts and clear all open trails before opening the mountain to the public.

We are very proud and thankful to our hardworking snowmaking, grooming, and park crews, lift operators and mechanics, ski patrollers, and the rest of our wonderful staff!

Waterville Valley snowmaker

Waterville Valley snowmaker



Waterville Valley smowmakers

Waterville Valley smowmakers

Sadie's Blog #1

My name is Sadie D’Agostino, and I am a 12 year old passionate athlete.  My ultimate goal is to go to the Olympics for snowboarding. I am a town resident of Waterville Valley and a student at the Waterville Valley Academy. I am excited to share so many great things about my home Mountain and town. My journey to get here has been long but as Martin Luther King Jr. said “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Are you familiar with the unknown magic of Waterville Valley Resort? This town is one of those places where everyone knows everyone. Every neighbor is a friend, and every friend is family. We are a town where people put down their phones and enjoy the outdoors, a town where the farthest destination is 2 miles away from you at any point, and if you want to you can ride the shush bus.

I hope you come to enjoy the magical place I speak of…The whole World is already here this week. Young athletes from the United States, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Great Britain will ascend upon The Exhibition Park. The 2017 Toyota Revolution Tour Slope Style competition is January 8th thru the 13th.

When we go to big snowboarding events we all love to watch big tricks off of awesomely gigantic jumps or sick tricks on long rails, but how did these amazing setups and features get here? The Parks Crew! When reading about snowboarding events, yeah, sure you can read about the coaches or athletes, how tricks are performed… But how did the actual courses come to be? Today I interviewed Justin Lapchak, also known as Juice, the Terrain Parks Supervisor.

Sadie: What exactly does your job include?

Juice: Staffing, park design and welding.

Sadie: What are your hopes for 2017?

Juice: For people to really enjoy Stillness – a whole new park area, a medium park for all ages. I'm really excited for it and that all the parks are enjoyed by the riders. We see a lot of posts on WVParks Instagram and we are so pumped people are enjoying our Parks.

Sadie: What are your hopes for the Rev Tour?

Juice: I really hope everyone will have a good experience! The whole World is here, all the coolest athletes will be riding in our Parks… The Rev Tour adds to Waterville Valley’s history of hosting big and electrifying events, and we are pretty sure we will continue this tradition.

Sadie: Was the Park set up your design or the Rev Tour’s?

Juice: It really was my design and the Park Crew all agreed on it. The Rev Tour had conditions, like his and her jumps and his and her rails, so we had to adjust.

I hope you enjoyed this story. I will soon be doing interviews with teammates that are competing in the Rev Tour competition.