Here’s the latest press release from Waterville Valley Ski Area.
MOTHER NATURE WINS: WATERVILLE VALLEY RESORT OFFERS
FREE SKIING, MAR. 26 – April 1, 2012
“Bares” Come Out of Hibernation
This is the season that ski resort owners want to forget, but for hundreds of New England skiers and riders, the last week of operation promises to be memorable. After a week of unprecedented warm weather, with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s, Waterville Valley Resort, located just minutes from exit 28 off Interstate 93 in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, has announced free skiing and riding for its final week, Mar. 26 through April 1, 2012.
“You can’t get much lower priced than ‘free.’ Next to ‘powder,’ ‘free’ is a skier or rider’s favorite word,” said Bob Fries, president of mountain operations. “We’ve been stockpiling a few feet of snow on our Exhibition trail so unless it rains boiling water for a week, there will be plenty of free spring skiing and riding to go around.”
Fries emphasizes that classic spring (some might say summer) conditions will prevail, meaning skiers will need to contend with slush, dirt, hay, rivulets of melt-off, and mini crevasses as they pick their way through what old-time Waterville skiers call the “bares.” Trails open for Free Spring break Week will be for intermediate and advanced abilities, no beginner terrain will be available.
The resort’s on-mountain restaurant, Buckets, Bones & Brews, located adjacent to a sunny deck, will remain open with music throughout.
Coming up on Mar. 31 is the resort’s award dinner for its inaugural Hall of Fame. Over 200 tickets have been purchased to date and the event is nearly sold out.
Honoree Wayne Wong will recognize Waterville Valley as playing a large part in the birth of freestyle skiing – it was the first ski area to organize and host the National Championships of Exhibition Skiing in 1971. He plans to come play among the “bares” along with hundreds expected to take advantage of the ski free offer.
Since the snow surface can change daily, even hourly this time of year, resort officials suggest logging onto Waterville.com for the latest trail count and snow conditions.