This Saturday, Feb. 25, Waterville Valley Resort continues its year-long 50th anniversary festivities with a celebratory dinner at the Waterville Valley Conference Center. It seems fitting that the day should kick off with the reopening of the retired Snows Mountain ski area for one special day of skiing. This special event is exclusively for Waterville Valley Resort season passholders.
There will be an opening ceremony at the Snows Mountain Chairlift at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. The lift will start turning and transporting skiers and snowboarders up the mountain from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Snows Mountain has been closed since 1996 and is considered one of New Hampshire’s “lost” ski areas.
“I love that our team is dedicated to opening Snows 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.
Prior to the opening of skiing on Mt. Tecumseh in 1966, Snows Mountain was the primary skiing terrain at Waterville Valley Resort. Snows Mountain saw less and less use until its trails became snowboard only in 1995. The mountain closed for good the following season. Since then, the chairlift has operated only during the summer months for access to Waterville Valley’s expansive mountain biking and hiking trail system.