Over the last 50 years — as Waterville Valley has evolved into a world class ski resort, a popular 4-season vacation destination, and a thriving second home and year-round community — one thing has been missing. A sense of arrival. Something to confirm that, after driving eleven serene and winding miles, you have reached your destination, Waterville Valley.
With forest on both sides of the road, the only hint that you’ve reached civilization is a flashing speed limit sign and ugly shiplap directional signs. There’s no grand vista to welcome you to Waterville Valley. No views of the ski resort, golf course, tennis center or town square. No people (unless you happen upon someone out for a walk or bike ride).
What Waterville Valley has needed is something that greets us upon our arrival. Something simple and tasteful that complements our mountain surroundings. Something that suffices as directional and informational as well.
We are finally getting it — an entrance sign! It’s not flashy or gaudy. It’s located on the left side of Valley Road (Route 49), just past the ski area access road, and it lets you know that you have indeed arrived in Waterville Valley.
One of the goals of this new sense of arrival is to inform ski resort day-trippers that there is more to Waterville Valley than the trails on Mt. Tecumseh. C’mon folks, keep on driving and welcome to our Yankee Shangri-la!
Here are some photos of the soon-to-be-completed sign, including a rendering of what the finished product will look like. The sign should be finished and installed before Christmas week. The sign maker is Wood & Wood Signs of Waitsfield, Vermont. The gorgeous stonework was done by Craig Babbitt Stone Worx from right down the road in Campton.
Next on the sense of arrival wish list are new directional signs!