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Waterville Valley Ski Area Updates

September 26, 2018

There’s an unbelievably positive vibe and strong sense of pride emanating from Waterville Valley as we look forward to showcasing the attributes that make us a World Class Resort when the nation’s best alpine ski racers descend upon Waterville Valley in March, 2019, for the U.S. Alpine Championships.  

The ski resort is a hive of activity with multiple projects underway that are designed to elevate the guest experience to the next level.  

SNOWMAKING UPGRADES 

This summer Waterville Valley Resort’s mountain crew has been busy laying down 33,000 feet of new snowmaking pipe which will connect to 500 new high efficiency snow guns, 400 of which have already been installed. They have relocated 80 snow guns allowing for better snowmaking in new areas on the mountain. This winter the mountain will be able to make snow faster and more efficiently. The new fan guns have the ability to  monitor weather remotely and make automatic changes to ensure the best snow quality and a more consistent snow surface.

GREEN PEAK EXPANSION 

This winter ALL of Green Peak will be ready for skiing and riding! This is the first major expansion at Waterville Valley in over 30 years. The mountain team takes a lot of pride in this project. All work was done in-house with the help of local contractors who assisted with moving and installing the Green Peak Triple. Last winter they were able to open seven of the ten new trails. For the 18/19 season, they will unveil three new trails which have not yet been skied. They are also on track to make snow on all ten of the new trails.

HIGH COUNTRY T-BAR 

Last winter construction began on the new High Country T-Bar, and the old 1966 double chair spun for its final season. This summer the mountain team has been hard at work installing a new T-Bar. It will be ready to bring skiers and riders to the summit this winter. The design is low to the ground, which means no more wind holds, and with a two-times faster ascent time, it will allow for more skiing and riding on High Country. With more convenient access to the lower terminal from the unload of other lifts, the flow from base to summit will also be improved.

The experience up on High Country will be much different this winter. The old double went right down the middle of the trail which took away from the openness of the terrain. With the new T-Bar, there will be slightly more skiable acreage and it will ski like a big, high altitude bowl creating a unique experience on the East Coast.

BASE LODGE REMODEL 

A 12,000 square foot expansion to the Base Lodge is underway. This major renovation project will allow for better views and more elbow room this season. The project includes a wall of glass windows facing the slope which will allow for more natural light. They recreated the slope outside of the lodge giving better views of the mountain, and they opened up more room for seating—3,000 square feet. This expansion which will give you more elbow room during the lunch time rush. They are also adding direct access to the slope for more convenient lift access.

Buckets is getting a face lift that will reflect Waterville Valley’s freestyle skiing heritage. Buckets will also get a new name, which will be announced at a later date. The remodel removes the old, underutilized deck, which stood 12 feet off the ground with the support of a steel structure. The new and improved deck will feature re-purposed pieces from old lifts including cables, chairs and towers making for a better appearance while also holding onto some of Waterville Valley’s history. The deck will also allow for additional seating on the third floor, creating a more pleasurable dining experience.

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About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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