Waterville Valley Park Bigger and Better

Waterville Valley, NH, October 1, 2002: Waterville Valley increases its commitment to Exhibition Park by investing $75,000 this winter in design and terrain improvements. Most notably is the new in-ground 400-ft. superpipe relocated to Phil’s Hill, next to Exhibition. This new design allows the resort to need less snow for the pipe, and open it earlier in the season. Also, with this move, Exhibition Park now becomes 40% bigger, allowing for more terrain features. Part of these are nine new professionally built handrails, including a rainbow rail, bow ledge rail, and straight bar rail.

Top-to-Bottom Terrain Features: For riders and skiers who want to warm up their skills or test out a trick or two before entering Exhibition, head down Upper Bobby’s just off the summit of the White Peak Quad. More features like jumps, hips, rolls, spines and hand rolls will be made on Upper Bobby’s and Psyched before getting to the grand entrance of Exhibition.

“Waterville Valley has always been leading the way with parks and events, said Mike Bettera, snowboard and events coordinator. “With this new commitment from the resort, my staff and I can make sure that all guests have a great experience- whether here for a competition or just for fun. We’re also committed to changing it up every couple weeks, in order to keep things fresh.

Overseeing the design of the park and pipe is master park designer Chris “Gunny Gunnarson. The founder and president of Snow Park Technologies, Gunnarson has been hired by Booth Creek Resorts to oversee development of all Booth Creek Resorts’ terrain parks, pipes, and snow skate parks. His background includes working with ESPN’s X Games, Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding, and World Championships of Snowboarding.

“Gunny is right on when it comes to design, continued Bettera. “We are really lucky to be working with him, and we are positive our guests will like our new designs.

Riders and freeskiers can also head to Little Slammer Park on Lower Periphery, across from the bottom of Lower Utter and World Cup trails. Here, there will be scaled down elements for younger kids and those just starting out learning tricks. Plus, a new snow skate Park will be located at the base of the mountain, outside Competition Center, just below Quadzilla. Snow skates are basically skateboards without wheels, and are available for rental- $10 for 2 hours.

Waterville Valley plans to open for the season November XX. For a complete list of events, and up-to-date snow conditions, head to www.waterville.com. Waterville Valley is located just 2 hours north of Boston, 11 miles from Exit 28 off Interstate 93. Waterville Valley is part of Booth Creek Resorts, a collection of six resorts across the country.