Resort Guide 2018: WATERVILLE VALLEY

Waterville Valley is a four-season resort set on 540 private acres surrounded by 360° of pristine National Forest. Sitting atop 4,004 foot Mt. Tecumseh, "New Hampshire's Family Resort" features 265 acres of skiable terrain, a vertical drop of 2,020 feet, 61 trails, 11 lifts, and progressive features throughout the mountain so everyone can take their skills to the next level. On mountain eateries, bars, decks, and re-pits make for a lively apres scene complete with live music every weekend. Shuttles provide easy access to year-round events, restaurants, bars, shopping, and lodging in the Valley's Town Square. In the summer of 2017, Waterville Valley Resort began Phase II of a multi-year capital improvement and expansion project.

Location: Waterville Valley, NH
Vertical Drop: 2020'
Annual Snowfall: 2016/17: 207"
Most popular run: Oblivion
Ride-able Acres: 265
Number of Lifts: 11
Number of Trails: 61
Ticket Prices: Adult $87, Teen $77, Youth $67
Nearest Airport: Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
Aprés: Buckets, Bones & Brews, T-Bars Restaurant, La Hacienda Mexicana
Hotels/Lodging: A variety of lodging options include country inns, condominiums, and all-suite hotels, all within walking distance of Town Square, dining, shopping, activities, and shuttle access to the ski area.
Most popular event(s): The Revolution Tour, Mike Baker Banked Slalom, Season Ease-In Rail Jam
Special season pass offers or discounted lift tickets: The College Superpass provides access to four premiere New Hampshire Resorts for just $319 before November 30th. You can also save up to 55% by buying online in advance.

In the summer of 2017 work began on Phase II of a $7.5 million capital improvements plan that began with the Green Peak Expansion of 45 additional acres in Fall 2016. Phase II of this capital investment program will bring multi-year infrastructure upgrades and improvements throughout the resort, including $1.15 million in upgraded snowmaking infrastructure, base lodge renovations, lift upgrades including new carpets and a new learners area experience, additional summer offerings including disc golf, ResortBoard Tours, a climbing tower and bungee trampoline, and an expanded progression program with on snow features to challenge and progress every rider to the next level.

For XL jump lines and endless rail options, head to Exhibition, the premier large park. A park-dedicated poma lift allows for unlimited park laps, so be ready for some shaky legs at the end of the day. For the more relaxed, creative approach, check out the skate-style medium park on Stillness. Mix up the day by riding hidden gems like the all-natural park in the Sugar Shack Glades, or by cruising down the Higher Ground Banked Slalom. Still finding the flow? Waterville has a range of progression features and boxes scattered throughout the mountain to take it to the next level.



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This feature originally appeared in the October Issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding; subscribe here.