Waterville Valley hosts Denali Challenge

The Denali Challenge is designed for adventurous people who are fit. On August 11 to 13, 2017, Waterville Valley Five Summit Challenge hikers can take on five peaks in one weekend.  

 

The peaks have a combined elevation equaling that of Denali, the highest Mountain Peak in North America.  Plus there are guided hikes for families and kid's activities. 

 

Within the mountains that surround Waterville Valley exist a number of New England's highest peaks. The Denali Challenge will be to hike five of these peaks in one weekend. The ultimate challenge is to hike the five peaks equaling 20,000 feet (Denali is at 20,328') and claiming the title "Alive after five". This year hikers will be able to choose from a number of different peaks for the five mountains they will climb. Participation in the weekend is free and everyone is welcome. Whether you're an experienced hiker looking to master all five peaks, or just looking to join the fun, there is something to fit all abilities and ages. The event is free. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. Please e-mail jcobbett@waterville.com to pre-register. 

Hike any five of the following peaks to achieve 20,000’ (or a sixth peak if elevation is needed).
Peaks (Elevation)
Tecumseh (4003)
Welch (2605)
Dickey (2734)
Snow’s (2800)
North Peak Tripyramid (4180)
Middle Peak Tripyramid (4140)
South Peak Tripyramid (4100)
Mt. Osceola (4340)
Mt. Osceola East (4156)
The Scaur (2200)
Goodrich Rock (2200)
Noon Peak (2976)
Jennings Peak (3460)

Weekend Schedule

Friday
Hikes can be done on Saturday and Sunday, but hikers can choose to get one of the mountains out of the way on Friday. We do encourage a warm up hike on Friday to one of the many scenic outlooks in Waterville Valley.

Friday Night
Registration is from 6-8PM in the Town Square next to the info booth. Hikers will receive a welcome goody bag, t-shirt and hiker card.

Saturday
10am Family Hike to Cascades-meet at the Info Booth in Town Square. Transportation is provided. Hikers bag 2 or 3 peaks.

Sunday
10am Family Hike to Goodrich Rock-meet at the Info Booth in Town Square. Transportation is provided.

Hikers finish 5 peaks and turn in finished cards at the Info Booth in Town Square.

5 peaks, 3 days

5 peaks, 3 days

Farm to Table Dinner

The Hans A. And Margaret Rey Center is pleased to present a Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday August 5th at 6:00PM in the Mary Bierbrier Community Gardens located next to the Curious George Cottage on Noon Peak Road in Waterville Valley.  

 

This celebration of the season's bounty will be expertly prepared by Chef Sean Stout to include an elegant 5 course dinner of locally sourced cheeses, shellfish, meats, vegetables and berries.  These fresh ingredients will be obtained from farms in NH, VT, MA and ME.  

 

Seating is limited so please reserve early.  Tickets are $100.00 per person.   Tickets available online at biddingforgood.com/thereycenter2017 or by calling The Rey Center at 603-236-3308.  

 

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The Neil Roche ‘Back In The Game’

 

 

August 5th will be here before we know it so partner up and let’s have some fun during the 18th Annual Back in the Game Mixed Doubles Tournament sponsored by Roper Reality. “It is going to be a fabulous weekend of tennis, so I hope many tennis players come out and participate, stated Patty Garvey, Neil’s daughter and committee member. Patty went on to say, “my dad would be very happy to see it continuing for 18 years.”

 

This years Neil could be one of the best ever! The T-shirts and prizes are ordered, the players have been practicing, and it’s looking like we’ll have lots of new athletes and teams. It will once again be a fun-filled weekend with plenty of tennis, and look for the Foster Clan to be in full attendance. “All the kids plan on participating this year,” said Jean Foster, “even Mac will be pulling out his Rossignol F300 for the first round!” 

 

On Friday evening, August 4th you will usually run into a few players at the Coyote Grill which could very well include Chip and Terry Roper, proud participants, former champions and Roper Real Estate sponsors of the ‘Back in the Game’ tournament. Said Terry, “We are always very happy to support the Back in the Game tennis weekend! Tennis has always been an important part of our family and it is such a fun weekend, we would never want to miss it!”

 

On Saturday, the tennis begins at 9am. We will once again use the compass draw format, so win or lose; you will keep playing until you don’t want to play anymore. In the main draw, the winners keep moving out toward the finals, while those who do not win in whatever round enter a new tournament. Usually when Sunday rolls around, players in the more distant draws will opt out

 

We’ll run the semi-finals and finals on Sunday morning beginning at 9am for the main draw and the main consolation draw. The finals from the main draw and the consolation will be at 1pm.

 

This is the premiere tennis tournament of the year and is always loads of fun, and as Rene Schwartz says, “ sign up today, enjoy the weekend and if you do not have a partner we’ll find you one! It’s time to get back in the game!”

 

For tennis tournament registration please swing by the tennis center to fill out an application or give us a call. Also check out our daily round robins beginning at 9:30am.

 

The deck is all decked out thanks to Sandi Guiliano for the most excellent plant creation and supervision. As you know the deck is the absolute best setting in Waterville Valley and was ranked #5 in the tennis world this spring according to Roger Cox, Tennis Magazine Travel Editor for decades, and the founder of Tennis Resorts Online. So come on down, play some tennis and then relax with a beverage on the deck.

 

Adult and junior clinic’s held daily at 9am and 10:30am, along with our popular daily round robins, which begin at 9:30 am.

 

– Tom Gross, Jr., Tennis Center 603-236-4840.

 

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Not Your English Teacher’s Shakespeare

In the summer, visitors to Waterville Valley rub elbows with locals at theatrical productions by Shakespeare in the Valley, a professional troupe that presents the Bard's works under the stars. The company uses Renaissance-staging techniques –minimal sets and props, small ensemble casts and cross-gender casting. The actors often speak directly to the audience and audience participation is expected. It’s a great way to enjoy the works of this great playwright in a new way. As the troupe says, “We put the ‘shake’ back in Shakespeare!”

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Waterville Valley Resort Secures Funding To Begin Phase II of its $7.5 Million Improvement Plan

Waterville Valley Resort announced that it has secured funding to begin work on Phase II of its $7.5 million capital improvements plan that began with the Green Peak Expansion in Fall 2016. Phase II of this capital investment program will bring multi-year infrastructure upgrades and improvements throughout the resort.

“This is the second step in the most exciting revitalization of Waterville Valley Resort in over 30 years.  We are proud to be the only mountain on the East Coast pursuing a renovation of this magnitude” says John H. Sununu, Waterville Valley Resort CEO and Chairman.

The Green Peak Expansion project added a second peak and 45 additional acres of terrain in 2016-17. Phase II of development will include new projects throughout the resort, as well as the completion of the Green Peak Expansion. Work will include additional Green Peak trail clearing and installation of a new snowmaking system, upgrades to existing snowmaking infrastructure on Mount Tecumseh, multiple lift enhancements, base lodge renovations, a new beginner area experience, nordic trail system improvements, and additional summer offerings.

“It is very exciting to be progressing to the next level of development of Waterville Valley Resort and bring to life the vision of our ownership, fellow employees, and guests,” said Tim Smith, President and General Manager. “Financing from The Provident Bank is allowing us to look to the future and continue our evolution, on and off the slopes.”

In anticipation of the major enhancements set to debut throughout the 2017/18 Season, a 10-day Seasonal Pass Flash Sale ending on Friday, June 23rd will offer the lowest pricing of the year on seasonal products for one last time.  Waterville Valley Resort is expected to release further details of the multi-year project as progress continues.

Regular updates can be found at: http://www.waterville.com/Phase-II.

 

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Independence Day is a blast in Waterville Valley

Celebrate the 4th of July in Waterville Valley with four days of fun for the whole family, including beach movie night, a parade, live music, and the must-see fireworks show.

The festivities begin on Saturday, July 1st with live music all afternoon and evening on the Gazebo Stage overlooking Town Square. On Sunday, July 2nd at 10:00am the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will host live animal presentations. Join expert naturalists in Town Square to meet their NH wildlife ambassador animals.

From 12:00-4:00pm the annual Summer Family Carnival takes over with games, a 100’ obstacle course, face painting, t-shirt tie-dying, boat rentals, BBQ and live music. After dinner let the water call you and head to the beach for an outdoor screening of Moana beginning at 8:30pm.

On Monday, July 1st, live musicians will be rocking the Gazebo Stage all afternoon and evening. On Tuesday, July 4th, get in the spirit with the Independence Parade. Kids can decorate bikes and scooters beginning at 10:00am, cars and floats can join the line-up at 10:30am, and spectators should grab the best spot when the parade begins at 11:00am Then pack your coolers or grab dinner in town while a live band entertains from 6:30-9:30pm. Finally, end your night with a bang during Waterville Valley’s famous Fireworks show over Corcoran Pond.

Additional family activities will be happening throughout the weekend. Contact the Waterville Valley Recreation Department at (603) 236-4695 for more details.

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Take a Hike…or a Bike

There are trails for the brave, the bold and the beginners at Waterville Valley. Hikers have been exploring Waterville Valley since the 1800s, when a group of guests at the popular Greeley's Hotel here formed the Waterville Athletic and Improvement Association. The club took on the responsibility of caring for the valley's many trails, but its members also decided to put on shows, skits and other activities for the amusement of summer visitors.

The association still exists and continues to oversee Waterville Valley’s 100+ miles of trails, which range from easy walking paths to heart-thumping ascents. Visitors can opt for a post-dinner jaunt around Corcoran Pond at the center of town, or work up a sweat by climbing the 4,315-foot summit of Mount Osceola for stunning views of the entire valley. In fact, even 4,000-foot peaks rise over the valley floor. The truly adventurous may set out for the three peaks of Mount Tripyramid, the highest points in the valley.

Many visitors bring their mountain bikes to the valley, to explore the 30 miles of mountain trails where biking is allowed. Mountain bikes can also be rented in town. Some bikers will take the chair lift to the top of Snow's Mountain and ride their bikes down through the National Forest. Everything from meandering dirt fire roads to single-tracks are available.

The Adventure Center, located in the Town Square, provides well-maintained rental bikes for all levels of riders, and instructors to help newbies get started with the proper fit and suggestions on trails to explore. 

Nature's wonder

The Place Curiosity Calls Home

Curious George, the lovable monkey whose antics have delighted children for decades, was born in the imaginations of H.A. and Margret Rey. But he and the Reys spent their summers in Waterville Valley, NH, a place that epitomizes Curious George's spirit of fun and adventure.

Early visitors to Waterville Valley Resort hiked, swam, played golf and took part in cultural events, surrounded by the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the White Mountain National Forest. Today's visitors do all that and more—tennis, skateboarding, year-round ice skating, mountain biking, boating, stargazing, or simply looking for a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life, just as the Reys did in the 1950s.

The Reys were drawn to Waterville Valley Resort because Hans was revising his popular astronomy book The Stars and needed a place away from the glare of city lights to do observation. They quickly fell in love with the valley and spent the next twenty summers there, writing, drawing, and charming the community.

Hans was a Renaissance man, versed in history and natural history, while Margret was a potter and photographer. Villagers and visitors were drawn to their little home—now known as the Curious George Cottage—which soon became an intellectual center for the town, hosting book clubs, discussion groups, and best of all, the magical opportunity to watch a children's author at work. When the "author at work" sign was out, children would come and watch as he drew new adventures for George or his other characters. At other times, Hans would take the children on nature walks and delight them with his talent of throwing his voice.

Today, the spirit of curiosity and exploration lives on in the Margret and H.A Rey Center, whose mission is to honor the Rey's legacy by recreating the experiences they provided: nature walks, literary groups, writers workshops, discussion clubs, a monthly lecture series, art shows, and of course, activities for children.

There are hikes, including "walk-talks" with an invited speaker on topics such as the glacial history of White Mountains and alpine ecology. At times, hikers take part in the Appalachian Mountain Club's Mountain Watch program, identifying and cataloging local birds, mushrooms, and flowers as a way of tracking changes in the mountain habitat.

Three times a month, the center hosts astronomy nights under the dark skies that first drew Hans Rey to the valley. Local amateurs lead the stargazing sessions, along with a monthly visit by an expert from the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord.

The Rey's love of nature is reflected in the Center's strong environmental and conservation bent. Volunteers from the Center work alongside the National Forest Service doing trail work such as building rock retainers and creating drainage.

Visitors and vacationers are welcome at all of the Rey Center's events, where they will often find themselves rubbing elbows with locals. Today, as in the past, Waterville Valley welcomes the curious, the adventurous, and the inquisitive—young or old, human or monkey.

Fishing Derby this Saturday in Waterville Valley

The Memorial Day Weekend at Waterville Valley is the start of summer. There are fun activities for all ages from fishing to face painting and live music.

The fun begins at 8am on Saturday morning with the 8th annual Casting for Kirby Youth Fishing Derby. The competition is divided, kids ages 7 and under and children from 8 to 15. The goal is try to catch Corcoran Pond’s elusive Kirby and win a prize. It is a $6 registration fee by Thursday, May 25 or $10 onsite. This event is known for its big prizes and fun atmosphere located at Waterville Valley Town Square. Register at www.watervillevalley.org/recreation

But that’s not the only thing happening on that day. Family friendly entertainment is also provided, including a presentation by NH Balloon Man, face painting, boat rentals (extra fee) and a visit with Bruce the Moose.

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, is a four-season resort set in the White Mountain National Forest, just 2 hours north of Boston.  In addition to winter snowsports like skiing and snowboarding, Waterville Valley offers award-winning tennis courts, golf, biking, cultural activities and summer theater, an indoor ice rink, boating, and a skate and bike park. Lodging choices include traditional inns and all-suite hotels, and dining options range from traditional favorites to elegant eateries. There are miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, a pond for swimming, and activities and programs for children and the whole family at the Curious George Cottage and the Recreation Center. For more information, call 800-GO-VALLEY or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com.

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Reunions, Weddings, Gathering, Meetings – the right size!

The typical business conference takes place in a downtown hotel, with the usual accompanying parking problems, congestion and that “stuck in one place” feeling.

Then there’s the Waterville Valley Conference and Event Center, located in the center of town and surrounded by 24,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest. Just two hours from Boston, the conference center has everything for a successful conference, including flexible meeting space with 12+  meeting rooms, full audio/visual services, exceptional catering services, the Speakeasy Bar for informal gatherings, and a variety of accommodations within walking distance. Conference attendees can also take advantage of all the recreational facilities and activities Waterville Valley offers.

In addition to business events, the Waterville Valley Conference and Event Center is the perfect location for weddings and special events, from large, formal gatherings to family retreats, class reunions, anniversary parties, retirement celebrations, holiday parties and rehearsal dinners. The Conference and Event Center’s unique location allows guests to come as a group, but enjoy their independence as well. It’s always a short walk or ride on the Valley’s complimentary trolley to all recreation, shops and restaurants.

Set in a grove off of Corcoran Pond is the perfect wedding spot, complete with classic pergola.  A newly renovated Brookside Room sits right of Snows Brook in the Town Square, with a large waterfront patio. Above, a smaller meeting room is great for small events.

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Support Waterville Parks and vote TODAY.

We all know it's the best in North America!

"Newschoolers has teamed up with Transworld Snowboarding and Snow Park Technologies to rank and catalog the best terrain parks across North America... In order to show our appreciation for your participation we will be randomly selecting one winner to receive a Line Skis prize pack of any pair of Line skis & any pair of Full Tilt boots"

http://www.newschoolers.com/Park-Poll-2018

Roper Real Estate and La Hacienda Mexicana Support Local Clean-up

It was a soggy day for community members of Waterville Valley to come together to clean up their roads and trails, but it didn’t deter. Over 50 people came out to help the annual community effort, facilitated by the Waterville Valley Recreation & Public Works Departments. Roper Real Estate sponsored the event by supplying drinks and a gift of flower bulbs to all participating trash picker-uppers.  New Waterville Valley restaurant, La Hacienda, joined the effort this year by providing everyone with a delicious, hot meal post clean up. Participants included Waterville Valley Elementary School kids, teachers, town employees, Waterville Valley Resort employees, residents, business owners and selectmen.

Each year this community cleanup effort keeps Waterville Valley a beautiful place to visit and for residents to enjoy. For more information about Waterville Valley please go to www.visitwatervillevalley.com

Great place to be

Waterville Valley Resort announces the new Green Peak Trail Names

 The Marketing Team and Waterville Valley Resort Management staff went through all the suggestions and read every single email and letter. During the final phase we kept or tweaked some of the great suggestions based on the character of the trail and the story behind it. We are proud to present the new trail names, stories behind them, and the most fascinating quotes about people and stories from the contest participants.

Trail 51 – Chandler’s Way

Named in honor of Kathy Chandler

Kathy is in the Waterville Valley Hall of Fame 2016, U.S. Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame 2012 (formerly the Disabled Ski Hall of Fame), founder of the first adaptive skiing program at Waterville Valley, founder of Ability Plus, Adaptive Coordinator for PSIA-e (Adaptive Division), PSIA certified examiner for both alpine and adaptive divisions.

Named by Waterville Valley Adaptive Snowsports Program

Trail 52 – Bourbon Street

Named in honor of Keith Sutherland                                                                                        

Katherine McClellan: "Keith worked at Waterville Valley for many years. Keith worked his way up to Head of Snow Surfaces and Mountain Manager. He dedicated many hours to Waterville Valley, and he was part of the planning of Green Peak before retiring. He was always at the mountain in the morning, checking in to make sure everything was running".

The story goes, he was given 44 bottles of Bourbon when he retired (one for every year he was at Waterville). Keith was one smooth operator.

Named by Waterville Valley Resort Senior Staff and long-time First Chair Joe Robertie

Trail 53 – Mean Jean’s Ravine

Named in honor of Jean Brosseau

Robert Armet: "Jean has been a loyal, conscious, and dedicated employee for 28+ years".

Emma Lundberg: "Jean comes back every season, time and time again, and is a consistent character that many people both hope and expect to see each ski season".

Kim Kelly: "Jean has sat on her stool at the cafeteria with all of her jewels for many years, always ready to help regulars and new visitors alike".

But employees watch out! She won’t let you get away with anything out of line! The name "Mean Jean" is very fitting to such a rugged trail.

Named by over 60 people who nominated Jean Brosseau

Trail 54 – Wayne Wong Way

Named in honor of Wayne Wong

Pamela Turner: "Inspiring to young and old alike, Wayne Wong set the bar for freestyle skiing in the East and, in particular, at Waterville Valley. Elegant and strong, he demonstrated a type of skiing that embraced the poetry of ballet and encompassed the strength of an athlete. He was a joy to watch, a pleasure to be around, and a mentor to many future and aspiring freestyle skiers. He brought both class and character to Waterville and is a part of the history of Mount Tecumseh".

Gail Marshalka: "His name was often connected to Waterville in the 70's and I remember seeing him perform his freestyle magic on your slopes".

Ian Young: "The first ever international freestyle skiing competition was held in Waterville Valley in 1971. The term freestyle was yet to be invented, so the event was named the National Championships of Exhibition Skiing. Wayne Wong was sponsored to enter by his friends. Over the next few years he became the poster boy for this new sport".

At the age of 21, Wong travelled from Vancouver on $200 in sponsorship money to the first World Cup Freestyle event held on Waterville Valley's True Grit. Trail 54 drops off of Trail 51 so everyone should be careful not to go the wrong way - go Wayne Wong's Way!

Named by Ian Young and Gail Marshalka

Trail 55 – Clean Shaven

Named in honor of Butch Cushing

Antonia Stewart: "Butch has put his heart and soul into making lift operation and Waterville Valley the best it can be. Butch has been at Waterville Valley for over 33 years. He has seen trails cut and built, and has provided years upon years of customer service and loyalty. He previously worked in Ski Patrol where his caring nature shone. From saving lives in ski patrol to making and selling renowned baked potatoes, he always puts the guest first and brings smiles to everyone he meets".

Butch loved to patrol the slopes as much as he was beloved by guests and staff. Now he is training the next generation of lift attendants to be conscientious, caring, and dedicated to the experience of every skier and rider, even greeting Passholders by name. He believes that every guest and Waterville Valley Resort as a whole deserves an extremely high level of respect and attention.

Lift operations value and expectation of excellence goes as far as military grade shaving standards for all lift attendants. Trail 55 has a very clean fall line all the way down and it is going to be a perfectly grated slope. In honor of Butch, this trail will be of the highest standards, and definitely Clean Shaven!

Named by Waterville Valley Resort Senior Staff

Trail 56 – Pfosi’s Pfolly

Named in honor of Paul Pfosi

The original director of the Waterville Valley Snowsports School in 1968, he also ran a lodge in the Valley called Pfosi's Lodge.

Robert Mann: "A former member of the Swiss National Team, Paul established the early European culture at Waterville Valley Resort".

Don Warnock: "I remember Paul Pfosi greeting us on our arrival at the Lodge, and he and his staff couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating during the entire week. We loved our stay at Pfosi's Lodge and Waterville Valley, and got hooked on skiing, and we've been going back ever since, As time went on, both our sons learned to ski at Waterville Valley, and our oldest son eventually became an instructor and taught at Waterville Valley for more than 8 years. We eventually bought property just outside the valley and continue to ski Waterville every year. I really believe Paul Pfosi's genuine interest in making sure we were having a good time contributed to a great first ski experience for my wife and I, and kept us coming back for forty years"

Trail 56 is a trail you can accidentally end up on if you don't pay attention, a Pfolly you may want to make on purpose!

Named by Don Warnock

Trail 57 – Governors Run

Named in honor of Governors John H. Sununu and Chris Sununu

The family tradition started here when John H. Sununu was the Governor of New Hampshire (1983 - 1989) and would bring the family to ski every winter. The trail name "Governors Run" was chosen in honor of both the current New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu who spearheaded the new Green Peak Expansion when he served Waterville Valley as CEO, and his father, former New Hampshire Governor John H. Sununu.

Named by Robert Perreault

Trail 58 – Piano Man

Named in honor of Lenny Emery

Richard and Ellie Scherr: "To Lenny, there was never a bad day of skiing at Waterville Valley. From the opening day in November to Closing in April, he'd never miss "first chair" - often recording 120+ days of skiing. If it rained, when asked how it was to Lenny "it was a great day". When there was bullet proof ice, to Lenny "it was a great day of firm skiing". Lenny passed away much too soon a few years ago. He is buried up the hill here in Waterville Valley. Lenny always had a wonderful sense of humor. The inscription on his gravestone reads "I'd rather be here than Loon".

Margaret Turner: "Lenny was part of the team that built the ski area and ran the Bird's Nest for several years, living in the loft space above. He left us his skier's prayer, which is featured at the entrance to the Schwendi Hut:

When the mountain starts to sparkle

In the dawn's early sun

And you're getting off the chair

For your first powder run

Look out upon my Valley just before you go

And if your voice is truth

And your heart is pure I'll be your snow".

Pk. Conti: "He was a fixture at the Mountain"

Named by Pk. Conti

Trail 59 – Calvert’s Crossing

Named in honor of Richard "Dick" Calvert

Born on June 11, 1923, and one of the oldest ski racers in New England. He is also the last of his WWII 10th Mountain Division to continue ski racing. He has been a member of the Waterville Valley Silver Streaks for over 30 years and continues to bring his lovely wife, Millie, to the mountain weekly to participate in the Silver Streaks. Dick is a wonderful human being with a joyous heart that brings energy and inspiration to everyone around him. He reminds us all what to aspire to, at any age.

Named by Waterville Valley Resort Silver Streaks

Trail 60 – Ruffled Feathers

Name in honor of William "Bill" Feather

Carol Stewart: "In memory of Bill Feathers, our long time ski patrol leader".

Jennifer Boisvert: "Bill was a professional in every aspect of his position. He spent countless hours both on and off the mountain making it a safe place for guests to enjoy. His top priority was safety. He would arrive early in the mornings and make sure all trails and personnel were ready to go for the paying customer".

Bill started vacationing in Waterville Valley in 1986 from New Jersey, and in 1994 sold his business to move to the Valley. Bill was in Ski Patrol for 22 years: Assistant Director 2001-2005; Director 2005-2016; PSPA - for 22 years, and Instructor Trainer for 9 years. His legacy will live on as his trail sign guides future generations. William H. Feather passed away unexpectedly on December 30th, 2016.

Named by Jennifer Boisvert and Mrs. Pud Feather

BONUS:

Preston's Path

Named in honor of Nick and Suzi Preston.

Dennis Evgenov: “This name is dedicated to the Preston family. Nick was a long time freestyle coach at BBTS at Waterville. He has dedicated his life to the mountain and the Sport. Skiing is his passion, and where ever he might be, Waterville is always him home mountain. He also has seen great success as a coach. He has coached many Olympic hopefuls, and a two time Olympic medalist Hannah Kearney. Here at Waterville they both helped pioneer the sport of freestyle skiing, and it is only logical to name a trail after this dynasty of skiers since Waterville does boast to be the "Birthplace of Freestyle skiing".

The trail under the Northside lift has opened this season for the first time as an official trail. We have recently enjoyed opening it every chance we can and it has become a natural mogul run. It's only fitting that the Preston's have a mogul run named after them! Nick and Suzi Preston together have done so much for not only the sport and youth in Freestyle, but for Waterville Valley Resort in general.

Named by Dennis Evgenov

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Waterville Valley Tennis Center Earns World Ranking in tennisresortsonline.com Poll

The Waterville Valley Tennis Center was again included as a Gold Medal Resort in the annual tennisresortsonline.com rankings of tennis resorts across the globe, achieving a ranking of #22. In addition, we were recognized in the poll as #1 for Best Value for Dollar and #5 for Best Setting. The Waterville Valley Tennis Center was the only New England tennis resort recognized as a Gold Medal Resort, and was the only New England tennis center recognized in two individual categories.

Waterville Valley Tennis Center Owner and USPTA Director Tom Gross, Jr. said, “We are thrilled to once again receive a top 25 ranking as a Gold Medal Resort in the World, and to be selected twice in the individual category. Our members and guests appreciate not only our 18 red clay courts surrounded by 4,000-foot mountains, but also the beautiful resort village.

Since 1884 guests have enjoyed tennis in Waterville Valley and this summer our ranking continues the long tradition of providing a first rate tennis center for vacationers.”

General Manager Rene Schwartz said, “The overall #1 ranking for Best Value for Dollar is an indication of our commitment to guests who have many choices in a crowded summer vacation market. We offer a complete tennis experience with adult and junior clinic’s, private lessons, a full-service pro shop, tournaments, daily round robins and an incredibly friendly staff. Guests staying in participating lodges receive a Freedom Pass which includes unlimited tennis court time and a variety of other recreational amenities, including access to the White Mountain Athletic Club.”

Writes Roger Cox, editor of tennisresortsonline.com said -“What the top resorts all have in common, … is a passion for tennis and a proven ability to cater to the needs of avid players.” He continues, “Terraced into a grassy hillside and surrounded by forested mountains, Waterville's 18 red-clay courts rank among the most beautiful places I've played.”

Former touring pro Clare Grabher and her husband Kurt of New England Tennis Holidays will once again operate their very high quality, 5-hour-a-day summer tennis camps on those same red-clay tournament courts. Said Kurt, "As founders of New England Tennis Holidays, we are very excited about our relationship with Tom Gross, Jr. and the Waterville Valley Resort and Tennis Center. This is our 29th year of tennis in New England and our 7th season in Waterville Valley, NH.”

The Waterville Valley Tennis Center (http://www.tennisnh.com/ 603-236-4840) opens in mid-May and continues through Columbus Day Weekend. A variety of clinics, lessons, round robins, kid’s programs, racquet stringing, tournaments and pro shop apparel are available. Reservations inquiries can be made via https://www.visitwatervillevalley.com

Tennis!

Waterville Valley Academy Student Named to U.S. Team

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, May 1, 2017- Grace Henderson, a native of Madbury, New Hampshire, was recently named to the U.S. Freeskiing team. Grace, is currently ranked 17th in the world in the Big Air and 28th in Slopestyle, by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals.

Grace was second overall in Slopestyle in this year’s Revolution Tour standings.  She also placed first in the Big Air at the Aspen Open and second in Slopestyle at the USASA National Championships and was named to the 2017 Freeskiing Junior Worlds Team.

Henderson is currently a sophomore at Waterville Valley Academy (WVA). According to Dan Shuffleton, WVA’s Freeski Program Director "Grace is a hardworking and driven student athlete who sets her goals and then stays focused on achieving them. She is very talented, skilled and motivated making her successes frequent and fun to watch. I'm lucky to have the pleasure to be a part of it."

“When I found out that I was named to the team I was freaking out in disbelief. I am very excited for this and for the opportunities I will have because of this,” said Henderson. “As a member of the Rookie Team, I will have two weeks of training camp at Mammoth in May, two more weeks in June, and a week at Mt Hood in July. Based on my Revolution Tour results, I have received starts in all the World Cups and Olympic qualifiers for next season. My results from those events will determine whether I am qualified for the 2018 Olympics, the top four Americans in the standings will qualify. I am currently in sixth after the first qualifier which was last January.”

Each athlete accepting the nomination to U.S. Freeskiing receives world class program support, along with access to the USSA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including an elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine and high performance staff, and educational opportunities.

"Grace's focus and commitment to her sport motivates our entire WVA and WVBBTS community.  We are very proud of her selection to the US Team and look forward to her competing as a national team athlete from our school and the state of New Hampshire," said Peter Stokloza, Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers CEO and Head of School for WVA.

Grace Henderson

Waterville Valley Resorts Hosts Weddings with Breathtaking Views

Waterville Valley is the perfect setting for a wedding, the 500-acre village is surrounded by New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, has 360-degree mountain views that will take your breath away. This is the perfect place to be wed!

For the ceremony you can choose to wed under an elegant gazebo with mountain views, then stroll into the tent in the Garden Terrace where you can dance and dine under the stars. Or you can choose the Osceola Arbor, to say your “ I do’s” on the shore of Corcoran Pond with Mt. Osceola as a backdrop and then have the reception under “Six Peak Tent” or choose from any other reception venues.

For the reception you can choose the Brookside Room, a private venue set on the banks of Snow’s Brook, and enjoy drinks and appetizers out on the patio with the sounds of waterfalls and a babbling brook, then venture inside and enjoy a carefully crafted delectable banquet. Or you can choose the Waterville Valley ballroom, known for its exceptional service and gourmet meals. For small and intimate weddings the Main Dining Room coupled with the Speakeasy lounge is a good option.

Additionally, there’s a tour for brides and grooms to explore the valley,  as well as a wedding day brunch, a private open trolley and a campfire on the beach, if you’d like. Waterville Valley offers the views, the rest is up to you.

 

I do!

I do!

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Waterville Valley

The Memorial Day Weekend at Waterville Valley is the start of summer. It is two days of fun with activities for all ages from fishing to face painting and live music.

The fun begins on Saturday with the annual Casting for Kirby Youth Fishing Derby. The competition is divided, kids ages 7 and under and children from 8 to 15. The goal is try to catch Corcoran Pond’s elusive Kirby and win a prize.

But that’s not the only thing happening on that day. Family friendly entertainment is also provided, including a presentation by NH Balloon Man, face painting, boat rentals and a visit with Bruce the Moose.

On Sunday adults can sample a variety of chowders from local restaurants at the 28th Annual Chowderfest & Brews. Guests can submit ballots for their favorites for the “Golden Clam Award” for the best chowder. During the afternoon seasonal ales from New Hampshire are available to sample for guests 21 and older and while you enjoy the chowder and brews you can also listen to live music on the Gazebo Stage from 12-3 pm.

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, is a four-season resort set in the White Mountain National Forest, just 2 hours north of Boston.  In addition to winter snowsports like skiing and snowboarding, Waterville Valley offers award-winning tennis courts, golf, biking, cultural activities and summer theater, an indoor ice rink, boating, and a skate and bike park. Lodging choices include traditional inns and all-suite hotels, and dining options range from traditional favorites to elegant eateries. There are miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, a pond for swimming, and activities and programs for children and the whole family at the Curious George Cottage and the Recreation Center. For more information, call 800-GO-VALLEY or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com.

KIRBY?

KIRBY?