Santa rides a dogsled? Really?

On November 25th at 3:30 p.m. Santa and his elves will ride into the Waterville Valley Town Square, NH, pulled by a team of sled dogs from The Valley Snowdogz. Santa will be bearing gifts and candy for each child who comes to visit him in the Adventure Center located in Town Square. Parents are welcome to take photos of their children with Santa. Hot cocoa and cookies will be on hand. Suggested donation, from those who are able, of $5 per child/$10 per family will benefit the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth, NH.

Finally, be sure to stay for the tree lighting ceremony at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Square, followed by a spectacular fireworks display over Corcoran Pond.

Here comes Santa!

Waterville Valley Resort offers family fun pre-Halloween on the weekend of October 28th.

Waterville Valley Resort has a pumpkin full of Halloween activities planned for the weekend of October 28th. Yes, that is the weekend right before Halloween, so look at this as a sweet dress rehearsal.

On Saturday, October 28, costumed kids and families can go trick or treating around Waterville Valley Resort a bit early. The Recreation Department will start the night with fun games and a costume contest. At 5 p.m. there will be a ghoulish costume parade, marching all the way to Waterville Valley Town Square with trick or treating at local businesses and lodges. 

Festivities begin at 4 p.m., and guests should arrive at 3:30 p.m. to register. All ages are welcome to participate, but those 9 and under require adult supervision. Spooky snacks and treats will be served. The cost is $5 per child.

Schedule of Events for Saturday, October 28:

3:30 p.m.: Doors open/event registration at Recreation Department.

4:00 p.m.: Halloween games & tricks

4:30 p.m.: Costume Contest prizes awarded.

5 p.m.: Costume Parade to Town Square & Trick-or-Treating. All ages welcome; ages ten and under require adult supervision.  

The Town of Waterville Valley Recreation Department works closely with the Department of Public Safety to ensure a safe, fun filled evening for all. For more information or questions, please call (603) 236-4695.

Halloween fun, early!

Seats are available for the 'Monkey Business' Movie Premiere in Waterville Valley! 

Seats are available for the 'Monkey Business' Movie Premiere in Waterville Valley! 

Saturday, Oct. 7

4 p.m. 

Multipurpose Room at the Waterville Valley Recreation Department

FREE Admission

Hosted by the Margret and H.A. Rey Center and filmmaker/creator/director Ema Ryan Yamazaki
Contact Leah with questions or to reserve a seat:  leah@thereycenter.org | 603-236-3308.

'Monkey Business' is a documentary film exploring the extraordinary lives of Hans and Margret Rey, authors of the beloved Curious George children's books - and former summer residents of Waterville Valley.  Their former home is now the home of the Curious George Cottage and the non-profit Margret & H.A. Rey Center.

CuriouSeats are available for the 'Monkey Business' Movie Premiere in Waterville Valley! s-George-2.jpg

Brave Souls to Take to the Icy Waters of Corcoran Pond to Benefit Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports

On Saturday, November 25th Captain Tom Turkey will lead his Fearless Fowl Feathered Friends as they Plunge, once again, into the icy waters of Corcoran Pond in Waterville Valley to raise funds to support the Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports Programs for children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities.

New this year, The Valley Inn is offering a 33% lodging discount to any plunger or Cold Turkey supporter. Log in to http://www.valleyinn.com/deals-packages/ to book and learn more.

Over the past four years the Plunge has raised almost $100,000 for the volunteer-based program. The funds were used to purchase $30,000 of specialized adaptive athletic equipment, host disabled veterans and their families for two weekends of winter sports, allow families with autistic children the chance to enjoy a weekend respite in the White Mountains, and provide ski lessons and equipment for more then 1,000 athletes with cognitive and physical challenges.

All Plungers are asked to raise a minimum of $50 in donations. They will be rewarded with a WVAS Empowered Bracelet, an official Long Sleeve Plunge T-shirt and a tasty cold turkey sandwich courtesy of Chef Sean Stout of the Coyote Grille. Additional Premium Incentives will be awarded for reaching various fund raising benchmarks and prizes will be presented to Teams and Individuals in a variety of categories including Best Costume (Costumes Optional).

The beach will be rocking with the annual Polar Pool Party. The popular Hot Tub will be back. The Town Square will be decorated and the local Inns and merchants will be offering all sorts of Holiday Specials. Ski Waterville Valley in the morning. Join the Plunge at 1:00. Then linger in the square to greet Santa when he arrives by dog sled at 3:00 p.m. and stay for the Holiday Fireworks over Corcoran Pond in the evening.

Go to www.watervilleadaptive.com for more details and Plunge news

Hitting the ice for a good cause

Waterville Valley is a town with a past - and it started with a vision

Waterville Valley is a planned family resort nestled in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest that attracts thousands of visitors every year. This small town is home not only to a world-class ski area, but an award-winning tennis club, golf course and miles of hiking and mountain biking trails – all within a short walk or bus ride of your hotel or condominium door.

Unlike most New England vacation destinations, this well-designed community didn’t just happen. It was carefully crafted from the vision developed by the late Olympic skier Tom Corcoran.

Before Corcoran came to town in 1964, Waterville Valley was a sleepy summer community with a small but lively ski scene. In the early 1900s, the valley was a retreat for wealthy city dwellers who came to spend their summers hiking, fishing and swimming. Over the years, a few amenities were added, including a gold course, tennis courts and the Waterville Inn, the hub of social activity not just for summer residents, but for the growing number of skiers who came to ride the slopes carved out of Mount Snow.

Corcoran had developed a love for the White Mountains when he took his first run down a rough ski trail on Mt. Tecumseh as a student at Phillips Exeter Academy. After graduating Dartmouth College, his skiing skills took him to the 1956 Olympics and again in 1960, where he earned the highest ranking performance in the Giant Slalom for a U.S. male skier, a rank he held until he was topped by New Hampshire skier Bode Miller.

After Corcoran left the Olympic arena and completed an MBA from Harvard Business School, he headed west to Aspen to learn the ski resort business. Corcoran grew up in a ski resort community in Canada and dreamed of starting his own ski resort in Northeast. After a few years in Colorado, Corcoran moved his family to Middlebury, VT, where he began looking for the home of his future resort.

Corcoran sought out the help of Sel Hannah, a White Mountains resident who had done extensive work surveying the range. Hannah pointed Corcoran toward Waterville Valley and Mt. Tecumseh, not only for its ski resort potential, but because Hannah knew Waterville Inn owner Ralph Bean had significant land holdings in the valley and was looking to sell. Unfortunately at the time, it was to another buyer.

Hannah set up a surveying flight for Corcoran to look at other sites. On their way back home, the plane circled over the valley and Corcoran knew he had found the spot. “It was like a light bulb went off,” said Corcoran. When the plane touched the ground, Corcoran again asked about Waterville Valley and learned that Bean’s buyer had fallen through. Corcoran immediately asked to set up a meeting with Bean at the Waterville Inn to discuss buying the land. Corcoran and Bean met that weekend and by Monday, Corcoran had made an offer on the property and the Waterville Company was born.

During the winter of 1965-66, Corcoran became the owner of the Waterville Inn and 425 acres at the base of the mountain. He negotiated a contract with the U.S. Forest Service, stewards of the mountain, to use the land as a ski area. Hannah and Corcoran quickly surveyed and mapped out the Waterville Valley ski area and began construction in February.

The local community was largely receptive to Corcoran’s plan. “It was an economically depressed area and I think people were happy to have him building in the area and bringing in jobs,” said Corcoran’s former wife Birdie Britton.

Sally Harris, a Waterville Valley resident who worked for Corcoran and the town for many years, said people were at first surprised when he announced his plans. “They thought he was crazy,” Harris said. But soon the locals lent their support and were eager to see new economic opportunities in the valley.

That year, 135 acres were cleared, four lifts and a J-bar were installed and two base lodges were finished in time for the start of the 1966-67 ski season. When Waterville Valley opened, it was among the five largest snowmaking areas in New Hampshire.

“It was very popular right off the bat,” said Britton. “There were long lift lines, the parking lots were full and there were even cars parked all the way down the road.”

“We were the only game in town back then,” said Tom Day, Former General Manager of Waterville Valley ski area. “From 1966 to 1980, Waterville Valley was the place.”

Waterville Valley attracted skiers from around the region – and some well-known faces as well. Corcoran had developed a friendship with Robert Kennedy during a stint working on his senatorial campaign. The ski area -- located only two hours from Boston – became a favorite destination for the Kennedys and their children. After Robert Kennedy’s assassination in 1969, the popular “Bobby’s Run” was renamed in honor of Corcoran’s late friend.

Corcoran understood that developing a strong competitive racing program was important to the vitality of the ski resort and he worked hard to bring top competitions to the mountain. From the first years of the ski area up to the 1990s, Waterville Valley hosted 11 World Cup events, as well as a broad range of competitions for both youth and adults. The biggest was the 1969 World Cup Slalom and Giant Slalom Finals, a televised competition that drew national attention to New Hampshire.

Corcaran’s design wasn’t solely focused on the expert skier. All the trails at this family-friendly ski area end in a common area near the lodges, making it easy to find friends and children after a run. With a mix of difficult and easy terrain, Waterville Valley draws skiers of all levels.

Grooming the resort’s own skiers to compete at higher levels was just as important to Corcoran as bringing in big races. He approached a local ski club, the Black and Blue Trail Smashers, about developing a ski training program. The group, now called the Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers, or WVBBTS, became a top-notch ski training program under the leadership of “Doc” Sosman. By the early 70s, WVBBTS students had earned places on the US Ski Team, World Cup circuit and US Alpine Olympic Team. The group also developed the Waterville Valley Academy, a full-time winter term academic and training academy for high school students. At 75, WVBBTS is one of the oldest ski clubs in the country. It continues to turn out champions, most recently Hannah Kearney, who won the Gold Medal in moguls at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Freestyle skiing was introduced to the mountain during the 1969 World Cup races, making Waterville a leader in this new and exciting sport. A few years later, Waterville Valley hosted the First National Open Championship of Freestyle Skiing and the WVBBTS began offering freestyle skiing training. By the 1990s, it had fully embraced the sport by building the second freestyle terrain park in the North East.

Cross-country skiing also became a big part of the Waterville Valley ski culture. The U.S. Olympic Team trained in Waterville for the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan and the area hosted the U.S. National Cross Country Championships in 1979. Today, Waterville Valley’s Nordic Center features 75 km of wide-groomed trails with terrain for every ability level.

While skiing was the obvious center piece of the resort, Corcoran believed it was vital to develop a well-planned community that provided rooms, food and a little night life for the skiers. After the Waterville Inn burned that first winter, Corcoran launched his master plan, building two inns and a restaurant. Soon after, a convention center was built, followed by condominium developments. Nearly every year saw some new building, funded by either the Waterville Company or private developers. Waterville quickly grew into the first master planned community in the Northeast.

“Fortunately for Waterville Valley, there’s no McDonalds, no lighted sign. That won’t happen,” said Bill Cantlin, current president of the Waterville Company. “That’s one of the advantages to having a whole resort planned from day one.”

Sally Harris, the former long-time town administrator, remembered that Corcoran worked very hard to ensure the town was included in the planning. “He very much led the building of town,” said Harris. “There’s no question Waterville is what it is today because of him.”

Corcoran served 12 terms on the Board of Selectmen, helping oversee construction of town projects, including public water and sewer, a recreation center, ice arena and school for the local children. When Corcoran retired after 35 years on the board, he was the longest serving selectman in the state.

“I worked very hard to always keep the company’s interests separate from the town’s interests,” said Corcoran. “I felt really strongly the town had to be respected, stand on its own two feet and that the town and the ski area had a good working relationship.”

Part of Corcoran’s vision was to have a central square with shops, inns and nightlife. Expanding out from there would be close-knit condominium complexes and stretching further would be more residential condos and single family homes. Corcoran saw his plans for the central Town Square come to fruition 1987. Unfortunately, this key piece of the Waterville Valley community came just as tough economic times hit New England. The Savings and Loan crisis hurt the real estate market and although The Waterville Company worked hard to weather the storm, it declared bankruptcy in 1994 and was purchased by the resort company SKI Ltd.

The Waterville Company was able to keep its real estate holdings and the golf course and by the end of the decade, the company and the community were once again on an upswing. Cantlin said the early 2000s brought unprecedented growth to Waterville Valley and that the number of summer vacationers has increased steadily in recent years.

Recent decades have seen other areas of the community grow and flourish, as well. The town recreation department has become an active part of Waterville Valley, hosting ice cream socials, hiking trips, summer day camps and dozens of family events year round. The 9-hole Waterville Valley Golf Course, one of the oldest in the nation, was expanded and redesigned in 2005. The Waterville Valley Tennis Center has also expanded over its 125-plus year history into an 18-clay court center that is recognized year after year as a top club for its facilities, value and programs for children.

In 1992, the town took ownership of Hans and Margaret Rey’s summer cottage, where the authors of the popular Curious George children’s book would spend their summers. A steward group began hosting events at the cottage and in 2006, the Margret & H.A. Rey Center opened in Town Square, dedicated to fostering the study or arts and science in memory of the authors. The center features reading hours, art and astronomy seminars. At the cottage, the center hosts summer events and has recreated Margaret Rey’s beloved garden.

Tom Corcoran left the valley when he retired in 1999 and settled in South Carolina. He passed away this apt summer.  

The Waterville Company still plans to continue to grow and offer the most modern amenities, such as a grand hotel and spa, or a cozy bed and breakfast. To help support the community, the Waterville Valley Resort Association was formed in 2006 as a kind of Chamber of Commerce, which promotes both town programs and local businesses. These organizations have also been working to promote more year-round activities, including creating the Summer Unlimited activities package that has become a popular perk for the region.

From day one, Waterville has been a family friendly vacation destination, said Cantlin. It’s part of Corcoran’s original design and the long term master plan to make sure the valley stays that way. 

Birthpalce of Freestyle Skiing

Mulligans is a fan favorite place to eat

Mulligans on Corcoran Pond is one of Waterville Valley’s newest restaurants. Opened in November 2015, Mulligans offers a comfortable family atmosphere to enjoy breakfast, lunch or an après meal or beverage.

 

The menu contains grab and go breakfast items early guests. Lunch and après guests can choose from a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, build your own wraps, hot and cold sandwiches, entrées and Panini. Take out is available too.

 

Sit at the bar and enjoy a beverage, play some darts or catch a game on one of Mulligans televisions. The restaurant is open until 6 p.m. daily and offers live entertainment on occasion. 

Food off the pond and the rink

Waterville Valley 5K and 10 Mile Trail Race

The Town of Waterville Valley Recreation Department presents the 10th annual Fall Foliage Foot Race, set for Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 9:30am. 

 

This classic 5k/fun run style event will start and finish at Waterville Valley Resort Town Square. The 5k is a USATF certified course (#NH11020RF) and the 1.6k Fun Run is a family favorite. Race organizers are excited to offer a 10-mile trail run race for the second year in a row. Long-time Waterville Valley Recreation Department supporter, Mark Invernizzi Landscaping, will be the 2017 event sponsor, along with Roper Real Estate, Speare Memorial Hospital and Waterville Valley Foundation as major sponsors.

 

A portion of this year’s proceeds will support the Pemi-Baker Community Track Committee who are working with SAU 48 Superintendent of School and the Pemi-Baker Regional School District to bring an outdoor track and field facility to the community.

 

Online Registration for the Fall Foliage Foot Race is now open at http://www.lightboxreg.com/fall-foliage-footrace_2017

 

You may also pick up a registration form at the Waterville Valley Recreation Department at 11 Noon Peak Rd. Race day registration is available from 8:15-9:15am at Waterville Valley Town Square. 

 

The first 100 people to register for the 5k or 10-mile trail race will receive a FREE event T-shirt. All 1.6k Fun Run registrants will receive a free mini pumpkin for participation.

 

Following the race there will be a raffle, race awards, beer samplings & live music! www.facebook.com/WVFootRace.

 

The Town of Waterville Valley’s Recreation Department (WVRD) is open to the public year-round and offers a full gymnasium, programs for adults & youth, summer camps, facility rentals, special events & more. For more information go to www.watervillevalley.org/recreation, “like” us at www.facebook.com/WVRecreation or call Recreation Director, Brooke Wakefield at (603) 236-4695. 

Fall in the White Mountians

A local legend, and a great place to dine

Tom Gross opened Legends 1291 Sports Bar back in February 1989, originally only offering only live music and drinks that pleased a late night crowd. Food was added in 1997, making it the go to place for burgers, pasta, chicken tenders and of course, ribs. Today, the pub is a Town Square icon and not only a late night favorite, but also a regular stop for families and visitors looking for a more casual atmosphere.

Gross, who was national director for Rod Laver’s tennis school in the 1970s, was in Europe writing for Tennis Magazine when Tom Corcoran, the visionary founder of Waterville Valley Resort, asked him to run the resort’s tennis center. An offer to run the pub followed and the rest is history.

“There’s something about going back to a special place year after year and seeing familiar faces,” Gross said, noting many of his staff are longtime employees and they greet customers by name. They also welcome families, whose children aren’t forced to sit still through dinner, as there are a variety of video games to help keep them entertained.

Diners can look forward to half price specials offered Mondays through Thursdays year-round (with the exception of vacation weeks), cold brews and all around good pub fare.

Good food, good times!

Forest Service Approval Launches Construction of New High Country T-Bar Lift for Waterville Valley Resort

Waterville Valley Resort received approval from the USDA Forest Service last week to begin construction of the new High Country T-Bar Lift, proposed in May. While the ski season is just around the corner, the achievement of this significant milestone has spurred construction to begin immediately.

“So much happens behind the scenes before a project finally breaks ground so it is incredible what has been accomplished in just a few months through the collaborative efforts of the USDA Forest Service, SE Group, Horizons Engineering, Inc., LST Lifts, and our team,” says Tim Smith, President and General Manager of Waterville Valley Resort. “Developed from the feedback of industry experts and our own athletes, passholders, and guests, it has been clear from the start that this is the best plan to improve and innovate the High Country experience and now we have the go ahead to bring it to life.”

The new lift is part of a larger, $7.5 million multiyear investment plan, dubbed Phase II. This summer saw the launch of multiple projects set to improve the skier and guest experience with resort-wide renovations, upgrades, and innovations in snowmaking, terrain, lifts, activities, the base lodge, and more. 

“Our philosophy for taking on ambitious projects at this point in the season is unique but has served us well in recent years,” says Smith of moving forward on the T-Bar lift. “By prioritizing flexibility over the customary, but limiting, opening day guarantee, we can make progress and deliver results sooner on projects that otherwise might not get started until the next season.”

Those excited skiers and riders who can’t wait for opening day are invited for a sneak peek during the Columbus Day Weekend Fall Foliage Festival. Tour the new Phase II developments on a guided hike with Tim Smith, attend demonstrations of new technology and equipment in Town Square, and take advantage of the season pass sale, now through October 10th.  

Further details and regular updates can be found at:  http://www.waterville.com/Phase-II

New High Country T-Bar Lift

The Coyote Grill - A tasteful reputation, and one for the best places to dine in the North Country

Coyote Grill chef and owner Sean Stout has made quite a name for himself in Waterville Valley Resort and beyond. After running the restaurant for more than 20 years, customers have come to love his menu’s creativity, consistently good food and the welcoming atmosphere.

Stout, a Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts graduate, has a straightforward approach when it comes to keeping customers happy. “Keep it simple, keep it fresh, and change the menu frequently according to the season,” he said. “We always like to keep the menu new and creative.”

The Coyote Grill menu features a mix of steaks, seafood, pasta and other entrées prepared with culinary flair. Stout pays particular attention to detail and prides himself on presentation, whether it’s presenting a steak, vegetarian dish or his daughter’s favorite: tortilla crusted chicken with aged Vermont cheddar grits, fresh guacamole, roasted summer corn salad and finished with a smoked jalapeno aioli. The restaurant is also known for its shrimp and risotto, haddock and calamari, among many other items.

Local and regional products are used as often as possible and often, New England products are included in the restaurant’s daily specials. At any given time, the menu may include venison, elk, Vermont cheese, or New Hampshire seafood. The bar menu also includes New England draft beers and New Hampshire made liquors.

When he isn’t in the kitchen, Stout can be seen in the restaurant saying hello to regulars or meeting new customers. The restaurant welcomes a mix of longtime locals, visitors and families. 

Food so good you have to try it!

Fall awaits you at Waterville Valley!

Escape traffic along scenic road or catching the foliage from the moving window of a moving car, stretch your legs and enjoy the brilliant colors of autumn in Waterville Valley. Located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, Waterville Valley Resort has a wide selection of activities with miles of hiking, scenic vistas and a chair lift to see the foliage show without the car fumes.

 

You can forget about the busy roads after your arrival at the resort. Visitors to Waterville Valley Resort can generally park their car and forget it. A free, open-air trolley serves the valley and can take you wherever you want to go. The Town Square is a pedestrian-only zone on a pond, and most activities are within walking distance or a short ride away on the trolley.

 

Hiking is one of the most popular ways to take in the stunning fall foliage and the Waterville Valley area has been a choice spot for leaf peeping since the 1800s when a group of guests at Greeley's Hotel formed the Waterville Athletic and Improvement Association. Still active today, the association continues to oversee the valley's 100 miles of trails, which range from easy walking paths to heart-pounding ascents. Whether you’re taking a stroll around Corcoran Pond at the center of Town Square, wandering through the woods and wildflowers on the valley floor, or hiking up the 4,315-ft. summit of Mount Osceola, you’ll be surrounded by stunning views of the 700,000 acres of the national forest.

 

If you prefer wheels to hiking boots, there’s no better way to take in the foliage than on a bike, either your own or a rental bike from the Adventure Center in Town Square. Whether it’s a leisurely ride around town or a dirt-kicking expedition through the autumn woods, there are over 30 miles of trails to suit the mood of riders at all experience levels. You can even take the chair lift to the top of Snow's Mountain and ride your bike down. The Adventure Center has well-maintained rental bikes and instructors to ensure your bike is comfortable and suggest trails to explore. If you've never biked before, it's a great, non-threatening way to begin. 

Fall fun in Waterville Valley, NH

Play golf and tennis amid the foliage this fall

Autumn is a great time to enjoy golf or tennis and Waterville Valley Resort offers world-class courts and courses surrounded by the beauty of the mountains.

The Waterville Valley Golf Club is a family-friendly course surrounded by glorious 360-degree views of Mounts Tecumseh, Osceola and Sandwich. The welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere offers a contrast to more high-pressure clubs. On a typical fall day, you're likely to see as many families with children playing as adult foursomes.

But don't mistake "relaxed" for "unchallenging." Recently, the golf club completed a half-million dollar renovation designed to maintain the charm of the original course while adding new holes to challenge more experienced players.

Tennis has been a part of the Waterville Valley experience since 1884, when there was only one court. Today the resort’s 18 courts are among the best in the country. Tennis Magazine ranks the Waterville Valley Tennis Center as one of the top 50 tennis resorts in America and Tennis Resorts Online rated it the number two spot in America for its glorious setting amidst the White Mountains. But casual players should not feel intimidated by the resort’s reputation. Players like two-time Grand Slam champion Rod Laver have enjoyed the red clay courts alongside beginners.

There is plenty to do to keep the family active and entertained. The White Mountain Athletic Club has an indoor swimming pool, whirlpools, saunas, weight rooms and cardiovascular room. And the Waterville Valley Ice Arena, a popular year-round destination, provides open skating, rentals and lessons for all ages.

Fall golf and tennis

Fall in to a Foliage Dining Escape

Waterville Valley Resort has a wide variety of fall options for all group sizes, from hotel rooms to condominiums. The dining options in the Valley can accommodate both couple on a romantic get-a-way and families looking to feed a crowd. The Olde Waterville Pizza Company in Town Square is a popular, casual spot, and those looking for fine dining will enjoy the Coyote Grill, La Hacienda Mexicana, Legends or Mulligans.

What you won’t find in Waterville Valley Resort are chain stores or fast-food restaurants, traffic jams or fender benders. It’s a place to reconnect with family and friends while enjoying all that nature has to offer — and a few amenities nature didn’t think of. 

Dine out this fall in Waterville Valley

Dine out this fall in Waterville Valley

Mountain biking a new way to explore the White Mountains

Waterville Valley sits much like an island, surrounded on all side by over 700,000 acres of the White Mountain National Forest. Riding from an inn or lodge into the forest is easier than anywhere else in the North Country.  And as a valley, there are all kinds of trails to take on. Getting into the mountains from the valley floor is easy, thanks to a chairlift up Snow’s Mountain.

Nordic ski trails, logging roads, fire roads, and hiking trails wind throughout Waterville Valley to create more than 30 miles of mountain bike trails that read like the Boston MBTA map. Then, with a little help from Tropical Storm Irene, singletrack trails were recently added to that map.

For those not down with the mountain bike lingo, “singletrack” is just that; a trail wide enough for a single bike with a focus on weaving through trees, using natural terrain (stumps, roots, rocks) as obstacles, and creating a much more technical form of riding. At the same time, these trails call upon the rider’s creativity to maneuver around said obstacles.

Surrounding trail systems had made similar plans work in the past, so Furgal and others presented a plan to the National Forest Foundation to build in some new trails on the existing system. Being met not with resistance but rather paper work and hoops to jump through to build on National Forest land, the group determined that it might be best to start building on private land.

The Waterville Valley trail system boasts quality biking for all levels. Waterville Valle has a great middle ground in terms of terrain, but also a foundation from which to grow.

Will Ritchie, Manager at the Adventure Center in Waterville Valley's Town Square, sees that they offer much more than might meet the eye.

“No one trail is ridden the same way twice,” said Ritchie. “Depending on how you take the angle for each turn or how aggressively you want to take the trail or how fast you want to take it, singletrack is great because it’s always different. It allows you the opportunity to challenge yourself.”

These new trails are not currently labeled on the official trail map, but according to Ritchie and Furgal they’re easy to find (just off of Mike’s Dream).  If you’re renting a bike or interested in learning about the trails, the folks at the Adventure Center will gladly point out on a map where they are for you.

If you’re concerned about the quality of the new trails, the way Ritchie sees it, there’s nothing to worry about. Having little in the way of “official” singletrack trails in the area, local bikers, such as those that came together to build these new trails, have had to depend on their own ingenuity to build trails if they wanted anything to ride.

“These trails were built by people who have been doing it informally for quite some time,” Ritchie said. “They’re experienced trail builders. They know what they’re doing.”

A Valley with trails

A Valley with trails

Waterville Valley Fall Foliage Foot Race to Raise Money for a Pemi-Baker Community Track

The Town of Waterville Valley Recreation Department presents the 10th annual Fall Foliage Foot Race, set for Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 9:30am. 

This classic 5k/fun run style event will start and finish at Waterville Valley Resort Town Square. The 5k is a USATF certified course (#NH11020RF) and the 1.6k Fun Run is a family favorite. Race organizers are excited to offer a 10-mile trail run race for the second year in a row.

The Fall Foliage Foot Race attracts locals and tourists of all ages to enjoy Waterville Valley in its autumn glory. Long-time Waterville Valley Recreation Department supporter, Mark Invernizzi Landscaping, will be the 2017 event sponsor, along with Roper Real Estate and Speare Memorial Hospital as major sponsors.

A portion of this year’s proceeds will support the Pemi-Baker Community Track Committee who are working with SAU 48 Superintendent of School and the Pemi-Baker Regional School District to bring an outdoor track and field facility to the community.

Online Registration for the Fall Foliage Foot Race is now open at http://www.lightboxreg.com/fall-foliage-footrace_2017

You may also pick up a registration form at the Waterville Valley Recreation Department at 11 Noon Peak Rd. Race day registration is available from 8:15-9:15am at Waterville Valley Town Square. 

The first 100 people to register for the 5k or 10-mile trail race will receive a FREE event T-shirt. All 1.6k Fun Run registrants will receive a free mini pumpkin for participation.

Register by September 25th to get the Early Bird Price.

Following the race there will be a raffle, race awards, a beer tent & live music! www.facebook.com/WVFootRace.

The Town of Waterville Valley’s Recreation Department (WVRD) is open to the public year-round and offers a full gymnasium, programs for adults & youth, summer camps, facility rentals, special events & more. For more information go to www.watervillevalley.org/recreation, “like” us at www.facebook.com/WVRecreation or call Recreation Director, Brooke Wakefield at (603) 236-4695. 

 

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Screening: Monkey Business, The Adventures of Curious George's Creators

Premiere Showing 
with creator
Ema Ryan Yamazaki
October 7th, 2017 at 4:00pm
WV Recreation Department

Margaret and H.A. Rey, creators of Curious George, were former residents of Waterville Valley and founders of the Curious George Cottage. Their memory is honored through the Rey Center, inspiring curiosity for all ages in science, nature, art, literature, and most importantly, community. As the summer home of Curious George, Waterville Valley is proud to host a special screening of the documentary that explores the incredible lives of George and his creators.

Documentary filmmaker Ema Ryan Yamazaki will join us for a special showing of, "Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators".

WV Recreation Department.

October 7th, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

More information and a sneak peek: http://thereycenter.org/curious-george-documentary.html

Free and Reservations REQUIRED. 

Email leah@thereycenter.org or call 603-236-3308 to make your reservation
Seating is limited. 

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Annual Chili Challenge and Rally in the Valley on the same weekend at Waterville Valley-

Hot cars, hot chili! As the fall season sets in, you can still feel the heat in Waterville Valley Resort at the 17th Annual Chili Challenge & Brews. On Saturday, September 30, this event will be held in the Town Square with area restaurants competing for the renowned title of “best chili.” Families are welcome! And all set in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest.


There is a small sampling fee of $7.50 for adults, and $5 for children (12 and under), to try each contender’s chili and then cast a vote for the best of the best. During and after the contest, visit the Brew Tents, open from noon to 3 p.m. with a variety of beers to sample. Uncle Steve Band will provide live music from noon until 3 p.m.

On the same day, the 6th Annual Rally in the Valley takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This all vehicle show is presented by the East Coast Camaro Club and includes awards, music, food and a 50/50 raffle. 

Waterville Valley Celebrates New England Colors with a Fall Foliage Festival

Waterville Valley, N.H. – Celebrate the fall colors with Waterville Valley’s Fall Foliage Festival during Columbus Day Weekend, October 7-9. Set in a color-drenched valley in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, Waterville Valley Resort has a wide selection of activities for families, outdoor enthusiasts and visitors.

A weekend of fun family events will include face-painting, meet and greet with the Valley Snow Dogz, live entertainment and pumpkin painting. For those looking for a deal, there will be ski equipment tent sales and the annual BBTS ski and snowboard swap.

Saturday and Sunday are both good days to listen to some live music. On Saturday, October 7, enjoy SUM X 4 from noon to 3 p.m. and on Sunday listen to The Conniption Fits from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

On Sunday October 8, the Waterville Valley Recreation Department is hosting a 5K run/walk to benefit a local charity. Register for the 5K road race, the 10-mile trail race and 1.6 K fun run by October 1 and get a $5 discount. Following the run the Fall Foliage Beer Garden will feature fall Harpoon beers. At 2 p.m. a Stein Holding Competition will decide who is the strongest of them all.

And, don’t forget the miles of hiking and mountain biking in the White Mountain National Forest, not to mention golf, tennis and boating amid the colors.

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 1-800-Go Valley or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com.

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Meet Jeffrey Zygmont at La Tasse Cafe this Saturday

Join us for a poetry book signing this Saturday (9-2) at 2 p.m. at La Tasse Cafe in Town Square. 

White Mountain Poems is a 64-page art book presenting 41 new poems and 28 large-format color photographs of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Printed on top-quality, heavy-weight glossy paper, the hardcover book measures 8.5 by 8.5 inches square. It is a gift and keepsake item that will be appreciated both for its rich, vibrant photography and for its descriptive poetry that is written to appeal to a wide audience.

Jeffrey Zygmont’s poetry is written in the New England tradition of Robert Frost, based on walks the woods to collect insights and impressions that he turns into rhythmic verse. His poems are recognized for their vibrantly expressive, descriptive quality.

 

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Waterville Valley offers a new REI Outessa event

Waterville Valley is offering a new women’s only REI Outessa event from September 22 to September 24, 2017.

During our three-day retreats, participants can choose from hundreds of activities, from rock climbing and mountain biking to yoga and hiking. All gear for activities, instruction, and chef-prepared meals are included.

New England’s famous fall foliage will be the backdrop at Waterville Valley Resort. Set in the White Mountain National Forest, just 2 hours north of Boston, this classic New England resort offers miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, plus a stream-fed pond for stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. https://outessa.com/watervillevalley

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