Fall in love this autumn in Waterville Valley

A 360-degree view of stunning fall foliage

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy family friendly fun in New England’s premier resort town.

There are two ways to do the fall foliage season in New England. The first is the bus tour or touring around in your own car. Then there’s the Waterville Valley Resort way.

Thanks to the White Mountain National Forest, Waterville Valley is perfectly illuminated with autumn colors.  From wherever the visitor stands or sits, it’s a 360-degree view of spectacular leaves. And, when the gawking gets tiresome, there’s plenty of activities in which to enjoy the outdoors.

Hikers have been exploring Waterville Valley since the 1800s, when a group of guests at Greeley's Hotel formed the Waterville Athletic and Improvement Association. The association is still in existence today and continues to oversee the valley's 100 miles of trails, which range from easy walking paths to heart-thumping ascents. Visitors can stroll around Corcoran Pond at the center of Town Square, wander the woods and search for wildflowers, or hike up the 4,315 foot summit of Mount Osceola. No matter the location, there’s always a view of the White Mountain National Forest.

Some foliage enthusiasts choose to take in the colors from a bicycle. They can bring their own or rent one from the Adventure Center in Town Square. Then, the options are a leisurely ride around town or a dirt-kicking expedition through the autumn woods on more than 75 miles of trails. Bikers can take a chairlift to the top of Snow's Mountain and ride down. The Adventure Center has well-maintained rental bikes for all levels of riders, and instructors to make sure the bike is comfortable and to suggest trails to explore.

Waterville Valley’s free, open-air trolley is also a good way to take in the foliage. It makes a continuous circuit around town and can get visitors to any activity or location so there’s no need to take the car or worry about parking.

Fall in love

New England’s coolest hockey town

Hockey is back. Of course in New England it never really leaves, especially in places like Waterville Valley, NH.

The Waterville Valley Ice Arena sees hockey action nearly year round, but the fall season brings the excitement, competition, talent and promise to a whole different level.  

The modern Ice Arena has long been a host to youth hockey tournaments, synchronized figure skating troupes and open public skating.

The Ice Arena, which has evolved greatly over the years from the original outdoor rink, has become a part of a reason to take in a hockey game in Waterville Valley, along with the teams themselves. The rink, which is of NHL regulation in size, is set in what looks like a classic red barn. From inside, the rink’s classy finish with an appropriate New England look and feel comes with plenty of seats, great lighting and modern amenities.

The arena can hold 250 spectators, who Salzer said not only show up, but really get into the action.

The Waterville Valley Ice Arena offers daily public skating and frequently offers stick and puck sessions – a perfect opportunity to get a sense of what some of the best young hockey players in the northeast are playing on.

For schedules and information contact the Ice Arena at (603) 236-4813.

GREAT SKATE

GREAT SKATE

Theatre Under the Stars Unveils New “Families First Fun Faire”

For its 12th season the Theatre Under the Stars is unveiling the Families First Fun Faire August 11th-26th in Plymouth and Waterville Valley, NH. Featuring invited acting troupes that work with, are made up of and run by young people, all of the Main Stage shows are “pay what you can” in tribute to the US military. The award-winning New York Times and Boston Globe featured, community-centric theatre is doing something different: In answer to the growing need of local and visiting families:

Aug 11th and 12th in Waterville Valley is “An Evening of Sugar-Coated Shakespeare,” an interactive candy-coated learning experience of classical songs, poetry and literature enacted by beloved fairy tale characters.

Aug 17-20 is the hysterical “Interactive Compleat Works of Wm Shakespeare Abridged” where 3 actresses from the “Valley Girls” troupe at UMass-Amherst play all of the characters in all of Shakespeare’s works in under 70 minutes. Thursday Aug 17th in Plymouth at the Greene St Amphitheatre (across from the Farmers Market at the Senior Center). Fri and Sat Aug 19 and 20 in Waterville Valley at the Women of Grace Amphitheatre, at the base of Gazebo Hill behind the Town Square Ice Arena (Rain: Upper Floor, Town Square).

Aug 24-26 the FREE FAMILY FUN FAIRE concludes with the Young People’s Players--a troupe of 5-18 year old kids-- in a revival of the hysterical original show, "Half Baked Hamlet". Thursday Aug 24th in Plymouth at the Greene St Amphitheatre (across from the Farmers Market at the Senior Center). Fri and Sat Aug 25 and 26 in Waterville Valley at the Women of Grace Amphitheatre, at the base of Gazebo Hill behind the Town Square Ice Arena (Rain: Upper Floor, Town Square).

The Free Family Fun Faire will also feature free Sugar-Coated Shakespeare Matinee performances under the center tent in Waterville Valley’s Town Square every Saturday at 2:30 pm (Aug 12, 19, 26), impromptu Strolling Players performances in and around Main Street Plymouth (Aug 17, 24) and WV Town Square every Friday and Saturday (Aug 11-26), special visits with famous fairy tale characters in WV Town Square and a KID VID FEST on Saturday Aug 26th in Waterville Valley, featuring films made by kids for kids. 

Headlining the shows this year are some familiar and talented faces that have grown up on the Theatre Under The Stars’ stages. Coming on board as Festival Director is Devon Lachapelle, who has been with the company since its very first year (2006). During her time growing up with the company, she was an original member of Young People Players and went on to direct two YPP shows. After receiving her BFA in Film from the prestigious Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Devon has lead the Film Week at the theatre’s CAN DO YOUTH THEATRE CAMPS since they began and will do so again this year. She stars in 2 of the Main Stage shows and co-directs “Half-Baked Hamlet”. The FUN FAIRE’s newly anointed Festival Manager is Shannon Nelson-Maney, a veteran of many productions with TUTS since 2009. Shannon is a sophomore in the Theatre Department at UMASS Amherst where she starred in one of their Main Stage shows this past year. She brings her “Valley Girls” troupe to the Main Stage for “The Interactive Compleat Works” in which she acts and directs, as well as co-directing “Half-Baked Hamlet” and leading the THEATRE WEEK portion of the theatre’s CAN DO YOUTH THEATRE CAMPS. A new face to the company is “Valley Girls” founding member Allyson Waddell, a rising star at UMass Amherst, who has starred in many productions in her young life! She performs in “The Interactive Compleat Works”.

All FAMILY FUN FAIRE shows are G or PG, 60-75 minutes long, with 6pm house open, 630pm show start. For all shows-- general admission seating. House opens at 6pm, curtain at 6:30pm. Indoor spaces means rain or shine! (There are a limited number of chairs for rent at the Waterville Valley site and some concessions available)

Take a  beverage of your choice, pack a picnic, bring a blanket, cushion or camp chair and come out to see award-winning low or no cost family-friendly fare that “puts the shake back in Shakespeare” while honoring our troops (past and present). For more info (including show descriptions and schedule) call 603-368 7824 or go to www.shakespeareinthevalley.com.

Celebrate the Great American Solar Eclipse in Waterville Valley

On Monday 21st , New Englanders will have the rare opportunity to experience a solar eclipse. 

Head to the mountains to get closer to the eclipse. Waterville Valley is offering a weekend dedicated to the event. On Saturday August 19 from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. join educator and NASA Solar System Ambassador, Sally Jensen at the Curious George Cottage where they will explain how our moon can cover the sun. Learn about the phenomena and be ready to view it on Monday.

On Monday join Rey Center staff and volunteers for an informal viewing of the event. Two small scopes with solar viewing lenses and solar glasses will be available from 1:15 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. For more information visit http://thereycenter.org/solar-eclipse.html.

Keep in mind that it is not safe to look directly at the sun at any time. 

Waterville Valley Sends off Summer this Labor Day with a Bash

Head to Waterville Valley and help send off summer in style during the ‘Just Ducky’ End of Summer Bash. This annual event is a one-day celebration over Labor Day Weekend, September 3.

Labor Day in Waterville is a full day of family fun and entertainment that includes face painting, a meet and greet with the Valley Snow Dogz, a scavenger hunt and live entertainment. Everyone is invited to participate in the annual ‘Just Ducky’ rubber duck race on Corcoran Pond at 5p.m., to benefit the Pemi Bridge House and includes prizes for the three fastest ducks.

Music is set to fill Town Square. From 11am to 2pm Flashback Duo is performing and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. it’s time to listen to D-Comp trio. The day culminates with fireworks over Corcoran Pond at 8:30 p.m. Visit the Waterville Valley event page for a full schedule.

Ducks are available for purchase at Town Square Condos check-in office, Bookmonger/Toad Hall Toys, Waterville Mercantile and Dreams and Visions. They are $3/duck or four for $10. Participants do not need to be present to win but are encouraged to cheer on the ducks during the race.

On Monday, September 4, there will be a live animal show with the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and the program features animals with bad reputations from 10-11 a.m. in the Town Square.

Labor day

Labor day

Friendliness and love of nature are a way of life in Waterville Valley

Waterville Valley is a historic resort surrounded by 700,000 acres of national forest. Today, it’s a full-featured resort with world-class skiing, golf, nationally ranked tennis courts, a skateboard park, a year-round ice arena, hiking, biking, water sports, boating and cultural activities that range from bluegrass festivals to Shakespeare-under-the-stars. What it doesn't have are fast food places, traffic, stoplights and the usual chain stores. Waterville Valley’s emphasis on the great outdoors, family and community brings visitors back year after year.

Visitors once came to this valley by stagecoach to escape the heat of the cities and enjoy the abundance of natural beauty. Today’s route to the secluded town winds along the picturesque Mad River, which surges over boulder-strewn rapids on its way to Waterville. Visitors describe turning off of I93 and heading to the valley as a letting go of the outside world and a sense of coming home.

Arriving in Waterville Valley, visitors can park their cars once and forget about them the remainder of their stay. The Town Square is a pedestrian-only zone while most of the many activities—the outdoor sports, the theater, the arts programs, for example—are within walking distance or a short ride on the free, open-air trolley that serves the valley. And, like an island in a sea of green, the White Mountain National Forest envelops Waterville Valley.

Mountain Town

White Mountain Athletic Club New Splash Pad and Outdoor Pool now open!

The White Mountain Athletic Club has a new outdoor aquatic center  open for summer.

The new project offers a 1,600 square foot “splash pad” with a wide variety of water soaking features on it as well as a 62,000-gallon pool with 25-meter lap lanes, family play areas, underwater benches, deck jets, underwater color lighting, a “pool temperature” whirlpool spa overlooking the White Mountains, and built in basketball and pool volleyball amenities.

“With the success of our recently completed family friendly indoor aquatic center, it was time to focus on our outdoor pool experience,” stated Tom Gross, Jr. President of the White Mountain Athletic Club. Gross continued, “our summer season is extremely important and busy with many families enjoying Waterville Valley and the Club, so we felt the time was right to provide a similar outdoor family experience, and our new design accomplishes that.”

Rene Schwartz, General Manager of the White Mountain Athletic Club added, ”The splash pad and outdoor pool continues our long tradition of investing and improving our infrastructure to meet the needs of our members and guests. In particular with the splash pad, we now we have a solid offering for families with younger children”

Schwartz went on to say, “ and we open up the outside front of our facility with its’ spectacular views for sunbathing and other fun. There are more options for everyone.”

The award-winning Coyote Grill located on the upper level of the White Mountain Athletic Club is operating the Coyote Cabaña serving a variety of poolside food and beverages, along with hosting numerous events on the poolside pavilion.

White Mountain Athletic Club, Inc. (WMAC), with headquarters in Waterville Valley, NH, owns and operates the White Mountain Athletic Club - a full service athletic club featuring indoor and outdoor 25m swimming pools, cardio and weight rooms, indoor tennis, racquetball, the Coyote Grill Restaurant, sauna & steam rooms & whirlpool spas, programs, massage, and more.

NEW POOL!

NEW POOL!

Fall Foliage Deals!

Taste of Fall                                                                                                  

Valid September 4 – October 31, 2017 (not valid Columbus Day Weekend)

Head up to the White Mountains and enjoy all the fall season has to offer: beautiful foliage, perfect hiking weather, and, of course, apple picking!  Town Square Condos Taste of Fall package includes discounted lodging rates, a special autumn gift and lots of information from our friendly front desk staff on the best ways to celebrate this season. In addition to all that, this package include Freedom Passes for each person (1 pass per person, maximum of 8 people).

Prices start at $140 per night (midweek) in a 1-bedroom condo (sleeps up to 4 people) and $215 per night (midweek) in a 3-bedroom condo (sleeps up to 8 people).

Valid on new reservations only and reservations are required. Subject to availability. Prices vary based on condo type, dates of stay and include all taxes and fees.

Hike & Stay Package                                                                                   

Valid September 4 – November 20, 2017 (not valid Columbus Day Weekend)

Come visit Waterville Valley and experience the beauty of 440,000 acres of untouched White Mountain National Forest firsthand. From easy and relaxing walks in the woods to majestic mountain cascades and challenging 4000’ peaks, Waterville Valley is your home base for outdoor adventure this season. Combine our proximity to all types of hiking experiences with our quaint village offering shops, restaurants and more and you have the makings of a perfect getaway for the whole gang.

Package includes lodging in our spacious, fully equipped condominiums as well as a map of local and popular hiking trails and $30 in Town Square Bucks to purchase provisions for your excursion or treat yourself after reaching your goal. Freedom passes are also included so those who don’t hike can golf, bike or play tennis (thru early October) or enjoy the indoor pool and hot tubs. Pricing starts at $147 per night in a one bedroom condo (accommodates up to 4) and $222 per night in a three bedroom condo (accommodates up to 8).

Valid on new reservations only and reservations are required. Subject to availability. Prices vary based on condo type, dates of stay and include all taxes and fees.

17th Annual Chili Challenge at Town Square Condos              

Valid September 28 – October 1, 2017

Waterville Valley area restaurants compete in Town Square for the title of best chili around! Chili tasting starts at noon on Saturday, accompanied by a FREE outdoor concert and tastings of local brews.

Package includes lodging, Chili Challenge sampling tickets (one per person) and Freedom Pass.

Pricing starts from $159 per night in a one bedroom condo or from $258 per night in a three bedroom condo, based on 2 Adults & 2 Children. Pricing includes all taxes and fees and will vary based on room type and number of people in party.

Cannot be combined with any other package or discount. Reservations required. Two night minimum stay. All taxes & fees included.

Call 888-462-9887 to book.

fall!

Waterville Valley Resort Partners with ResortBoard and Debuts New Summer Activities

Waterville Valley Resort continues to offer opportunities for summer fun in the White Mountains with the addition of three new summer activities, including a partnership with GolfBoard to bring ResortBoard Adventure Tours to Waterville Valley, the first experience of its kind in New England.

“It is exciting to not only be adding new activities that we have never had in Waterville Valley, but to also be creating a new type of experience in the Northeast,” says Tim Smith, President and General Manager of Waterville Valley Resort. “You can’t really experience the White Mountains without getting outside, getting off the beaten path, and seeking out a bit of adventure. Partnering with ResortBoards is allowing us to take some of what we love about snowsports and apply it to the summer months.”

ResortBoards are highly versatile personal transportation vehicles and can be used on pavement, gravel, loose dirt, mud, and even packed powder. The rugged design includes heavy-duty front and back spring brackets, off-road suspension system, plus 13x5 inch wheel package that improves stability and optimizes clearance. According to ResortBoard, it is “simply the most exciting, safe and accessible way to experience any vacation destination.”

Waterville Valley Resort’s guided Adventure Tours are designed around each group’s abilities and interests, and pairs practice and play with trail riding along cross-country trails, woodland paths, mountain biking system, and expansive wildflower fields. Stops include photo-worthy views, local landmarks, and some little-known hidden gems, allowing an intimate tour of the Valley floor for new and long-time visitors alike.

ResortBoard Adventure Tours debuted this week, and will offer the hour and a half experience on Weekends at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm for the rest of the summer. Additional tour schedules are anticipated. For more information, visit ResortBoard.com.

Part of ‘Phase II’ of a multi-year development plan, additional new summer offerings include a 9-hole, lift-accessed Disc Golf Course. Located on some of the resort’s original ski trails on Snow’s Mountain, the slopeside course is already open to the public. The resort is also adding an Outdoor Climbing Wall and Bungee Trampoline. Training and installation is in progress, with a “Vertical Zone” set to debut in Town Square in the coming weeks. Also new to town, the White Mountain Athletic Club has added an outdoor pool, spa, cabana, and kid’s splash pad which opened today.

For more information on new summer activities visit: www.waterville.com/summer-adventure-center

Go!

Summertime, Summertime:  Summer unfolds endlessly for families and visitors

Waterville Valley in the summer is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with activities for every age and interest. A favorite activity since the valley’s earliest days is tennis. Back in 1884, the valley had only one court. Today there are 18 courts and they 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 for its glorious setting amidst the White Mountains.  Two-time Grand Slam champion Rod Laver has enjoyed the red clay courts here. The views, red clay and friendly staff make this a destination. That is why this is home to the annual New Hampshire Open.

Nearby is the Adventure Center—headquarters for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing in the winter—and the summertime home of Waterville Valley Super Park, a skateboard and inline skate park featuring a 10-foot-high half-pipe, vert ramp, street court, pyramids, grind rails and more. Young skaters can also attend the Waterville Valley Skate Camp, which provides day and overnight campers with a safe environment for improving their skateboard skills, having fun, and making new friends.

When it's too hot for outdoor skating, visitors head over to the Waterville Valley Ice Arena, a great place to cool off on a summer day. The cool rink provides open skating, rentals and lessons for all ages. Youngsters and adults who dream of Olympic glory can sign up for figure skating, hockey lessons or youth hockey league tournaments. 

Across the street is the White Mountain Athletic Club, where visitors can take a swim in the brand new indoor pool and a 25 meter outdoor pools, work out in the cardio room, lift some weights or run a few laps on the indoor track. For after-workout relaxation there’s the hot tub, sauna, and steam room, or dinner at the Coyote Grill restaurant upstairs.

Waterville Valley's recreation department hosts an active day camp program   as well as bingo, ice cream socials, sports of all kinds, yoga, cooking, crafts, and many more activities for children and adults. Special community events are staged throughout the year. Family Play Day, for example, includes old-time festivities such as a fireman’s BBQ, a watermelon toss, a giant obstacle course and a pie-eating contest. The annual Community Lau lights up the valley with tiki torches, live music and good food. 

Waterville Valley’s central Town Square is a beehive of activity throughout the summer. On Sundays, naturalists from the Squam Lakes Science Center present live animal programs. The Town Square courtyard also features live outdoor concerts many evenings, often followed by fireworks. Visitors drop in with their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the music.

Next to Town Square is Corcoran Pond, another valley spot where guests gather to relax on the beach, play in the sand and swim. For more activity, explore the pond via peddle boat, kayak or stand up paddle board. 

Boom goes summer

Waterville Valley hosts Denali Challenge

With more than a dozen 4,000-foot peaks surrounding Waterville Valley, NH the invite is being issued to climb five of them in a single weekend of intense hiking, fun, and entertainment. This is Waterville Valley’s 4th annual 5 Summit Challenge, a 20,000-foot total that is almost the height of the highest point in the U.S., Alaska’s Mount Denali.

The event, nicknamed “The Denali Challenge” will be held August 12-13 at the resort in the middle of the White Mountain National Forest.

The peaks are Tecumseh, Osceola East and West, Welch and Dickey. All of them have a combined elevation equaling that of Denali, the highest Mountain Peak in North America.  Plus there are guided hikes for families.

Waterville Valley’s proximity to some of New England’s highest peaks makes it a great hiking location any day of the week. Participants in the 5 Summit Challenge will hike (or try to hike) five peaks. There will be a choice of 14 mountains to climb and the five peaks chosen must equal 20,000 feet or higher. 

This year the peaks are:
Tecumseh (4,003)
Welch (2,605)
Dickey (2,734)
Snow’s (2,800)
North Peak Tripyramid (4,180)
Middle Peak Tripyramid (4,140)
South Peak Tripyramid (4,100)
Mt. Osceola (4,340)
Mt. Osceola East (4,156)
The Scaur (2,200)
Goodrich Rock (2,200)
Noon Peak (2,976)
Jennings Peak (3,460)

Participation in the weekend is free and those who conquer five will be proclaimed “Alive After Five.”

The weekend will include intense hiking for some, but will also offer easier hikes for families and entertainment, with the performances from Doug Thompson on Friday 6-9pm, and Lil’ Penny on Saturday 6-9pm. 

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.  

Rey Center

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.

 

Tennis at WVR

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!”

Summer theatre

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.

 

WVR

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.

Pop!

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.