Momentum for revitalization began in the Fall of 2016 when ground broke on Green Peak, the first major expansion in more than 30 years and the largest project of its kind on the East Coast. With construction beginning in late August, work continued throughout the season to open the first trails in January 2017 and the new lift in February. A total of 7 of the 10 new trails opened with natural snow and strategic grooming, just 6 months after the first trees were felled. In the spring, the new trails also received their official names, nominated by the public to honor significant people in the resort's history. After a busy summer of construction, 18,000ft of snowmaking pipe and new snowmaking equipment has been installed on all but 9 acres of Green Peak, bringing the resort's total snowmaking coverage to 97%. Additional blasting, grubbing, and trail grading will make it possible for all 10 beginner, intermediate, and expert trails to open this season as weather permits. One of the new expert trails also received some extra attention this summer making it the first ever custom built freeride slope with natural terrain features enhanced and reinforced specifically for a freeride event. New Hampshire’s first IFSA Freeride Event will be held at Waterville Valley Resort on January 27th, 2018.
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Swooshing down a mountain of fresh powder snow, maneuvering around moguls, slicing through racing gates—those are all activities for youngsters, right?
Don’t tell that to Dick Calvert, competitive racer and member of the Silver Streaks, the over-50 ski club at Waterville Valley Resort. Calvert, who has been racing for 21+ years, was a member of the 10th Mountain Division, the alpine unit that spearheaded the 5th army drive in Italy during World War II. Today, he’s a master skier and dedicated member of the Silver Streaks, which meets four times a week at Waterville Valley.
A die-hard skier, Calvert rarely sees conditions he doesn’t like. “Dick will always say the skiing is great, no matter what it’s like,” says Terry Roper, coordinator of the Silver Streaks program. “And he always comes in first or second in most races, regardless of the age group.”
Calvert is typical of the hale and hearty attitude of the Silver Streak members.
The Silver Streaks club was started by Tom Corcoran, the Olympic ski champion and visionary founder of Waterville Valley who, upon turning 55, decided the resort should have a club for people his age. From the beginning, the club has attracted a certain type of person. “
Being a senior skier at Waterville Valley does have its perks. Members of the Silver Streaks enjoy reserved parking at the lot closest to the base lodge. They have their own meeting area where they enjoy coffee and Danish before heading out to the slopes. There are lessons and clinics just for members, an après–ski party every Wednesday, and banquets twice a season. “It’s turned out to be a wonderful way to meet people with the same interests” says Loli Hammond, who splits her time between Cape Cod and Waterville Valley. In fact, many of the club’s members continue to get together on the Cape during the off-season.
Silver Streak members keep coming back, year after year, although they sometimes have to take a season off because of surgeries or other illnesses. “But even when they’re not skiing, they often come to the lodge to hang out with their friends,” says Terry Roper.
For some, the Silver Streaks have become a path back to health. Diane Culhane, a retired police officer, had suffered a series of injuries that left her depressed and debilitated. Then she ran into someone wearing a Silver Streaks pin and asked about it. The person explained about the group and invited her to join.
“My physical therapist said, ‘Are you out of your mind?’” Culhane says. But she was determined. Soon, she was out on the slopes, sporting a special pair of boots for support. And despite another injury that has her off the slopes temporarily, she plans to be out skiing with her friends again soon. “At home people say, ‘Sit down, take it easy.’ Up here, it’s ‘When can you get out there again?’” With a laugh, she adds, “Live until you die, is my motto.”
In addition to downhill skiing, the Silver Streaks also take advantage of Waterville Valley’s 75 km of cross-country ski trails. “We even do a snowboard lesson,” says Terry Roper, who adds with a laugh, “…in March, when the snow is a bit softer.”
“This is an incredibly active group of people,” says Bill Larsen, a retired executive with Johnson & Johnson and a member of the group. “I’ve never found another group like it.”
Of course, you don’t have to be a world-renowned expert or retired executive to belong to the group. “We have a lot of highly educated people, a lot of PhDs, but we also have carpenters, people in the trades,” says member Judi Brady. “And the nice thing is, you don’t even know.”
The one thing the Silver Streaks seem to have in common is a love of skiing and the active life. “We don’t have a lot of geezer talk in this group,” says Loli Hammond.
While momentum began with a terrain expansion, the $7.5 million investment dubbed "Phase II" is a resort-wide improvement plan with most new upgrades occurring on the main peak, Mt. Tecumseh. $1.15 million alone has gone to the purchase of 516 new Sufag high-efficiency tower and fan guns through a partnership with the French MND Group. Guests may notice the most dramatic increase in snowmaking capacity on the expert Sunnyside trails, True Grit and Lower Bobby's. The birthplace of freestyle skiing, the historic runs received upgraded equipment plus the addition of tower guns to both sides of the trails in anticipation of returning this year's U.S. National Moguls Championships to the East Coast. Resort-wide upgrades will increase efficiency and reduce energy costs and improvement efforts will continue through next year.
Many of us enjoy skiing, but why not escape to a resort that offers a host of winter fun. If you have a family or group of friends with both, the good news is there are still many ways to enjoy a ski resort, and Waterville Valley Resort, NH, has you covered.
In addition to downhill and Nordic skiing, there are a wealth of activities available for both adults and children. For outdoor enthusiasts, there are alternative ways to enjoy the surrounding White Mountains beyond strapping on ski boots. Let the staff at the Adventure Center, located in Town Square, set you up with snowshoe rentals or a Fat Bike. A Fat Bike demo ride is offered on Sunday and Thursday at 1 p.m. (conditions permitting) for only $15 plus the cost of the rental. Or explore some nearby hiking trails on foot. Other seasonal options include tubing, dog sled excursions and horse-drawn sleigh rides. And, a full service ice rink is next to the Town Square.
Thanks to the resort’s Freedom Pass, many activities are affordable, too. This is truly a family resort, with almost everything centrally located around the Town Square where it is common to see people gathering, folks walking their dogs and cross-country skiers passing through.
The Freedom Pass offers many benefits to anyone staying in a Waterville Valley Resort hotel or condo*, including:
· Admission to the White Mountain Athletic Club. Here you can use the 25m indoor pool, saunas, whirlpool, steam rooms, indoor track and weight and cardio rooms. For an extra fee, there is massage, tanning and racquetball available too. See the WMAC website for more information.
· Ice skating at the Waterville Valley Ice Arena. Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, you can lace up some skates and take some laps around the ice arena for only $5 per rental. Check the Ice Arena schedule for public skating times.
· Curious George Story Time at the Rey Center. Located in the Curious George Cottage, the Rey Center holds regularly scheduled story hours on Saturdays 11 a.m.-noon and 4-5 p.m.
· Open Gym & Indoor Climbing Wall at the Recreation Department. Let the kids get out some energy during any regularly scheduled open gym time, including tot open gym, open basketball and open climb times. They also offer dodgeball, pickleball, build-a-bear, open gym and all kids of activities for families. Check the Waterville Valley Recreation Department schedule or the Resort Insider for more information.
*The Freedom Pass is available to guests staying at Town Square, Black Bear, Golden Eagle, Best Western Silver Fox, Village Inn Condominium and Valley Inn.
All these activities will work up an appetite, and thankfully there are several restaurants located right in the valley including Coyote Grill, The Valley Pub & Grill, Mulligans on Corcoran Pond, Old Waterville Pizza Co. and Legends 1291 Sports Bar. For anyone with a sweet tooth, there is Sugar Rush Ice Cream and Candy. To remember the trip to Waterville Valley, there are several shops offering gifts and memorabilia in the Town Square.