If a picturesque New England ski vacation and exceptional snow conditions are your idea of the perfect getaway, then Waterville Valley is an ideal choice. Waterville Valley is located in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. The resorts 4,000-foot summit helps form a natural snow pocket, resulting in some of the best and most consistent snow in the East. But, just in case, Waterville Valley has enough snow making to cover 100 percent of its terrain.
Waterville Valley was founded in the early sixties by U.S. Olympic skier Tom Corcoran and has been the host of 13 World Cup skiing events. The ski area offers 2,020 vertical feet of skiing and snowboarding on 52 trails accessed by 10 lifts, including two high-speed quads. The terrain variety includes everything from gentle learning slopes—Valley Run is rated the best beginner run in New England—to bumps, glades and black diamond steeps. The more extreme freestylers will also enjoy the Exhibition Terrain Park featuring a 400-foot Superpipe.
Waterville Valley is a historic town surrounded by 700,000 acres of national forest. In the quaint village you will find a host of lodging options, Nordic skiing, ice skating, shopping, sleigh rides, indoor tennis and various dining options. A Waterville Valley ski vacation is the perfect place to escape traffic, stop lights, fast food restaurants and chain stores that plague other Eastern ski resorts. The town square offers a variety of restaurants offering everything from pizza and burritos to fine dining at the Coyote Grill.
With 60 percent of Waterville Valley’s skiing designated as intermediate, you can imagine who’s best served. Unforgettable 2,000-foot descents on trails like wide open, blue square Express Main St. to Tippecanoe make Waterville Valley skiing an intermediate skier’s paradise. On a powder day experts flock to Ciao, Gema and True Grit off the Sunnyside Triple chairlift. Beginners on a Waterville Valley ski vacation will be pleased to learn that there are two perfectly situated “learn to ski or snowboard” zones—one off of the Lower Meadows Double chairlift and one off the J-Bar. Both are at the base of the mountain, allowing beginners to learn free of flyby traffic. More experienced beginners will love all the terrain off of Quadzilla High-Speed chairlift, which accesses a perfect mix of greens and easy blues.