Waterville Valley

Waterville Valley

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Why you should visit the Waterville Valley Resort

Located in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, the Waterville Valley Resort offers a summit elevation of 4,004 feet and a vertical drop of 2,020 feet, as well as a pedestrian-friendly ski village with plenty of  après-ski bars.

dining and lodging. The Waterville Valley Resort also has 46 miles of Nordic skiing and a year-round ice skating arena.

In 2017, the resort expanded to add 45 acres of trails for skiers and boarders of all levels. Lessons – both group and private – are available for adults, teens and children ages 3 and up. There is also an adaptive snowsports program at the Waterville Valley Resort. An on-mountain rental shop provides ski and snowboard rentals, as well as tuning and repair services. The rental shop also includes full-day rentals in the Learn to Ski/Ride package, which also covers a lift ticket and group lesson for one discounted price.

Season passes are available for both the downhill and the Nordic trails; however, the Waterville Valley Resort is neither an Epic nor an Ikon destination.

The season at the Waterville Valley begins just before Thanksgiving and ends in early to mid-April. Snow conditions are at their best in early December, late February and early March. Keep in mind that mid-March to April will have warmer temperatures and less competition on the slopes.

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Ski Resort Details
1 Ski Area Rd
Waterville Valley, NH 03215
Ski Resort Details
1 Ski Area Rd
Waterville Valley, NH 03215
  • Summit Elevation4,004 ft
  • Base Elevation1,820 ft
  • Vertical Drop2,020 ft
  • Skiable Area265 ac
  • Average Snowfall148 in
Trail Information
  • Number of trails62
  • Easy15%
  • Intermediate59%
  • Expert26%
  • Longest Run1.9 miles
  • Snowmaking100 %
Lift Details
  • Number of Lifts11
  • High Speed Quads2
  • Triples2
  • Doubles3
  • Surface Lifts/other4

Where to stay

The Waterville Valley Resort has a variety of lodging options located within steps of the slopes. The Town Square Condominiums have three-bedroom, two-bath units with full kitchens and dining areas. Amenities include access to the White Mountain Athletic Club with a pool and hot tub. At the 32-room Silver Fox Inn , amenities include a continental breakfast and a quaint lobby with a fireside sitting area, while the Owl’s Nest Resort is 12 minutes from the Waterville Valley Resort, with four-bedroom luxury cottages and an on-site, award-winning restaurant, with access to an indoor pool and fitness center.

How to get there

The closest airport to the Waterville Valley is Lebanon Municipal Airport in New Hampshire,  an hour and a half by car. However, flights are generally more convenient and less costly to Boston Logan International Airport, just over two hours away, or Portland International Jetport in Portland, Maine, about two and a half hours from the resort. There are car rental and shuttle services available from both airports. By car, the Waterville Valley is six hours from New York City, three hours from Providence, Rhode Island and 25 minutes from Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Once here there is a free shuttle that operates through the valley, from the town square to the mountain base.

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