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Waterville Valley

Waterville Valley Ski Resort Guide

Waterville Valley, United States

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Waterville Valley Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski.
Highest Lift1,220m4,003ft
Resort Height600m1,969ft
 Nearest AirportsManchester-Boston and Nashua (Boire Field)
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Waterville Valley

Founded by US Olympic skier Tom Corcoran, in the heart of the white mountain National Forest. Charming walking and ski-in full-service base village with excellent off-slope facilities.

Waterville Valley Summary

The American ski resort of Waterville Valley is at an altitude of 600m1,969ft.

Waterville Valley has direct access to 52 marked pistes, served by a total of 11 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Waterville Valley Snow Forecast

When will it snow in Waterville Valley?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Waterville Valley.

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Ski Area Stats

Waterville Valley Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Waterville Valley
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Cross Country
Total Length
105km65 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Waterville Valley Altitudes

Waterville Valley Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Waterville Valley
Highest Lift1,220m4,003ft
Lowest Piste600m1,969ft
Resort Altitude (Waterville Valley)600m1,969ft
Max Vertical620m2,034ft

Waterville Valley Rated

Ratings for Waterville Valley
Intermediate Skiers

Waterville Valley Overview

Waterville Valley is a year-round resort community located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. In winter, Valley life is centred on the ski slopes of Mt. Tecumseh and Waterville Valley's vibrant ski resort two miles away as well as the cross-country skiing in the national forest.

The ski resort itself is centred on the Town Square at the centre of the Waterville Valley Village. Overlooking Corcoran's Pond and surrounded by some of New Hampshire's most beautiful mountains, Town Square is designed to have all amenities within a few steps of car parks or accommodation. A regular shuttle bus links it to the ski slopes.

First settled in the 1760's, Waterville Valley has long been a popular New Hampshire resort area. Incorporated in 1829 as Waterville, it was a thriving town, but lost population over the years and then lost land when the White Mountain National Forest was established. However the area has been in renaissance for decades now thanks to its year round resort status and its convenient location as the first major ski area on the drive north from the metropolitan areas of Boston and the south.

The ski area was founded by successful 1950s and '60s US Olympic ski racer Tom Corcoran and built its early reputation as a race hill and world cup venue before maturing in to a resort which comprehensively caters for all ability levels.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Waterville Valley is 5km3 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'True Grit'.

Skiing in Waterville Valley

Waterville has a healthy vertical and good uplift facilities, several added recently, serving more than 50 trails. It has terrain for all ability levels, although famous for its black diamond runs, which unlike many given that grade by other East Coast resorts, truly deserve their rating. Race events take place throughout the winter.

Most trails run from top to bottom and converge at a central point at the base of the slopes making staying together easier for groups and families of mixed ability levels. Twin quad chairs lift skiers from the base area, one going almost to the summit, the other serving easier lower terrain.

Waterville Valley's Wicked Adventure Zones contain bumps and glade (tree) skiing and are graded so that skiers and boarders can progress from easier to more difficult terrain by following the signage.

The cross country centre at Waterville Valley is one of the most highly rated in the country. Trails are wider than the norm which means they can be groomed for both skate and classic terrain. There's varied terrain offering a wide range of challenges from beginner to expert, with breath-taking views of the surrounding White Mountain National Forest.

Waterville Valley offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.

Snowboarding in Waterville Valley

Along with racing and cross country skiing, Waterville Valley has a strong reputation for its boarding and regularly makes the top 10 in national and regional user polls.

The resort's main Park has a great range of features including pipe, boardercross and multiple hits that include more than 20 rails and 10 boxes. The design is changed every couple of weeks, in order to keep things fresh. Waterville's superpipe (which was the first in New Hampshire) has 16 foot walls and is 400 feet long with smooth trannys and walls.

Riders and freeskiers can also head to Little Slammer Park on Lower Periphery, across from the bottom of Lower Utter and World Cup trails. This contains scaled down elements for younger kids and those just starting out learning tricks.

Location and Map

Where is Waterville Valley?

Waterville Valley is in Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.

Map of Waterville Valley

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How to get to Waterville Valley

 By Air

The nearest airports to Waterville Valley are Manchester-Boston, Nashua (Boire Field) and Boston (Logan Intl). There are five airports within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 11 ski lifts of Waterville Valley are able to uplift 14,867 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Waterville Valley Season Dates

When is Waterville Valley open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Waterville Valley.

Usual opening is mid November, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Waterville Valley.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Waterville Valley, but they may include any or all of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.

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Waterville Valley Aprés Ski

After 2pm T-bars, Located above Top Dog Rentals, is the hub of apres ski where the locals go when the lifts close down. There's live entertainment at weekends, an apres ski menu and regular fun promo nights. Guests are invited to become mixologists and create their own bloody mary. Choose from new, infused or well known vodkas to start the drink then take a trip to the bloody buffet. Here you'll find an array of ingredients, from Kapp's Bloody Mary Mix, assorted juices to shrimp, and everything else needed to create your perfect bloody mary.

Brews are also served at the Buckets Bar and the Schwendi Hutte at the top of the mountain serves a selection of beers.

Later on in the Town Square Diamond's Edge North has a good bar and Legends 1291 Night Club is the place to be into the late evening if dancing, action and a lively good time are on your agenda.

Waterville Valley