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Snow's Mountain as seen from Mt. Tecumseh (2014)
Snow's Mountain
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Status: Lost/Defunct
First Season:1941-42
Last Season:2014-15
Vertical Drop:600 feet
Standing Lifts:1 double
Past Lifts:2 T-Bars, surface lifts
Left: Snow's Mountain as seen from Mt. Tecumseh (2014)
Recent NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News:
2/25/2017: Snow's Mountain Reopens for One Day
2/21/2017: Snow's Mountain to Reopen Saturday
3/1/2015: Snow's Mountain Reopens for One Day
1/9/2015: REPORT: Snow's Mountain to Reopen
Located across from the present day Waterville Valley ski area, Snow's Mountain was the original lift served ski area in Waterville Valley.

Waterville Inn Years

The Snow's Mountain and the Waterville Inn circa the late 1950s or early 1960s
The Snow's Mountain and the Waterville Inn circa the late 1950s or early 1960s

The area may have first opened as a rope tow area by Edward Romeo of the Waterville Inn for the 1941-42 season. The area did not operate for the 1942-43 season, likely due to World War II. The tow may have reopened for the 1946-47 season.

Ralph Bean likely took over the inn circa 1948, operating a rope tow area that season. A T-Bar was installed at the ski area for the 1952-53 season.

An upper mountain T-Bar was installed for the 1959-60 season, reportedly constructed by ski area co-owner Ray Brox.

With the Waterville Valley project quickly developing in the mid-1960s, the Waterville Inn ski area was purchased by the Waterville Company. With the new ski area opening across the valley for the 1966-67 season, the smaller area would be known as Snow's Mountain and became a weekend operation. Ralph Bean became part owner of the Waterville Company.

In the midst of a snowstorm on the night of February 23, 1967, the Waterville Inn burned to the ground. While non of the 150 skiers staying there were injured, all lost their belongings were put up for the night in the new Waterville Valley ski area base lodge. The Waterville Inn was not rebuilt.

The Waterville Inn ski area during the late 1950s or early 1960s
The Waterville Inn ski area during the late 1950s or early 1960s

In subsequent years, Waterville Valley grew to become one of the most popular areas in the region. For the 1970-71 season, the main T-Bar slope at Snow's Mountain was lighted for night skiing.

Due to some tough snow years in the early 1970s as well as aging lifts, Snow's Mountain possibly did not operate for the 1972-73 or 1973-74 seasons.

Snow's Mountain Chairlift

After up to two years of closure, Snow's Mountain reopened for the 1974-75 season with a new Stadeli double chairlift. The investment was seen as a way of providing an area for overflow traffic on busy days at Waterville, as well as offering night skiing.

Larger plans called for snowmaking, more lifts, more trails, a larger vertical drop, and a lift connection to downtown. The grandiose scheme was not meant to be and instead Snow's Mountain remained a small, part time ski area.

With snowboarding quickly becoming a big sport, Waterville Valley responded by building a half pipe on Snow's Mountain in the 1980s.

On October 31, 1994, Waterville Valley and Snow's Mountain were purchased by S-K-I Ltd.

Snow's Mountain was designated a snowboard-only area for the 1995-96 season, which ended up likely being the final season of alpine snowsports at the facility for some time. After a very short tenure as part of American Skiing Company, Waterville Valley and Snow's Mountain were sold to Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Inc. on on November 27, 1996. In the subsequent decade and a half, the chairlift continued to operate for mountain biking and scenic rides. Meanwhile, houses were constructed on the lower portion of two ski trails.

The Snow's Mountain chairlift (2015)
The Snow's Mountain chairlift (2015)

On October 8, 2010, Booth Creek sold Waterville Valley and Snow's Mountain to a group of investors including former Governor John Sununu and future Governor Chris Sununu.

In 2011, Waterville Valley Academy constructed Phil's Hill Bagjump Training Center at the foot of Snow's Mountain, providing year round ski jump training.

Roundabout (2017)
Roundabout (2017)

After a few years of ownership, Waterville Valley CEO Chris Sununu became interested in providing Waterville Valley regulars with the chance to ski Snow's Mountain again. After a two decade alpine skiing absence, Snow's Mountain was opened to Waterville Valley season pass holders on February 28, 2015 for one day. Two years later, Snow's Mountain again opened to season pass holders for a day of skiing.

NewEnglandSkiConditions.com Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
February75%    (1 report)75 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Feb. 25, 2017 by rocket21
Spring Snow, Spring Snow
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NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
Recent Articles
Snow's Mountain Reopens for One Day - Feb. 25, 2017
Snow's Mountain to Reopen Saturday - Feb. 21, 2017
Snow's Mountain Reopens for One Day - Mar. 1, 2015
REPORT: Snow's Mountain to Reopen - Jan. 9, 2015
Snow's Mountain NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News Page

Image Gallery
1953-54 Eastern Ski Map1954-55 Eastern Ski Map1956-57 Eastern Ski Map1966-67 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Eastern Ski Map1970-71 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The lift line (2017)
Double Chair
Stadeli
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1974-75

Past Lifts
Seasons
Upper towers (2017)
Lower T-Bar

T-Bar
1952-53
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1973-74
Upper T-Bar

T-Bar
1959-60
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1973-74

Maps
Circa 1961-62 Waterville Inn Trail Map1970-71 Snow's Mountain Trail Map1990-91 Snow's Mountain Trail Map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2016-172016-17 Ticket Price Graph2016-17 Season Pass Price GraphFebruary 25February 252016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2014-152014-15 Ticket Price Graph2014-15 Season Pass Price GraphFebruary 28February 282014-15 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1984-85$14.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph1984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$12.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph1981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$9.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price Graph1978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$9.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price Graph1977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$5.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$5.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph1969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1967-68$5.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$4.501964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1959-60$4.001959-60 Ticket Price Graph1959-60 Season Pass Price Graph1959-60 Skier Visit Graph
1950s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1958-59$3.001958-59 Ticket Price Graph1958-59 Season Pass Price Graph1958-59 Skier Visit Graph

Visitor Memories
"Mom's sister was Grace Bean, of Waterville Valley. It is suggested by the family that Ray Brox designed and put up the chairlift."
Tee Adams, Dec. 28, 2016
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External Links
  • Snow's Mountain - New England Lost Ski Areas Project
  • Last updated: February 28, 2017

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