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Waterville Valley as seen from Middle Tripyramid (2009)
Waterville Valley Resort
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Status: Open
First Season:1966-67
Vertical Drop:2020 feet
Standing Lifts:2 high speed quads, 1 triple, 3 doubles, surface lifts
Past Lifts:2 triples, 3 doubles
Left: Waterville Valley as seen from Middle Tripyramid (2009)
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Located on the eastern face of 4,003 foot Mt. Tecumseh, Waterville Valley ski area has been one of the best known ski areas in New England for nearly half a century.

The Mt. Tecumseh Ski Trails and Waterville Inn

Mt. Tecumseh aerial rendering from 1964 showing the CCC trail
Mt. Tecumseh aerial rendering from 1964 showing the CCC trail

Organized skiing on Mt. Tecumseh dates back to 1934, when the first Mt. Tecumseh CCC ski trail cut. Three years later, a second version of the trail was cut, crossing through the present day ski area. The first trail was abandoned circa 1940, while the second trail became a popular place to race. Many well-known racers competed on the Mt. Tecumseh Trail in the 1940s, including a young Tom Corcoran.

Circa 1940, there was a proposal to build a lift on the second Mt. Tecumseh Trail. Not much is known about this proposal, but it was eventually rejected by the United States Forest Service. Mt. Tecumseh would wait a quarter of a century before its next serious ski lift proposal.

Meanwhile, across the valley from Mt. Tecumseh the Waterville Inn was looking to attract skier visitors. Circa 1941, Edward Romeo opened a rope tow near the inn. Sometimes known as Waterville Valley ski area, this development would eventually become Snow's Mountain.

As the 1960s unfolded, Waterville Valley was in danger of being wiped off the map. In 1962, the last annual Tecumseh race was held, as lift served ski areas dethroned hike up, ski down trails. By the middle of the decade, Waterville Valley had only 22 residents remaining. Meanwhile, Interstate 93 was expanding north to the White Mountains.

The base area circa the 1960s
The base area circa the 1960s

Corcoran Returns to the East

Circa 1964, Ralph Bean was telling people that he was ready to sell the Waterville Inn, its small ski area, and about 400 acres. With personal knowledge of the area, Sel Hannah brought former Olympic skier Tom Corcoran into the fold. Corcoran also allegedly brought a friend with him, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who helped him procure financing and permits. Corcoran and Bean formed a new firm to handle the development, called the Waterville Company.

In February of 1966, clearing commenced for the Corcoran and Sel Hannah designed trail network. In April, Corcoran revived the old fashioned Tecumseh race. Surrounded by freshly cut trails, well known skiers such as Corcoran, his wife Birdie, George Macomber, Bobo Sheehan, Natalie Kate White, Walter Prager, and Hannah.

The estimated $2.5 million development opened for the 1966-67 season as one of the largest ski areas in New England. The lift network was composed of four Stadeli double chairlifts spanning some 2,000 vertical feet along with a novice J-Bar. In addition to two large buildings in the base area, the Birds Nest was constructed near the top of the main double chairlift. A large snowmaking system was installed, ensuring operations in lean years. The former Waterville Inn ski area was renamed Snow's Mountain and used as an overflow facility.

For the second season, work was done on the two base lodges and a racing T-Bar was installed.

Waterville Valley in the late 1960s or early 1970s
Waterville Valley in the late 1960s or early 1970s

Dark Times and the Sunnyside

On June 5, 1968, Waterville Valley advocate and skier Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated while campaigning in California. For the 1968-69 season, Corcoran opened "Bobby's Run," which was dedicated to his friend. The trail became a key part to the new export Sunnyside Area, which opened with a new double chairlift in 1969-70.

1977 saw a sizable investment of $1.2 million in the ski area. Nearly half a million dollars was spent rebuilding the snowmaking system top to bottom, while a similar amount was spent on improvements to the buildings at the Sunnyside and main base areas. Most noticeable of all was the addition of a triple chairlift on the Valley Run and clearing of new trails. Two years later, the Sunnyside chairlift was upgraded from a double to a triple.

In the fall of 1979, Tom Corcoran purchased the bankrupt Bobcat ski area and merged it with Crotched Mountain. Corcoran would leave the ownership of that group in the 1980s.

In 1981, Corcoran renamed the Birds Nest to the Schwendi Hut in honor of 10th Mountain Division veteran Walter Prager, who was originally from Switzerland.

For the 1982-83 season, the Northside double chairlift was installed, providing an upper elevation lift that would play into early season snowmaking trail rollouts.

Uphill capacity was further addressed for the 1985-86 season, when a new triple chairlift was installed on the main mountain.

In October of 1986, the Tax Reform Act of 1986 was signed, resulting in a change in deductions for real estate investments. Unfortunately for Waterville Valley, this happened while they were developing Town Square and the Golden Eagle. Seemingly overnight, the pre-sales in new development dropped from 100% to 10%.

1988-89 saw two drastic changes at Waterville. For the first time, snowboarders were allowed on the mountain, paving the way to a future focus on terrain parks. Secondly, New Hampshire's first high speed detachable quad was installed. Initially a top to bottom installation, significant clearing in the High Country resulted in severe wind exposure, often closing the lift. Eight years later, the lift was shortened to terminate at the bottom of the High Country.

The Village Triple in the late 1970s or early 1980s
The Village Triple in the late 1970s or early 1980s

The Bottom Falls Out

In 1991, Waterville's two main lenders, East Bank and Dartmouth Bank, failed. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation took on their debt and immediately applied pressure on Waterville Valley.

Corcoran attempted to bring in new investors to help defuse the problem. In 1993, Merv Griffin's Griffin Group placed of its executives on the Waterville Company Board of Directors. While Waterville's balance sheet was in reasonable shape and its debt reduced since the bank failures, the FDIC situation prevented the company from getting its normal seasonal working capital in 1994. As a result, the Waterville Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Waterville Valley Goes Corporate

On October 31, 1994, S-K-I Ltd. purchased Waterville for $10,037,631. Waterville's tenure under S-K-I Ltd. would be short lived, as it was rolled into American Skiing Company following the 1995-96 season. Due to anti-trust concerns, the ownership was forced to sell Waterville and Cranmore. Pursuant to the Justice Department order, American Skiing Company sold Cranmore and Waterville Valley to Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Inc. for $17.2 million on November 27, 1996.

The abandoned top terminal of the White Peaks high speed quad (2007)
The abandoned top terminal of the White Peaks high speed quad (2007)

The new arrangement worked out well initially, as the new ownership installed Waterville's second high speed detachable quad chairlift for the 1997-98 season. Soon thereafter, Loon was added to the Booth Creek portfolio, creating a powerful Waterville-Loon-Cranmore "Threedom Pass." Unfortunately, Booth Creek had financial problems of its own, resulting in stagnation at Waterville as the seasons passed.

Local Ownership Returns

After over a decade of ownership, Booth Creek sold Waterville Valley to a group of investors, including John Sununu, on October 8, 2010. The new owners immediately began significant work on deferred maintenance.

In 2011, two related expansion proposals emerged. The decades old vision of connecting downtown Waterville Valley to the ski area was put back on the table, as a Village Gondola was formally proposed. The gondola would connect to new terrain on Green Peak. The Green Peak proposal was approved by the White Mountain National Forest Supervisor on June 21, 2013. Initial clearing commenced in the spring of 2015.

Wide scale work on Green Peak began in late August 2016, resulting in the clearing of all approved trails. Trails on lower Green Peak debuted on January 14, 2017.

NewEnglandSkiConditions.com Reports
Month Average Percent of Terrain Open
November10%    (1 report)10 Open
December5%    (2 reports)5 Open
January85%    (1 report)85 Open
February85%    (1 report)85 Open
March98%    (2 reports)98 Open
April45%    (3 reports)45 Open
Recent Conditions Reports
Apr. 15, 2017 by newenglandskier13
Spring Snow, Variable Conditions
Apr. 8, 2017 by nordicgal
Variable Conditions, Powder
Apr. 8, 2017 by rocket21
Variable Conditions, Variable Conditions
Mar. 31, 2017 by nordicgal
Packed Powder, Frozen Granular
Mar. 4, 2017 by crossbowsr
Variable Conditions, Wind Blown Snow
Waterville Valley Resort on NewEnglandSkiConditions.com

NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
Recent Articles
High Country Lift Replacement Underway at Waterville Valley - Sep. 21, 2017
Construction Ramps Up as Ski Season Nears - Sep. 3, 2017
Trail Work Projects Underway in New England - Aug. 15, 2017
Summer Lift Construction Continues in New England - Aug. 9, 2017
New England Lift Construction Projects in Various Stages - Jul. 15, 2017
Waterville Valley Proposes New High Country T-Bar - Jun. 30, 2017
Waterville Valley Founder Tom Corcoran Passes Away - Jun. 28, 2017
Green Peak Construction Continues at Waterville Valley - Jun. 11, 2017
New Hampshire Governor Faces Ethics Complaint After Waterville Valley Tweet - Mar. 23, 2017
Snow's Mountain Reopens for One Day - Feb. 25, 2017
Waterville Valley Resort NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News Page

CCC Trails
Trail NameStatus
Mt. Tecumseh Trail (New)Open
Mt. Tecumseh Trail (Old)Abandoned

Expansion History
Project
Season
Mt. Tecumseh
Cancelled
Green Mountain
Cancelled
Sunnyside
Open
1968-69
Green Peak
Open
2016-17
South Green Peak
Proposed
Village Gondola
Proposed
2010s

Image Gallery
Waterville Valley Aerial Imagery, 1964 vs. 20111966-67 Eastern Ski Map1967-68 Eastern Ski Map1970-71 Eastern Ski MapWaterville Valley base area, circa late 1970s vs. 20141971-72 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The Exhibition Lift in 2011
Exhibition Lift
Stadeli
Platter
1984-85
The bottom terminal (December 2016)
Green Peak Triple
Albertsson-Stadeli-Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
2016-17
The High Country Double circa the late 1970s or early 1980s
High Country Double
Stadeli
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1966-67
The Lower Meadows Double in 2003
Lower Meadows Double
Stadeli
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1966-67
The Northside Double in 2006
Northside Double
Stadeli
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1982-83
Quadzilla in 2006
Quadzilla
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
1997-98
The Sunnyside Triple in 2006
Sunnyside Triple
Stadeli
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1979-80
The White Peaks Quad in 2006
White Peaks Quad
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
1988-89
The World Cup T-Bar in 2007
World Cup T-Bar
Hopkins
T-Bar
1967-68

Past Lifts
Seasons
The Pasture J-Bar in 2008
Pasture J-Bar
Hopkins
J-Bar
1966-67
-
2016-17
Sunnyside Double
Stadeli
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1969-70
-
1978-79
The former bottom terminal (2015)
Valley Run Double
Stadeli
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1966-67
-
1996-97
The Village Triple circa the 1970s
Village Triple
Borvig
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1977-78
-
1996-97
The bottom terminal circa the 1960s
White Peak Double
Stadeli
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1966-67
-
1987-88
The World Cup Triple in 2003
World Cup Triple
Albertsson-Stadeli-Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1985-86
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2015-16

Maps
1966-67 Waterville Valley Trail Map1967-68 Waterville Valley Trail Map1970-71 Waterville Valley Trail Map1971-72 Waterville Valley Trail Map1981-82 Waterville Valley Trail Map1990-91 Waterville Valley 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
2017-18$87.002017-18 Ticket Price Graph2017-18 Season Pass Price Graph2017-18 Skier Visit Graph
2016-17$81.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$979.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph12.1 daysNovember 25April 162016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$77.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$949.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph12.3 daysNovember 27April 288,6572015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$75.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$929.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph12.4 daysNovember 22April 12158,9772014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$75.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$899.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph12.0 daysNovember 23April 7151,8432013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$73.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph$845.002012-13 Season Pass Price Graph11.6 daysNovember 17April 14160,7502012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$73.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$819.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph11.2 daysNovember 25April 1131,7262011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$69.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph2010-11 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 26April 10185,6262010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-102009-10 Ticket Price Graph2009-10 Season Pass Price Graph169,8302009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$65.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$749.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph11.5 daysNovember 22190,0822008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$61.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$849.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph13.9 daysApril 13202,0262007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$59.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$569.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph9.6 daysApril 8179,4712006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$55.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph2005-06 Season Pass Price Graph183,3212005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$44.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph2004-05 Season Pass Price Graph200,8402004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$39.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$459.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph11.8 days175,1612003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$39.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$489.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph12.5 daysApril 6223,0652002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$39.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$489.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph12.5 days205,0722001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$49.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph$449.002000-01 Season Pass Price Graph9.2 days235,0002000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$47.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph1999-00 Season Pass Price Graph204,3221999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1998-99$46.001998-99 Ticket Price Graph$995.001998-99 Season Pass Price Graph21.6 daysApril 4239,0001998-99 Skier Visit Graph
1997-98$44.001997-98 Ticket Price Graph$990.001997-98 Season Pass Price Graph22.5 days231,0001997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$43.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph$990.001996-97 Season Pass Price Graph23.0 days1996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1995-961995-96 Ticket Price Graph1995-96 Season Pass Price Graph260,0001995-96 Skier Visit Graph
1994-951994-95 Ticket Price Graph1994-95 Season Pass Price Graph207,3861994-95 Skier Visit Graph
1993-941993-94 Ticket Price Graph1993-94 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 11300,8211993-94 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$39.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 11333,7021992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$37.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price Graph332,0131991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$35.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 13294,4871990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$33.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price Graph308,0961989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$33.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph288,4061988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$30.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 14265,1831987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-87$24.001986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price Graph299,4401986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1985-86$24.001985-86 Ticket Price Graph1985-86 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 26245,3501985-86 Skier Visit Graph
1984-85$22.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph218,0001984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1983-84$20.001983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price Graph1983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$20.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 191982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$19.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph1981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$17.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 91980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$15.001979-80 Ticket Price Graph1979-80 Season Pass Price Graph1979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-79$14.001978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 221978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$13.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 241977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-771976-77 Ticket Price Graph$225.001976-77 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 131976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1975-76$11.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 261975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1974-75$10.001974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 231974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1973-74$9.501973-74 Ticket Price Graph1973-74 Season Pass Price Graph1973-74 Skier Visit Graph
1971-721971-72 Ticket Price Graph1971-72 Season Pass Price Graph210,0001971-72 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$9.001970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$9.001969-70 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
1968-69$8.001968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price Graph1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$7.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 221967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1966-671966-67 Ticket Price Graph1966-67 Season Pass Price GraphApril 301966-67 Skier Visit Graph

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External Links
  • Waterville Valley - official site
  • Mt. Tecumseh - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: January 21, 2017

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