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Waterville Valley

Waterville Valley Ski Resort Guide

Waterville Valley, United States

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift1,220m
Resort Height600m
 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.


The American ski resort of Waterville Valley is at an altitude of 600m.

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.

Snow and Weather

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
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Waterville Valley Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,220m
Lowest Piste600m
Resort Altitude (Waterville Valley)600m
Max Vertical620m

Ratings & Suitability

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 5km long and the most difficult run is the 'True Grit'.


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.


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?

This ski resort is in Grafton, New Hampshire, United States.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Waterville Valley is Manchester-Boston, 95 minutes drive away.

Nashua (Boire Field), Boston (Logan Intl), Burlington and Portland airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

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

Season Dates

When is Waterville Valley open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

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

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Waterville Valley, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

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

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Waterville Valley Tourist Office for the latest.

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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