Waterville Valley Improvements

TomWhiteTomWhite advanced
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The (announcement) video on their site doesn't play. So there's general info, with details to come.

Waterville
Valley Resort Secures Funding To Begin Phase II of its $7.5 Million Improvement
Plan

Waterville Valley Resort, June 14,
2017—Waterville Valley Resort announced that it has secured funding to begin
work on Phase II of its $7.5 million capital improvements plan that began with
the Green Peak Expansion in Fall 2016. Phase II of this capital investment
program will bring multi-year infrastructure upgrades and improvements
throughout the resort.

“This is the second step in the most
exciting revitalization of Waterville Valley Resort in over 30 years.  We
are proud to be the only mountain on the East Coast pursuing a renovation of
this magnitude” says John H. Sununu, Waterville Valley Resort CEO and Chairman.

The Green Peak Expansion project added a
second peak and 45 additional acres of terrain in 2016/17. Phase II of
development will include new projects throughout the resort, as well as the
completion of the Green Peak Expansion. Work will include additional Green Peak
trail clearing and installation of a new snowmaking system, upgrades to
existing snowmaking infrastructure on Mount Tecumseh, multiple lift
enhancements, base lodge renovations, a new beginner area experience, nordic
trail system improvements, and additional summer offerings.


  • Green Peak Completion

  • Snowmaking Upgrades

  • Lift Enhancements

  • Base Lodge Renovations

  • New Learners Area

  • Nordic Terrain Improvements

  • Expanded Summer Offerings

Comments

  • RemskiRemski advanced
    edited June 14 Posts: 304
    From what I experienced this pass season the likes of abundant and agressive snowmaking,top notch grooming, terrain features on Valley Run geared toward fun for almost all abilities. Serious glades along with the new terrain on Green Peak definitely made me head there 3 times this pass season.
    Tim, you and the crew are doing an over the top job in my opinion.
  • edited June 15 Posts: 1,834
    Remski said:

    From what I experienced this pass season the likes of abundant and agressive snowmaking,top notch grooming, terrain features on Valley Run geared toward fun for almost all abilities. Serious glades along with the new terrain on Green Peak definitely made me head there 3 times this pass season.
    Tim, you and the crew are doing an over the top job in my opinion.


    I would certainly have to agree based upon my visit there this year :)]
    - Sam
  • RemskiRemski advanced
    Posts: 304
    Well thanks.
  • TomWhiteTomWhite advanced
    Posts: 382
    Their 3 min. video is now running. Other than more snowmaking on Green Peak, still no specifics. Here's what Liftblog.com says:
    • Waterville Valley secures $7.5 million for future projects including multiple unspecified lift upgrades.  “To answer one burning question, we do have multiple options in development regarding the High Country lift,” the resort says on Facebook.
  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
    Posts: 1,622
    WV is in a bad state of deferred maintenance.  They could easily spend $7.5M just doing basic maintenance. If you don't count the relocated old lift (a 1985 installation) now on Green Peak, their newest lift is the 20-year-old Quadzilla.
  • TomWhiteTomWhite advanced
    Posts: 382

    ropeways.net | Home | 2017-06-19

    Green Peak Construction Continues at Waterville Valley

    Snowmaking and trail excavation work have resumed this spring.

    While piles of snow still remain on Exhibition, Waterville Valley construction crews have already been working for weeks on this year's Green Peak projects.

    Waterville's first large scale expansion since the late 1960s, Green Peak will eventually feature 10 trails of all abilities. Novice-intermediate trails 51, 52, and 53 debuted in January, while the Green Peak triple chairlift officially opened on February 11. Temporary snowmaking pipe was installed on Chandler's Way (Trail 51) to service the summit of the new peak.

    The temporary pipe was removed earlier this spring and permanent 6" pipe is now being installed on Chandler's Way. Pipe is expected to be installed on other Green Peak trails as well.

    Meanwhile, excavation of the new trails resumed this month and is currently focused on Governor's Run (Trail 57). Trails 51, 52, 53, and 58 were excavated prior to the snow flying at the beginning of the 2016-17 season.

    Source: "NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com"

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  • Bkroon9175Bkroon9175 intermediate
    Posts: 53
    Josh, do you really mean "deferred capital" vs. "deferred maintenance". I would agree with the need for capital $ investment but couldn't support the deferred maintenance perspective in regards to WV.
  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
    Posts: 1,622

    Josh, do you really mean "deferred capital" vs. "deferred maintenance". I would agree with the need for capital $ investment but couldn't support the deferred maintenance perspective in regards to WV.

    I am not sure of the difference.  The area has a run-down feeling to it usually symptomatic of "deferred maintenance", but I suspect any area whose newest capital project is greater than 15 years is in a "deferred capital" situation.
  • Posts: 1,834

    Josh, do you really mean "deferred capital" vs. "deferred maintenance". I would agree with the need for capital $ investment but couldn't support the deferred maintenance perspective in regards to WV.

    I am not sure of the difference.  The area has a run-down feeling to it usually symptomatic of "deferred maintenance", but I suspect any area whose newest capital project is greater than 15 years is in a "deferred capital" situation.

    What did you find run-down about Waterville? On recent visits to ski and mountain bike everything seemed well-maintained.
    - Sam
  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
    edited June 19 Posts: 1,622

    What did you find run-down about Waterville? On recent visits to ski and mountain bike everything seemed well-maintained.

    A number of things, but admittedly, it has been a couple of years:
    1. The lodge had a dirty feel to it: Worn carpets, smelly rest room; general mustiness
    2. Lift towers were rusty, etc.
    3. The glades were unmaintained as evidenced by the downed limbs
    4. etc.
  • Bkroon9175Bkroon9175 intermediate
    Posts: 53
    What Josh refers to is definitely deferred maintenance. I think over the past two years those types of problems have improved. Although still not perfect at WV. The current mgmt team appears to be improving many of those types of issues. The area is still in need of capital $ investment to be competitive with its local competition I. E. Magic carpets, new lifts etc. The most important aspect is the quality of the snow and trail care and I think over the past couple of years, those aspects have greatly improved. Josh, it is probably time to give WV another try.
  • bobbuttsbobbutts intermediate
    Posts: 86

    WV is in a bad state of deferred maintenance.  They could easily spend $7.5M just doing basic maintenance. If you don't count the relocated old lift (a 1985 installation) now on Green Peak, their newest lift is the 20-year-old Quadzilla.

    Little Quadzilla is all grown up now.  He stopped wearing the baseball cap and changed his name to Valley Run.
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