Waterville Valley Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 7 Beginner
  • 33 Intermediate
  • 10 Advanced
  • 2 Expert
Waterville Valley is New Hampshire's genuine ski resort, nestled in a natural snow pocket in the White Mountains and surrounded by other 4000' footers. To ski Waterville Valley is to love it. Love is the thrill of the first ski run of the day down White Caps. It's a powder snow day on Ciao. Love is carving down Waterville's wide ... open blue called Tippecanoe. It's Exhibition and Little Slammer Terrain Parks. Love is Waterville's passion for perfect snow and creating the perfect ski day. Read more

Waterville Valley Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Waterville Valley Operations


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 11

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 50

Weekend Hours


Waterville Valley Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

1,814 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

2,020 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

3,835 ft

Waterville Valley Ski Pictures and Photos

Waterville Valley Logo
Waterville Valley Trail Map

Waterville Valley Reviews & Tips (89)

Took 3 beginning intermediate skiers on Sunday 3/31/15... Trails were great and the lift lines moved quickly. We have skied a lot of mountains this winter and the only disappointment I had was with the desk and lift staff. Compared to other NH mountains the staff at this location was super grumpy and not overly helpful, I get that you have had a long season and working the j bar by the terrain park is not the most fun. However barking and snapping at my 9yr old girl who I just told you has NEVER used a J bar was just mean and uncalled for. The only exception for the staff goes to the food staff. Thank you for finding the hidden stash of Ice Cream for my kids to enjoy!
Waterville Valley review written Apr 01 2015 - 05:30 AM
Carrie Advanced Skier
Skied on Wednesday 3/25... Beautiful day, great snow, very few people. My kids had a great time exploring a new mountain, finding the various terrain runs, the woods, etc. But for advanced skiers, there isnot much really challenging terrain. We brought our lunch up to the lodge at the top and enjoyed the sunshine, but two small bags of potato chips and two cookies cost $13.50! Fool me once...
Waterville Valley review written Mar 27 2015 - 05:36 PM
Plaistow Pete Advanced Skier
Absolutely awesome! Waterville is known for its great vertical feet and great it was! Trails like Gema and True Grit provided awesome vertical drop and enough space to gain plenty of speed and enough width where you didn't have to worry about the other person on the trail. Periphery was a great slalom like trail where again speed could be gained and the curvyness of it was a blast. The summit was closed due to wind which was disappointing but plenty to do on the rest of the mountian. Spring like conditions on 3/11/15 and the sticky snow was like riding on rails. Park was absolutly beautiful and loved how the Waterville incorporates park feautures (boxes, jumps) on non park trails. Except for the ticket scanning nazis staff was great! Deff recommend. Great views too.
Waterville Valley review written Mar 16 2015 - 11:54 AM
Taylor Advanced Snowboarder
Waterville valley ski area is just OK for terrain. There are really no challenging trails. There" double" diamonds are pretty much squares compared to stuff like MGR's paradise or anything at Cannon. Their tree skiing was less than stellar. Their hardest run was easy at best..for 2k vert it seemed that all the trails cut across the fall line.The snow...its New England what do you expect.. Vail? The other comments on here about the conditions are a joke. like "Oh there was some icy spots". The best comment I read was "they didn't groom the trails after it snowed". Wait..What? Why would they ruin the skiing by grooming? That tells me you. are.not an advanced skier. Anyways...I will be returning again and again. The staff was amazing! The ski school for my 9 year old was awesome. The whole vibe of the place was a home run...family oriented, no drunk New Yorkers like in Vermont, central lift and lodge made letting my kid ski free easy, town square is great, Nordic skiing is awesome, and the endless non skiing activities waterville offers is great. A great medium sized New England Mt!
Waterville Valley review written Feb 21 2015 - 05:50 AM
Davey O Advanced Skier
Easily now one of my favorites and staple mountains to visit. It's much less crowded than its overrun, commercial, and overpriced sister Loon. The terrain is mostly intermediate and fun, with a few challenging trails as well. I would definitely take friends here who have not yet been but would caution against taking beginners as I'm not sure there are as many options for the lower skill levels.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 04 2015 - 03:12 PM
Annah Advanced Skier
Liftopia discount lift tickets are the best. I get to see where the best deals are in New Hampshire or in the west and purchasing my lift tickets are easy. Highly recommend Liftopia.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 01 2015 - 04:59 AM
Sandra Advanced Skier
Not such a great day Monday, 1/5/2015. Many trails were icy, snow coverage was poor, not nearly as good as advertised.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 08 2015 - 09:44 AM
zmjz Advanced Skier
Was just there this past Saturday, 12/27/14. Bad day for crowds and meh day for snow, which was understandable considering the unseasonably warm weather. The snow was hard and packed solid, although certain trails were very choppy and uneven, even early in the day. I would wait until some better weather sweeps through the area before returning.
Waterville Valley review written Dec 29 2014 - 02:07 PM
Jason Intermediate Snowboarder
I had a great day at wtvl valley,just about 100% open the staff treated me just like family,the trails were in excellent shape and there were no crowds i am definitely a week day skier i have been many time here and i will keep on coming back !
Waterville Valley review written Mar 29 2014 - 03:07 PM
DAVE V Advanced Skier
I had a great day at Waterville Valley. I picked up a pair of demo K2 Skis from Exit 28 Ski &Snowboards on the way and saved there too. They had a $5 off coupon on their Facebook page. Great skis, great deal, great snow...all around awesome day...for under $60!! Thanks Lifopia
Waterville Valley review written Mar 18 2014 - 11:31 AM
NewEnglandskier Intermediate Skier
Arrived at WV the day after the Super Bowl. No lines and easy parking. Picked up our Liftopia tickets at the season pass office, nice and easy process. The staff at WV were a very happy bunch of people. All around a great day trip
Waterville Valley review written Feb 09 2014 - 12:11 PM
Kevin Beginner Skier
I've skied Waterville hundreds of times and have only one of those hundreds, had a bad time. It's an ecstatic mountain. I started learning there and now I'm working on skiing double blacks backwards. The terrain parks are fun for the family even if they aren't your thing! I just go off jumps. Nothing serious but I still have fun. The lifts are usually very uncrowded but every once and a while, they'll be a line. Even then, I always get on the lift within 5 minutes. No huge waits. The snow is always decent. I've only had one bad day where it was pure ice all the way down. It was impossible to turn on everything; even blue squares. The staff members at the lifts always have a conversation with you if you're waiting and indulge in jokes that you create. I remember one day, we met a lift attendant who was extremely helpful so every time we saw her, we'd always shout, "Hi, Lindsay!" She's always return a smile and wave. I'm definitely going to ski her for the rest of my career. As far as I can say for other advanced skiers: this is the mountain for training for races, freestyle, and just family fun. They have one of the best parks in the country and have steep trails like Gema to test your control and technique. Give Waterville one try. You won't be disappointed.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 04 2014 - 05:14 PM
Jake Advanced Skier
When to WV Jan 30th, Pickup of Liftopia tickets was very easy at season ticket booth. Unlimited Sunshine. Corduroy powder. No lift lines. Temps in the low 20s. It was a banner day!
Waterville Valley review written Feb 02 2014 - 10:47 AM
John Intermediate Skier
Check the long range forecast for the area before you purchase your tickets. I would also confirm the extent of runs that would be open for skiing for your planned day.We unfortunately experienced the " January Thaw" this past week in New Hampshire including at Wateville Valley. We had planned both Nordic and alpine skiing there but, that plan was impacted by the excessive rain and the insufficient snowfall.We never were able to XC ski at WV due to the trails being closed for lack of snow. We tried skiing at WV on 1/12 but called it quits after a couple of runs due to horrible conditions. We had purchased Liftopia tickets for 1/15 and expected it to be another wa$ted experience. We were pleasantly surprised that the conditions had improved and we were able to make the most of it. We enjoyed the gift of real powder snow that had fallen at the top of the mountain and skied that repeatedly. The other runs were hit or miss in terms of quality. We also purchased a Liftopia ticket for Black Mt.at the last minute ,that same week. That worked out better than we had expected for the conditions and the offering of trails that were open. The lunch/lift combo pass ended up being a great choice for the day. I would most definitely utilize Liftopia in the future after learning about you just this month. It's a great savings and it allows you to experience other resorts that you may not have considered.And since I'm the Discount/Coupon Queen, this type of opportunity from Liftopia is right up my alley. Thanks for saving me $$ and giving me the opportunity to get out on the hill!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Waterville Valley review written Jan 19 2014 - 12:37 PM
Sandi Advanced Skier
Skied Waterville 1/2 and 1/3 after much new snow! Conditions great, cold but no wind so tolerable. Some trails were not open for some reason and not all groomed. Disappointed Buckets was closed 1/2.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 06 2014 - 07:06 PM
Deborah geary Intermediate Skier
Skied WV Friday the 3rd with tons of snow and nobody there! Trails were wide open and when the sun was out it felt good being the temps ranged from 3 to -13 F degress. The Summit got windy after 2:00 pm which made it brutal to ski.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 06 2014 - 07:58 AM
Klewbrew Intermediate Skier
I went up on Dec 20th after the first big NH snowstorm and had an awesome day. No lines, plenty of snow, no ice, really impressed with the conditions. Will definitely go back up during the week again soon.
Waterville Valley review written Dec 30 2013 - 11:16 AM
Lindsay Advanced Snowboarder
Oh yah and there was no lift lines.
Waterville Valley review written Dec 21 2013 - 02:47 PM
Puff Muffin Intermediate Snowboarder
Skied Waterville on Dec. 16th. There was 25 trails open, pretty much the whole Northside. There was a storm during the weekend so conditions were great. The express quad was nice but it was windy so a gondola like Loon would of been nice to shield us from the wind. The trails were pretty good and the black diamonds like Tommy's and Utter Abandon were great, but I noticed that the trails were a bit steeper for their rating than other areas. (I.E. some of the blue's were more like black's and a few of the black's were like double black's). But overall it was a good day of skiing. I would of liked if more of the hill was open as everything to the left of the express quad was closed, but we got a great deal with Liftopia (20$ tickets) so it was a good day.
Waterville Valley review written Dec 21 2013 - 02:44 PM
Puff Muffin Intermediate Snowboarder
Had a great day on Sunday - beautiful sunshine, packed & groomed powder, moderate temperatures - couldn't ask for more. Lines were bearable and the staff were friendly. Unfortunately, my day was ruined hen someone walked off with my skis and poles at the end of the day. I left them unattended outside the base lodge from 3:50 - 4:05, apparently plenty of time for the thief to strike. A great day spoiled...
Waterville Valley review written Mar 26 2013 - 09:49 AM
kwhitney33 Advanced Skier
the conditions were epic it snowed a couple of incjes the night before and the crowds were at a bare minimum.so i had the mountain pretty much all to myself the trails were nicely groomed and they were almost 100% open for a day of great skiing
Waterville Valley review written Mar 11 2013 - 10:26 AM
dave v. Advanced Skier
Wow. Waterville is a winter wonderland. Spent weekend downhill, cross country, skating, dog sledding and fireworks while stayingin the village all walking distance/shuttle bus. Good resturant choices. I am going back!
Waterville Valley review written Mar 04 2013 - 12:39 PM
PAS Intermediate Skier
Stop on your way to pick up rental gear. We waited for over an hour in a rental line!! and the gear wasn't that good...older scratched up skis for me and the kids. I returned the gear that evening and stopped by Exit 28 Ski Rentals near the highway that evening and picked up gear for the next few days for the family. Nice NEW gear (they just opened this season) and personalized service...they sized my kids feet and fit them in the boots. And best of all...it was 1/2 the price of the resort. Exit 28 rentals was great
Waterville Valley review written Feb 21 2013 - 08:15 AM
Familyskiguy Intermediate Skier
my tip is to the resorts $70 is not a deal on a lift ticket im sorry but I have been skiing for nearly 20 years and tickets are so pricey these days how do you expect to get people to come back year after year? if I didn't work at a ski resort I would have had to give this sport up a long time ago seems like mountin sales are just getting greedy now its all about raping every penny from the people who come instead of making it affordable enuff to get new skiers and riders
Waterville Valley review written Feb 11 2013 - 07:16 AM
not rich enuff Advanced Skier
Nice mountain, pretty icy but I imagine that's the same everywhere when the snow isn't falling. The resorts around Waterville Valley are all pretty pricey so if you're looking for a cheaper place to spend the night look around the town of Plymouth, NH. I stayed at the EconoLodge there, door to door only about 30 minutes to Waterville and paid about 1/5th of the prices in Waterville.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 21 2013 - 03:03 PM
Brian Beginner Skier
Small area with great cruisers, word is the plan on expanding in the future!
Waterville Valley review written Jan 21 2013 - 07:16 AM
FrankO Advanced Skier
Get a lesson with Lindy. I have been skiing for years and can hold my own on the mountain. My weakness was icy steeps. Lindy helped me understand short leg, long leg and hip positioning to the apex of the turn. I am now able to carve on scratchy hard pack without losing my edge. Thanks Lindy for the best lesson I ever had!
Waterville Valley review written Jan 18 2013 - 07:17 AM
Ed Advanced Skier
Good liftopia price - nice snow - few crowds - what not to like ??
Waterville Valley review written Jan 08 2013 - 08:57 AM
Pat Advanced Skier
Iv'e been skiing Waterville Valley for the last 10 years, Iv'e enjoyed the mountain, its fun, has some challenging trails, the only time I'm not too keen is when its to windy or to icy, but thats at any Mt. I would encourage anyone to try Waterville, and if your a beginner please take a private or semi-private lesson, you will much more quickly and enjoy it much better, don't let your friend teach you, group lessons are ok, but not everyone learns at the same pace, but its up to you. I've been skiing for over 20 years and skied many different mountains throughout New England. And even though this isn't the steepist mt. it does have steep trails and some nice glades. Good luck to all of you , you make it to Waterville and enjoy the mountain as I have and will continue to do, plus you get awsome deals at Waterville. Have fun winter is a short season.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 03 2013 - 04:48 PM
Robert Rodrigues Advanced Skier
This is the best family ski mountain within 2 hours of Boston. It has enough varied terrain to accommodate all kinds of skier, and everyone who works at this resort is super friendly and helpful. For the glitzy fancy crowd looking for a scene--this is not a place for you. This mountain is for skiers and boarders who want to take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy some great slopes.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 02 2013 - 03:09 PM
Kristina Advanced Skier
I'm giving away my favorite secret here but you MUST get a breakfast sandwich at the Shwendi Hutte at the top of the White Peak chair! It is the best made-to-order way to start the day. Add a latte and a pecan sticky bun and you are in alpine heaven. Also the soups at the Shwendi are to die for. Just don't take our sunny table on the sunny side! Love WV!
Waterville Valley review written Jan 02 2013 - 03:03 PM
Chris Wirth Advanced Skier
Liftopia's deal was great for a two day tix. I wont go back to Waterville Valley though as they had snow guns blasting all day long wetting me as I went up the lift and all of the help in the Hutte and in the lodges were miserable. Not a friendly mountain at all, very disappointed.
Waterville Valley review written Dec 31 2012 - 06:28 PM
Helayne talbott Intermediate Skier
It was a good day after the first day of real snow in New England. However, the rental queue was long and not well organized (not to say confusing). So please do arrive earlier if you need to get rental ski. Since it was just after the almost first snow, there are a few icy spots and a few trails are not open. The trails on the northern side are not well groomed. Overall, it was a good trip and Liftopia definitely offers good pricing.
Waterville Valley review written Dec 31 2012 - 07:06 AM
ET Intermediate Skier
Go somewhere else as this mountain is small and overated in my opinion. Small says it all about every factor of this mointain. Loon is 2+ times as large, up to date and very little ice ever and always icy here-even on a snow day-go figure. I paid $50 to ski here and wished I had stayrd home and saved my money.
Waterville Valley review written Dec 29 2012 - 03:36 PM
steve Advanced Skier
The snow was slushy due to warm weather. Most trails were open but there were a good amount of green patches exposed. It was good though but riding was very slow. Looks like the season is going to end soon!
Waterville Valley review written Mar 17 2012 - 08:31 PM
Peter Advanced Snowboarder
We had a great day. I agree with a previous review that the sunny side, Oblivion and South Street Terrain Park were not as icy. We also rented through Liftopia, the person at the ticket counter told us we would need to go the the rental counter and they would be able to give us our tickets too. We went to the rental area and they told us that unfortunately that was not correct, however I was impressed when they said one of their staff would run over back to the ticket area and take care of it for us. So just an FYI, even if you rent, tell the ticket counter person that you were told to pick up your lift tickets first before proceeding to the rental area.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 23 2012 - 04:34 PM
Paul Intermediate Skier
Two friends and I skiied Waterville on Friday, Feb. 17th. We had a tradition of an annual trip to Sunapee, but chose Waterville because of the Liftopia discounts (versus no discounts at Sunapee) on the only date that worked for all three of us. The forecast had been for showers, but although it had rained further south Thursday night, at Waterville they had gotten a bit of fresh snow. We picked up our tickets at the season pass holders office (you do need to go inside via a door just next to the outside ticket window) with no problem, and had a wonderful day of skiing. The snow was in very good shape, really in amazing shape given this year's lack of the white stuff. We warmed up on Valley Run and Stillness/Lower Stillness which were in great shape. I did notice Rock Island was missing the mini mogul field that was there last year. The snow was a little slow and sticky in full sun(Oblivion), so we primarily skiied shadier blues like Tippecanoe, And Tyler Too, Siegel Street. There were so few people that there were times we'd look around and could see no one else ahead of behind us on the trail. I'm sure that'll change with vacation week, but it was lovely. We never had to wait in line (so few skiiers that what took time was the ticket scanning -- ticket scanners were very cheerful and friendly). A great ski day.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 20 2012 - 07:48 AM
Laurel Intermediate Skier
i skied here twice in december, 3 in jan, and going in feb vaca, this place is great. the trails are placed so that you can edit your run every time, it doesnt feel the same every time. although in the first trip here the snow was very sticky and bumpy neede good balance to stay up. stay away from the peak lift, lift is sketchy and is a pain to get off. love the terrain park.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 13 2012 - 02:36 PM
andy short Advanced Snowboarder
Was very impressed with the conditions. Great Snow Making and grooming. The backyard syndrome is great because it has made the lift lines very short. More sking for the money.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 01 2012 - 07:34 PM
Mark Travers Intermediate Skier
Families should consider taking advantage of the Valet Parking. We did not know about it until we were already done trekking up to the base lodge. I think it is $20.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 18 2012 - 08:12 PM
Joe Intermediate Skier
Know the map before you go. The signage is a bit poor. The staff is very helpful and we had a great day.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 10 2012 - 06:52 AM
Katie Beginner Skier
Considering it had rained the day before, I thought WV did a great job of snowmaking and grooming (we skied Jan. 1). They really did a good job with less than ideal conditions. Was also impressed by the friendly and speedy staff at the Tuning center... better prices than Boston, probably a better job as well.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 03 2012 - 02:29 PM
SuzeB Advanced Skier
we didnt have great conditions but were able to ski most of the day! Barely any lines at the lifts. Great blues moon specials @Buckets!
Waterville Valley review written Jan 01 2012 - 06:33 PM
Lindsay Intermediate Skier
Early season conditions were less than great. The few trails that were open were nothing but a sheet of ice and there were alot of bare spots. This was the first time skiing here and probably will be my last as the terrain didn't spark much interest for me.
Waterville Valley review written Dec 25 2011 - 08:40 AM
A.P. Intermediate Skier
I bought lift tickets through Liftopia, and then a lesson. To be honest, since it was our first time, we didn't even bother using the lift. I don't think that my friends bothered the second day, either--sometimes the line for the Jbar was long, or stopped, and since we weren't going far, we just walked up. Only one beginning trail was open, so it made for crowded conditions/practice space during classes, and the snow was packed into hard ice by the end of the day Saturday. The class was paced a little oddly, but we thought both Pete and Corey were great. We all plan on doing more of this, although Waterville's a bit far for us to do it regularly (RI).
Waterville Valley review written Dec 19 2011 - 02:52 PM
Linda Beginner Snowboarder
Very windy and cold, but the conditions were great all day. Not all the lifts were open, but the lines went fast. This was my first time at this mountain and I was very impressed. Definitely planning on going again next year. And the VIEW is fantastic!
Waterville Valley review written Mar 29 2011 - 06:33 PM
Ray Intermediate Skier
Great day on the mountain! Was hoping for "spring skiing"; it ended up being the coldest ski day I have had all season! The trails are starting to lose full snow cover; the mountain does a good job of marking the trails well for hazards and making the conditions manageable.
Waterville Valley review written Mar 29 2011 - 02:18 PM
Tara Advanced Skier
It's really funny as to what people think is icy.. Mar 13 Top was cold hard and fast while the mid mt was soft and the bottom was super soft 40-45 degrees while the top was 20 degrees. A sort of Take your pick type of day ... but the old man could still rip it up on the 220 cm straight sticks and my kid had fun skiing on true grit and she is a novice. Thanks for the discount
Waterville Valley review written Mar 15 2011 - 04:45 PM
Cannon Guy Advanced Skier
Be cautious with the weather, went a day after it rained and the northside of the mountain (tippecanoe, and tyler too, etc) was a sheet of ice. Sunnyside (sounthside - oblivion, valley run, etc) stayed nice throughout the day, but options were limited and we found ourselves sitting in T-bars earlier than anticipated. Went back on sunday and waterville blew snow on the runs over night, conditions were 100xs better, which made leaving midday to make the commute south that much harder. Waterville has parks for varying skill levels, which is great for beginners looking for a taste. Liftopia was cheaper than the tickets through the inn we were staying, the ticket window at the mountain and the on-line option through the mountain.
Waterville Valley review written Mar 14 2011 - 02:55 PM
Jamie Beginner Snowboarder
Liftopia was great, the day was absolutely beautiful and we were so happy that the warming hut was open at the top. The clam chowder was deliciously homemade!! Great hospitality.
Waterville Valley review written Mar 14 2011 - 10:46 AM
Edward Advanced Skier
I've purchased the Learn to Ride package twice and it is a great deal! My first lesson with Ho Ho Joe was extremely helpful and made the second trip better even though my second instructor wasn't as awesome. A little tip, if you're going to the mountain and only want a lower mountain lift ticket, just buy the LTR package and skip out on the lesson; it's a much better deal than showing up and buying a lift ticket.
Waterville Valley review written Mar 02 2011 - 10:02 AM
Ashley Beginner Snowboarder
Skip the High Country, the slow lift that frequently stops just isn't worth the hassle. That's where the best snow was but even then it wasn't worth it. Watch out for ice on the right side (Periphery was horrible and crowded) but the Oblivion side seems to have kept the snow for most of the day. Very family friendly mountain, but non-quad lifts run quite slow. Separation of skiers and boarders isn't designed, but the separate terrain parks pretty much result in it.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 28 2011 - 11:30 PM
Jay Money Intermediate Skier
Get there early, if the lifts open at 8am, get there and get in line, the fresh powder is awesome. Also, at the Hutte at the top of the mountain, try the hot coco. Don't skimp on the house made whipedcream, it was well worth the added calories!! Oh, and website people, you need an "I'm both" option to the ski snowboarder. I snowboarded Saturday, then skiied on Sunday.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 28 2011 - 02:16 PM
Dave M Advanced Skier
Best skiing of the season. Plenty of powder. Great people. Especially great staff usually outstanding but having your tickets ready at 8 A.M. at a great price... amazing
Waterville Valley review written Feb 28 2011 - 08:33 AM
Robert Advanced Snowboarder
Went Tuesday of Mass vacation but lift lines were actualy very quick since they have so many lift options to get to the top of the mountain. We enjoyed going to the very top even though the 2 person lift is slow it hadn't been skied on much so the snow was decent. Some ice but I hadn't skied in 8 years and didn't have much problem on the blue runs.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 25 2011 - 02:06 PM
Steph Intermediate Skier
Sharpen your edges or bring your skates! Blue ice in the best New England fashion mixed with high winds and it was an interesting morning. Waterville was excellent in that they new it was bad and gave everyone a raincheck at the ticket window. You can't ask for more than that. Some good cover was there once they opened up the top and we still had great time skiing with the kids all day. Thank you Waterville for another fine day!
Waterville Valley review written Feb 22 2011 - 07:44 PM
Mike G Advanced Skier
Check with the resort b-4 you buy lift tickets here. Paid $24 could have got the kids for $12 midweek at the front desk. Great boarding with numerous small terrian areas. Lodge was $$$$
Waterville Valley review written Feb 22 2011 - 05:34 PM
Dan Intermediate Snowboarder
Liftopia tickets couldn't have been easier to use. Great Service! WV was excellent! Spring skiing in mid-Feb - What are the odds of that happening? WV has a nice variety of trails and good conditions. If you Ski around the High Peak detach-Quad, which can have some long lines, you will get plenty of time on the Hill
Waterville Valley review written Feb 20 2011 - 09:09 AM
Jeff Advanced Skier
Waterville is a very scenic and beautiful mountain, an easy drive from the greater Boston area. The condition were great, the people and staff are extremely friendly and helpful, the area is always clean, up to date, and well cared for. Very easy to ski everything in one day, the terrain is not as challenging as other areas, but you won't be disappointed. One of my favorite day trips, we go about 4-5 times per season.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 19 2011 - 03:08 PM
Binobear Advanced Skier
Easy mountain to drive to since it is 10 miles off 93. Good all round mountain. No human sacrifices but still had a good time.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 18 2011 - 02:14 PM
Vlad the impaler Advanced Skier
Had a good time. Staff was friendly and helpful. Would certainly recommend and go again.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 16 2011 - 01:17 PM
Brent Beginner Skier
great mountain very challenging -stay away from the mid mountain lodge it is crazy at lunch time -no organization whatsoever -thank god we did not experience that in the lift lines everything else was very well organized great mountain and a great time will return
Waterville Valley review written Feb 16 2011 - 05:50 AM
mike Intermediate Skier
Waterville Valley review written Feb 15 2011 - 02:42 PM
STOOGE Intermediate Skier
Fun Mountain. Amazing views. Lots of steep runs. True Grit is very deceiving from the lift / base. Once your on the trail it is pretty tough. VERY steep although not worthy of double diamond status as there weren't any trees or rocks to contend with. The Peak Express high speed quad had the longest wait times. We took Quadzilla to the Sunnyside triple all day and hardly had to wait at all. The Northside double lift has some great intermediate trails and hardly any crowds. The World Cup triple has this wierd off-loading ramp made of plywood half way up this lift that the racers used. Everytime we went over this it almost ripped our skis off. A little scary to be honest - we were afraid we were gonna bust a ski or an ankle. That thing needs some adjustment!! The high country double chair lift to the summit is fun for one or two runs but honestly kind of a waste of time for the trails it services. For lunch we hit the Schwendi Hut. Place was packed at 11:30 and very poorly organized. Staff seemed half stoned and had no sense of urgency. Lines were not existant and basically consisted of angry mobs funneling towards an understaffed kitchen. I will def go to a different food joint next time around.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 15 2011 - 02:39 PM
Mike B Intermediate Skier
I had a great time, and all of the arrangements went very smoothly. I have already recommended your site to several friends.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 15 2011 - 10:34 AM
Sarah Advanced Snowboarder
The mountain is good but the service is bad. The woamn manager is the worse person on job. It is a windy mountain most time, so when you go, you'd better check the weather first, because most time when you arrive, you will learn that only one beginner lift chair is running, so you get bored so quick
Waterville Valley review written Feb 15 2011 - 05:52 AM
Skibunny Intermediate Skier
Lines were a little long early, but thinned out later in the day. Oblivion is a nice intermediate trail and a longer blue than the ones off of the Quadzilla lift. Most of the blacks, except for the bumps are relatively easy as blacks go, but are still fun. The High Country Double chair (the one that serves the actual peak)is REALLY slow and might not be worth the long wait as the runs aren't that long. Overall the service was good and it is just about exactly 2 hours from Boston, which is a reasonable day trip.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 09 2011 - 08:51 AM
Isaac Intermediate Snowboarder
This was a great mountain for a beginner snowboarder. We spent the morning on the bunny trail, and that was good. While there were small groups of kids taking lessons, it wasn't overwhelming and they weren't hogging the hill. We progressed to the big kids mountain in the afternoon and that was even better. The lift lines moved quickly, and the powder was still fresh and soft (compared to the bunny trail, which was good and packed when we left it.) Overall, I really liked this mountain and will definitely be going back.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 08 2011 - 05:21 PM
Michele Beginner Snowboarder
Best conditions vie ever had in the east. Fresh powder & sunny skies. Epic as they say
Waterville Valley review written Feb 08 2011 - 02:33 PM
jake Advanced Skier
Took my three daughters to WV this past weekend and had a terrific time. Couldn't have asked for better conditions and overall positive experience!
Waterville Valley review written Feb 08 2011 - 08:14 AM
Jim Advanced Skier
Had a great day. Some lines but they were well managed. Good service to/from parking. Tip. Head in for lunch by 11:30 to stay a beat ahead of the crowd.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 07 2011 - 03:14 PM
Gordon Intermediate Skier
Ski WV midweek with liftopia tix $29 and you will get a good value. You will be able to ski every trail on the mountain with minimum lift lines and have plenty of time to take a break for a beer or two in the pub. The April 1st, $1 lift tix day is also a fun spring skiing day. Its usually a blue sky day in the middle of beautiful mountains and a party atmosphere you can't beat it! Just arrive early, it gets crazy but you only pay $1 for your lift ticket so who cares.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 06 2011 - 06:57 AM
Di Advanced Skier
Ski it on a weekday and you will get lot's of good skiing. Got the $29 tix for Liftopia and hit a 12" powder day. (Work was closed 'cause there was too much snow)What a deal! Drive up to the Base lodge and dump your stuff before you park. Lock your skis if you've got good stuff, no knock on WV, just good practice in the NE. Prob not so hot on a crowded weekend.
Waterville Valley review written Feb 04 2011 - 02:10 PM
ChristoSki Advanced Skier
I hadn't skied Waterville in about 15 years so I didn't know what to expect. I went with my gf who is a beginner/intermediate so it was a perfect place for her. I had a great time as well, just taking my time on all their groomers. Small place, so get out early before everything is skied off. We were amazed at the job they did at the Summit Quad in keeping the line moving, shout out to Butch for doing a great job. I would recommend it here as long as you aren't expecting a major challenge.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 31 2011 - 06:10 PM
Matt Advanced Skier
I'm a strong intermediate and felt that this mountian was easy for me but I do not see that as a negative. The mountian has very well groomed trails. Two high speed quads but I did notice that they did stop alot. There are 3 great pubs on the mountain. Also the base lodge is very easy to manuever.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 19 2011 - 04:44 PM
Andrea Intermediate Skier
We regularly ski at Pats Peak, but wanted to try another area for variety. We really like the trail layout here...has good variety and mix. We are trying to improve our mogul skiing, so like the patches of bumps at various places. The base lodge had plenty of room to stuff our packs, and seems pretty modern and clean.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 19 2011 - 02:49 PM
Mike Intermediate Skier
We (FAMILY) had a very god time. The Trail selection was limited due to conditions but overall we had a great time. On trip back home we rated the trip on a 1 to 10 scale as far as mountain facilities , trails (considering availability) and service. The Famikly consensus was as follows: Mountain facilities 8, trails 6( we are used to longer top to bottom skiing although we enjoyed the mid mountain lifts) Service 8. The experience was overall very good and again considering weather factors etc for conditions a very good day spent.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 12 2011 - 05:02 PM
bradley2264 Intermediate Skier
Bought a ski package that included lesson and rentals. I have never been on skis before. I have a two hour lesson and it was horrible. Ted was the instructor. I was with one other person who I thought was the same as I was. She had been on skis before and was much better. He ignored me most of the lesson. Twenty minutes before the end of my lesson standing and waiting, another instructor named Forrest helped me out more in twenty minutes and learned more then ted did the whole lesson.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 09 2011 - 09:24 PM
Kim Beginner Snowboarder
Had a great time. Getting the tickets thru liftopia was easy and without a doubt helps determine where we will be spending our ski/boarding time. I would love for Sunapee and Loon in N.H. to become part of your program. If they don't, we will go with our friends to wherever the deals are
Waterville Valley review written Jan 09 2011 - 10:07 AM
User Intermediate Skier
Expect long lines. Also a very small mountain compared to others. Great for beginners though and very family friendly.
Waterville Valley review written Jan 02 2011 - 02:07 PM
Dan P. Intermediate Snowboarder
On liftopia, you can book for more than one day at a time which is what I did. But Waterville gave me the lift one day at a time anyway. Although the next day, they claimed that I only had reservation for the previous day! - I wish I had the receipt with me but no. I had to call someone to lookup my account online, get the ticket numbers etc and went back to the ticket window with all that info which eventually resolved it. This delayed my skiing for more than an hour. I'm sure they had all the info in their system - so the question is, why can't they get it right?
Waterville Valley review written Jan 01 2011 - 12:14 PM
Lucy Intermediate Skier
Conditions were great this past Saturday. Most of the crowd dissappeared after lunch. Lift lines needed better organization.
Waterville Valley review written Dec 20 2010 - 06:39 PM
Mark Advanced Skier
Considering the lack of snow in the east they were very decent conditions. Good close to boston small mountain. Lift lines were fast, but someone needs to give waterville a lesson on lift line order and coordination.
Waterville Valley review written Dec 20 2010 - 02:36 PM
Marc Advanced Skier
We went Dec 16th, and there were a few trails open. Good snow and no lift lines though. We'll try it again when the whole mountain is open. Not enough to give a sufficient review.
Waterville Valley review written Dec 19 2010 - 09:59 AM
Derek Advanced Snowboarder
My wife and I skied Friday the 10th. We had a great time, skiing conditions were excellent and no lift lines at all. Loved it.
Waterville Valley review written Dec 13 2010 - 12:09 PM
C&N Advanced Skier
skied waterville Dec 10 - 11 and condiotions were very good on limited trails. The new improvements are beautiful, just be careful of the high prices in the new restaraunt and bar! $6.75 for an Amstel light in highway robbery! Other than that, great sking, happy helpers and the village was wonderful. We got a great deal at the black bear lodge
Waterville Valley review written Dec 12 2010 - 05:05 PM
Joan Advanced Skier
One of NH's better... best. After early season ends and the Meadows chair opens, buy your ticket, drop your passengers, your coolers and boot bags sans what you will ski with that morning, gloves, hat/helmet, bots ski socks, googles etc. Park in the first lot all the away to the end by the snowcat shed. Traverse over to the chair. Ride up and ski down to the Quad. At the end of the day you can ski down to your car etc. WV has many deals during the season. Like Cannon the sunny warmer days are best as there is no Tram or gondola to warm in for one or two runs. Now under new management. Nothing short of a Northstar type layout with some kind of lift servicing the "Town SQ" area to the base lodge can resurrect this poor access mountain. If the Tripoli Rd was maintained through the winter WV would be united with the rest of "Ski-93". The W/Es are just punishing with the nearest parking lots expropriated for valet parking. The Quad chair easily handle even the biggest turnouts once you get through the parking, lift ticket purchase and lodge nightmare out onto the lift area. It is all uphill from the parking the shuttle buses are good and frequent but ugh. Some up slope parking as at Smugglers would be great. In the past WV has had the potential to create the fiercely loyal customer by way of service and price breaks. Their Ski-93 and Threedom plans were the best values in NH for +20 years. The real estate is killing them with out the slopeside and the village not incorporated into the ski area. Northstar addressed that issue quite effectively.
Waterville Valley review written Dec 09 2010 - 06:06 PM
Tim Advanced Skier
we skied Waterville on Friday, Dec 3, 2010. First ski day of the 2010/11 season. Conditions were very good considering the lack of mother nature's supply. Waterville always does a great job preping for the season. They had good trails open and snowmaking was happening all day long. They refurbished the restrooms in the main lodge and the cafeteria. As usual, the Swendie Hut was open with a happy staff. Great way to start the season
Waterville Valley review written Dec 06 2010 - 09:04 AM
cc Advanced Skier
Just checked the Waterville website today and they are getting some serious snow... they've got top to bottom trails running now, and should have the advanced stuff opening up soon.
Waterville Valley review written Nov 25 2008 - 10:39 AM
Ron Advanced Skier

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