Perhaps it’s fitting that family-owned Waterville would be especially popular with families. The Skiing Sununus—including father John, a former New Hampshire governor and chief of staff of the Bush I administration—apparently know how to keep other ski clans happy. Waterville has always been a hit with Boston skiers in general, thanks to its easy accessibility. The short drive is especially appealing to parents, who, among other things, love the race/freeride program (the famous Black and Blue Trail Smashers club). Another big part of Waterville’s appeal is its lack of slopeside clutter; the resort village, Town Square, is down in the valley, connected by frequent shuttles.
Terrain variety is not a strength—you’ll find mostly cruising terrain here, which is fine by families, which also love the good on-mountain food and the kid-approved terrain parks. As any parent knows, nothing promotes family peace like well-fed, tuckered-out kids.
No. 8 in the East: Waterville Valley, N.H.
Waterville Valley Mountain Stats
Waterville Valley Pass Info
Waterville Valley is on the Indy Pass. Indy Pass holder get two blackout-restricted days at the resort. Indy Plus Pass holders get two days without blackouts.
Here are the SKI editors tips and advice for what to do at Waterville Valley this season.
No contest: Watervillians love the Schwendi Hütte, located at the summit, for alpine ambience and great views.
Olde Waterville Pizza Company has been a mainstay since the late ’80s, serving family-style pizza pies in a laid-back setting.
Waterville, once a World Cup venue, has a proud junior race program—the famous Black and Blue Trail Smashers club—which has nurtured many a great skier.
Jugtown Country Store in Town Square is an charming, old-fashioned shop that carries fun sweets and one-of-a-kind New Hampshire kitsch.
The mountain’s four terrain parks are a hit with the younger set—and anyone looking to get into the park scene. Check them out, especially Exhibition Park. Don’t miss Sugar Shack Glades, a natural progression area that’s a great intro to tree skiing.
Grab a waffle from the cute cabin at the base and enjoy a quick chairlift pick me up.