You might have thought you stumbled into a good ol’ fashioned barn-raising if you were at Waterville Valley Resort in October, soaking in the peak foliage at this popular New Hampshire four-season destination. Dozens of ordinary folks were lined up on the mountain, wearing sturdy shoes and work gloves, but it wasn’t barn walls they were hoisting on this day.
Just look up after you board the resort’s new Tecumseh Express, a six-person detachable bubble chair, this winter and you’ll see what they were handling — 88,000 pounds of haul rope that needed to be spliced together. On board Tecumseh, you’ll also gain an appreciation for why Waterville Valley ranks consistently at or near the top of New England’s favorite family resorts.
Developed in the heart of the White Mountains, along the eastern face of 4,003-foot Mount Tecumseh, Waterville Valley guests routinely are rewarded with stunning views of the Moat Mountain Range, the Sandwich Range and Mount Osceola. Mount Tripyramid, the Pemigewasset Wilderness and the Presidential Range are features of the vast, 360-degree landscape, along with views of the Pemigewasset River Valley, Squam Lake and the Lakes Region.
Waterville had been a popular summer destination long before Olympian Tom Corcoran first developed ski trails there in 1966. Easily accessible off I-93, only two hours from Boston, the resort currently features around 250 acres of skiable terrain, spread across a network of 62 trails and glades. With a summit elevation of 4,004 feet and a vertical drop of 2,020 feet, the varied terrain is suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels.