New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Offering FREE Skiing Through Sunday
This is the season that ski resort owners want to forget, but for hundreds of New England skiers and riders, the last week of the season at New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Resort promises to be memorable – and free!
That’s right, after one of the worst seasons on record, there is no better way to adjust one’s attitude than by offering free skiing and riding through closing day, Sunday, April 1.
“You can’t get much lower priced than ‘free.’ Next to ‘powder,’ ‘free’ is a skier or rider’s favorite word,” said Bob Fries, Waterville’s president of mountain operations. “We’ve been stockpiling a few feet of snow on our Exhibition trail so unless it rains boiling water for a week, there will be plenty of free spring skiing and riding to go around.”
Waterville will feature classic spring (some might say summer) conditions for the final week of the season, meaning skiers will need to contend with slush, dirt, hay, rivulets of melt-off, and mini crevasses as they pick their way through what old-time Waterville skiers call the “bares.” Trails open for Free Spring Break Week will be for intermediate and advanced abilities; no beginner terrain will be available.
The resort’s on-mountain restaurant, Buckets, Bones & Brews, located adjacent to a sunny deck, will remain open with food, beverages and music all week.
Coming up on Saturday, Mar. 31 is the resort’s award dinner for its inaugural Hall of Fame. Over 200 tickets have been purchased to date and the event is nearly sold out.
Honoree Wayne Wong will recognize Waterville Valley as playing a large part in the birth of freestyle skiing – it was the first ski area to organize and host the National Championships of Exhibition Skiing in 1971. He plans to come play among the “bares” along with hundreds expected to take advantage of the ski free offer this week.
Waterville Valley currently has five trails open, served by two lifts. Conditions can change daily, so check SnoCountry for the latest updates.