Waterville Valley Begins Green Peak Expansion
Waterville Valley has begun cutting 10 new trails on Green Peak. (Martha Wilson)
The smell of cut pine and the sound of chippers and heavy machinery are in the air as Waterville Valley Resort has begun trail work on a 45-acre, 10-trail addition to its slopes in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest.
The Green Peak Expansion, scheduled to open this winter, will be Waterville Valley’s biggest expansion project in more than 30 years.
The first phase of the project includes the creation of 10 trails and installation of a 4,075-foot fixed grip triple chair to Green Peak’s 2,860-foot summit, with a capacity of up to 1,800 passengers per hour.
CEO Chris Sununu told SnoCountry.com that later phases of the project would include the addition of snowmaking to Green Peak. The new trails will offer skiers and riders a mixture of terrain. “We are a New England resort, we want some old school New England skiing. We are creating something dynamic for the skier to enjoy with a little bit of everything.”
The project has been in the works for several years. “This summer we were working on finalizing some environmental surveys and the financing to get the project off the ground. Everything came into place this month and we began construction as soon as every detail was in place. We are excited for our guests to experience completely new terrain and a new peak experience,” Waterville Valley’s Matt Hesser told us.
Sununu said since his family took ownership of the resort six years ago, the expansion has been part of the vision for the resort. He estimated the price of the first phase at “a couple million dollars.” Sununu added, “The fact that we can move so fast. It happens because everyone has been on the ball and we’re really prepared.”
Waterville is partnering with several local New Hampshire contractors for this project. M.E. Johnston Construction of Thornton, NH and Wade Reed Logging of Rumney will provide the site work, while SkyTrans Manufacturing of Contoocook, NH will be installing the lift.