SOURCE: Waterville Valley Resort

Waterville Valley Resort

November 10, 2011 10:00 ET

Waterville Valley Resort Offers "Bucket List" Experience: Become Part of Torchlight Parade

Lift Tickets Pegged to Temperature and, Get This, Football Games and Leap Year

WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH--(Marketwire - Nov 10, 2011) - This season Waterville Valley Resort, the four-season destination located just minutes from exit 28 off Interstate 93 in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest, invites skiers/riders to become part of a torchlight parade.

What's more, to add some more fun into the sport, special lift ticket rates will be pegged to low base temperatures, football game scores by New England's favorite NFL team, and even Leap Year Day and St. Patrick's.

Other improvements promise to enhance snow conditions on the resort's 52 downhill trails, 70 km of cross country trails, and five terrain parks, all ready for a planned opening on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Starry Night Torchlight Dinners
Better snow conditions also mean a more memorable experience for Waterville Valley Resort's newest signature attraction: catered Starry Night Dinners and the bucket list experience of participating in a torchlight parade afterwards. Dinner guests are whisked up the Valley Run quad chairlift, then ski to the mid-mountain Sunnyside Timber Lodge along a trail lit by torches. Upon arrival, guests are given cozy ski socks to wear, warm up fireside while enjoying appetizers and selected wines, and then are treated to a full four-course dinner with special entertainment each week.

While being able to ski or ride is not a prerequisite to enjoying the evening, those who can slide will be given torches to carry when snaking down the mountain behind a guide. Non-skiers/riders will enjoy snowmobile rides to the base lodge.

Five Starry Night Torchlight dinners are planned for Dec. 31, Jan. 14, Feb. 4, Feb. 18 and Mar. 3. Each includes a four-course dinner for a price of $100 per person (slightly higher on New Year's Eve). Capacity is limited to 60 guests and reservations are required by calling 603 236 8311 ext. 3000.

Driving Down the Cost of Skiing
New this year are resort lift tickets and specials that are almost too numerous to mention. Log onto www.waterville.com for these and other creative, fun pricing plans:

  • Frequent Skier/Rider Card - Cost is $69 and comes loaded with a lift ticket. Then enjoy $15 off the ticket price every day during the entire 2011-12 season.
  • Any Day - $10 off online purchases 24 hours in advance.
  • Sundays - $15 kids' tickets (12 and under, non-holidays).
  • Mondays - Two lift tickets for the price of one (non-holidays).
  • Football Tuesdays - The price is whatever New England's favorite NFL team holds their opponent to on the previous Sunday or Monday night.
  • Temperature Tuesdays - After the NFL season, the price for a lift ticket is between $10 and $32 (non-holiday), depending upon Monday's predicted low base temperature for Tuesday.
  • Leap Year Day - Wednesday, Feb. 29, all tickets half price.
  • St. Patrick's Day - Saturday, Mar. 17, $17 off all lift tickets.
  • April Fool's Day - Sunday, April 1, all lift tickets are $10, snow foolin'.

New Improvements for 2011-12

  • A new snowcat equipped with a power winch was added to the fleet to groom steep trails most groomers can't reach. New snowmaking pumps will increase capacity near the 4,004-ft. summit by 33 percent. What's more, four new snow guns are dedicated to Waterville Valley Resort's terrain park, allowing for an earlier opening of its ski and snowboard rails, jibs, jumps and super pipe.
  • New Piston Bully cross-country snow grooming cat will improve surface conditions for both traditional and skating tracks on Waterville Valley Resort's vast network of over 70 km of groomed trails.
  • The High Country chairlift to the summit has been converted to cleaner, faster, quieter electric power, shortening ride time.
  • Renovated seasonal guest ski locker room with new restrooms and flat screen televisions located in the courtyard base lodge.
  • Resort shuttle and trolley service will be upgraded with the addition of a new shuttle bus and trolley.
  • New retail store "1829 Outfitters" in Town Square featuring clothing, footwear and accessories from The North Face, Timberland and Swix.

For more information on Waterville Valley Resort log onto Waterville.com or call 1-800 GO VALLEY (800 468 2553).

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Jeff Blumenfeld/Jamie Gribbon
    Blumenfeld and Assoc. PR
    203 655 1600
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