Waterville Valley 4/15/2017

edited April 17 in Trip Reports Posts: 1,732
What a perfect day of spring skiing! With clear skies and temperatures in the 50s and 60s it was an outstanding spring day at Waterville. Lower Meadows Double, Pasture J-Bar, Valley Run Express, and White Peaks Express were open, and I did get to ride the J-bar on its second to last day of operation ever. It's a very rare Hopkins lift and it'll be sad to see it go. :(( Most trails were still open and many had wall-to-wall coverage, especially on the Northside. Sunnyside and Green Peak had significantly more melting. True Grit was open when the day began with one part that was only one groomer pass wide, but closed within a few hours when that sectioned melted out. Crowds were very light and there were never any lines. This, combined with the large amount of open terrain, meant that many trails remained good cruisers through the day, even with the soft snow. There was some great mogul skiing avalible on Lower Bobby's Run, Lower Sel's Choice, and under the Northside Double. There were two glades that I ventured into which still had good cover. These were the Sugar Shack Glades and the glades off Terry's Trail. It was a great day with excellent skiing and exceptional snow cover for mid-April.

Looking Up the MountainimageValley Run Express and Green Peak TripleimageWhite Peaks ExpressimageTrue GritimageGreen Peak from True GritimageNarrow Section of GemaimageWhite Peaks ExpressimageValley Run ExpressimageValley Run ExpressimageValley RunimageTop of the Valley Run Express and Sunnyside (note narrow section of True Grit)imageStemtation and Lower Meadows DoubleimageLooking Toward the Base Area from BasewayimageSugar Shack GladeimageNorthside Double and White Peaks ExpressimageView from the Top of White Peaks ExpressimageNorthside Double and PeripheryimageLower PeripheryimagePasture J-BarimageHigh CountryimageBase AreaimageWhite Peaks Express Above The ChuteimageValley RunimageSunnyside from Bourbon StreetimageLower Bobby's RunimageWhite Peaks ExpressimageExhibition Platter Pull from White Peaks ExpressimageWhite Peaks ExpressimageGlades Off Terry's RunimageValley Run ExpressimageValley Run ExpressimageBottom of Northside DoubleimageMoguls Under Northside DoubleimageUpper Bobby's RunimageLast Run On Tangentimage
- Sam
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Comments

  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    Posts: 1,143
    Excellent!
    Yes Hopkins is rare but isn't the t bar also?


    http://www.newenglandskihistory.com/lifts/viewlift.php?id=339
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    Posts: 1,143
    35 pics whew!
  • obienickobienick expert
    Posts: 759
    Great pics.

    It's always going to be the Quadzilla to me.
  • bubblecufferbubblecuffer advanced
    Posts: 235
    Nice.  Love that trail under the double.  Skied it with my son back a few weeks ago.  Lot's of character.  

    This is certainly a spring for the history books.
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    Posts: 1,143
    That last run in tangent looks sweet!
    Narrowish and lots of snow good choice
  • Posts: 1,732
    ciscokid said:

    Excellent!
    Yes Hopkins is rare but isn't the t bar also?


    http://www.newenglandskihistory.com/lifts/viewlift.php?id=339


    It is, but I didn't get any pictures because Tommy's World Cup Run was so fun to ski at high speeds, I didn't want to stop?
    ciscokid said:

    35 pics whew!


    I forgot my camera, so I had to use my phone. Otherwise you would have gotten even more! :D
    - Sam
  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    Posts: 1,143
    Wow Waterville has over 10% of all Stadeli's installed and 2 out of 3 Hopkins!

    I like that narrowish trail under the north side lift, is that Periphery?

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  • ciscokidciscokid expert
    edited April 17 Posts: 1,143
    Neat parking lot pic, I can where the parking may be an issue, have shuttle bus?

    https://viewer.hangar.com/nA0VqlrV
  • edited April 17 Posts: 1,732
    ciscokid said:

    Wow Waterville has over 10% of all Stadeli's installed and 2 out of 3 Hopkins!

    I like that narrowish trail under the north side lift, is that Periphery?

    image


    It doesn't have an official name and isn't shown as a trail on the map, but they let you ski it and it's very fun!
    ciscokid said:

    Neat parking lot pic, I can where the parking may be an issue, have shuttle bus?

    https://viewer.hangar.com/nA0VqlrV


    There is a shuttle from the village, but I'm not sure if it stops at any of the lower lots. I didn't have that issue because I got a spot in the first row of Lot 1 at 7:25.
    - Sam
  • bubblecufferbubblecuffer advanced
    Posts: 235
    ciscokid said:

    Neat parking lot pic, I can where the parking may be an issue, have shuttle bus?

    https://viewer.hangar.com/nA0VqlrV

    Which one is that?  The parking/walking situation there is definitely a quite a production.  I always have believed running a trail and a free lift along the east side of the lot rows would be very nice.
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