Waterville Valley Resort and WVBBTS / Snowsports Educational Foundation have announced a joint project that will yield significant upgrades in snowmaking for the 2014/15 season. The resort and the snowsports foundation will make a combined investment of more than $250,000. There will be seven new fan guns as well as additional improvements and upgrades made to the existing snowmaking system. All this comes just four years after Waterville Valley Resort invested another $500,000 in snowmaking and improvements back in 2010.
Waterville Valley Resort and WVBBTS look forward to working together on this project as well as others in the future as their long time partnership continues to grow. “WVBBTS has always been an important part of the community here in Waterville Valley,” said Waterville CEO Chris Sununu. “Their coaches and facilities have groomed some of the finest winter athletes in America, as shown by the number of them competing in Sochi this past winter. We’re excited to merge our resources and work with such a dedicated organization in order to continue to make Waterville Valley Resort an elite winter destination in New England. This project is just a first step in this partnership helping to take Waterville Valley to the next level.”
“WVBBTS is excited to partner with our home mountain resort on this early season snowmaking project,” said CEO / Executive Director, Peter Stokloza. “This initiative aligns perfectly with both organization’s strategic plans. For us, snow quality and coverage are key ingredients in our goal, as a USSA Certified Gold Club, to develop exceptional competitive alpine racers, freeride/freestyle skiers and snowboarders and to encourage a lifelong love of snowsports.”
The new high efficiency fan guns, six TechnoAlpin T40’s and one TF10, have the ability to make snow at “marginal” temperatures (29 degrees and below) that are outside the operative range of most existing guns at the resort. These guns are also fully automatic, which means our snowmaking crew can use presets that require very little additional maintenance. As the temperatures change, the guns will automatically adjust water flow and pressure in order to produce the high quality snow that Waterville Valley has come to be known for.
In addition to having seven new high powered and energy efficient snow guns ready to start the season, the existing snowmaking equipment will be freed up to be used on other parts of the mountain. This will allow for greater and higher quality coverage from top to bottom. It also prepares the Resort for snowmaking that will have to be allocated for the Green Peak Expansion project. Additionally, the Nordic system and tubing hill will be able to receive extra snow to make sure they stay in top shape all season long.
Waterville Valley was designed and planned specifically as a self-contained four seasons resort. Known as New Hampshire’s Family Resort, it features world-class alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, an indoor ice rink, and activities and events for the whole family. Waterville Valley Resort offers 220 skiable acres with an altitude of 4,004 feet and vertical drop of 2,020 feet, 50 trails, and 11 lifts. For more information, call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit www.waterville.com.
For more information on all of WVBBTS programs please visit www.wvbbts.org or call at (603) 236 4246.