Waterville Valley Resort
Waterville Valley Resort
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Submitted on December 9, 2021 by rocket21 (1081 Rating1081)
Session SessionMorning
Lift Ticket Ticket TypeDiscount from Ski Area
Lift Lines Lift Lines0 minutes
Snow Trail Conditions10% open; Packed Powder, Loose Granular
Glades GladesNo base.
Moguls MogulsNone
Terrain Park Terrain Park(s)Small park set up below World Cup.
Run of the Day Run of the DayLower White Caps
Food and Beverage Food and BeverageNo masks or proof of vaccination required. Freedom of choice. Thank you! Chicken tenders and fries were a little pricey, but the lodge renovations have continued to make the cafeteria a nicer space. There are now outdoor entrances and bathrooms on each of the three floors and there's a new elevator that will open soon. UPDATE: An indoor mask mandate has been imposed a few hours after this visit. I will not be eating in any mask mandated facility.
Comments CommentsTook advantage of the early season rate ($55). No bait and switch tricks like I experienced at Cannon over the weekend (they've since added some language to the web site).

Two inches of powder fell yesterday/overnight, leaving really nice conditions at opening bell (powder over corduroy).

Two runs open off the White Peaks Quad - Upper Bobby's to Chute to Lower White Caps, and Upper White Caps to Upper Sel's Choice to Tommy's World Cup. There are also multiple crossovers to allow different combinations.

Upper Bobby's was the better of the two upper choices, as Upper White Caps had some small rocks mixed in from construction (upper footings have been poured for next year's six pack chairlift). Sel's to World Cup had decent cover, while Chute to Lower White Caps was groomed/covered half-width. The lower angle areas continued to ski well late into the morning (still finding some corduroy), while the steeps had some boilerplate underneath.

The Meadows chair was also open, with Leroy's and Stemtation open. Both were excellent packed powder. One could ski from the lodge down to that lift, but the crossover from the top was not yet open (snow guns going on that and on Revelation).

Snowguns were also blasting on Valley Run, which had some big piles visible. Old Tecumseh looks like it's almost ready; the piles had just been pushed out this morning.

No snowmaking in the High Country yet, as it looks like they're still building a new valve house or something, presumably for the new fan gun installation up there.

Partly sunny morning with occasional snow flurries. Not empty, but not too crowded. Nice to see employees' faces again (doesn't appear to be a mask mandate); all were friendly, from the ticket window to food and beverage to the lift ops.

UPDATE: Just learned that they imposed an indoor mask mandate a few hours later (apparently because of the Federal government). EXTREMELY disappointing to learn about this after a very nice experience.
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