Waterville Valley Resort
Waterville Valley Resort
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Submitted on December 23, 2022 by snowphoenix (130 Rating130)
Session SessionFull Day
Lift Ticket Ticket TypeIndy Pass
Lift Lines Lift Lines1 to 2 minutes
Snow Trail Conditions50% open; Packed Powder, Loose Granular
Glades GladesSugar Shack Glades and Terry’s Trail Glades were open. While the latter had more snow, both glades had thin cover with rocks, logs and branches poking through or hiding just under the snow.
Moguls MogulsOn many of the ungroomed trails and on ungroomed portions of Valley Run. Not icy but quite firm.
Terrain Park Terrain Park(s)Did not notice any features on the main mountain.
Run of the Day Run of the DayGema
Food and Beverage Food and BeverageGot a few things from the lodge cafeteria to supplement my own lunch. Clam chowder was $11 a cup, but it was pretty good if a little salty. A small fries was $6 and not bad either.
Comments CommentsAfter hearing about the good conditions following last Friday’s storm, I just had to check them out for myself. Groomed trails were good in the morning with packed powder and loose granular, and only got a little skied off later in the day. Old Tecumseh and Tommy’s World Cup Run were some of my favorites and were very fun to cruise down at high speed.

Ungroomed trails open included Rock Island, Gema, Psyched, Lower White Caps, Lower Sel’s Choice, And Tyler Too, Utter Abandon, The Boneyard, Lower Bobby's Run and Tippecanoe, although I didn’t ski the last four. From afar, the natural snow looked soft and powdery but was in reality quite heavy and hard to turn in, making skiing on the ungroomed trails a real workout. To get to And Tyler Too and Tippecanoe, one had to ski under the wind fence on Upper White Caps as their main entrances were closed.

Tecumseh Express, Valley Run, Lower Meadows and one or two of the carpets were the lifts running today. Valley Run usually had a few-chair wait while the Tecumseh was a few chairs to a few minutes at most. While I found the Tecumseh's seats comfortable, they are relatively narrow (not an issue unless the chair is full) and the plastic slide-prevention bars are a bit annoying. In addition, the bubbles do not close on the way down unlike other bubble lifts I have ridden, which could be an annoyance on rainy days. The lift was also not running at full speed. I hope Waterville Valley can work out the kinks soon to make the most out of their new lift.

Snowmaking was in progress on Ciao, Bourbon Street and the High Country trails, which were closed. Stillness was listed as open in the report, but was probably the worst trail of the day as there were large ice whales on one side of the trail due to active snowmaking and a snowmobile track (golf balls) on the other.

I skied 14 runs off the Tecumseh before it had a mechanical issue at about 2:30. After about half an hour they were able to get it running to let everyone off but it did not reopen; meanwhile I took a final lap on Valley Run and called it a day. Employees around the resort were helpful and friendly and I was grateful to ski on what looks to be the last day of good conditions for the foreseeable future.
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