From the moment you arrive in Waterville Valley, take that first deep breath, stare up at those breathtaking mountains, you realize why some come to escape and others never leave!
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Incorporated in 1829, Waterville Valley is an island in the middle of the White Mountain National Forest, surrounded by breathtaking mountains and comprised of about 42,000 acres, of which 41,300 are preserved National Forest land. Its isolated setting yet close proximity to railway and roads proved an ideal setting for families looking for an escape in the mountains. It firmly gained its reputation as a summer destination with the construction of the Waterville Inn, a full-service country inn that catered to the valley's growing popularity.
After World War II, a small ski lift was built behind the inn, ushering in a new chapter in Waterville Valley's storied past. Visitors were drawn to its winter offerings as well, and in 1965, the Waterville Company, Inc., headed by former olympic skier Tom Corcoran, was formed. Tom oversaw the expansion of the resort to include the Mt. Tecumseh Ski Area, soon host to numerous celebrity races and World Cup events.
Waterville Valley hosted the first National Open Championships of Freestyle Skiing in 1970 and is widely considered the “birthplace of freestyle skiing.” We hosted the first ever Dual Mogul Championships in 1975 and are home to the oldest ski club in the country, the BBTS (Black & Blue Trail Smashers, est. 1934). Over the years the club has placed over 50 alumni on the U.S. Freestyle and U.S. Freeskiing teams, including 12 Olympians and 2 Olympic gold medalist. The club has a year round training facility on the valley floor, where, in warmer months, athletes can be seeing soaring through the air at the Phil’s Hill Bagjump Training Center.
In 1985, the Waterville Company completed one of its most ambitious projects to date, the all suite hotel, Black Bear Lodge. With 107 fully owned condominiums, the Black Bear raised the bar for the exceptional quality, spacious comfort and convenience that vacationers had come to expect from a world class resort. Shortly after, the resort’s main village was completed with the construction of Town Square, the hub of Waterville Valley.