Waterville Valley Resort announced on Wednesday that the New Hampshire ski area plans to begin field engineering this fall for a 44-acre addition of skiing terrain on Green Peak. Following a public-hearing process, the U.S. Forest Service has approved the request for the ski area's first terrain expansion in more than 30 years. Along with beginner and intermediate trails, the section will include gladed terrain and a new lift adjacent to the existing ski area.
Actual construction is scheduled to start in 2014. The expansion will include a new high-speed quad to reach the summit of Green Peak. It will incorporate eight new trails to connect and run parallel to the existing trail network. There will also be 12 acres added in a new gladed area.
In 2010, the resort was bought by a local investment group led by the Sununu family-- politically prominent in the state for former New Hampshire governor John H. Sununu and one of his sons, former senator John E. Sununu. Another son, Chris Sununu, now serves as the CEO of Waterville Valley Resort. Chris Sununu considered his own 2014 run for governor of the state, but announced in July that he would not seek election in part because of his role with the ski resort.
“Waterville Valley was born as a skier's mountain, one that offered the kind of excitement and challenge that made it the place to ski in New England. With Green Peak, we will add more intermediate and beginner terrain to become one of the most comprehensive ski resorts in the East," said Chris Sununu. "With this expansion, there will something for every skier and rider, for both families and racers."