Waterville Valley Travel Guide

Tucked away in the mountains of New Hampshire, Waterville Valley is a self-contained village and purpose-built ski resort. Designed in a classic New England village style, there are a number of quaint inns and accommodation options. A family-friendly resort that caters to a range of skills in skiing, Waterville Valley is a great option for those in search of a great skiing holiday in New Hampshire.


Waterville Valley's 52 trails cater most to intermediate skiers, so it's best that visitors know the basics if they are to make the most of the resort. However, there are some trails for true beginners, and a more limited selection of expert trails. Visitors will also find a terrain park for snowboarders and many miles of cross-country trails.


There are some great shopping options in the Valley. Jugtown Country Store offers everything from fine wines and specialty beers to fresh produce, cheeses, and deli meats, while there is also an ice cream parlour, a toy shop (Toad Hall Toys), and a book shop (Bookmonger). There are also a few athletic shops such as White Mountain Athletic Club Pro Shop, which stock technical gear and accessories for a number of different activities. What's more is visitors can purchase some memorabilia at merchandise stores such as 1829 Outfitters and Dreams and Visions Gifts, which offer all sorts of wearable items.


There are a variety of dining options for those at Waterville Valley. All restaurants are located within walking distance from valley lodging. Visitors should ry La Tasse Cafe or the Coyote Grill, both popular choices, or the Olde Waterville Pizza Company. These are only a few of the options available to skiers of the Waterville Valley Resort.


The apres ski options in Waterville Valley will please all but the most avid partiers. A family-friendly resort, those after a night of extensive partying won't find it here. A laid back atmosphere is the order of the day.

Holiday activities

There are a variety of activities to choose from at Waterville Valley. An indoor skating rink, golf, tennis, train rides and hiking are just some of the activities on offer, making Waterville Valley a popular summer resort too.

Any negatives?

For those interested in a range of apres-ski options, Waterville does offer a lot. However, the resort prides itself on being a family-friendly option, so it may not be the first choice for young people in search of a few great bars and a club or two.