Green Peak Trail Clearing Quickly Progressing at Waterville Valley
The large scale expansion has one of the tightest timelines in New England ski history.
Sunday, September 4, 2016, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
After just over a week of trail clearing, the Green Peak expansion at Waterville Valley is quickly progressing.
According to a source, clearing of the lift line has been assigned as the top priority for logging crews. Crews have been hindered by large boulders found throughout the terrain.
Thus far, about 1,000 feet of the nearly 4,400 foot lift line have been cleared. In addition, Trail 51 has been cut, connecting the top of the peak to the top of South Street. Clearing has also taken place on the lower portions of Trail 4, Trail 53, Trail 54, and Trail 57.
South Street and Lower Stillness have been widened to help with the expected increase in skier traffic.
Meanwhile, the BBTS Competition Center demolition is progressing, with only the concrete structure and debris remaining. Originally the Valley Run double chairlift terminal, the structure is being removed to make way for the Green Peak lift terminal. No construction has been noted for the proposed replacement building, to be located adjacent to the J-Bar slope.
No further progress has been noted on the removal of the World Cup Triple. The haul rope and chairs were removed earlier this summer, however the base terminal, towers, and communications line remain standing.
First approved by the United States Forest Service in 2013, the $2 million Green Peak project will add 10 trails spanning 45 acres. The World Cup Triple will be relocated and installed on the new peak by SkyTrans. Originally a 1986 Albertsson-Stadeli installation, the lift was rebuilt with a new drive and line equipment by Doppelmayr in 2000. The Green Peak installation is expected to be 4,380 feet long by 1,011 feet vertical.
While the trails and lift are being advertised as opening this winter, it is not known if snowmaking will be installed in time for the ski season.
Green Peak Phase 1 proposal map
Competition Center demolition (September 3, 2016)
Looking down the lift line (September 3, 2016)
The junction of Green Peak Trail 4 and Trail 57 (September 3, 2016)
Green Peak Trail 4 (September 3, 2016)
Green Peak Trail 53 and 54 (September 3, 2016)
The northern slope of Green Peak as seen from Sun Run (September 3, 2016)