Waterville Valley High Country Redevelopment Continues
New tower fan guns are being installed.
Sunday, October 17, 2021, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
The multi-year redevelopment of Waterville Valley's High Country complex continues, as ten new SMI Super Polecat tower snow guns are in the process of being installed. Topping out at over 3,800 feet in elevation, the High Country complex will be only the second high-elevation fan gun installation in the East, joining Saddleback. Holes for tower footings have been dug on Hassle, Tree Line, and Ruthie's Run.
The redevelopment of the High Country area started in 2017 when construction of a new LST T-Bar commenced. Due to Bicknell's Thrush restrictions, construction spanned two off-seasons, with the lift debuting in February 2019. Compared to the aging double chairlift it replaced, the new T-Bar reduced ride time and wind holds.
Meanwhile, Waterville Valley Black and Blue Trail Smashers are raising money for their Raise the Roofs plan. Phase II of the plan involves converting the former High Country double chairlift base terminal into a warming hut and storage center for the racing group. The High Country complex provides an isolated, open area for race training.