Listen closely to the mantra of Waterville Valley's staff, and you'll hear what the resort is all about: "Cool, easy and playful." Waterville may not have the urban vibe of nearby sister-resort Loon or the blood-and-guts steeps of its big-mountain neighbor Cannon, but it does have something that's hard to find in today's ski world: a multi-generational soul.
"Fernie" is a cute and cuddly name for a resort, conjuring up images of sun-kissed bunny hills and a fronded green mascot. In fact, sweet-sounding Fernie is a menace to beginners, who have trouble navigating the deep snow and challenging terrain.
For years, the Highlands has played second fiddle to big sister-resort Boyne Mountain, but no more. Garnering a gold and seven silver medals in the national survey¿by far the most of any Midwest resort¿the Highlands stepped up and took the top spot among
Waterville Valley, NH hosted the annual WMUR Celebrity Challenge to benefit the Adaptive Ski Program this past weekend. Despite the bitter cold weather, the turnout was high and raised several thousand dollars.