New guns will expand Waterville Valley's snowmaking capacity by 25 percent.
"The addition of 85 energy efficient guns means Waterville Valley will be able to get a jump start on the season, with more snow, more trails, and a greater variety of terrain. We expect to be able to open 25 percent more acreage than previous seasons," says GM Tom Day.
The resort also added a new Prinoth 350 Snow Cat to its fleet for nightly grooming and park maintenance.
Rob Batchelder, Mountain Manager, said, "The expanded snowmaking and new groomer will help us deliver the most variety of terrain for all ability levels. This includes green, blue square and black diamond glades, intermediate to expert moguls, and groomed runs open each day."
Waterville also spent time and money over the summer to thin the entrances, exits and lines in and around Old-T Trees and Psycho Glades.
Terrain park manager and pro rider Luke Mathison created a new lineup of rails and boxes.
Waterville also made several environmental decisions, including use of biodiesel in all resort shuttle buses that transport guests from the valley floor to the mountain, reducing car traffic.
A new biodiesel shuttle will ferry employees from Campton, N.H., just off I-93, 11 miles to the resort.
Waterville's food service will use biodegradable plates made from bamboo and biodegradable cups made from corn, and on-mountain restaurants will continue recycling with the Town of Waterville Valley.