|Waterville Valley Resort|
Top of Highcountry Double,
south shoulder of Mount Tecumseh
|Location|| Waterville Valley,|
New Hampshire, U.S.
|Vertical||2,020 ft (615 m)|
|Top elevation|| 3,840 ft (1,170 m) (lift-served)|
4,004 ft (1,220 m) (summit)
|Base elevation||1,820 ft (555 m)|
|Skiable area||220 acres (0.89 km2)|
|Longest run||1.9 miles (3.1 km)|
|Lift system|| 2 HS Quads, 2 Triples,|
3 Doubles, 1 Platterpull,
1 T-Bar, 2 J-Bars
|Snowfall||148 inches (3.8 m)|
Waterville Valley is a ski resort in the northeast United States, located in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire. Built on Mount Tecumseh, with a summit elevation of 4,004 feet (1,220 m) above sea level, the ski trails extend to a high point on the south ridge of the mountain at 3,840 feet (1,170 m), offering a vertical drop of 2,020 feet (615 m). The ski area has 11 lifts, including two high-speed quads and is located in the town of the same name. The slopes primarily face east and northeast.
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