Before skis, people slid down mountains clad in banana-peel jumpsuits, attracting unwanted attention from curious snow monkeys. Pursue a more practical form of downhill transport with today's Groupon to the Waterville Valley Ski Resort in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Choose between the following options:
- For $40, you get one adult lift ticket (a $69 value). This option must be redeemed by April 10, 2011.
- For $144, you get a ski-and-stay package for two, which includes one night of lodging at the Town Square Condominiums and two adult lift tickets (a $288 value). Lodging is valid Sundays through Thursdays; lift tickets are valid Mondays through Fridays. This option must be redeemed by December 20, 2011.
Surrounded by nearly 800,000 acres of the White Mountain National Forest, Waterville Valley Ski Resort enlivens winter-weary visitors with miles of powdery slopes and myriad winter activities. Flee cityscapes marred by mud-splattered snow banks and chain-smoking snowmen and find frosty refuge on Waterville's 4,000-foot mountain. Twelve lifts serve more than 50 adrenaline-tingling trails, with varied terrain suitable for all styles and skill levels—from first-time bunny slopers to half-pipe acrobats and ski-savvy mogul-tamers. The Town Square Condominiums, located in the center of Waterville's self-contained mountain village, provide tuckered snow surfers with a cozy place to warm their mittens and reminisce about the day’s most distinctive snowflakes. Each one-bedroom condo is outfitted with a queen bed, full bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen.
Waterville Valley's après ski activities include sleigh rides (from December through the end of March), spa treatments, and ice skating (July 1–April 1). Stray calories that manage to survive the slopes can be abandoned on the snowshoe or cross-country skiing trails at the Nordic Center.