Santa and Fireworks as Waterville Valley Ski Area Opens for the Season Nov. 26th, 2010

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Santa Arrives by Dog Team in Waterville Valley

Saturday, November 27, 2010 marks the 20th annual arrival of "Santa Arrives by Dog Team" at Town Square in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. And, opening day for Waterville Valley Ski Resort is Friday Nov. 26

Santa and his team will arrive at the gazebo to greet the crowds at 3:30 P.M. Visits with Santa will take place in the Nordic Center in Town Square after the dogs are safely unharnessed, and will continue until Santa sees the last child. Each child will receive a small gift and candy from Santa and his elves. For a suggested donation of $5 per child, photo opportunities with Santa will be available. All proceeds will be donated to the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth, NH. Visit http://www.wholevillage.net for more information.

Hot cocoa, cookies and desserts will also be available for a small donation. Raffle tickets for an assortment of prizes donated by Waterville Valley area businesses will be available to purchase for the entire week before the event as well as the day of. All proceeds go directly to the Whole Village Family Resource Center. Shops and restaurants in the Town Square will be open during the event. At 7:00 p.m. Santa will light the tree in the courtyard in Town Square, signaling the annual fireworks display over Corcoran’s Pond.

Master artists will add their touch of magic to the Town Square, with a series of eight fine art panels on display depicting the Russian Fairy Tale, “The Snow Maiden”. The panels will be featured Thanksgiving through the end of ski season. It is sponsored by Tricia’s Legacy Designs and I Dream of Beading.

Various people and organizations are donating time and resources to support this event, including musher Lidia Dale-Mesaros, the merchants of Waterville Valley Town Square, and Santa Claus.

Lodging in a variety of family-friendly options is available starting at $59 per person per night based on quad occupancy.

Waterville Valley Resort offers 250 skiable acres with snowmaking ability on every trail. The ski area peaks at 4,004 feet, with a vertical drop of 2,020 feet, 52 trails and 12 lifts. But for those who like their skiing with a little less altitude, Waterville Valley’s Nordic Center features 75 km of wide-groomed trails with terrain for every ability level, groomed daily for both skate and classic skiing styles. Skiers take off from the Nordic Center in the Valley’s quaint Town Square, or just step out the door of their vacation rental--the trails are only steps away from most of the resort accommodations. Once on the trail, you’ll enjoy incredible views of the surrounding White Mountain National Forest. Stop for a rest and a snack at the warming hut along the trail, or return to the Nordic Center and sit by the fire.

Waterville Valley was designed and planned specifically as a self-contained, four seasons resort. Today in addition to its world-class ski area, Waterville Valley Resort has award-winning tennis courts, golf, hiking, biking, lodging, cultural activities and summer theater, an indoor ice rink, boating, a skate park, and a host of outdoor activities. Dining options include traditional favorites and elegant dining. For more information, call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit http://www.visitwatervillevalley.com.

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