The Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation (UVSSF) is a nonprofit entity with the mission to support and enhance an affordable, healthy, and sustainable snow sports experience in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont. UVSSF members first came together in the spring of 2013 on the heels of Whaleback Mountain LLC shuttering operations. Like our fellow residents, we recognize the importance of Whaleback as a community asset and started our journey to purchase and operate the mountain. We took action after the Whaleback foreclosure auction on August 1, 2013 – at which time the bank retained ownership of the property – and immediately started negotiations with the bank. Those negotiations culminated with a lease and purchase agreement during the week of September 16. In December 2013 UVSSF was able to purchase the main Whaleback parcel. There remains a second parcel to purchase.
UVSSF is striving to preserve Whaleback because every youth and adult in the Upper Valley who wants to ski or snowboard should have an opportunity to do so at their local mountain!
Family-friendly affordable skiing & riding does indeed remain a top priority, as do programs such as after-school groups, lessons, adult race league, and hosting area clubs. We will work hard to make improvements to trails, lighting and snowmaking, among other. As we are a nonprofit, fundraising is key to the long-term success of Whaleback, so we are focused on that task too. The non-profit model is working at other local mountains, from Cochran’s in VT to Mt. Spokane in WA.
Click here to download our IRS designation letter.