A component fund of the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation

The Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation (UVSSF) is a nonprofit entity with the mission to support and enhance a sustainable snow sports experience in the Upper Valley. UVSSF members first came together in the spring of 2013 on the heels of Whaleback Mountain 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 are developing strategic and business plans to insure success. 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.

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.
  • Opening Day is December 26 and we intend to be around for a long time.
Grants Awarded: 

2014 - $10,000 to the Upper Valley Snow and Sports Foundation (UVSSF) to enrich the lives of Upper Valley youth and families by preserving the Whaleback ski area as a valuable community asset.  These funds will help to achieve the following goals: installing a used surface ski lift; improving snowmaking; and improving night lighting.

2013 - $5,000 to support he purchase of Whaleback Mountain. The foundation is especially interested in getting school kids from Plainfield, Enfield, Canaan, and Grantham out and skiing.

Grant Year(s): 

2016 Children's Fund Grantees