Build the Next Big Ski Resort
Shipping June, 2024!

Ski themed strategy board game
2-5 Players | 60-120 Minutes | 14+

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Alpenglow is finally opening its mountain to skiers and has invited you to build its ski areas.

Compete against your fellow ski resort tycoons and race to build the best ski area by building chairlifts and assigning runs on the mountain while developing the adjacent town to attract skiers. Open your ski area and run your chairlifts to generate revenue in money and Victory Points.

There is a catch though! Only the tycoon with the most successful ski area after 2 seasons (10 turns total) takes over management of the mountain. Find synergies to make the most out of each turn and maximize your resources. The winner is the one with the most victory points from buildings, chairlifts, delivered skiers, and the completion of your goal cards.


Alpenglow is an engine building game that combines several familiar game mechanics to create a fun yet challenging experience. The game has elements of tile laying, card playing, and network building combined in two core areas: the mountain where you build your ski area competitively and the village where you expand the town to attract skiers collaboratively with the other players. The game includes starter tiles that allow for variable setup so that each game is unique!

During each season, players will take turns picking up skiers and taking actions to build your ski area, play run cards, add buildings to the village, build chairlifts, and open your ski area to allow skiers to hit your slopes. Collect money to keep building and Victory Points to inch towards victory.

After the second season, the game ends and all players count up Victory Points earned from chairlifts, buildings and completed goal cards. The winner is the one with the most victory points collected by:

  • Providing skier access to popular (high income) stations and ski runs
  • Expanding the village with various shops, businesses, and services
  • Building out your ski area with chairlifts providing access to stations and ski runs
  • Collecting and completing secret goal cards
  • Opening your ski area to skiers in your lodge


Building ski areas is tough work and you need high quality components to get the job done. Alpenglow comes with over 530 crafted components for rich engaging gameplay. We are partnering with Panda Game Manufacturing (a leader in the business) to print and assemble a game worthy of years of play.

All of the printed components will have linen embossing and full color graphics. Cards are printed on 300gsm bluecore cardstock and the punchboard components are made of 2mm greyboard with matte varnish. The game board is a large 6-fold board with a 2-3 player board on one side and a 4-5 player board on the reverse to match your group size. All of the cubes, buses, lodges, and player trackers are wooden painted components and compliment the hand-painted chairlifts.

Components may change based on the performance of the Kickstarter campaign. More sales volume will allow us to increase quality without increasing the cost of the game.
Pre-production mockups-
Components are not final until the game goes to production. Components, counts, and designs are subject to change.


Alpenglow was funded on Kickstarter! We will keep this page, our social media accounts, and our newsletter subscribers updated as we head into manufacturing. You can reserve your copy on Gamefound!

The Kickstarter ended in late November and we have completed our preparation for manufacturing. Manufacturing and assembly is estimated to take 10-12 weeks, and freight shipping to our regional fulfillment partners will take 1-2 months. We are hoping to have Alpenglow land on backer doorsteps June 2024. 



Waterworks Games is run by Sean and Jillian Wittmeyer. We are passionate gamers backed by a team of friends helping get Alpenglow into your hands. 

Help us get funded by signing up for updates and visit Gamefound to back the game. Share this website with your friends as well. We originally funded the campaign through Kickstarter which was a community effort and we appreciated your help!

Head to the Alpenglow page on Board Game Geek to engage in the discussion, download files, and stay up to date.

 12/20 Manufacturing set to begin
 12/2  Late Pledges open on Gamefound︎
12/1  Game Files sent to the manufacturer
 11/22 Kickstarter ends, 1112 backers helped us reach over 200%!
 10/28 100% funded in 2 days! Thank you!
 10/26 Kickstarter is live!
 9/15  Version 27 is printed and in reviewer hands!
 9/1   Kickstarter Launch Date Announced!
 7/1   Join Season Pass, our Newsletter︎ - Tips and discounts! 
 6/27  Alpenglow is on BoardGameGeek︎
 6/24  Kickstarter is ready︎ - Get Notified for the launch! 
 5/24  Playtest version 25 and Tabletopia
 5/12  New Website for Waterworks!
 4/26  Playtest Version 24 is ready
 4/10  Blog post on Rules & Revisions︎
 2/26  Playtest Version 21 is ready
 1/4   Blog post on Wireframes & Illustrations︎
 12/18 Blog post on Playtesting︎
 11/4  Blog post on The First Prototype︎
 10/14 Blog post on It Started with the Theme︎


  01  Playtest - Sign up for games (January-May) ✅
  02  Expand rules and examples (May) ✅
  03  Fund on Kickstarter (OCT 26) ✅
  04  Manufacture Alpenglow (Spring 2024) ✅
  05  Ship to Backers (Spring/SUMMER 2024) ⏱️

  01  Rulebook︎
  02  Gameplay Summary︎
  03  Feedback Form︎ (yes, tell us anything!)
  04  Waterworks Discord (it’s new & quiet...)
  05  Request a playtest copy︎


US CPSC Small Batch: 049416-012024
Designed in Portland, Oregon
Manufactured in Shenzhen, China

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