It is a fitting event for the “birthplace of freestyle skiing,”
This weekend’s competitions may be Waterville Valley’s first foray into hosting World Cup moguls, but the New Hampshire resort is no stranger to being on the freestyle cusp. It was, after all, Waterville Valley founder Tom Cochran and former Skiing Magazine editor-in-chief Doug Pfeiffer who concocted the idea of the First National Championships of Exhibition Skiing in 1971, an event planned during a meeting at the Boston ski expo the previous fall.
Coming in second and third in that historic event were Okemo’s Ken Tofferi and a 21-year-old Canadian freestyler from British Columbia who hitchhiked across the states in order to participate in New Hampshire, respectively.
More than 50 years later, both Wayne Wong and Tofferi joined Eric Wilbur and Mike Specian on the New England Ski Journal Basecamp podcast, presented by Country Ski and Sport, to discuss this weekend’s World Cup event at Waterville.