Waterville Valley president and general manager Tim Smith said he remembers being a bit shocked when he first arrived at the New Hampshire resort as director of mountain operations in 2014 to find East Coast representatives of the U.S. Ski Team regularly attending meetings. For Smith, who was named GM the following season and president the year after that, ownership’s directive was clear — find a way to host marquee events like Waterville always has done.
“So, I just became friendly and just kind of poked and prodded, and started asking questions,” Smith said.
This month (Jan. 26-27), the resort is poised to host its first-ever FIS World Cup moguls and dual moguls events for both men and women, a prestigious feather in the cap for the resort known widely as the “birthplace of freestyle skiing.”
With anticipation for the event building, Smith managed to find some time in the midst of leading the team’s preparations to speak with New England Ski Journal about the excitement of Waterville Valley taking the world stage: