New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Resort is known as “the birthplace of freestyle skiing,” It will add to that reputation next season, the first of a two-year agreement with the International Ski and Snowboard Federation to host the best mogul skiers in the world.
Waterville, which opened the first freestyle instruction program in the United States in 1969, will host its first-ever freestyle World Cup event in 2024, with the addition of men’s and women’s moguls and dual mogul races.
This may be the first time Waterville has hosted a freestyle World Cup event, but it has a rich history of freestyle. In 1970, it organized the first open championships of freestyle skiing on the Sunnyside trails. It has hosted 16 competitions, including 11 Alpine World Cup races, four U.S. freestyle championships, and one U.S. Alpine championship.
“Waterville Valley Resort is honored to host the upcoming 2024 and 2025 World Cup and continue our partnership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard,” Waterville president and general manager Tim Smith said. “Having a World Cup event back in New Hampshire after the resort last hosted a World Cup race in 1991 is extremely exciting.”