World Cup Skiing Returning To The Birthplace Of Freestyle Skiing

Good news, New Hampshire freestyle fans! According to an announcement from U.S. Ski & Snowboard earlier this week, New Hampshire's Waterville Valley Ski Resort will host its own FIS World Cup freestyle (moguls) competition this upcoming season for the first time in history.

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While Waterville Valley's never hosted a FIS freestyle event, the resort has deep mogul skiing roots. It's home to the U.S.'s first freestyle instruction program and has seen several freestyle competitions outside the FIS' purview, like the inaugural National Open Championships of Freestyle Skiing in 1970. Due to its pivotal role in mogul skiing, Waterville's widely considered the birthplace of freestyle in the U.S.

Similarly, the resorts hosted multiple FIS events outside the freestyle discipline, like alpine racing.

For those unfamiliar, the FIS, or the International Ski and Snowboard Federation, is the predominant snowsports governing body. It runs the global World Cup series for alpine racing, slopestyle, and freestyle. The organization also recently acquired the Freeride World Tour.

In a press release, U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Sophie Goldschmidt expressed excitement about the new Waterville Valley freestyle stop:

"Waterville’s incredible freestyle history and community was a natural choice for another domestic World Cup stop. We can’t wait to celebrate the sport with fans, friends and family at Waterville next January!”

The event is slated for January 27th and 28th, 2024, on Waterville Valley's Lower Bobby's Run, featuring single and double moguls.

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