Waterville Valley Resort has a long history of commitment to world-class athletes and innovation. Known as the birthplace of freestyle skiing, the first formal freestyle instruction program formed at Waterville Valley Resort in 1969. By the next year resort founder, Tom Corcoran, and editor of Skiing Magazine, Doug Pfeiffer, had organized the first National Open Championships of Freestyle Skiing on the resort’s Sunnyside trails. This spring, the nation’s best freestyle skiers will again compete on the historic slopes during the 2018 U.S. National Freestyle Championships. After 5 years on the West Coast, the moguls events will return to the East, March 20-24, 2018. Preceding the March National Championships and February’s returning Toyota Revolution Tour, another new event will echo a history of innovation. During construction on new Green Peak trails this summer, which all focus on existing terrain strengths and natural features with an air of old-school New England style skiing, one expert trail stood out to a couple of freeskiers. So, instead of removing natural features, they were enhanced and reinforced to create the first custom-built freeride slope. The IFSA U12 Junior Regional Freeride Open on January 27th, 2018, will be the first in New Hampshire and one of only two IFSA events hosted on the East Coast this season.