By KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS, Union Leader Newspaper
Big air, flips, awesome tricks and cruising through the moguls with precision and ease are a few of the sensations that drive freestylers to practice, practice, practice. And where better to learn freestyle than Waterville Valley’s training facility?
The Waterville Valley BBTS Ski Education Foundation churns out accomplished freestylers under the watchful eye of Nick Preston, who has been the director 34 years. Hannah Kearney is the most notable alumni. She won gold in Calgary and bronze in Sochi and this year added another World Cup to her trophy case. Alumni Julia Krass, Annalisa Drew and Devin Logan all competed in Sochi.
Waterville Valley Academy (WVA) offers freestyle training programs for moguls, aerials, and freeride. Its training venues are at Waterville Valley Ski Resort, with dedicated mogul and aerial training sites. There is also a nationally recognized terrain park with its own poma lift for easy access.
Training does not stop when the snow melts. WVA hosts summer camps, with athletes practicing their flips with air bag jumps and outdoor trampolines.