This week, the Waterville Valley Resort hosted the Toyota U.S. Revolution Tour and two New Hampshire teens took the podium in the freeski and snowboard slopestyle competitions. On January 10, 2017, WVBBTS-SEF freeski slopestyle athlete Grace Henderson (Masbury, N.H.) took first place in the second of two freeski slopestyle competitions in the Rev Tour event taking place at Waterville Valley Resort. The day before, Grace took second in the first day of competition. Grace’s coach, Freeski Program Director Dan Shuffleton, who was also the Chief of Course for the freeski competition, had this to say about Grace’s performance, “This is Grace’s second year competing at the Rev Tour level and she made a great showing this week in the first slopestyle competition events of the tour. I am very proud of her and look forward to seeing what she can accomplish on the rest of the tour and during the rest of the season.”
Grace is a year-round student athlete in the Waterville Valley Academy operated by WVBBTS-SEF. The Academy’s “Pinnacle” program allows elite snowsports athletes like Grace to maximize their training, while still receiving an excellent high school education. During the winter, Grace trains at the Waterville Valley Resort. In the off-season, she participates in trampoline training and practices jumps into a giant airbag at WVBBTS-SEF’s state-of-the-art training facilities -- Phil’s Hill Bag Jump Training Center and the Tom Barbeau Training Center. For more information about WVBBTS-SEF’s training facilities see www.wvbbts.org
On January 13, 2017, WVBBTS-SEF alum Nora Healey (Plymouth, NH) took first place in the second day of the snowboard slopestyle competition. Nora also attended Waterville Valley Academy and is a new member of the U.S. Rookie Snowboard Slopestyle team.
WVBBTS-SEF congratulates both athletes on their amazing performances and wishes them the best of luck with their future competitions.
WVBBTS Snowsports Educational Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit. We offer superior training programs for athletes dedicated to excellence in alpine racing, freestyle skiing, and snowboarding and featuring outstanding coaches. WVBBTS/SEF also operates Waterville Valley Academy. WVA offerings include a middle school Peak Program, a 5-month Winter Term Program, and in the Pinnacle Program, a four-year high school program that enables elite student-athletes to achieve both their athletic and academic goals with the highest degree of focus placed on snowsports during the competition season.