"I try to make the event fun. Make the athletes feel like they are competing in the Olympics, the Masters, the US Open. The key is to make it enjoyable and make them special."

The first ski race Tom announced was in 1983 in Waterville Valley. Since then Tom has been the 'live' announcer for over 850 sporting events.


"Bobby Foster who was Director of Marketing in Waterville Valley asked me to work for the ski area in 83.' I said sure. He wanted me to emcee all the functions, from the welcome party to the awards banquet, and especially announce the ski race held on Thursday mornings. That's where my ski race announcing career began."

It was during the Governor's Ski Invitational in Waterville Valley where Bernie Willett of American Airlines and a sponsor of the event heard Tom announcing. He asked Tom to participate in the 2nd Annual American Airlines Celebrity Ski event benefiting Cystic Fibrosis in Crested Butte, CO and 22 years later the collaboration still flourishes.

It was Bernie who brought Tom out of Waterville Valley and introduced him to the world. The American Airlines Celebrity Ski event was the catapult that led to announcing gigs with Michael Bolton, Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Ethel Kennedy, Keyshawn Johnson, Country in the Rockies, President Bush #41, and Frances Williams Preston, to name a few.

Sporting events Tom has announced live

  • World Cup ski races
  • World Cup Finals
  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Golf Tournament
  • American Airlines Celebrity Ski
  • American Airlines Celebrity Golf
  • Country In The Rockies Ski Race
  • Christa McAuliffe Ski Invitational
  • Merrill Lynch Celebrity Ski
  • Angel Flight Ski Race
  • Jack Williams Ski Race for Wednesday's Child
  • Ski for the Cure
  • Bob Lobel Ski Classic
  • Deer Valley SkiFest
  • WMUR-TV Winter Rodeo
  • Genesis Fund Ski Classic
  • Sgt. James Noyes memorial Ski Race
  • Fidelity Investment Legends Cup
  • Governors Ski Invitational
  • Olympic Ski Challenge
  • United States National Freestyle Championships
  • Boston Celtics Celebrity Golf Tournament
  • The Women's Pro Ski Racing Tour
  • Michael Bolton Celebrity softball game
  • Michael Bolton Celebrity tennis tournament
  • American Airlines Sacred Sales Volleyball tournament
  • AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am Shoot-Out
  • AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am 3M Celebrity Challenge
  • SEAL Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation
  • Blue Angeles Foundation Golf & Tennis Classic
  • Special Operations Forces Support Golf
  • United States National Alpine Championships
  • High School National Ski Jujkping Championships
  • American Airlines Charity Golf
  • New England Cystic Fibrosis Ski Challenge
  • Grand Marnier Chefs Ski Race
  • Coors Spectacular Ski Sensation for MS
  • BMW Corporate Grand Prix of Skiing
  • Red Auerbach Fund Golf Tournament
  • Friends of Bob Dole Ski Race

Tom Gross PO Box 207 Waterville Valley, NH 03215 USA E-mail