Freestyle Skiing, XX Winter Olympic Games Torino 2006
Three types of freestyle skiing competition, aerials, ballet, and moguls, were included as demonstration events at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Moguls became a medal event in 1992, when aerials and ballet were again demonstration events. In 1994, aerials were also added to the Winter Olympic program. Ballet, now known as acro, is still not a medal event.
In recent years, many ski mountains have also opened up "parks and pipes" where new school skiers can slide metal rails and get big air in the halfpipe.
RULES OF FREESTYLE SKIING
Freestyle consists of several events that broadens the scope of skiing.
- Aerials In the aerial portion of freestyle skiing the competitions consist of two jumps. These are judged according to their execution with the resulting scores multiplied by a degree of difficulty.
- Acro The acro is a choreographed routine that is performed while skiing down a slope. It can consist of spins and turns and other acrobatic moves. The skiier is judged on the technical manoeuvres and artistic appreciation.
- Moguls The moguls are a series of bumps and the resulting valleys with two air bumps for take-off of aerial maneuvers that are skiied as quickly as possible.The competition is held on a steep (about 26 degree) run.The scores in moguls are determined by the addition of points for speed, the technical execution and two compulsory upright jumps.
- Big Air Upright aerials are performed off jumps. The skiiers do maneuvers that mainly consist of twists, spins and positions.
- Dual Moguls:
This is when two competitors compete head to head on parallel mogul course.
EQUIPMENT Freestyle skiers use a special ski that allows them to do such things and to land or go off a jump switch or backwards, this ski is called a twintip. Both ends of the ski have curved tips.
Freestyle skiing also expands into the backcountry where many skiers can go and enjoy deep powder or hucking off big cliffs along with making their own jumps. Skiers in the backcountry will generally use a much wider and thicker ski to absorb large landings. These kind of skis are called fat skis.