By Connor Giles
Freestyle Skiing Rules
In mogul skiing, the course is separated by two jumps, and the skier tries to get to the finish line. Seven judges decide the winner. In aerial skiing, the skiers fly off jumps that propel them up to 50 feet in the air, where they perform various tricks, flips, and tucks. The skiers are judged 20% on takeoff, 50% on jump form, and 30% for landing.
Freestyle Skiing Equipment
Freestyle Skiers use hard plastic helmets to prevent injuries in both moguls and aerials. They use standard ski boots able to withstand the force of the landing. Ski wear is used to protect the skiers, and the knee pads are most often a different color from the suit, which draws the judge's attention to their expertise. The ski poles they use help them turn and maintain balance as well as to aid them in accelerating. In aerials, the standard ski length is 160 cm. In mogul skiing, the standard length is 185 cm for men and 175 cm for women.
Freestyle Skiing History
In the beginning of the 20th century people began to do somersaults on their skis, and in the 1920's, U.S skiers started to flip and spin. Freestyle Skiing really took off in the 1960's where new exciting techniques were created. At this time people knew Freestyle Skiing as "Hotdogging". Freestyle Skiing was recognized in the Olympics in 1988.