Freestyle Skiing is generally a fairly new concept in the world of Skiing. Though it originated in Scandinavia, Freestyle Skiing was developed in North America. At first, it was just a form of training for skiers, but it was later recognized as a competitive sport.

Freestyle Skiing can be compared to Freestyle Snowboarding although it is certainly not the same. It is about developing tricks, jumps, and other specific skills in Skiing that have little to do with actually descending from groomed or ungroomed slopes. Take a look at the important points in Freestyle Skiing:

Freestyle Skiing – Disciplines Disciplines
There are different Disciplines in Freestyle Skiing. Know what these competitions are and learn the features of each event. In this section, you will find out more about these disciplines and its characteristics.

Freestyle Skiing – Freestyle Ski Tricks Freestyle Ski Tricks
You can learn a lot of different Freestyle Ski Tricks like Corkscrew 720 and 540 Tail Grab among others. Know what these tricks are and learn how to do them. We have provided a number of Freestyle Ski Tricks and how it is done in this section. Find out more.

If you are interested in Freestyle Skiing, it is important that you have some ideas on the nature of the sport. In this way, you will be able to engage in this Skiing Discipline and have fun at the same time.

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Freestyle Skiing – Disciplines in Freestyle Skiing
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FreeStyle Skiing Freestyle has grown in popularity and in general acceptance as a Skiing Discipline. In 1979, the International Ski Federation (FIS) accepted Freestyle as a international Skiing Discipline, opening the ways for the first FIS-sanctioned World Cup Freestyle events. Since then, Freestyle Skiing Disciplines have been accepted as Olympic Winter Games sports. In this section, take a look at the different Freestyle Skiing Disciplines:

Main FreeStyle Disciplines

Aerials
To get a general idea of the kinds of jumps and aerial tricks performed on Skis, check our tricks section of our Snowboarding site. Similar tricks are performed using Skis.

Contestants use a take off ramp to get airborne. In the air, they use combinations of spins and turns to impress a jury with their skills. Each contestant has two jumps, where the jury gives points for the degree of difficulty and the execution of the jump.

Moguls
Contestants have to make their way down the Moguls while judges give points for speed, technical execution, and two compulsory upright jumps. Fifty percent of the points are given for the quality of the turns, 25% is given for speed, and 25% is given for the height and difficulty of the jumps.

Dual Moguls
This is similar to the Moguls event, but in the Dual Moguls, two contestants compete head to head on parallel Mogul courses.

Halfpipe
If you are unfamiliar with the Snow variation of a Halfpipe, then click on this link to learn more about the build and dimensions of a Halfpipe.

If you want an impression of the kinds of tricks that can be performed in a Halfpipe, click on the link to see some halfpipe snowboarding tricks. Similar tricks are performed in Halfpipe Skiing.

Contestants try to impress a jury by performing a series of jumps, tricks, and maneuvers in the halfpipe. Points are given for degree of difficulty and execution.

Freestyle Ski Cross
Four to six contestants race against each other on a specially built Freestyle Cross course that includes banked turns, jumps, waves and terrain, and other Freestyle Skiing elements.

Acro
Acro can be described as ballet on skis. Contestants have one-and-a-half minute to perform their routine on music of their own choice. The contestants are in charge of choreographing their performance. Judges award points for artistic impression (50%) and technical merit (50%).

Big Air
This is similar to Aerials but Big Air makes use of a bigger ramp and higher jumps. The jumps are again judged on difficulty and style.

These are the main Freestyle Skiing Disciplines. Each Freestyle Skiing event offers a different kind of excitement and amazing experience for both the contestants and the spectators.

Freestyle Skiing – Freestyle Ski Tricks
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Freestyle Ski Tricks Freestyle Skiing is a combination of Skiing techniques and acrobatics. In this Skiing Discipline alone, there are a lot of Ski Tricks executed by Freestyle enthusiasts.

In this section, learn the different Freestyle Ski Tricks:

180
Using twin-tip Skis, look to your left or right (whichever side you plan to rotate) as you take off. Bear in mind that you will land backwards. Spot your landing and keep your weight centered. Do not turn forward after you stomp at the landing.

360
When you take off, look over your shoulder and turn your upper body. You will see that the Skis will follow. Grab the Tail and pull it into your spin. Do not let go at this moment. Look over your left shoulder and land upon seeing your landing.

540 Tail Grab
Remember that the grab will slow down your rotation, so set the spin harder. As you take off, look for the tail of your Ski, hold that with your trailing hand, and pull it into the spin. Keep your eyes over your shoulder. At this point, you are coming through the 360. Spot the landing. Center your weight and reach your landing with the tips of your Skis first, then the tails.

Corkscrew 720
Make use of your edge in doing this Ski Trick. Start off with your right (or left) outside edge. When you popped off your edge, extend your right arm forward and look toward your left hip. If you want a fast spin, tuck up. Otherwise, open up. When you have gone a 540, you will see your landing. Come out of your spin and reach for the landing.

D Spin 720
This is usually done on powder. Start off, turn your head, and throw your shoulder on your left (or right). Tuck up and your Skis will cross. After the spin, try to find your landing. Straighten out and reach the landing.

Mute Grab
Once airborne, maintain your balance by not reaching down make the grab. Instead, lift your legs and grab the opposite Ski.

Half Cab Mute Grab
You need to ski backwards in approaching the jump. Center your weight above your feet. Look over your shoulder and you will spin as you hit the lip. After the rotation, look for the landing and tread heavily.

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Under Flip
Start off by turning 90� to face the slope at a right angle. Throw your uphill shoulder down and roll upside down. Make a 270 to land, or tread heavily on the landing.

Backflip
This Ski Trick is a backward somersault in the air. As you take off, shift your weight backwards by leaning back. This will make your spin.

Backflip Mute Grab
In performing the Backflip Mute Grab, you need speed and more rotation. Obviously, this Ski Trick also entails Backflip, so make sure you know how to do it before trying the Backflip Mute Grab. In the tucked position, quickly go for the grab. Arch your back, spot your landing, and then tread heavily.

Flatspin
When you take off, jump in backward and sideways motion. Your body will be horizontal once you get airborne. Spot your landing, and then land after the flip.

Alley Oop
Take off with enough speed. Turn your body up hill, look over your shoulder, and take note of the direction of your spin. Spot your landing, and then tread heavily.

Alley Oop Flatspin 540
Leave the pipe and throw your uphill shoulder down the fall line. Turn your body and let your feet be in the position where it is at the same level as your head. Turn to your stomach and then face the ground. Go for the grab. Extend your arms forward and spot your landing.

Switch Corked 720
In this Ski Trick, it is very essential to look over the shoulder to set the direction of your spin. As you approach the lip, slide your Skis flat. Begin the 180 degree spin as you take off, and then make a corked 540. Tread heavily as you reach the landing then ski away.

Flair in the Pipe
Make sure you can do backflips before trying this Ski Trick. Have enough speed in the pipe. Begin your spin the same way you would do on a backflip. Move your head and shoulders backward and throw your hips forward. When you are inverted, finish that 180, and then tread heavily on your landing.

Rail Slide
Jump to land on the rail. Glide smoothly and keep your weight centered on both feet in order to stay balanced. Turn your shoulders the way you want to exit.

Lincoln Loop
When you reach the lip of the jump, drop your shoulder and wind your arms up to the side so your body will flip sideways.

Lincoln Loop 180
You should know how to perform the Lincoln Loop before doing the Lincoln Loop 180. When you are about to be finished doing the Lincoln Loop, you should see your landing. Make a 180 before you land. Touch down with the Tips first.

Fakie 180
In this Ski Trick, ski like you normally do. When you take off, look over your shoulder to set the spin. Once you get airborne, go for the grab and then reach your landing.

Spread Eagle
Take off and once you get airborne, move or spread your arms and legs to the side, keeping your body upright. Proper timing is important in doing this Ski Trick. Open your legs only if you are in the air. Close your legs before you reach the landing.

Backscratcher
Once you get airborne, bend your knees so the Tips of your Skis will touch your back. Do not lean your shoulders forward while you are airborne so you will reach the landing safely.

Twister
Twisters are actually like 360’s. Only, your feet move in a way that your body chest is put forward, with your ski appearing to be in parallel with your chest. To be able to perform this trick, you need to have a good balance. The Twister involves turning your upper body in one direction, and your lower body in the opposite direction. Make sure your head remains in the same direction with your upper body. After you have perfected the twisting turn on one side, try it with the other.

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Daffy
To perform a Daffy, put one leg in front of you and the other one at the back. Hence, the Ski at the front aims upward while the other one points downward. Put them back in their normal position and then land.

360 Safety Grab
Shift your weight forward at the start of this Ski Trick. Be ready to spin as your take off. Go for the grab, do not let go for a moment, and then spot your landing. Tread heavily when you reach the landing.

Cossack / Kosak
You can do this Ski Trick if you know the Spread Eagle and Zudnick. In Cossack / Kosak, extend your legs sideways and put your hands forward, between your legs. Keep your Ski Poles in their upright position.

Iron Cross
This Ski Trick requires enough height from the ground so the Tips of the Skis will not get caught in the snow throughout the trick. The Iron Cross involves crossing your Skis once you get airborne. Similar to a Backscratcher, bend your knees so the Skis will be behind you. But this time, you need to cross your Skis. After that, uncross your Skis and pull your legs back. The Skis should be parallel at this point. Stomp at the landing.

Zudnick
Once airborne, bend your lower and upper body forward. Keep your Skis close to each other.

Helicopter
Once airborne, make a 360, 720, or 1080 degree rotation.

Rocket Air
Once you are airborne, extend both your legs forward and go for the grab.

As a safety guideline, be careful when making these Ski Tricks. This section only aims to give you an idea on how these tricks are executed. You can ask the help and advice of an experienced freestyle skier. Do not push yourself into doing something that you know you cannot do. Learn and do these tricks properly.