Freeski is an action-packed sport combining the high-flying tricks of freestyle skiing with the edge-of-your-seat excitement of snowboarding. The sport, which is contested as part of freestyle skiing at the Olympic Winter Games, is relatively new, making its Olympic debut in 2014.
The sport consists of three primary disciplines: halfpipe, slopestyle and ski cross.
Athletes get started in freeski by learning to ski at a local resort, taking ski school lessons to learn basic skills. Competition begins through the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA). USASA events are best events for entry-level athletes and are offered in regions across the country. Each event series presents organized competitions in halfpipe, slopestyle, ski cross and rail jams. At the conclusion of the regional series season, the organization hosts the USASA National Championships at the end of March/early April. You can find more information on USASA's relationship with U.S. Ski & Snowboard here.
Local U.S. Ski & Snowboard clubs are the primary starting point for aspiring athletes, providing an introduction point with knowledgeable coaches and officials to guide them along the development pipeline. Young athletes have numerous opportunities to grow in their freeski abilities through programs like Project Gold development camps.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard provides education and support to its local clubs including a certification process for coaches, judges and officials and the club itself to ensure the best experience possible for athletes and parents.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has one of the most successful international freeski programs. U.S. athletes won six medals at the inaugural appearance of halfpipe and slopestyle at the 2014 Games and have brought home many X Games medals over the years. The level of talent, depth, and industry support is strong for elite level skiers.