The concept is very simple; obtain maximum airtime and execute as many tricks as possible. The atmosphere is adrenalin inducing and the style very acrobatic including, off-axis front and back flips, spins of 360 degrees to 1080 degrees, taking off and landing switch (backwards), helicopters, grabs and extensions that are showcased in an astonishing show of skill.

This new movement is characterized by the energy that, until recently, was found only in sports like snowboarding, inline skating, skateboarding, etc. The moves are by their very nature the true meaning of freestyle and tricks are as individual as the skier.

The focus on freeskiing began in the early '90s when names like Wendy Fisher, Kristen Ulmer, Seth Morrison, and Trevor Peterson were the face of skiing, skiing unimaginable lines down steep chutes with inclines at as much as 50 degrees. This new form of 'extreme skiing', as it was labelled, was the beginning of the move back to freeskiing and once again doing big air jumps.

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This skiing exists today as 'Big Mountain' competitions, an integral part of Freeskiing. North American ski resorts had long banned most jumping as it was considered out of control skiing, (there are always too many lawyers lurking), but the rules began to loosen as formerly out-of-bounds terrain was opened for skiing and glade or tree skiing became more popular.