Freestyle skiing involves tricks while skiing, including mogul runs or aerials. Many Newschool skiers believe that conventional mogul and aerials, do not precisely represent the true progression of "Freestyle skiing". These newschoolers can often be found inside terrain parks skiing and proving to new skiers that skiing is more than just going down the mountain.

History of Newschool

In past years, many ski resorts have constructed terrain parks and halfpipes where newschool skiers and snowboarders can perform tricks on various kinds of man-made features, including fun boxes, rails, hips, jumps and halfpipes. Many of these skiers use twin-tip skis. The twin-tip skis come in all shapes and sizes, but all are made specifically for newschool or freeride skiing, and are turned up at both ends to allow for both regular and switch (backwards) skiing.

Newschool skiing originated in 1990, when freestyle skiers discouraged and demoralized by constrictive laws placed on the sport by FIS, competitive skiing's governing body, began trying their tricks in what were at the time snowboard-only terrain parks. Early newschool skiers were very aware of the developing style and attitude of snowboarding, and adapted these for their own sport. The Newschool Skier is more closely related to the snowboarder in his/her style than to the traditional skier.

The name "Newschool" first started to be used after the Federation International of Ski (FIS) took the former term for the sport, "freestyle skiing", and applied a set of rules and boundaries to it. The FIS incorporated several rules that were unpopular in the growing ski community and slowed dow the progression of the sport. Such rules include no inverted tricks in mogul runs, limited the number of flips in aerial competitions, and did not offer ski park or pipe competitions. The "Newschool" movement was a breakaway faction of the freeskiers who were discontented with the FIS.

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Newschool terrain

Kinds of terrain for Newschool Skiing:

  • Jibs. rails, walls, and boxes that can be grinded, buttered, or tricked off of.

  • Stepup Jumps. a jump in which the landing is higher than the takeoff.

  • Stepdown Jumps. a jump in which the landing is lower than the takeoff.

  • Tabletop Jumps. a jump that looks somewhat like a table or trapezoid in which you take off of a lip, clear a flat part in the air, and then land on a downslope.

  • Gap. a jump that has a large gap in between the take off and landing.

  • Hip Jump. a jump in which the landing is on the side of the take off.

  • Spine. a jump, similar to a Hip Jump, in which the landing is on either side of the take off.