Newschool skiing Information

Newschool skiing is a type of alpine skiing or telemark skiing which involves advanced tricks, jumps, and terrain park features, such as rails, boxes, jibs, or other obstacles. This form of skiing resulted from a combination of the growth in popularity of snowboarding as well as the progression of Freestyle skiing. "Newschoolers", or those who specifically ski in this style are often found in terrain parks, which are designed specifically for tricks.

"Newschool" skiing originated in the late 1990s when freestyle skiers, discouraged by restrictive laws placed on the sport by the International Ski Federation , 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 adopted these for their own sport. The Newschool Skier is related more to the snowboarder in his/her style than to the traditional skier's style.

The FIS freestyle skiing events were governed by restrictive rules that were unpopular in the growing ski community, and slowed down the progression of the sport. Such rules included a ban on inverted tricks in mogul runs, a limit on the number of flips in aerial competitions, and a lack of ski park or pipe competitions. The "Newschool" movement was a breakaway faction of the freeskiers who were unhappy with the FIS.

Wikipedia, Newschool skiing, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newschool_skiing (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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