Welcome all…to a blog dedicated entirely to freeskiing, and run by a girl stuck in the south trying to navigate her way back to the mountains. Since I can’t be in the backcountry or the park this season, blogging about everything I’m missing seems like the only way to channel my obsession.
I’ve come to a few realizations living far from any snowfall. The first being that if you express your love for all things cold, wintery, and ski related, the most polite response you might get is a blank stare. Second on the list is that the mention of skiing to the general public can be quite polarizing. Two images come to mind: the immediate thought of being towed behind a high powered speed boat on a hot summers day with nothing but two planks keeping you out of the water OR that one trip to Breckenridge for your family reunion/church youth retreat/spring break with friends/etc when you almost broke your neck after “nailing those turns” during a half day of ski school… We all know this trip. If we haven’t taken some version of it ourselves we’ve relived it through the countless stories from friends who “tore it up” on the slopes. While these two images are completely fine ideas of what skiing is to many people, for me, they just don’t cut it.
Freeskiing is rarely what comes to mind when the broad (and sometimes confusing) topic of “skiing”comes up. For many people, this blog might be the first you’re hearing about the term. If that is the case, let’s take a moment to establish some sort of definition for this new term, freeskiing.
Freeskiing, sometimes referred to as New School Skiing, is a facet of skiing that utilizes tricks, jumps, and terrain park features (rails, boxes, and other obstacles) in a number of different settings. Freeskiing can occur practically anywhere with popular locales including urban environments, terrain parks, and the endless expanse of the backcountry. A well known ski writer, Mike Rogge, described freeskiing as simply “skiing freely, anywhere, any place and on any terrain you want to ski on.” Some athletes choose to ski in competitions on slopestyle courses and halfpipes while others choose to ski handrails and makeshift jumps in abandoned buildings and parks. Both are integral parts of freeskiing and what makes the sport so uniquely riveting.
Now, if you’re already familiar with the sport, you might be thinking “What are you talking about? Freeskiing is an Olympic sport! The X Games are internationally televised every year! People know about freeskiing.” Well, you’re right. There’s no denying freeskiing has made a major push into mainstream consumption in recent years. In 2014, freeskiing made its’ Olympic debut with both men’s and women’s halfpipe and slopestyle competitions taking place during the Winter Olympics held in Sochi. With that being said, freeskiing is still a relatively new sport that many members of the general public have extremely limited (if any) knowledge of. They have no idea what they’re missing and they’re the exact reason I started this blog.
My main goal for this blog is to bring freeskiing to the attention of anyone willing to embrace it. If just one person picks up an interest in this wonderful sport this blog will have fulfilled its purpose. Now, that’s not to say that if you already love freeskiing this blog isn’t for you! I plan on inundating this platform with all things newschool. What I hope to offer is a fresh take on competitions, edits, gear, athletes, you name it! This blog can be your one stop shop for freeskiing from the perspective of a 22 year old University of Alabama sorority girl with a serious love for all aspects of the freeskiing lifestyle.
Well, it seems I’ve run out of steam and this is the end of my first blog post. You could say I’ve made it up the lift and really it’s all downhill from here.