FIS Freestyle World Cup

  • Worldwide event series featuring the world’s best freestyle skiers competing in moguls, aerials and dual moguls.
  • In addition to honouring event winners at each competition, there is an individual champion named in each discipline at the end of the season. Competitors earn points at each event based on their finish position; the athlete with the highest total is declared World Cup Champion.
  • The nation earning the most World Cup points through the season earns the prestigious Nations Cup.

FIS Freestyle World Championships

  • First held in 1986, has been held every two years since 1989.
  • Field limited to the best freestyle athletes from each nation. Each nation may enter up to four athletes per event.
  • Event was held for the first time in Canada last season, at Whistler/Blackcomb in January 2001.

Olympic Winter Games

  • Freestyle skiing first featured as a demonstration event in Calgary in 1988, with competition in ballet, aerials and moguls.
  • First freestyle event to gain full medal status was moguls for the games in Albertville in 1992. Ballet and aerials were again demonstration events.
  • Aerials received full medal status for the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994.
  • Freestyle took a starring role in the 1998 Nagano games where Canada’s Jean-Luc Brassard carried the flag for Canada; freestyle captured some of the biggest crowds and television audiences of those games.
  • Canada’s Veronica Brenner and Deidra Dionne took silver and bronze respectively in the recent 2002 Games, held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Aerials and moguls will once again be part of the next Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy in 2006.

FIS Freestyle NorAm and Europa Cup (Continental Cup Series)

  • Only one tier below the World Cup, these circuits are the testing ground for the world’s up and coming freestyle stars.
  • NorAm circuit is contested annually at ski areas across Canada and the United States, and primarily features members of the Canadian and USA development programs. Also attracts athletes from Australia, Japan and Europe.
  • Europa Cup circuit is series of events held both in western Europe and Scandinavia, and attracts both development level and World Cup athletes from countries like Finland, Norway, Russia, France and Germany. Is also part of the Canadian Moguls Development Team’s competition season.

Canadian National Championships

  • High-calibre domestic event, featuring the entire national team competing against the best provincial and club athletes in the country for the National Champion title in moguls, aerials and dual moguls. Also counts toward national team selections for the following season.
  • This year’s competition to be held at Marble Mountain, Newfoundland, March 22-24.
  • Run as a separate event, the Junior National Championships attracts the best freestylers in the Youth (age 13 and under), Juvenile (age 14 and 15) and Junior (age 16-18). The Junior National Champions also earn the right to compete at the elite Nationals. This year’s event is scheduled at Apex Mountain, Penticton, B.C., from March 15-17.