Freeskiing is about skiing the whole mountain, whether it’s the natural mountain terrain or in the halfpipe or terrain parks. It’s about pushing the boundaries, developing innovative techniques, and making history. It embraces the spirit of youth, diversity and passion. While it’s a young sport that is constantly evolving it has already become a multi-million dollar global industry with high profile events such as the Winter X-Games and Winter Dew Tour. Halfpipe and slopestyle both featured for the first time at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
New Zealand freeskiers have built a strong reputation internationally and continue to gain podium placings in all disciplines. Hamish Acland and Geoff Small led the way and now super stars like Jossi and Byron Wells, Sam Smoothy and Janina Kuzma are building on that base.
Freeskiing NZ represents skiers in all freeski disciplines, including halfpipe, slopestyle, big mountain freeriding and skier cross.
Our goal is to promote and advance each of the disciplines within freeskiing by taking a whole-of-sport approach – from encouraging participation at the recreational level right through to supporting athletes aspiring to compete in elite international competitions.
We develop both athlete and coaching pathways to keep our sport vibrant, and to ensure that our top athletes and coaches realise their potential nationally and internationally. Those just starting progress through the FUNdamentals programme and can use the Freeski Progression Cards to measure their progress and move along the pathway from rookie to pro.