Freestyle Skiing

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Freestyle Skiing

Speed, acrobatics and adrenaline. On skis. This is a young sport that debuted as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Calgary Games. As we look forward to Milano Cortina 2026, here is everything you need to know.



Freestyle skiing combines speed, technique, and spectacular tricks. The competitions at Milano Cortina 2026 will feature 15 events:

  • Aerials (men and women)
  • Moguls (men and women)
  • Dual moguls (men and women)
  • Ski cross (men and women)
  • Freeski Halfpipe (men and women)
  • Freeski Slopestyle (men and women)
  • Freeski Big Air (men and women)
  • Mixed team aerials

In 2026, the events will be held in Livigno, in Valtellina..


Picture of Livigno. Click on the image to discover more about the area.


Freestyle skiing was created in the 1960s, during a time of social change and a growing desire for more freedom of expression, even in sports. This led to the development of new and exciting skiing techniques. Freestyle Skiing was initially called 'hotdogging' because it involved a mix of acrobatic moves, aerials, and adrenaline. In 1979, the International Ski Federation (FIS) recognized freestyle skiing as a sport. They introduced new rules to make it safer, and the following year, the first FIS World Cup series took place.

Olympic History

Freestyle skiing first appeared as a demonstration sport at the Calgary 1988 Games. There were men's and women's competitions for moguls, aerials, and ballet. Four years later, moguls became a medal sport at the Albertville Games, and aerials at the Lillehammer Games in 1994. Ski cross made its Olympic debut at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Slopestyle and halfpipe were added to the programme at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. At the Milano Cortina 2026 Games, men's and women's dual moguls will be part of the Olympic programme.

Basic Rules

In moguls, athletes ski down a steep course full of bumps, combining technical turns, jumps, aerial manoeuvres, and speed.

In dual moguls, which will debut at the 2026 Milano Cortina Games, two athletes compete against each other on the same track.

In aerials, skiers perform jumps, doing aerial stunts before landing on a 34° to 39° slope about 30 metres long.

Ski cross involves a qualifying phase, where athletes must navigate a slope with artificial elements like jumps, bumps, and parabolic curves as quickly as possible, and an elimination phase where four athletes competing at the same time.

In slopestyle, athletes navigate a course with a variety of obstacles (rails, jumps of various types) and are judged on breadth, originality and quality of their stunts.

In halfpipe, competitors perform a series of tricks while skiing down a semi-cylindrical slope.

In big air, athletes ride down a slope with a ramp that they use to jump and perform different aerial tricks.

Curiosities about Italian Championships

The young Italian Simone Deromedis was the youngest competitor in the men's ski cross event at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. He finished in fifth place.


Here are the answers to your questions.

  • What new features have been introduced in freestyle for the Milano Cortina 2026 Olympics?

  • Which male athlete has won the most medals in the freestyle category at the Olympic Games?

  • Which female athlete has won the most medals in the freestyle category at the Olympic Games?

  • Which countries have won the most medals at the Olympics?

  • Where will the Milano Cortina 2026 freestyle skiing competitions take place?

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