Sarah Burke, of Ontario, Canada, is profiled as one of Plake’s Picks in FREESKIER. “I don’t mind competing with the guys at all,” she is quoted as saying, at the age of 18. “They are really supportive of me.” Burke and Kristi Leskinen, of Pennsylvania, were the only women competing against the men at the time.
Inaugural Red Bull Big Air is hosted in Åre, Sweden. Meanwhile, the first Gravity Games are held in Mammoth, California. The contests are two of dozens that would be created in the coming years, following in the wake of successful events like the U.S. Freeskiing Open and X Games, where the sport’s top talent performed never-before-seen tricks.
Swedish skier Jon Olsson is hailed as freeskiing’s “rookie of the year” in the pages of FREESKIER.
Jeremy Nobis, Shane McConkey and crew decide that turning is overrated and ski “11s” in Alaska. The skiers give new meaning to the term, “big-mountain line.”
CR Johnson completes a bio 900 over a 110 foot jump.
Nordica unveils its first ski. Prior to this moment, the company had solely produced ski boots since its founding in 1939.
Quebec’s own Vincent Dorion popularizes the underflip via his segment in “The Game.”
Candide Thovex completes a D-Spin—an inverted 720—over Chad’s Gap. Twenty years later, many respected skiers refer to this as freeskiing’s defining moment.
“The Three Phils” is coined. The skiing trio includes Phil Belanger, Phil Larose and Phil Dion; the skiers bring widely-admired style to the sport.
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa performs stunts, including a double front flip, over Pyramid Gap—a nearly 100 foot jump in the Alta, Utah backcountry. His performance earned him a break-out segment in Teton Gravity Research’s “Mind the Addiction” (2001).
Josh Berman forms Level 1 Productions and releases its inaugural film, “Balance.”
Vermont’s own Andy Woods wins the U.S. Freeskiing Open big air with a 1260.
In December of 2000, FREESKIER’S first Buyer’s Guide (Volume 3.2) hits newsstands. Skis featured in the magazine include Dynastar’s “Candide” pro model; the Rossi Pow Air; LINE Skis’ Skogen Sprang Pro; and the Salomon Teneighty, now with a blue topsheet, compared to the yellow of its predecessor.
JP Auclair wins “best segment” in Poor Boyz Productions’ film, “The Game.”
FREESKIER launches its bus tour, bringing skiing lifestyle on the road from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to Whistler, BC. Subsequent tours mixed skiing with celebrity; FREESKIER’s party DJs included Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and party guests included Cindy Crawford, Victoria’s Secret models and former Miss Sweden and one-time Playboy Playmate of the Year, Victoria Silvstedt.
Matchstick Productions unveils “There’s Something About McConkey.” The film’s promotion reads, “With an unprecedented manner of attacking mountains and a committed effort to appear ridiculous, McConkey opened the doors to a new way of thinking and skiing.”
Candide Thovex wins X Games big air; Skogen Sprang places 2nd; Evan Raps 3rd.
Bryce Phillips launches evo—an online retail website specializing in action sports. Since then, evo has opened shops in Seattle, Portland and Denver.
Seth Morrison completes a much-discussed, massive “Lincoln loop” in Matchstick Productions’ hit film, “Ski Movie II.”
Pléhouse films releases “Exact Science.”
Sarah Burke is crowned ESPN’s Female Skier of the Year.
Carrabassett Valley Academy, in Maine, and ski academies across New England and the West bring new talent and training grounds to freeskiing.
Jonny Moseley Mad Trix, for Playstation 2, makes its debut.
JP Auclair completes the famed “loop,” as seen in (and on the box cover of) Poor Boyz Productions’ “Propaganda.”
Salomon’s Pocket Rocket debuts.
Bruce Tremper releases his book, “Staying Alive In Avalanche Terrain,” providing an in-depth overview into backcountry safety and education. To this day it’s considered the standard in terms of avalanche educational reads.
Meathead Films is established as an East Coast only ski film company. The Meatheads would help launch the careers of names like LJ Strenio, Andrew Whiteford, Will Wesson, Giray and Ahmet Dadali, Giray Dadali, Shea Flynn, Andy Parry, Nick Martini, Clayton Vila and more.
Skier Paul Cotter completes the first documented backflip to railside; and Steele Spence makes famous the “roller coaster rail,” at High North Ski Camps, in Whistler, BC.
Mammoth Mountain becomes a hotbed for pro skiers; the resort is highlighted extensively in ski films and magazines as a result.
Tanner Hall of Kalispell, Montana, tops podiums in an unprecedented four big air contests: X Games, U.S. Open, Red Bull Huckfest and Core Games. For his efforts, Hall earns his first FREESKIER cover and first feature-length profile.
Rossignol releases its Scratch line.
Silverton Mountain opens for business in southern Colorado. The ski area features a single chairlift and guided-only skiing, providing a one-of-a-kind “backcountry experience” in the rugged San Juan Mountains.
Still the largest contest in the world of action sports, the Winter X Games moves to Aspen, Colorado, where it has been contested each year since, to present.
FREESKIER launches its Jib Fest at Sunday River, Maine; the contest and party tour mixed freestyle skiing with late-night festing. The Jib Fest makes stops at Copper Mountain, Breckenridge and Mont Tremblant in its inaugural season. The Jib Fest is celebrated for having spurred some of the sport’s most innovative stunts in those early, formative years. Candide Thovex performs a gargantuan, 100-plus foot corked 540 tail grab over a hip jump at Mammoth Mountain.
FREESKIER is the presenting sponsor of the hit ski film, “Stereotype,” from Poor Boyz Productions and Eric Iberg.
Jon Olsson wins events with his trademark switch misty 900. The “Super Swede” tops podiums at X Games, Red Bull Big Air, Red Bull Huckfest, the U.S. Freeskiing Open and more. For his efforts, he earns a spot on the cover of FREESKIER.
The Volant Spatula, brainchild of Shane McConkey, is created; the ski employs “reverse camber” and “reverse sidecut,” enabling skiers to “smear” and float on snow without fear of hooking their edges.
Simon Dumont, of Maine, makes his first appearance in FREESKIER, via Plake’s Picks.
GoPro is founded. The company’s cameras change the way skiers capture and share video footage and photographs, largely by enabling “selfies” and unique point-of-view angles.
Canadian Dave Crichton shows how high skiers can go in the halfpipe at the World Ski Invitational, in Whistler, BC; his alley-oop flatspin 540 is among the most talked-about stunts of the year.
The U.S. Extreme Skiing Championships celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Jonny Moseley makes another Olympic appearance, in Salt Lake City, UT, incorporating the “dinner roll” into his mogul run—a corked-out 720.
Armada Skis and 4FRNT Skis launch, joining Line Skis as the stand-out independent ski manufacturers in the industry, sparking the popularity of “indie” brands—now widespread in the industry.
The Orage Masters makes its debut at Mammoth Mountain. Branded as the “anti-comp,” the Masters entailed teams of skiers donning costumes, performing stunts and indulging in copious amounts of beer. The event is intended to put the “free” back in freeskiing at a time when contest skiing, in the words of Orage, is becoming a “dull exercise in who could land the best switch 1080 mute.”