2003

Henrik Windstedt scores his first cover of FREESKIER with the cover line, “Super-Swede: Is Henrik Windstedt the best all-around skier in the world?”

Oakley signs 11-year-old ski prodigy Sean Pettit.

Simon Dumont signs with Red Bull.

FREESKIER hosts its first-ever Ski Test in Aspen, Colorado; the test has grown to become the largest and most comprehensive in the industry, each year yielding ski rankings in skiing’s largest Buyer’s Guide.

Pep Fujas makes waves with a groundbreaking segment in Poor Boyz Productions’ film, “Session 1242.”

Candide Thovex and CR Johnson change the face of halfpipe skiing at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, one-upping each other and going bigger than any of the snowboarders—a first at X Games.

Mark Abma makes first MSP appearance in the film, “Focused.” He’s appeared in every one of MSP’s annual ski films since.

Eric Pollard and LINE Skis develop the Prophet 130. At 130 mm underfoot it’s the widest ski of its kind.

Tom Dolezel hits the U.S. Open big air jump at night, in a thong.

Liberty Skis founded.

Shane McConkey executes his first-ever ski-BASE jump off of an approximately 600-foot-high cliff, known as Lover’s Leap, in Tahoe, CA. JT Holmes completes the feat, as well.

2004

Ingrid Backstrom breaks onto the scene with a standout performance in MSP’s “Yearbook.”

12-year-old Sean Pettit signs with K2.

Candide Thovex completes the first-ever “810 to rail.”

The “BBQ rail,” a rainbow-shaped rail that emits flames, debuts at Keystone Resort, CO.

Michael Deschenaux wins second consecutive U.S. Freeskiing Open big air with remarkably stylish switch 900 and 1080 “true tail” grabs. TJ Schiller and Grete Eliassen take top honors in slopestyle.

Salt Lake City, UT becomes a new hotspot for pro skiers.

FREEZE Magazine shuts its doors.

Hestra Gloves (Est. 1936, in Sweden) pushes into the Unites States and cements itself firmly in the freeskiing community with its first ad campaign, promoting its gloves as “not just another hand job.”

A 14-year-old Kye Petersen and 12-year-old Sean Pettit appear in the Eric Iberg and Tanner Hall directed film “WSKI 106.” The young rippers would appear in Hall’s next three films, “Pop Yer Bottlez” (2005), “Show & Prove” (2006) and “Believe” (2007).

2005

Hestra Gloves signs Seth Morrison.

Reverse camber skis make a splash with brands like Armada, K2 and 4FRNT picking up where the Volant Spatula left off.

Sean Pettit signs with Red Bull at age 13, becoming the brand’s youngest ski athlete ever.

Poor Boyz Productions releases “WAR.” The world is introduced to a then 16-year-old Sammy Carlson, whose segment, set to “G-Code” by the Geto Boyz, would go on to be one of the best of the mid-2000s.

CR Johnson suffers traumatic brain injury at Brighton Resort. Johnson is put into a medically induced coma at the University of Utah Hospital and opened his eyes after 10 days. Thus begins a long road of rehabilitation, however Johnson would eventually regain his skiing talents and burst back onto the film scene.

The Jon Olsson Invitational, in Åre, Sweden, changes the contest scene.

Andy Mahre zero spins Pyramid Gap.

Icer Air, a skiing big air competition on Fillmore Street in San Francisco, brings freeskiing to a new audience.

Women’s superpipe is added to the Winter X Games competition line-up; Grete Eliassen takes gold. She is joined by Sarah Burke and Kristi Leskinen on the podium, in second and third, respectively.

In one of the most memorable ski film scenes of all time, Tanner Hall attempts a switch 9 over Chad’s Gap, but comes up short, resulting in a brutal crash. Hall can be heard screaming, “My ankles are broke, my ankles are broken!” Hall would miss the rest of the ski season, but return in 2006 to win X Games and U.S. Freeskiing Open gold in the halfpipe.

The original Jackson Hole tram starts up for the last time.

Ortovox develops the S1 beacon, the first beacon to provide distance and direction information for multiple victims at the same time.

Breckenridge installs the Imperial Express SuperChair on Peak 8; topping out at 12,840 feet, it becomes the highest operating chairlift in North America.