The freestyle skiing events coming to Lausanne 2020

The many thrills and spills of freestyle skiing are coming to Lausanne 2020 in January. Competitors will be looking to trick, spin and flip their way to gold in the Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air.

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The freestyle skiing events take place in Leysin and Villars from January 18-22.

The Ski Cross returns, with its breathless knockout format testing skiers to their very limit. 

At Lausanne 2020, the men’s and women’s Ski Cross will see the top-16 skiers reach the round-robin group heats, where every competitor will eventually race each other before a points system (1st=4 pts, 2nd=3 pts, 3rd=2 pts, 4th=1 pt) determines which eight skiers have made the semi-finals.

The top two in both semi-finals reach the big final, and the winner of that race takes home the gold.

In a nutshell: Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air

Take a look at the three judged freestyle skiing events in more detail, and watch our special explainer videos on each...

Halfpipe: Skiers perform tricks as they travel down the halfpipe, and will be judged on amplitude, technical difficulty, creativity and landing.

There are two runs per competitor in qualification, with the top 12 reaching the final where the results are based on the best out of three runs.

Slopestyle: Following a similar format to Halfpipe, Slopestyle sees skiers tackle a course featuring a variety of hits, jumps, rails, tables and big-airs.

The competitors are once more judged on amplitude, technical difficulty, creativity and landing.

Big Air: Making its YOG debut, Big Air is all about one (big) jump. Competitors build up speed before the jump, and once in the air they look to perform tricks before producing a clean landing.

Each skier has two jumps in qualification and three jumps in the final. The best score counts in qualification, while in the final the two best scores are combined.

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Don’t forget the Ski-Snowboard Cross Mixed Team

The name alone tells you this event is packed with even more drama.

Four athletes from each nation take part in the Team Ski-Snowboard Cross (XT), running in this order: female snowboarder, female skier, male snowboarder, male skier.

The 16 nations will first compete in the quarter-finals, with the top two from each heat advancing to the next stage.

Each race is continuous, with the starting gate only opening after the previous team-mate has crossed the finish line. If a competitor cannot complete their run, the gate will open for the team’s next skier once a penalty time is reached.

Freestyle skiing schedule at Lausanne 2020

Saturday, January 18

09:30 - 15:00 - Women's Freeski Slopestyle

Sunday, January 19

09:30 - 15:00 - Men's Freeski Slopestyle

11:00 - 14:30 - Women's/Men's Ski Cross

Monday, January 20

09:30 - 15:00 - Women's/Men's Freeski Halfpipe

Tuesday, January 21

09:30 - 12:45 - Women's/Men's Qualification Freeski Big Air

11:00 - 12:45 - FreeSki-Snowboard Cross Mixed Team

Wednesday, January 22

10:00 - 13:00 - Women's/Men's Finals Freeski Big Air


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