Skiing innovations have long concentrated on the safety and comfort of equipment, and fresh techniques to make the sport easier for beginners.
Skiing innovations have long concentrated on the safety and comfort of equipment, and fresh techniques to make the sport easier for beginners. In the United States in the last few seasons, however, a highly dangerous new skiing form has blossomed.....hot-dog skiing.
The hot-dogger is often called the mountain idiot, but his or her scrobatic antics are now officially recognised as "freestyle skiing."
This year nearly a quarter of a million dollars (100,000 sterling) was made available by sponsors for hot-dog skiing contests.
Spectators can see three basic types of hot-dog skiing, ballet, aerial and mogul.
Ballet, which looks more like figure skating on ice, is performed on gentle slopes to music broadcast over a loud speaker system.
Aerials are more dangerous and concentrate on gymnastic acrobatics performed off bumps built into the snow.
Mogul-mashing, as it is called, combines the skills of the first two with downhill speed and any other tricks that the hot-dogged dares to try. It's not just how fast you get down the mountain but what you try on the way that counts.
The terminology also is sometimes confusing and wheelies, space-walks, kickouts flying royals, mule kicks, tip rolls, doughnuts and double helicopters may not become household words overnight.
To bring a little sanity into the sport the ruling bodies, the International Freestyle Skiers Association and the Professional Freestylers Association have begun to penalise what they describe as "unduly creative manoeuvres" for being dangerous.
Double somersaults for instance are now banned in competition.
The sport is still thriving through and the first world championships were held in Italy recently.