Moguls & Aerials Update: US FIS Freestyle Teams & Calendar for 22/23

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Justin Schoenefeld
The Gold winning mixed team from the Beijing Olympics: Ashley Caldwell, Chris Lillis and Justin Schoenefeld, picture: @jrschoenefeld

Last but not least in our series of FIS World Cup updates for the 22/23 season are the disciplines of aerials and moguls. The announcement by US Ski & Snowboard was made on Thursday, October 20th, for the team selection of what are probably the most technical and acrobatic Freestyle events.

Aerials is an event where the skier heads in a straight line for a single kicker feature. The jumps can vary in height but for a FIS World Cup Event will be 13.5ft tall, catapulting skiers 45-50ft in the air and enabling them to perform typically a quadruple or quintuple trick, before landing in a specially prepared landing zone. Aerials is a judged event, FIS World Cup events typically have a team of five judges. Scores are 50% form/difficulty & execution of jump, 20% take-off/amplitude and 30% landing.

Aerials specs
Specifications of aerials jump, source: US Ski & Snowboard Website

The US Aerials Team for 22/23 is comprised of:

  • Ashley Caldwell
  • Karenna Elliott
  • Kaila Kuhn
  • Dani Loeb
  • Megan Nick
  • Megan Smallhouse
  • Tasia Tanner
  • Winter Vinecki
  • Quinn Dehlinger
  • Chris Lillis
  • Eric Loughran
  • Derek Kreuger
  • Justin Schoenefeld

Events scheduled for the FIS World Cup 22/23 season are as follows:

December 4, 2022
Ruka, Finnland

January 21, 2023
Les Relais, Canada

February 3, 2023
Deer Valley, USA

February 11, 2023
Engadin/St Moritz, Switzerland

March 19, 2023
Almaty, Kazakstan

Jaelin Kauf Kai Owens
Jaelin Kauf and Kai Owens at Alp d’Huez Dual Moguls, picture: @_kaiowens

After Aerials, there’s Moguls, which is another judged event where competitors ski a roughly 770ft (235m) course of about 28° with two jumps in under 30 seconds. The final scores from a panel of judges break down into 60% Moguls turns technique, 20% for Air score, and 20% for speed. The turns are evaluated based on carving technique, body position, absorption, and extensions. The time score is calculated based on the course’s pace time and the air score is based on the execution of the jump by its form, amplitude, and fluidity multiplied by the difficulty of the jump.

The US Moguls Team has been announced to be made up of the following athletes:

  • Olivia Giaccio
  • Tess Johnson
  • Jaelin Kauf
  • Elizabeth Lemley
  • Kai Owens
  • Hannah Soar
  • Cole McDonald
  • Nick Page

The FIS Moguls World Cup events for 22/23 will be:

December 2-3, 2022
Ruka, Finland
Moguls & Dual Moguls

December 10-11, 2022
Idee Fjäll, Sweden
Moguls & Dual Moguls

December 16-17, 2022
Alp d’Huez, France
Moguls & Dual Moguls

January 27-28, 2023
Val Saint-Côme, Canada
Moguls & Dual Moguls

February 2-4, 2023
Deer Valley, USA
Moguls & Dual Moguls

February 11, 2023
Chiesa in Valmalenco, Italy
Dual Moguls

March 17-18, 2023
Almaty, Kazakstan
Moguls & Dual Moguls

Like the other Freestyle Events, Aerials and Moguls will also be disciplines in the World Championships in Georgia held from February 19 to March 5, 2023.

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