You act like there's a war between ski companies and snowboard companies. If a ski company wants snowboard business, they just have to make snowboards.
Snowboarding started out as the anti-skiing, but those guys all have kids and a family and a two car garage now. ... And the new anti-skiers are... On skis. Apparently buying something referred to as freeskis, which are mysteriously no different than skis, but suddenly become that when used in terrain parks.
Freeskiing, or Newschool skiing is a specific type of skiing. It is a subset of Freestyle skiing, although many participants view it as a separate sport and do not refer to it as freestyle. The sport does not require participants to compete, but there are competitive events available at every level of the sport. There are currently two Olympic freeskiing events, Superpipe and Slopestyle. These events make up two of the four Olympic freestyle skiing events.
The sport has seen continual growth since its inception in the late 1990s. An entire industry has been created with this rapid popularization. As a result of this growth, there is currently a growing number of professional freeskiers. Most are highly competitive skiers, usually specializing in a certain freeskiing discipline. There are however professional skiers who do not compete, and rather produce and star in videos.
Freeskiing or Newschool skiing involves tricks, jumps, and terrain park features, such as rails, boxes, jibs, or other obstacles. This form of skiing resulted from a combination of the growth in popularity of snowboarding as well as the progression of Freestyle skiing. "Newschoolers", or those who specifically ski in this style (as opposed to traditional freestylers, big mountain skiers, racers, etc.) are often found in terrain parks, which are designed specifically for tricks.
Note that there are plenty of twin tipped skis found all over the mountain, and not being used in a terrain park. They are being used to huck cliffs, ski gullies, and perhaps ski switch, which is a lot easier with them, but something that was possible before they arrived, although maybe not for extended distances.Edited by sibhusky - 9/15/13 at 9:18am