Sorry, I was trying to reply to a post way back on page 1 re Aspen Highlands Freestyle Contests. Been spoiled by facebook, where you can actually reply to the original post: "In the early 80's the sport started transitioning from a pro sport to an amatuer sport. This was done with the intention of making it to an Olympic status. Pretty soon, the Olympics allowed pros anyway and Freestyle skiing became a demonstration event in Calgary (I think).
Throughout most of it's existence, the sport had been 3 events; aerials, moguls and stunt/ballet. Aerials and moguls got admitted to the Olympics and stunt/ballet suffered a slow death from that point on.
Prior to the 3 event format, there were a number of cool, uniquely formatted events. One that comes to mind is the Aspen Friday contests. Although I never saw one first hand, I did have friends describe to me what it was like to compete in them. It was a on one run event, with a flat, smooth section on top, where the skiers did their tricks like tip rolls, pole flips, outriggers and ruels. They then moved into a steeper, moguled section which flattened out into a big jump at the bottom, where they did what ever they could in the air. One run, one winner. I think Eddie Lincoln might have one a rotted out old Jag at one of those events."
Re the Highlands Friday Freestyle Contests....watched many, competed in one, taught at Highlands from '71-78. I think the mogul run was at the top, then ballet, then the aerial jump. Between the Friday contests and the Patrol Shack jump on Olympic and moonlight runs from the top of the mountain.....damn, those were the days!