The term freeskiing was, and still is used to mean skiing outside of the constraints of a course, competition, lesson, work, etc.
The term now has an added definition; meaning a style or groups of styles of skiing.
It DOES NOT mean "freestyle" - As freestyle became mainstream, it became highly regulated - mogul competitions had to have so many bumps, so many jumps, inverted aerials were prohibited.
And so, was no longer a "free" style.
Freeskiing was the term used to refer to styles that have now evolved into "park" or "jib"; and "big mountain" styles.
Freeskiing competitions differed from traditional competitions in that the skier was not bound by any course, choice of line, speed or style of maneuver. Essentially, an "anything goes" competition.
Freestyle was "daffies" in a mogul course; Freeskiing is "lincoln loops" off a cliff in the backcountry.
While it would be possible for any recreational skier to refer to his or her self as a freeskier, the term now has a connotation of big mountain style.
[ January 30, 2004, 12:06 PM: Message edited by: Harry Morgan ]