Ballet Skiing: Mourning A Lost Olympic Sport Where Glitter Gloves Were Encouraged

I was a pre-teen ballet skier.

Ballet skiing has become the stuff of viral Internet video these days, but during the winter months of the late ’90s, it was pretty much how I spent my weekends — weekends I whiled away competing against future Olympians, as it turned out.

While freestyle skiing as a sport has morphed and changed over the years, back in the 1990s, the three concentrations Olympic hopefuls could focus on were moguls, aerials and ballet, the latter later dubbed Acroski.

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