Victorian Institute of Sport

Aerial Skiing

The VIS Aerial Skiing program is a talent transfer program, recruiting athletes from an acrobatic background and teaching them to ski and jump on snow.

In partnership with the Olympic Winter Institute and Ski & Snowboard Australia, the program identifies and recruits athletes who have an acrobatic background, with the long term aim of developing them into World Cup and Olympic level aerial skiers.

During the recruitment phase the athletes, usually ex-gymnasts, sometimes with a previous cross over to diving or trampoline or both, undergo a range of skill, fitness and strength tests, musculo-skeletal screening and interview. The successful candidates then start their training at Mt Buller, Victoria to learn to ski during the domestic season (July – September).

Once the athlete is competent enough to start jumping, they practice t-sets (straight jumps) off a small kicker and progress to steeper slopes and faster speeds. This jump training is integrated into the ski training days during the season. When the ski season is over, training continues with strength and conditioning development, and trampoline and acrobatic training to modify previously learnt twisting techniques to aerial skiing specific ways.

The next major training block is during the northern hemisphere winter from December to February. This involves building on skiing technique and further developing upright jumping skills. The athletes then train on the water ramps at the Victorian facility in Lilydale, Victoria where they learn to ski on the plastic surface and practice upright jumps, landing into water.

From this stage on, the athletes continue to develop skiing skills on snow and jumping skills on water. Once an athlete has done enough single back layouts on water and has had enough experience on snow, they become qualified to start doing invert jumps on snow and can then progress from single back flips to double and triple back flips with twists over the next few years.



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Lassila wins third World Cup aerial gold

Monday, 06 March 2017

VIS supermum Lydia Lassila has won her third gold medal at the Aerial Skiing World Cup Final in Moscow over the weekend.

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Lassila and Scott win aerials gold and silver

Sunday, 26 February 2017

A three-year hiatus for 2010 Olympic aerial skiing champion has not phased Lydia Lassila, finding remarkable form to win her second World Cup event of the year.

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Lassila returns in style

Monday, 06 February 2017

She was happy to just stay on her feet but aerial skiing mum Lydia Lassila did a lot more than that as she continued her comeback in the US on the weekend.

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Scott retains top world ranking

Monday, 16 January 2017

VIS aerial skier Danielle Scott maintained her world No 1 ranking when the World Cup circuit resumed at Lake Placid in North America over the weekend.

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Scott soars to top of World rankings

Sunday, 18 December 2016

VIS athlete Danielle Scott claimed a gold and silver medal in the opening event of the aerial skiing World Cup season in China.

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Scott soars to silver

Monday, 22 February 2016

Scott finishes second overall at the 2015/16 FIS Freestyle Skiing Aerials World Cup

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Wells continues good form

Sunday, 14 February 2016

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Morris on top of the world

Sunday, 20 December 2015

VIS athlete David Morris is on top of the world after the opening round of the 2015/16 FIS Men’s Aerials World Cup.

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Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014

Lydia Lassila – Bronze


World Ski Championships, Kreischberg, Austria 2015

Laura Peel - Gold

Danielle Scott - 5th


FIS World Cup Event, Lake Placid, USA 2015

Renee McElduff – Gold


Ski Coach - Chloe Merry 

Training Venues

  • Water Ramp Training Facility - Wandin, Victoria
  • North American Water Ramp & Aerial Jump Site Facility - Utah Olympic Park, Utah, USA
  • Ski Training & Aerial Skiing Home - Mt Buller, Victoria
  • North American Ski Training Base - Snowbasin Ski Resort, Utah, USA


  • Karbon
  • Bolle
  • Mt Buller Resort
  • Snowbasin Resort
  • Mountain Star Medical Group – Utah, USA


  • Ski and Snowboard Australia
  • Olympic Winter Institute of Australia

Other Aerial Skiing athletes