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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Peel winds back the clock

Monday, 04 March 2019

Victorian Institute of Sport’s veteran aerialist Laura Peel won her first FIS Freestyle World Cup gold medals since 2012 over the weekend with her performance in China at Shimao Lotus Mountain Resort.

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Aerial Skiing Program Recruitment

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

The VIS Aerial Skiing Program is recruiting retired female gymnasts with a strong desire to pursue a high performance sporting career and compete at the highest international level.

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Peel and Wilcox win bronze

Monday, 25 February 2019

The FIS Freestyle Aerials World Cup was held in the Belarus capital of Minsk which saw the Victorian Institute of Sport’s duo, Laura Peel and Abbey Wilcox, finish with a bronze medal for Team Australia in Sunday’s Syncro event.

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Real Deal Peel

Monday, 18 February 2019

After narrowly missing out on a podium finish at the recent FIS World Championships Aerials in Utah, Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder Laura Peel, overcame the disappointment to finish with a silver medal at the World Cup in Moscow, Russia.

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Aerial Skiing Program – Ski Coach

Monday, 24 September 2018

The VIS is seeking two experienced, qualified and passionate high performance ski coaches to work with the development athletes within the Aerial Skiing program.

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Lydia Lassila’s Last Jump

Monday, 19 February 2018

Meantime the decorated career of Lydia Lassila is over after the 36-year-old missed the finals in the women's freestyle aerial skiing at PyeongChang.

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Aerial Skiiers get close, but not close enough

Monday, 19 February 2018

Yes, it was a huge weekend for the VIS “family” firstly watching Lydia’s career come to an end and then focusing on Danielle Scott, Laura Peel and David Morris in the finals of the Aerials.

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2018 Winter Olympics: Guide and Preview for PyeongChang

Thursday, 08 February 2018

With the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang starting tomorrow, here’s everything you need to know

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Six VIS athletes selected for PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Monday, 29 January 2018

The Australian Olympic Committee have confirmed the selection of Victorian Institute of Sport athletes Lydia Lassila, David Morris, Scotty James, Danielle Scott, Laura Peel, and Samantha Wells for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

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Lassila wins World Cup gold

Monday, 22 January 2018

Sochi gold medallist, Lydia Lassila has won gold and Laura Peel has claimed bronze at the Aerial Skiing World Cup in Lake Placid, New York.

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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