Halfpipe freeskiing will debut at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. That shows how popular the sport, for years a Winter X Games staple, has become.
But is halfpipe freeskiing -- and perhaps snowboarding -- already ripe for a drastic change as top-level athletes seek new ways by which to challenge themselves and showcase their incredible skills?
Maybe not, but Simon Dumont appears to be onto something with his "cubed" halfpipe, which he showcased recently with a performance at Squaw Valley USA. Gone is the security of a 22-foot wall for the duration of a routine. Gone, also, are points of reference for a rider who must pass 40 feet above ice while performing acrobatics between sections. Athletes might be scared of it, understandably, but they can adjust, and fans will love it. Judge for yourself: