Freestyle skiers, informally known as hot-doggers, like to dress with the same exuberant flair they display on the slopes. "We have to look hot to feel loose," they like to say, which means donning flashy outfits that offer enough stretch to accommodate their acrobatics. Manufacturers are complying, and if these exhibitionists have their way, future attire will offer ever more daredeviltry.
Penny Street, a leading women's hot-dogger, suits up in nylon with yellow stretch inserts from Anba of Austria ($145). John Clendenin (above), the current national freestyle champion, does a Mule Kick in C B Sports stretch ciré with Lycra-Spandex inserts ($65), a fabric that gives six inches in the leg alone. Bob Theobald (above center), who was 1973 Hot-Dog Classic winner, attempts a spread-eagle somersault in Head parka ($95) and pants ($75) made of nylon with action inserts.
Mike Lund (left), ballet and stunt competitor, is outfitted in White Stag's nylon suit with foam-rubber quilting on sleeves, back and legs ($84). Bill O'Leary (above) does a helicopter in Anba's textured nylon with foam-filled sausage quilting for stretchability and protection ($179). Back on the ground, O'Leary (right) switches to a nylon shell with navy stretch on the elbows, shoulders and back, while the forearm has added padding, all of which is made by Fusalp for Beconta ($110).
Lucky Penny sports a copper-colored parka with stripes and stretch bands on sides and shoulders ($88) plus stretch pants ($78) from Head. Behind her, O'Leary wears Bogner pants with double-stretch inserts ($84.50). Above is Wayne Wong in White Stag's sweater with foam-filled stripes ($45) and Theobald in Anba's stretch jacket ($115).
JOHN G. ZIMMERMAN