What is jargon buster

Ski jargon buster

How well do you know your ski jargon? If you don't sound awkward on the slopes this year and want to understand what you're saying, here are some ski jargons to know about.


air - Jump off the snow.
Avie - avalanche.


Bombing or bomber - Drive downhill at uncontrolled speed.
Brain bucket - A term for helmet.
Rabbit slope - A flat and easy area for beginners near the base of a slope.
bowl - A large mountain pool, usually tree-free and tailor-made for great dive flights or steep, quick dives.
Bulletproof - Compressed ice snow that is hard enough to ricochet bullets back.
basketball - A round or star-shaped piece of plastic at the bottom of a ski pole to prevent poles from pushing deep into the snow.


Corn - Spring snow, which forms into ice-sized icy snow crumbs through repeated melting and re-freezing of the snow.
Champagne powder- Light and fluffy snow.
Grunt -The vibration of skis generated by driving at high speeds.
Chocolate chips- End of season stones sticking out of the snow and generally prone to ripping your ski base apart.
Chowder- Chopped up powder.
cord - Freshly manicured machine-packed snow with a ribbed texture that resembles corduroy.
slide - Steep, narrow run, usually higher on both sides.
Hall - A narrow slide with rock walls on both sides.
crust - Frozen surface that covers loose snow.


Death cookies Icy pieces of snow cover the slopes.
Dust on the crust - A light sprinkling of fresh snow on a hard, sometimes icy, base.
Disco sticks - Short slalom and twin-tip skis with curves with a very short radius.
Lows - Deep snow conditions that require a powder line or leash on your skis.


Eat wood–When a skier hits a tree.
Ego snow - Machine-maintained, packaged powder that holds an edge without much skill or effort.


Face plant - Fall on your face.
Face shots - Ski fast in deep powder so the snow sprays you in your face.
Fat- - A very wide ski for powder conditions.
Freshies - Fresh, untracked snow.
French fries - Skiing with parallel skis.


Garlands - Series of curves connected by side slip and running in one direction.
Gapers - Spectators whose position on the slope prevents the skier from descending.
Shop - Untraceable powder, usually in the trees.
Clearings -Skiable terrain between the trees.
Gnar - Very challenging conditions.
Granular - Snow made up of large, coarse crystals that look like rock salt.


Hard pack - Solid, almost icy snow.
Hit - Starting point of a terrain feature from which to catch air.
Hooking up - tendency of a ski to spin uncontrollably.
Huck - Take a jump.


In-bounds -Ski terrain within the confines of a ski area.
Indy grave - Grasp the edge of the toe of your snowboard between the bindings with your back hand.


Jib / Jibber or Jibbing - Ride a ski over snow-free surfaces such as rails, boxes and other objects.
Kicker A wedge-shaped jump that was often built for small tricks.
Kodak Courage - Skiing inspired by photographers from the nearby ski magazine.


Lift Lickers –Children who can't resist freezing their tongues to the chairlift.
Liftie - chairlift driver.


Medium fat - A wider shaped ski designed for both on and off piste skiing.
Flying carpet - A conveyor belt type surface lift.
Milk run - First ski of the day.
Mashed potatoes - Wet and heavy snow.
Mughals - Bumps carved in the snow, usually caused by skiers or carved out for a perfectly shaped hump field.
Mute grave - Grasp the edge of the toe of your snowboard between the bindings with your forehand.


noodle - A ski that lacks rigidity and becomes unstable at speed.
No way - First time skier.


Out of bounds - Ski area outside the boundaries of a ski area.


pack - Hit hard.
Pinhead - Dedicated telemark skier.
Poodle is turning - Demo turns by ski instructors.
Planker - A skier.
Pow Pow - Freshly fallen snow.
Powder Hound - A skier obsessed with tracking down powder stores.
Pooping - Lean back on your skis and bend at the waist.
Pizza -Elementary ski technique in which the skis are tipped together like a piece of pizza to plow down a slope.
Powder pig - Skiers who tend to wallow in deep, white stuff.


Quad - Chair lift for four people.


upgrade - An accomplished and impressive skier.
Royal blue - Carved curve made only on the inner ski.
Runs out - A wide flat area at the end of the descent that allows the racers to go slower, and also the flat descent that connects harder trails with a ski lift.


Shoting or straight lining- Go straight downhill without turning.
Bowl - The outer hard plastic outer part of a ski boot.
shovel -The front end of a ski that bends into a larger shovel shape so as not to sink into the snow.
Six pack - A chair lift for six people.
Soft goods - Ski wear, including jackets, gloves, long underwear and hats.
smear - To slow down on the steps, drag your hips over the snow.


Toilet turns - Sloppy turns from the poop position.
tail - The back end of a ski.
Trustafarian - Rich but unkempt ski bum who pretends to be poor.
Tree good - After heavy snowfall, a dangerous cavity formed around the base of the trees.


Unweighting - Any movement that reduces the downward pressure on a ski.


vermin -Groups of skiers blocking access to the lift lines.


White Room –Deep and dry powder.
White - When visibility drops to almost nothing, caused by heavy snowfall, fog, or a combination of both.
windshield wipers Sloppy, heavily sliding corners.


Yard sale - Lose equipment while falling downhill.


Zipper line –The fastest way through a humpback field.

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