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Snow Types And Names Glossary

This is a list originally started by Physicsman in the Names for Different Types of Snow thread. Please feel free to add to the list or add definitions and descriptions if you have time and the inclination.  Just click the Edit button

 

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  1. Artificial Snow
  2. Avi Debris
  3. Baby Heads
  4. Ball Bearings (just like it says; little firm balls of snow rolling around under your skis; good luck)
  5. BBs
  6. Bear snot, barking snot, threadbear, crud
  7. Blower
  8. Blue (clear ice; you can see through it)
  1. Boilerplate (see Bullet-Proof)
  2. Boot-Packed
  3. Bottomless
  4. Breakable Crust (top is frozen solid but not deeply; under that is soft powder; you break through)
  5. Brown Snow (Ie, Mud Showing Through)
  6. Buffed
  7. Bullet-Proof (it's white, but you can't put any dents in it)
  8. Bumped Up
  9. Bumpy
  10. Butter
  11. California Concrete - Heavy Wet Snow From A Pacific Storm.
  12. Cardboard
  13. Cascade Concrete
  14. Cauliflower Snow
  15. Champagne Powder
  16. Chicken Heads
  1. Chocolate Chip
  2. Chokable (As In Powder So Fine And Deep You Can Choke On It)
  3. Chop (freshly fallen snow that's been skied enough to chop it up but hasn't formed bumps yet)
  4. Chowder (heavy wet lumpy snow)
  5. Chunk
  6. Clank
  7. Classic Colorado Persistent Depth Hoar
  8. Clunk
  9. Coarse
  10. Cold Smoke
  11. Colorado Super Chunk - Heavy Wet Snow About 2 Days After A Spring Storm.
  12. Compacted / Un-Compacted
  13. Confectioner's Sugar
  14. Coral Reef
  15. Corduroy, Cord
  16. Corn (large, loose, hollow granules of snow that roll around over each other, deeply; usually found in spring)
  17. Cornice
  18. Cream Cheese
  19. Creamed Corn
  20. Creation Conditions
  21. Crud
  22. Crumb
  23. Crushed Soda Cans (Aka Death Cookies)
  24. Crust
  25. Cut-Up, Skied-In
  26. Dandruff
  27. Death Cookies
  28. Deep S#!!
  29. Diamond
  30. Dirty
  31. Drifted
  32. Dry
  33. Dry Powder
  34. Dust On Crust
  35. Eastern Firm ™
  36. Eastern Powder (artificial snow)
  37. Edgy
  38. Egg Carton
  39. Elephant Snot
  40. Fast
  41. Fine
  42. Firm (see Frozen Granular)
  43. First Snow
  44. Flake
  45. Flake Morphology: Plates, Stellars, Columns, Needles, Dendrites
  46. Fluff
  47. Formica (hard like white formica)
  48. Freshies
  49. Frozen Granular (artificial snow groomed and regroomed day after day; hard snow)
  50. Frozen suede (looks like the name says)
  51. Glacier Terms (E.G., Serac, Bergschrund, Ice Fall, Etc.)
  52. Glass
  53. Glop
  54. Goop
  55. Gorilla Glue / Gorilla Snot
  56. Granular (Loose, Frozen, Wet)
  57. Graupel
  58. Green Snow (Grass Patches)
  59. Grippy
  60. Groomed
  61. Hammered
  62. Harbor Chop
  63. Hardpack
  64. Hero Snow, Ego Snow
  65. Hoar (Surface Hoar, Depth Hoar, Sucrotic)
  66. Hollow (Or “Whumphy”)
  67. Ice
  68. Injected
  69. Ivory
  70. Junk
  71. Lake Effect Snow
  72. Loud Powder
  73. Machine Groomed Powder
  74. Machine-Loosened Granular
  75. Mang / Mank
  76. Man-Made
  77. Mashed Potatoes
  78. Melting Snow
  79. Moguled
  80. Monkey Snot
  81. Muck
  82. Mush / Porridge
  83. New England Powder (ie, that blue and glossy stuff)
  84. New Snow
  85. Norelco (Referring To "Untracked Powder)
  86. Old
  87. Packed
  88. Packed Powder (i.e., the infamous “PP” of ski rpts)
  89. peanut butter (sticky spring snow)
  90. Pellets
  91. Pow / Pow-Pow / Powder (New, Old, Light, Champagne, Heavy, Cut-Up -Some Dupes Here)
  92. Red Snow
  93. Rime Ice
  94. Rotted
  95. Rubber Cement (sticky; it slows/stops your skis)
  96. Salt on Formica (looks and feels like lots of little loose white grains sliding around on white formica)
  97. Salted
  98. Sand
  99. Sastrugi
  100. Schmeg / Schmegma
  101. Scratchy
  102. Screaming Lobsters (aka, Squeaky Snow)
  103. Settled
  104. Shardy
  105. Shattered Glass (Aka Death Cookies)
  106. "Should've Been Here Last Week..." Snow
  107. “Should've Been Here In 85-86' Snow”
  108. 10 AM Powder
  109. Sierra Cement
  110. Skank
  111. Slop
  112. Sloppy Seconds
  113. Slough
  114. Slow
  115. Sludge
  116. Slurry
  117. Slush
  118. snizzle
  119. Snow
  120. Snow Snakes
  121. Snowgun Hell (Can I Say That Word Here?)
  122. Soft Snow
  123. Sos (Slab On Soft)
  124. souffle dure It is naturally packed, firm snow like you might get long after any snow-fall on a north facing, steep, seldom skied couloir
  125. Soup 
  126. Spindrift
  127. Spring Conditions
  128. Squeaky (ie, Cold And Dry)
  129. Sticky
  130. Styrofoam (Nee. Graupel; feels just like skiing on styrofoam, sounds hollow)
  131. Sublimed
  132. Sugar
  133. Summer Glacier Snow
  134. Sun Cups
  135. Talc
  136. Terracotta
  137. Thin Cover
  138. Tin
  139. Tinfoil
  140. Toy Snow
  141. Tracked-Up / Untracked
  142. Unconsolidated Snow
  143. Undercut
  144. Unstable
  145. Variable Conditions
  146. Virgin Powder
  147. Walrus Snot
  148. Washboard (Frozen Cord)
  149. Wet
  150. Wet Blanket
  151. wet powder (rain over powder - really fast and nasty)
  152. White Dust
  153. White Gold
  154. White Smoke
  155. Wind buffed
  156. Wind Crust
  157. Wind Packed
  158. Wind Slab
  159. Wind Waves
  160. Wind-Blown
  161. Windf__Ked
  162. Windlips
  163. Windslab
  164. Yellow Snow (As Immortalized By Mr. F. Zappa)
  165. Zambonified

 


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chalk
salt on formica
frozen suede
More definitions would be helpful here...
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