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Three Letter Acronyms (TLA's) Commonly Used Here On Epic

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I know I'm not alone in sometimes wondering about the meaning of a TLA that pops up in a discussion here on Epic - there are tons of them, particularly in the Instruction and Coaching Forum - so I thought it might be useful to have a list we could all contribute to which could serve as a reference.


To get things started I've added a few. If you'd like to add some just edit the list and insert your entries in alphabetical order. If you strongly feel there's an acronym with a length of other than three letters that merits inclusion by all means please go ahead and add it - the more, the better.


I'd like to suggest you use the format of the first line when you add an entry, and separate your entry by inserting a horizontal line (when editing it's next to the yellow smiley icon in the formatting toolbar). At a minimum a new entry should have the acronym and definition - perhaps you will start with that and someone else will add more info later.


Cheers.   ...jc   11/29/12


Acronym - Definition - More Info

AFAIK - As Far As I Know

AFD - Anti Friction Device - Smooth surface (often Teflon) on binding under toe of ski boot that allows it to slip out laterally

AKA - Also Known As

AT Binding - Alpine Touring.  A Back country binding allows the skier to lift their heel to ascend the mountain and lock it down for descents

BFD - Big F'N Deal

BOS - Base Of Support

BSL - Boot Sole Length.  The external length of your boot used to set bindings.  

Note: The internal length of the boot which matches your foot which matches your foot uses the Mondo point shoe size system(basically centimeters)

BTW - By The Way

COM - Center Of Mass

DIN -  short for Deutsches Institut für Normung (German Institute for Standardization). Standard used to set binding release force

DIRT - Duration, Intensity, Rate & Timing - Used to quantify characteristics of turning technique

DIY - Do It Yourself

FIFY - Fixed It For You

GOAT - Greatest of All Time - Muhammad Ali, or someone's opinion of who is the greatest skier, tennis player, whatever

GNAR - Gaffney’s Numerical Assessment of Radness - http://unofficialnetworks.com/g-n-a-r-the-movie-trailer-3859

GS - Giant Slalom - used to describe Giant slalom specific equipment, techniques or turns: (larger radius)

FIS - Fédération Internationale de Ski - International Governing Body for Ski Racing

FTW - For the Win. An expression of enthusiastic support thought to have originated on the game show Hollywood Squares

FWIW - For What It's Worth

IIRC - If I Recall Correctly

ILE - Inner/Inside Leg Extension - http://www.epicski.com/t/9079/inside-leg-extension-technique

ILR - Independent Leg Rotation

ILS - Independent Leg Steering

IMHO - In My Humble Opinion

JONG - Jerk Off Newbie Gaper

MA - Movement Analysis - Analysis of a skier's technique, done live or while watching a video recording

MRG - Mad River Glen (noteworthy Vermont ski area)

NSFW - Not Safe For Work

OLR - Outside Leg Release

OP - Original Poster - Person with the first post in a thread (thread starter)

OTOH - On The Other Hand

PNW - Pacific Northwest

PSIA - Professional Ski Instructors of America - http://www.epicski.com/t/26080/what-does-p-s-i-a-stand-for

ROTFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing

SKI - Spend Kids Inheritance

SL - Slalom - used to describe slalom specific equipment, techniques, or slalom turns (smaller radius)

TBD - To Be Determined

TGR - Teton Gravity Research (popular ski website and forum)

TLA - Three Letter Acronym

TR - Turing radius (the natural turning radius of the ski based on it's sidecut shape and geometry)

TSA - Transportation Security Administration (safe airways, but slow travel)

TTT - To The Top (bump)

VD - Vertical Drop

VR - Vail Resorts

WRT - With Regards To

WTF - What The F'K


Comments (8)

Nice project! I will try to think of some more to add to your fine list.
Most obvious,,,,DIN
GS - GIANT Slalom not grand
lol, well instead of commenting, change it
didn't know i could edit it...
MRG: Mad River Glen, VT ski area
DIY: do it yourself
SKI: spend kids inheritance
TTT: to the top (to bump a thread to website front page)
I've noticed that many are not 3 letters, and strictly speaking, most are not acronyms. Anyway:
WC: World Cup
DH: Downhill
SG: Super-G (Super Giant Slalom)
HSQ: High-Speed Quad
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