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post #61 of 109
Classic Colorado Persistant Depth Hoar
post #62 of 109
"Machine groomed powder", or 'MGP", found throughout the season in the daily snow report of the Portland Oregonian. On the other hand, I've never seen a resort 'fessing up to Cascade Crud in the newspaper.
post #63 of 109
Deep S#!!

Unconsolidated Snow

Cauliflower Snow

"Should've been here last week..." Snow
post #64 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by crank
"Should've been here last week..." Snow
Should've been here in 85-86' snow..............

Cheers,
Halsted
post #65 of 109
Thread Starter 
Here's the latest list as of 10/31/04:

1. "Should've Been Here Last Week..." Snow
2. “Should've Been Here In 85-86' Snow”
3. 10 AM Powder
4. Artificial Snow
5. Avi Debris
6. Baby Heads
7. Ball Bearings
8. BBs
9. Blower
10. Blue
11. Boilerplate
12. Boot-Packed
13. Bottomless
14. Breakable Crust
15. Brown Snow (Ie, Mud Showing Through)
16. Buffed
17. Bullet-Proof
18. Bumped Up
19. Bumpy
20. Butter
21. California Concrete - Heavy Wet Snow From A Pacific Storm.
22. Cardboard
23. Cascade Concrete
24. Cauliflower Snow
25. Champagne Powder
26. Chicken Heads
27. Chocolate Chip
28. Chokable (As In Powder So Fine And Deep You Can Choke On It)
29. Chowder
30. Chunk
31. Clank
32. Classic Colorado Persistent Depth Hoar
33. Clunk
34. Coarse
35. Cold Smoke
36. Colorado Super Chunk - Heavy Wet Snow About 2 Days After A Spring Storm.
37. Compacted / Un-Compacted
38. Confectioner's Sugar
39. Coral Reef
40. Corduroy, Cord
41. Corn
42. Cornice
43. Cream Cheese
44. Creamed Corn
45. Creation Conditions
46. Crud
47. Crumb
48. Crushed Soda Cans (Aka Death Cookies)
49. Cut-Up, Skied-In
50. Dandruff
51. Death Cookies
52. Deep S#!!
53. Diamond
54. Dirty
55. Drifted
56. Dry
57. Dry Powder
58. Dust On Crust
59. Eastern Firm ™
60. Eastern Powder
61. Edgy
62. Egg Carton
63. Elephant Snot
64. Fast
65. Fine
66. Firn
67. First Snow
68. Flake
69. Flake Morphology: Plates, Stellars, Columns, Needles, Dendrites
70. Fluff
71. Freshies
72. Frozen Granular
73. Glacier Terms (E.G., Serac, Bergschrund, Ice Fall, Etc.)
74. Glass
75. Glop
76. Goop
77. Gorilla Glue / Gorilla Snot
78. Granular (Loose, Frozen, Wet)
79. Graupel
80. Green Snow (Grass Patches)
81. Grippy
82. Groomed
83. Hammered
84. Harbor Chop
85. Hardpack
86. Hero Snow, Ego Snow
87. Hoar (Surface Hoar, Depth Hoar, Sucrotic)
88. Hollow (Or “Whumphy”)
89. Ice
90. Ivory
91. Junk
92. Lake Effect Snow
93. Loud Powder
94. Machine Groomed Powder
95. Machine-Loosened Granular
96. Mang / Mank
97. Man-Made
98. Mashed Potatoes
99. Melting Snow
100. Moguled
101. Monkey Snot
102. Muck
103. Mush / Porridge
104. New England Powder (ie, that blue and glossy stuff)
105. New Snow
106. Norelco (Referring To "Untracked Powder)
107. Old
108. Packed
109. Packed Powder (i.e., the infamous “PP” of ski rpts)
110. Pellets
111. Pow / Pow-Pow / Powder (New, Old, Light, Champagne, Heavy, Cut-Up -Some Dupes Here)
112. Red Snow
113. Rime Ice
114. Rotted
115. Salted
116. Sand
117. Sastrugi
118. Schmeg / Schmegma
119. Scratchy
120. Screaming Lobsters (aka, Squeaky Snow)
121. Settled
122. Shardy
123. Shattered Glass (Aka Death Cookies)
124. Sierra Cement
125. Skank
126. Slop
127. Sloppy Seconds
128. Slough
129. Slow
130. Sludge
131. Slurry
132. Slush
133. Snow
134. Snow Snakes
135. Snowgun Hell (Can I Say That Word Here?)
136. Soft Snow
137. Sos (Slab On Soft)
138. Soup
139. Spindrift
140. Spring Conditions
141. Squeaky (ie, Cold And Dry)
142. Sticky
143. Styrofoam (Nee. Graupel)
144. Sublimed
145. Sugar
146. Summer Glacier Snow
147. Sun Cups
148. Talc
149. Terracotta
150. Thin Cover
151. Tin
152. Tinfoil
153. Toy Snow
154. Tracked-Up / Untracked
155. Unconsolidated Snow
156. Undercut
157. Unstable
158. Variable Conditions
159. Virgin Powder
160. Walrus Snot
161. Washboard (Frozen Cord)
162. Wet
163. Wet Blanket
164. White Dust
165. White Gold
166. White Smoke
167. Wind Crust
168. Wind Packed
169. Wind Slab
170. Wind Waves
171. Wind-Blown
172. Windf__Ked
173. Windlips
174. Windslab
175. Yellow Snow (As Immortalized By Mr. F. Zappa)
176. Zambonified
post #66 of 109
Blue ice, land-o-lakes (it's got butter written all over it.)
post #67 of 109
Your terms need to be defined.
Please go back and edit in a meaning. What is chicken heads?, Death cookies? etc.
post #68 of 109
Snow snakes were brought up. We used to call tree tops and branches buried by new snowfall snow snakes. You are skiing along in unrivaled bliss with the snow flying up around your waist and suddnely, BANG! You're on your face with your goggles filled with snow and snow in every crevice of your body. You just got bit by a snow snake. One of those guys almost killed me but I missed the very large tree by inches as I flew by head first.
post #69 of 109
Now can we put an offical barking Bears definition to those snow words? Here is a word that I have seen crop up in the last year or so, "Mank" I'm not even sure what "mank snow is but it doesn't sound good.
post #70 of 109
Just remember that, when all is said and done, there are only two kinds of conditions:


Conditions that are GOOD and...
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...conditions that are GOOD FOR YOU!




Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #71 of 109
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghost
Your terms need to be defined. Please go back and edit in a meaning. What is (sic) chicken heads?, Death cookies? etc.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghost
Now can we put an offical barking Bears definition to those snow words? Here is a word that I have seen crop up in the last year or so, "Mank" I'm not even sure what "mank snow is but it doesn't sound good.
Getting a concensus on a short definition for each word in the above list would likely take more hours than I have available for such a project. On the other hand, if people want to suggest definitions and discuss them, I'll be more than happy to enter the ones that seem to be generally acceptable to everyone into a master list, and periodically re-post it.

Your first homework assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to explain in 15 words or less the differences between the following types of crud snow:

3. 10 AM Powder

29. Chowder

30. Chunk

31. Clank

33. Clunk

34. Coarse

36. Colorado Super Chunk

45. Creation Conditions

46. Crud

47. Crumb

49. Cut-Up, Skied-In

75. Glop

76. Goop

77. Gorilla Glue / Gorilla Snot

84. Harbor Chop

91. Junk

96. Mang / Mank

98. Mashed Potatoes

102. Muck

103. Mush / Porridge

118. Schmeg / Schmegma

124. Sierra Cement

125. Skank

126. Slop

130. Sludge

131. Slurry

132. Slush

154. Tracked-Up

158. Variable Conditions




Tom / PM

PS#1 - FYI, "mank" is already in the list - #96. I paired it with "mang", but what do I know?

PS#2 - With respect to your specific question about "chicken heads" and "death cookies", they are quite common terms, and both have been discussed before on Epic. Unfortunately, as their detailed explanations are fairly lengthy, I suggest you simply do a search on these two terms.
post #72 of 109
I know that sugar has been mentioned ... but in my world we always called this type of spring snow "dixie crystals"

same type of snow - different name - but it kind of gets across the meaning better for some reason.
post #73 of 109
glitter snow--sunny day on rime at killington very sparse coming down, sparkles

fluffy bumps-you can go over them but if you hit one wrong it just explodes into
smokey pow
post #74 of 109
How about Snails and Rollerballs? Two names for the same thing.
post #75 of 109
Here are a couple that haven't been mentioned yet:

Snert (snow/dirt mixture - usually found when a groomer tries to groom thin cover)

Porcelin - Looks like it, skis like it

Race Conditions (a.k.a Eastern Hardpack, a.k.a packed powder, a.k.a boilerplate, etc)
post #76 of 109
Depth hoar is not the same as surface hoar.

There are other snow condition terms essential to backcountry safety missing.
post #77 of 109
Polished marble
squeaky snow Oops already had that one...
post #78 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
Your terms need to be defined.
Please go back and edit in a meaning. What is chicken heads?, Death cookies? etc.
Never heard of chiken heads but death cookies have been around since at least the 70's. For me a death cookie is that small cookie sized frozen piece of snow that is left behind by a groomer the night before. It freezes to the corduroy and when you hit it, it causes yard sale type activity. We also refer to these as snow mines or land mines. It could also be little frozen cookie dough from spring freeze/thaw cycles that is left on the slopes.
post #79 of 109
You forgot a few of my favs (all very similar in order of goodness)... crumbled chalk, WINDBUFF, chalky windbuff, chalk.

I've heard the term 'Chunder' more than once but I'm not sure what it is
post #80 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by X-EastCoaster View Post
I've heard the term 'Chunder' more than once but I'm not sure what it is
Something to do with too many "tinnies" of Fosters I think

Here's a couple more:
I have heard "death cookies" also called "frozen strawberries" or "golf balls".
In Scotland, sugary snow is inevitably known as "porridge".
post #81 of 109
Hmm interesting glossary here:
http://nsidc.org/cgi-bin/words/letter.pl?A

If it's only 2 hours and 49 minutes, it's not a blizzard.
post #82 of 109
Cold smoke
Blower
post #83 of 109
I'm not sure if there is an equivalent to the French "souffle dure" (should be an accent on that first e). It is naturally packed, firm snow (like you might get long after any snow-fall on a north facing, steep, seldom skied couloir). It is firm but grippy.
The French call porridge "soupe"
post #84 of 109
crust - didn't see that one, but then again it's ice
snizzle - snow and frozen drizzle
firm (not firn, as you had it)
peanut butter (sticky spring snow)
wet powder (rain over powder - really fast and nasty)
post #85 of 109
Lets see if we can update P-Mans list here (done as a [list] function and can be updated):
  1. Artificial Snow
  2. Avi Debris
  3. Baby Heads
  4. Ball Bearings
  5. BBs
  6. Bear snot, barking snot, threadbear, crud
  7. Blower
  8. Blue
  9. Blower
  10. Boilerplate
  11. Boot-Packed
  12. Bottomless
  13. Breakable Crust
  14. Brown Snow (Ie, Mud Showing Through)
  15. Buffed
  16. Bullet-Proof
  17. Bumped Up
  18. Bumpy
  19. Butter
  20. California Concrete - Heavy Wet Snow From A Pacific Storm.
  21. Cardboard
  22. Cascade Concrete
  23. Cauliflower Snow
  24. Champagne Powder
  25. Chicken Heads
  26. Chocolate Chip
  27. Chokable (As In Powder So Fine And Deep You Can Choke On It)
  28. Chowder
  29. Chunk
  30. Clank
  31. Classic Colorado Persistent Depth Hoar
  32. Clunk
  33. Coarse
  34. Cold Smoke
  35. Colorado Super Chunk - Heavy Wet Snow About 2 Days After A Spring Storm.
  36. Compacted / Un-Compacted
  37. Confectioner's Sugar
  38. Coral Reef
  39. Corduroy, Cord
  40. Corn
  41. Cornice
  42. Cream Cheese
  43. Creamed Corn
  44. Creation Conditions
  45. Crud
  46. Crumb
  47. Crushed Soda Cans (Aka Death Cookies)
  48. Crust
  49. Cut-Up, Skied-In
  50. Dandruff
  51. Death Cookies
  52. Deep S#!!
  53. Diamond
  54. Dirty
  55. Drifted
  56. Dry
  57. Dry Powder
  58. Dust On Crust
  59. Eastern Firm ™
  60. Eastern Powder
  61. Edgy
  62. Egg Carton
  63. Elephant Snot
  64. Fast
  65. Fine
  66. Firm
  67. First Snow
  68. Flake
  69. Flake Morphology: Plates, Stellars, Columns, Needles, Dendrites
  70. Fluff
  71. Freshies
  72. Frozen Granular
  73. Glacier Terms (E.G., Serac, Bergschrund, Ice Fall, Etc.)
  74. Glass
  75. Glop
  76. Goop
  77. Gorilla Glue / Gorilla Snot
  78. Granular (Loose, Frozen, Wet)
  79. Graupel
  80. Green Snow (Grass Patches)
  81. Grippy
  82. Groomed
  83. Hammered
  84. Harbor Chop
  85. Hardpack
  86. Hero Snow, Ego Snow
  87. Hoar (Surface Hoar, Depth Hoar, Sucrotic)
  88. Hollow (Or “Whumphy”)
  89. Ice
  90. Injected
  91. Ivory
  92. Junk
  93. Lake Effect Snow
  94. Loud Powder
  95. Machine Groomed Powder
  96. Machine-Loosened Granular
  97. Mang / Mank
  98. Man-Made
  99. Mashed Potatoes
  100. Melting Snow
  101. Moguled
  102. Monkey Snot
  103. Muck
  104. Mush / Porridge
  105. New England Powder (ie, that blue and glossy stuff)
  106. New Snow
  107. Norelco (Referring To "Untracked Powder)
  108. Old
  109. Packed
  110. Packed Powder (i.e., the infamous “PP” of ski rpts)
  111. peanut butter (sticky spring snow)
  112. Pellets
  113. Pow / Pow-Pow / Powder (New, Old, Light, Champagne, Heavy, Cut-Up -Some Dupes Here)
  114. Red Snow
  115. Rime Ice
  116. Rotted
  117. Salted
  118. Sand
  119. Sastrugi
  120. Schmeg / Schmegma
  121. Scratchy
  122. Screaming Lobsters (aka, Squeaky Snow)
  123. Settled
  124. Shardy
  125. Shattered Glass (Aka Death Cookies)
  126. "Should've Been Here Last Week..." Snow
  127. “Should've Been Here In 85-86' Snow”
  128. 10 AM Powder
  129. Sierra Cement
  130. Skank
  131. Slop
  132. Sloppy Seconds
  133. Slough
  134. Slow
  135. Sludge
  136. Slurry
  137. Slush
  138. snizzle
  139. Snow
  140. Snow Snakes
  141. Snowgun Hell (Can I Say That Word Here?)
  142. Soft Snow
  143. Sos (Slab On Soft)
  144. 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
  145. Soup
  146. Spindrift
  147. Spring Conditions
  148. Squeaky (ie, Cold And Dry)
  149. Sticky
  150. Styrofoam (Nee. Graupel)
  151. Sublimed
  152. Sugar
  153. Summer Glacier Snow
  154. Sun Cups
  155. Talc
  156. Terracotta
  157. Thin Cover
  158. Tin
  159. Tinfoil
  160. Toy Snow
  161. Tracked-Up / Untracked
  162. Unconsolidated Snow
  163. Undercut
  164. Unstable
  165. Variable Conditions
  166. Virgin Powder
  167. Walrus Snot
  168. Washboard (Frozen Cord)
  169. Wet
  170. Wet Blanket
  171. wet powder (rain over powder - really fast and nasty)
  172. White Dust
  173. White Gold
  174. White Smoke
  175. Wind buffed
  176. Wind Crust
  177. Wind Packed
  178. Wind Slab
  179. Wind Waves
  180. Wind-Blown
  181. Windf__Ked
  182. Windlips
  183. Windslab
  184. Yellow Snow (As Immortalized By Mr. F. Zappa)
  185. Zambonified
post #86 of 109
black snow.
post #87 of 109
Bump for the heck of it. Hey the season is upcoming. We need to get our vocabulary back in shape too!
post #88 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
Lets see if we can update P-Mans list here (done as a [list] function and can be updated):
  1. Artificial Snow
  2. Avi Debris
  3. Baby Heads
  4. Ball Bearings
  5. BBs
  6. Bear snot, barking snot, threadbear, crud
  7. Blower
  8. Blue
  9. Blower
  10. Boilerplate
  11. Boot-Packed
  12. Bottomless
  13. Breakable Crust
  14. Brown Snow (Ie, Mud Showing Through)
  15. Buffed
  16. Bullet-Proof
  17. Bumped Up
  18. Bumpy
  19. Butter
  20. California Concrete - Heavy Wet Snow From A Pacific Storm.
  21. Cardboard
  22. Cascade Concrete
  23. Cauliflower Snow
  24. Champagne Powder
  25. Chicken Heads
  26. Chocolate Chip
  27. Chokable (As In Powder So Fine And Deep You Can Choke On It)
  28. Chowder
  29. Chunk
  30. Clank
  31. Classic Colorado Persistent Depth Hoar
  32. Clunk
  33. Coarse
  34. Cold Smoke
  35. Colorado Super Chunk - Heavy Wet Snow About 2 Days After A Spring Storm.
  36. Compacted / Un-Compacted
  37. Confectioner's Sugar
  38. Coral Reef
  39. Corduroy, Cord
  40. Corn
  41. Cornice
  42. Cream Cheese
  43. Creamed Corn
  44. Creation Conditions
  45. Crud
  46. Crumb
  47. Crushed Soda Cans (Aka Death Cookies)
  48. Crust
  49. Cut-Up, Skied-In
  50. Dandruff
  51. Death Cookies
  52. Deep S#!!
  53. Diamond
  54. Dirty
  55. Drifted
  56. Dry
  57. Dry Powder
  58. Dust On Crust
  59. Eastern Firm ™
  60. Eastern Powder
  61. Edgy
  62. Egg Carton
  63. Elephant Snot
  64. Fast
  65. Fine
  66. Firm
  67. First Snow
  68. Flake
  69. Flake Morphology: Plates, Stellars, Columns, Needles, Dendrites
  70. Fluff
  71. Freshies
  72. Frozen Granular
  73. Glacier Terms (E.G., Serac, Bergschrund, Ice Fall, Etc.)
  74. Glass
  75. Glop
  76. Goop
  77. Gorilla Glue / Gorilla Snot
  78. Granular (Loose, Frozen, Wet)
  79. Graupel
  80. Green Snow (Grass Patches)
  81. Grippy
  82. Groomed
  83. Hammered
  84. Harbor Chop
  85. Hardpack
  86. Hero Snow, Ego Snow
  87. Hoar (Surface Hoar, Depth Hoar, Sucrotic)
  88. Hollow (Or “Whumphy”)
  89. Ice
  90. Injected
  91. Ivory
  92. Junk
  93. Lake Effect Snow
  94. Loud Powder
  95. Machine Groomed Powder
  96. Machine-Loosened Granular
  97. Mang / Mank
  98. Man-Made
  99. Mashed Potatoes
  100. Melting Snow
  101. Moguled
  102. Monkey Snot
  103. Muck
  104. Mush / Porridge
  105. New England Powder (ie, that blue and glossy stuff)
  106. New Snow
  107. Norelco (Referring To "Untracked Powder)
  108. Old
  109. Packed
  110. Packed Powder (i.e., the infamous “PP” of ski rpts)
  111. peanut butter (sticky spring snow)
  112. Pellets
  113. Pow / Pow-Pow / Powder (New, Old, Light, Champagne, Heavy, Cut-Up -Some Dupes Here)
  114. Red Snow
  115. Rime Ice
  116. Rotted
  117. Salted
  118. Sand
  119. Sastrugi
  120. Schmeg / Schmegma
  121. Scratchy
  122. Screaming Lobsters (aka, Squeaky Snow)
  123. Settled
  124. Shardy
  125. Shattered Glass (Aka Death Cookies)
  126. "Should've Been Here Last Week..." Snow
  127. “Should've Been Here In 85-86' Snow”
  128. 10 AM Powder
  129. Sierra Cement
  130. Skank
  131. Slop
  132. Sloppy Seconds
  133. Slough
  134. Slow
  135. Sludge
  136. Slurry
  137. Slush
  138. snizzle
  139. Snow
  140. Snow Snakes
  141. Snowgun Hell (Can I Say That Word Here?)
  142. Soft Snow
  143. Sos (Slab On Soft)
  144. 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
  145. Soup
  146. Spindrift
  147. Spring Conditions
  148. Squeaky (ie, Cold And Dry)
  149. Sticky
  150. Styrofoam (Nee. Graupel)
  151. Sublimed
  152. Sugar
  153. Summer Glacier Snow
  154. Sun Cups
  155. Talc
  156. Terracotta
  157. Thin Cover
  158. Tin
  159. Tinfoil
  160. Toy Snow
  161. Tracked-Up / Untracked
  162. Unconsolidated Snow
  163. Undercut
  164. Unstable
  165. Variable Conditions
  166. Virgin Powder
  167. Walrus Snot
  168. Washboard (Frozen Cord)
  169. Wet
  170. Wet Blanket
  171. wet powder (rain over powder - really fast and nasty)
  172. White Dust
  173. White Gold
  174. White Smoke
  175. Wind buffed
  176. Wind Crust
  177. Wind Packed
  178. Wind Slab
  179. Wind Waves
  180. Wind-Blown
  181. Windf__Ked
  182. Windlips
  183. Windslab
  184. Yellow Snow (As Immortalized By Mr. F. Zappa)
  185. Zambonified
How about adding barnacles and reef?
post #89 of 109
I can't wait to kill some Snowflakes.
post #90 of 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ullr View Post
You took mine!!!!!

East Coast Power is any dump of 3 to 3 1/2 inches of wet snow!!!!!

: : :
I always thought it meant when the guns are running and you hit it before it gets groomed out.
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