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Ski Slang

post #1 of 214
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What is some slang talk that you use on the mountain or when your talking about skiing or anything that has to do with skiing

Post your 'Ski Slang' here so all may use it for reference.

Some of mine are:

East Coast Skiing Day- Referring to a day with warm weather(possibly rain), icy conditions on slopes, slush, and dirt spots.

Turtle Lift- Referring to a lift that is slow.

What are some of your Ski Slang Terms
post #2 of 214
I've often referred to Joey's and Gina's, meaning the people, often times from NY (at least here on the East Coast skiing mainly in VT), who have the best equiptment, outter wear and talk like they know what they are doing, but only make a few runs in a day before hitting the bar and bragging about how incredible they are, but if you see them on the hill they are an embarrassment to the sport.

Hopefully no one on here takes any offense to this as it is not meant as a slam to anyone.

Another one I use on the snow is Groms, I use it referring to little kids learning park/pipe - again not meant as an insult to them.

Also, I use the Good Skiers who CAN'T ski (those that are always trying to make that picture perfect turn - trying to impress everyone with their form/skill) vs Good skiers who CAN ski (those who base their skiing on the fundamentals and adapt to the ever changing environment and show some personal style in their skiing).
post #3 of 214
Originally Posted by Manus
I've often referred to Joey's and Gina's,
Ah... Vinny and Maria's
post #4 of 214
ice a rail somewhat self explanitory
thats a bout it.
post #5 of 214
I've always been fond of yetis (that is, fond of the term, not the people) - people skiing in jeans, neon coloured winter jackets and rear entry boots, often prone to spilling their equipment all over the parking lot because they can't carry it properly.
post #6 of 214
don't call me "gaper"
post #7 of 214
Originally Posted by skierdon
don't call me "gaper"
u beat me to it.

I don't use a lot of slang to my knowledge. I say "pow" instead of powder because it's easier(less syllables). Fatties-fat powder skis(not the other kind of fatty).
post #8 of 214
its "bluebird" out
post #9 of 214
Yo Dudes - young men who start each sentence with "Dude" Dude - did you see that? Yo Dude, do you know what time it is? etc etc.
post #10 of 214
Yardsale-When you lose all of your equipment during a fall

Rolling down the windows- My style in the air
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post #12 of 214
Snow snakes (mentioned in a previous thread). Those branches, stumps, rocks, tree tops, etc. just under the surface of new snow. Be careful or you'll get bit by a snow snake.Also barking tree spiders are those gross little critters that live in trees very close to the chairlift. Their call is rather flatulent.
post #13 of 214
*Dust on crust... a bit of fresh on the boilerplate
*Boilerplate...bullet proof snow
*Death cookies...hard frozen lumps often found under the dust stuck to the boilerplate
*Bones...rocks which lash out and take a bite out of your petex
*The Meat Hook...the affectionate local name for the Facelift in Fernie
*Knuckledragger...needs no expaination
*Poaching...skiing in a closed area
*Gorbies...people from Alberta
*Yard sale...crashing and leaving skis, poles, goggles, gloves etc. spread out over a 200square foot area
post #14 of 214
A sort of outdated one:
Buckethead: racer

I've heard people use just about every punchy monosyllable as a variation on the verb "to fall," including: biff, grok, blat, blort, splat, bail. Ping is reserved for a fall caused by a premature release.

In a similar vein, I've heard a number of cute terms for skis themselves (boards, slats or, for the more stylish, staves), but I don't know if those qualify as slang or an affectation.

Also, more under the heading of affectation rather than slang, is the practice of calling runs by various insider, old-timer or local names. Also lifts: e.g. calling a chair or part of the mountain by the name of a long-vanished lift that used to service the same terrain (illustrative example: calling a chair-served slope "the T-Bar hill.")

I don't know if it counts as slang, but some people call a relaxed semi-aerodynamic position in which you casually lean forward and tuck your hands behind you a "gentleman's tuck."

Some odd ones that are unlikely to be understood by anyone:
Take it to the bridge: ~ Go for it; do something creative and skillful
Take it to the lodge: Bail out
Hodad: About the same as poser, taken from surfing slang (perhaps inaccurately)
post #15 of 214
I forgot - Spastic on Rental Skis? SPORK?
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post #17 of 214
Eastern Powder = Hardpack
Hardpack or noisy snow= blue ice (boiler plate)
Snow Monkeys= those critters that jump on your back from out of the trees to knock you down.
Mashed Potatos= deep slushy snow
Sand= what mashed potatos turn into when refrozen at 4:00

As well as much of Fernie's list.

BTW... I'm stealing SPORK... too funny
post #18 of 214
Rental Case
Pocono Strut
BAMF (Be a Mogul Freak, Bumps Are More Fun, ect)
post #19 of 214
Found in men's toilet roll-Ski Boyne yeah we've got the runs. Now that's funny.;-)
post #20 of 214
Ok, I'm not ashamed to ask after seeing aoo the references...what's a gaper?
post #21 of 214
SPORE = Spastic Person On Rental Equipment
Gapers in newschool skiing are the people who gape. They watch, but are never actually seen doing anything.
Dozer. A *ahem* well proportioned person who cannot stop.
Tourista + A genuinely Tennesseean term refering to the people who flood our only ski town. They are known for their expensive automobiles, loads of junk in said automoblies, their inability to ski, and their constant bewailing of our horrible conditions. We hate them.
post #22 of 214
Gaper gap: gap between top of goggles and helmet
post #23 of 214
snirt: early season snow with dirt patches showing.
champagne snirt: snirt at resorts that advertise champagne powder. :
post #24 of 214
FRESHIES FACE SHOTS DPB (deep powder bitchin)

BOTTOMLESS (which has to be slang or all the powder would fall down---nothing holding it up !) Untracked
post #25 of 214
" It's Really pukn up there!" : : :

What's it called when the flakes are bigger?
post #26 of 214
I pulled a Superman last Saturday at Sunday River.

I was skiing in some hard bumps and got knocked offline and forward.

My ski tips caught a rutt and I did a double ejection but my body kept going forward and when you fall like that you automatically extend your arms forward so it looks like you are Superman.

That is until you land on your chest or head. My neck usually feels like I have minor whiplash after one of these wipeouts.

They are fun but painful.
post #27 of 214
Originally Posted by dirtsqueezer
I forgot - Spastic on Rental Skis? SPORK?
post #28 of 214
Originally Posted by jstraw
Ok, I'm not ashamed to ask after seeing aoo the references...what's a gaper?
Gapers are those who take snoskates up black diamond lifts, wear shovels and avalanche beacons at a ski hill with a 1000 ft. vertical, ski pocket rockets with their DIN at 3, put the bar down on the lift and fall off the ramp getting off.

I could go on forever.
post #29 of 214
Flatlander...someone not used to the altitude. Can sometimes be identified by a Starter jacket sporting their favorite NFL team or College, etc...

Meatwagon...Ski patrol's method of removing injured Flatlanders.

Used in a sentence, "Did you see that flatlander get hauled away in the meatwagon after that yardsale?"
post #30 of 214
Originally Posted by spork
My bad - SPORE as Zacman pointed out.....
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