Other definitions for new skiers (plagiarized from the book by Henry Beard and Roy McKie, Skiing, A Skiers Dictionary):
American Teaching Method: A simplified, accelerated system of ski instruction in which students are taught how to operate a hot tub before they learn the snowplow.
Bastard: 1. A wide, flat, single-cut file used to flatten and sharpen ski edges.
2.Someone who charged you for hand filing your ski edges but used a belt sander instead.
Daily Ski Report: A printed or broadcast description of the local snow cover at a given ski area based on information provided by its managers. Since slope surfaces can vary considerably, skiers should be familiar with a few common terms used by resorts to describe local conditions: packed powder (wet slush), packed powder (glare ice), packed powder (frozen granular), packed powder (breakable crust), packed powder (a light dusting of snow on mostly bare earth).
Goggles: Eye protection device that greatly reduces the sun’s potentially damaging glare by using a tiny amount of trapped moisture to produce, directly in front of the wearer’s eyes, a dense layer of light-absorbing fog.
Lift ticket: A small card, often adhesive, that permits a skier to ride the lifts for several days, or a single day, or a half day. Because of complaints about overcrowding, many ski areas now suspend sales of day tickets when the number of skiers on the slopes reaches some set figure, usually the height of the mountain in inches or the weight of available slope grooming machinery in ounces, whichever is larger.
Maze: Path indirect by a line followed that and often confusing to a chairlift leads the.
Mountain: The word used to describe a bump or mound of snow at ski areas in the Midwestern US and the Canadian Plains.
Poles: Pointed metal sticks carried by skiers to ensure that they will have something hard and sharp to land on even if they fall on a perfectly groomed bunny slope.
Quad chairlift: A high speed ski lift that has the capacity to carry in a single chair unit all the individuals needed for a complete, self-contained skiing mishap at the unloading point, including the skier who makes the impact, the skier who trips him, the skier he hits, and one witness.
Shin: The bruised area on the front of the leg that runs from the point where the ache from the wrenched knee ends to the place where the soreness from the strained ankle begins.
Sitzmark: A German word for the imprint in the snow made by a fallen skier.
Sitzremark: An Anglo-Saxon word uttered by a fallen skier.
Ski Bum: Someone who, because he would rather ski than work, takes a low-paying job at a ski resort so that he can watch people with high-paying jobs ski while he is working.
Snow: Form of precipitation that occurs the morning of the departure from a ski resort or 3 weeks prior to arrival.
Turn: Any change in the position of the skis that leads to a change in direction, a change of clothes or equipment, or, in extreme cases, a change in vacation plans.
Up: The direction in skiing in which nothing goes by itself, except prices.
Wedel: Austrian vord for a series of short, fast, “vagging” turns in the fall line vhich are usually made right down the middle of a crowded catvalk through the voods by some half-vitted buttvipe vearing a Valkman.
I hope these have helped you to understand more of the wonderful world of ski jargon.
[ December 03, 2003, 06:18 AM: Message edited by: Bonni ]