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post #1 of 10
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I've been reading snow reports, and I see terms like loose granular, hard packed, skiers packed, what are all the different terms and what exactly do they mean? I don't see a site defining exactly what each one is.
post #2 of 10
I consider a lot of the snow-conditions terms to be marketing-department-invented words to make the conditions seem like they're better then they really are.  Here in the east, we joke that just about everything they mention means "ice".
post #3 of 10
I actually think ice is one of the more frequently abused terms. Western skiers may use it to describe anything slightly firm :), in the east I would only use it for real ice - i.e. the blue stuff, completely unable to stick a pole into it. The typical eastern frozen hard firm white stuff is better referred to as "frozen granular base". The loose granular is what you get when the groomers "powdermakers" chop that up into very small pieces.
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Originally Posted by Predrag View Post

I've been reading snow reports, and I see terms like loose granular, hard packed, skiers packed, what are all the different terms and what exactly do they mean? I don't see a site defining exactly what each one is.
 


need an indiginous people (Inuks ?) of the Arctic circle dictionary
post #5 of 10
Yeah, these terms have always confused me. Always sounded like mumbo jumbo, for the most part, to me.
post #6 of 10
these are good enough for most purposes:  http://bit.ly/76dWuF
post #7 of 10
Those are pretty fair (as in not prejudiced) definitions.

I have to agree with the (mostly) Western overuse of the term ice or icy. WC courses are icy. I got to train on injected snow last month and it had been 'groomed'. You could see the teeth marks of the tiller in the ice that remained. All the tiller managed to do was scar the ice up a bit.
post #8 of 10
Here's the EpicSki version.  There's a WIKI of it too!.

Snow Types And Names Glossary

post #9 of 10
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these are good enough for most purposes:  http://bit.ly/76dWuF
Thanks for the link, was looking for something like this :]
post #10 of 10
According to "Mountain Management" in the Pick-Your-Nose of Pennsyltucky .... there is no such thing as ice.

Accordingly, since ice is imaginary, instructors are not allowed to use, refer to or insinuate that such ice does or indeed does not exist.

Now, "Pocono Powder" .... that does exist and even though it looks and feels like ice ... it's snot.  Got that? 
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