What do Ski & Snowboard slang terms mean?
If you’ve ever been called a ‘gaper’, let us help you find out whether that’s a good or bad piece of slang with our handy guide
Actually translates to ‘after ski’ in French. What it really means though, is getting totally sh*t-faced after a long energy busting day on the slopes. So pull your ski boots off, find a nice warm bar and let the boozing commence!
Going totally off piste, and love dodging avalanches!
When you fly down the mountain giving no f*cks who’s in your way! bombing!
Simply put, it’s a helmet – don’t be one and ski or board without it!
A beginner’s or toddler slope which usually has a magic carpet alongside it.
Snow that’s frozen solid into one big mound of pure bulletproof rock, a real b*stard if you fall on it!
Super light and fluffy snow, even better when you’re the first one on the piste, get’s us really excited!
Usually see these around spring time. When the snow starts to fade and you see glimpses of the stones underneath appearing. Avoid them like the plague because they’ll ruin your shiz!
When the lovely fresh powder has been chopped up to sh*t.
A lovely fresh piste-bashed slope looking a lot like a corduroy textile, funnily enough 😉
When you’ve completed shafted yourself. You’ve gone and damaged the bottom of your ski or board so bad that it’s completely cut through the base and exposes the core. Cry. A lot.
Another French word, couloir means ‘passage’. On the slope it’s used for anything with a small chute or tunnel usually surrounded by rock around all sides.
Usually found on a chopped up shaded side of the mountain, it’s where hard and lumpy mounds of snow have slippery solid ice patches in-between.
Basically ‘cookies’ on the piste are bad. Death cookies are icy chunks that are spread all over the piste spoiling your fun.
Dust on the Crust
Just a light dusting of snow on top of a solid hard icy piste – not much fun to be honest.
When you get it all wrong and crash into a tree. Like @craig in the picture.
When you fall on your face, or try something stupid and land on your face. Like @craig in the other picture. See a pattern emerging here?
Skiing in powder so deep you have a face full of it, by the end you look like a yetti but you’re grinning from ear to ear 😀
This is the natural line of descent down the piste.
Overcast or grey skies which makes the contours on the slope hard to see, crappy!
A young and trendy skier or boarder that does whatever they want. They ski everywhere, except marked out slopes… The swines!
Slopes that haven’t been used yet, ‘untracked’! – The one thing that will make your eyes light up light a child’s on Christmas morning. It’s the ultimate, get off that chair lift and get down it and enjoy the smoothness quickly, before anyone else does – ” No friends on a powder day!” as the saying goes.
A skiing/boarding newbie. These are not just any newbie. These are the ones that scream “HEY LOOK AT ME! I’VE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE!” – They are un-cool, un-stylish, clumsy, and really stand out. Funny, but bless ’em.
Remember what we just said about a ‘Gaper’ looking a bit stupid? well a Gaper gap is a bit of the forehead showing between goggles and helmet, making them look…well, stupid!
A person who loves to smash the fun parks or slide down anything other than snow. They get on the rails, boxes, and other bits and bobs on the mountain.
Just a snowboarder doing a bit of carving. Essentially they carve so low that their knuckles scrape along the snow.
Dumb asses who lick chair lifts and get their tongue stuck to it. Ouch!
The dude helps operate the chair lifts.
No, not Kim Kardashian’s muff. It’s the the little conveyor belt that runs along side kid’s slopes so they don’t have to worry about holding things while they learn. Can we have an adult one yet?
Up and at ’em. Get up and get out! it’s the first ski of the day.
Someone who just can’t help but piss about on the fun parks/terrain parks all day.
They are what instructors do when teaching people how to ski.
Lovely, bit of the freshly fallen powder.
People who just love to sniff out hidden area’s of fresh powder. Woof.
A bast*rd. OK, we really mean a skier with some impressive skills.
Someone who obsesses to ski all the time and avoids anything and everything if it doesn’t involve a ski!
A female skier who seems to be more bothered about her appearance than actually skiing.
To snowboard or ski well. Not applicable to beginners. Or @craig.
Simply means to ski across the fall line (see above if you’ve forgotten what that means).
Someone who’s completely stacked it! they’ve crashed so bad they’ve lost all their shiz. Gloves, skis, poles etc all spread out all over the slope – like a yard sale!
Smooth, cool looking turns with you knees tucked up, your feet close together and generally looking cool as f*ck (if you don’t stack it)
The fastest route down a mogul run, resembling a zipper.