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The Evolution of Skier Slang — A Highly Academic Discussion on the Anthropological Implications of Chairlift Linguistics

The Evolution of Skier Slang — A Highly Academic Discussion on the Anthropological Implications of Chairlift Linguistics

by Annie Agle

From its inception, skiing has been a sport that appeals to counter-culturists and, like any tribal demographic, it exhibits its exclusivity through the invention of a distinct colloquial jargon. Which is to say, skiing has always had its own lingo…. Read More →

From Powder to Corn: Terms for Snow Conditions

From Powder to Corn: Terms for Snow Conditions

by Eric Wagnon

For skiers above a basic level of proficiency, snow conditions can affect a slope’s difficulty more than the steepness. A steep chute with 6 inches of fresh powder may be less daunting than an intermediate trail with hard-packed snow. Given… Read More →

How Addicted to Winter Are You?

How Addicted to Winter Are You?

by Katie Coakley

In the mountains, summers are sacred. Before you know it, they’re gone. However, for all of summer’s fleeting nature, there are some folks that think that they last just a bit too long—they’re ready for winter. There are several ways… Read More →

Snowboard Lingo 101

Snowboard Lingo 101

by Shaun Plander

In a college playwriting class, I was given the assignment to write a multilingual play where the characters spoke at least two different languages.  Now, I was too busy ripping pow and daydreaming about gnarly jib lines in high school… Read More →

Beginner’s Perspective: A Guide to Ski Lingo

Beginner’s Perspective: A Guide to Ski Lingo

by Jenn Palk-Cogley

Okay, newbies, let’s go down the check list of ski essentials. Lift ticket. Check. Equipment. Check. Apparel. Check. Ski Lingo. What’s that?! An important element in the ski world is understanding the standard vocabulary that makes this sport very special…. Read More →

From Champagne Powder to Cement – Taking a Deep Dive into the Snow and Digging up the Facts

From Champagne Powder to Cement – Taking a Deep Dive into the Snow and Digging up the Facts

by Ryan Jones

From the eskimos, rumored to have dozens of words to describe snow (‘qanuk’ and ‘kanek’) to avalanche rescuers (‘sluff’ and ‘sastrugi’), there’s no lack of snow vocabulary out there, only a portion of which the average skier can make any… Read More →