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Snow Glossary


Alpine Skiing: Downhill skiing

Backcountry: The area outside of the boundaries or elsewhere that is not patrolled or has avalanche dangers.

Balaclava: A facemask and beanie worn to cover exposed skin to keep you warm and protected.

Binding: This is what joins the snowboard or ski to your boot.

Carving: Turning and making S shapes with your snowboard or skis.

Dump: Snow talk for a large about of fresh snow on the mountain.

First Tracks: Being on the mountain first before anyone else and leaving the first lines down the mountain.

Goggles: Eyewear to protect you from the sun, wind and snow. 

Heli-skiing: Being transferred to the back country and fresh snow regions by helicopter. This is an activity that expert skiers participate in.

Liftie: Snow talk for a ski lift operator.

Magic Carpet: A conveyor-belt found only on smaller mountains. This is where younger kids learn to ski and snowboard.

Never-ever: A first timer to the snow

Powder: Snow that is dry, fresh and light - the perfect snow for snowboarding and skiing.

T-bar: A type of lift the pulls people up the mountain. People hold onto a t-shaped arm that is attached to a moving line.

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