Ski jargon and ski terminology all pretty much equal the same thing – have fun and enjoy yourself, but here is a useful little guide to some of the word you might hear people say – and what it actually mean!
The Most Popular Ski Terminology
- Aprés ski: the time after skiing to relax and have a drink and dance
- Binding: The connection between the ski boot and the ski.
- Cable car or Tram: Cabins, suspended on cables, transporting skiers to the top of the mountain.
- Fall line: The most direct route down the hill.
- Gondola :Small suspended cars that carry four to ten skiers up the hill.
- Off-piste: un-prepared and un-patrolled ski areas.
- Drag lift: A moving rope that skiers grab on to be towed up the mountain.
- Tip: The front of the ski shaped like a shovel.
- Salopettes / Pants – the trouser part of your ski clothing.
- Sidestep: To climb a hill using sideways steps up the hill.
- Ski brake: An attachment on your skis that stops the skis from going downhill when you are not attached.
- Snowplow: To put skis in V-position to turn or slow down mainly when you are learning to ski.
- Tail: The back of the ski.
- Traverse: To ski across the mountain rather than down.
- White out: Poor visibility due to a combination of fog and snow.