The skier’s “Holiday journal”

The skier’s “Holiday journal”
August 1, 2018 - SHARE:
How to master the jargon of pros?

The pro-rider’s lexicon. A short list of vocabulary that will help you to master the jargon of pros. From now on, you’re not just a skier or a snowboarder, you’re a rider.

To ride: This verb describes skiing and snowboarding in general: you’ll say “I’m going riding” and not “I’m going skiing”. Riders, this noun includes both skiers and snowboarders.


Uphill: the part of the mountain that’s above the rider.

Downhill: the part of the mountain that’s below the rider.

Spot: the spot is THE PLACE!The one you shouldn’t miss, for its view, its pow pow, its sunset… So as soon as you reach the resort, we suggest you to go ask the trackers about the best spots. They’ll also know how to guide you in terms of safety.

Coomb: a long, narrow depression formed by erosion on the side of a mountain.


  • Revisit your applies’ weather forecast! 

Whiteout: one of those days where you can’t distinguish between the snow and the sky! Careful, you’ll hardly be able to see the end of your skis because of the weather conditions. Visibility is severely compromised, it’s impossible to see the horizon or reference points, these conditions greatly increase the risk of disorientation and falling, so it’s better just to stay warm indoors.

Pow, Pow pow, Powder:  snow, the kind that we’re all waiting for to make our first tracks! That wonderful sensation of flying… To tame the pow, better have a good pair of fats. These skis, very wide, enable you to move easily through the powder and to “float” over the snow.

Tracked out:  tracked out snow is fresh snow, powder, that’s already been tracked over. You should have got up earlier!


  • Master your equipment!

Fats:talk about your fats and not your skis! Fats describe very wide skis, adapted for riding in powder. Obviously, you should only use this term if your skis are at least 100 mm wide, otherwise you’re going to sound like a bit of a joker.

Edges: the sharp, narrow metal strips along the side of a ski which allow you to bite into hard snow.

Fixes: when talking about your fastenings, rather talk about your “fixes”.

AVD: Avalanche Victim Detector, it’s essential for off-piste skiing and should always be kept along with the spade and the probe. It will enable you to find people in the event of an avalanche, if they’re equipped too, or help them to find you.


  • Let’s get technical, do you know how to recognise different skiing techniques and figures?

To understand the figures or just understand the steps, let’s see what you know!

Extension: extending the leg by pushing off the ski/board(long leg).

Flexion:the voluntary lowering of your centre of gravity by bending the knees(short leg).

Edging: the action of tipping one’s ski or board to engage the sharp edge so that it bites into the snow.


The Snowpark: the temple offreestyle!

Snowpark: a space fitted-out by professionals in the ski domain. It includes numerous freestylefeatures: bumps, big air, half pipe, rails…

Big air:it’s the biggest springboard,for the longest airborne jump.

Jump: used for describing just that, a jump!

Rail / Slide: a steel bar that enables you to grind or slide (in equilibrium) over several metres.

Box: a wider slide bar

Halfpipe: a frozen U-shaped structure where riders gain momentum and can do aerial tricks. It sounds even cooler if you just say “Pipe”.


And now for techniques and figures: 

Freeride: freeriding or off-piste is for those seeking adventure and powder. Be warned though, it’s not without danger. You’ll find all the advice you’ll need to be well-prepared for your excursion in our article.

Freestyle: freestyle consists of doing figures on bumps or on metal bars called rails, usually in a snowpark.

Flip: it’s a turn in the air, when jumping with skis or a snowboard, like a somersault. A forward turn is called a “front flip”, and a backward turn is a “back flip”.

Grab: when jumping, the riders grab their ski or their board in mid-air.

Backcountry: involves playing with the natural elements in areas beyond resort boundaries or when practicing off-piste.

Tricks: freestylefigures.

180: jump with a horizontal U-turn.

3-6 or 360: jump with a horizontal full-circle turn.

540: jump with a full turn and a half.

720: jump with a double full-circle turn. 

Switch orFakie: riding switch or fakie means riding “backwards”. Riderss often use this technique to gain momentum for figures that require you to have your back to the slope.

Be sure to choose your equipment renter well, for well-waxed skis, sharp edges and well-adjusted fixes.

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