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SDS (SNOW DEPRIVATION SYNDROME): It is the feeling to need go out and play around in the snow.

SHAPED SKIS: It refers to a relatively new and improved Skis characterized by 'hourglass' shapes. These Skis has been designed to turn.

SHELL: It is the hard plastic outer portion of a ski boot. Shell jackets are worn over insulated layers.

SIDE SLIPPING: Side slipping is done through a slipping motion straight down the fall line with the skis pointed across the hill

SIDECUT RADIUS: It is the measurement of how deeply or shallowly the Ski's cut is from the Nose of the Ski to the Waist.

SKI JUMPING: This type of Skiing is focused on flying as far and as smooth as possible with your Skis on for maximum lift.

SLUSH: This is Snow that usually is starting to melt and thus becomes further wet.

SPEED SKIING: This type of Skiing is focused on achieving the highest possible speed on Skis.

STEERING: Consist on the changing the direction of the skis

STEM CHRISTIE: A turn which is completed by skidding on both uphill edges

STEM TECHNIQUE: Refer to the basic technique in making and linking turns.

STEP-UP: Consist in a jump which is followed by a large gap followed by a raised landing area

SWITCH: Ride with the tails of the skis pointed downhill

SUPERPIPE: A larger version of a halfpipe. The walls in a superpipe can measure up to 20ft.


TAIL: The back end of a ski.

TELEMARK SKIING: This is a type of Skiing which features the thrill of speed and free-heel Skiing.

TRAVERSE: Skiing across a slope, often in a zigzag pattern to keep speeds down on steep surface or cut across a mountain.

TRAVERSING: It involves the moving continuously in one direction across a fall line.

TURNING RADIUS: It is equal to the natural circle that a pair of skis can make on edge.

TWIN TIP SKIS: These are skis where both the tail end and the front end is turned up. This allows the skier to ski switch.


VERTICAL DROP: Distance between the base of a mountain and its tallest point.


WAX: It is used on the base of skis to keep them gliding smoothly over variable snow conditions.

WHITE OUT: When people cannot see almost nothing due to heavy snowfall, fog, or a combination of two.

WIND PACKED: It describes snow compressed by the movement of the wind.

WIND HOLD: When lifts stop running due to dangerously high winds.


YARD SALE: Make reference to a crash where equipment is scattered across the slope.