Dictionary

This Glossary is provided to help guests understand more about the rental of inns, resorts and vacation rentals. It is not comprehensive but serves as a primer for terms guests may encounter in renting specialty lodging. Not all terms apply to all properties or managers.

Non-wax ski

A ski that, in most circumstances, needs no grip wax to enable forward or uphill movement. All skis are sold without wax, yet all benefit from having wax applied frequently.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

Nordic combined

A cross-country skiing competition combining a 15 km race and a 70 m jump event.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

Nordic skiing

This encompasses all forms of skiing involving 'free-heel' skiing, whereby the foot is only attached at the toe region to the ski. It includes biathlon, cross-country skiing, langlauf skiing, ski-orienteering, ski-racing (track racing), ski touring, telemarking, XCD skiing, and even bushwalking on skis.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

Norm point

The point at which, in ski jumping, a skier's trajectory is almost equal to that of the slope, and thus a safe and smooth landing point.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

Obscured Rent by Owner (RBO)

When a website makes a property owners identify hidden thereby requiring guests to only communicate through their website dashboard, the rental is Obscure.
See also: Rent by Owner, Rbo Origin: May, William Link: VRIA.org

Off-piste

Any non-pisted area of skiable, and also un-patrolled snow. See also piste.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

Offset edges

Metal edges that are slightly protruding from the sidewall of a ski (but not the base) to allow for sharpening and tuning without damaging the sidewall.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

Offset skating

Also known as uphill two-skating, or open-field skating, or offset V-skating, or V-1 off-timing, this is two skating with a staggered (offset) pole plant on one side.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

One skating

Also known as symmetrical V—skating, or V-2 skating. This technique is a double-pole push with every skate (i.e. to the left and the right).
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

One-skate double-pole

See one skating.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

Open turning

Parallel turning with a wide-track stance, as opposed to the traditional 'knees-and-ankles-bolted-together' stance.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

Outrigger

Turning (usually whilst in a low crouch) on the inside ski, with the outside ski extended outwards and off the snow.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

Overshoot

when a skier hits a jump at a speed much faster than their comfortable with and gets way more air and distance than they are comfortable with, usually resulting in a crash upon landing.
Origin: abc-of-skiing.com Link: abc-of-skiing.com

Overturning

Skiing too far around in each turn so that the skier loses momentum, caused generally by over-rotation of the upper body, or insufficient counter-rotation.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

Packed powder

Powder snow that has either settled under its own weight, or compressed into a firm surface.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

Packing Snow

Snow that is at or near the melting point, so that it can easily be packed into snowballs and thrown at other people or objects. This is perfect for snow fights and other winter fun, such as making a snowman, or a snow fort.
Origin: Faheem, Muhammad Link: SaltLakeVacationRentals.com

Padling/Paddling

The Scandinavian's preferred term for two skating.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

Parabolic

The design of newer skis where the waist is narrower than the tip and tail. This new design allows less effort needed to flex the ski . The hour-glass shape makes for easier turning and for some, me included, to use all FOUR edges while skiing. Thanx Harold Harb of PMTS
Origin: abc-of-skiing.com Link: abc-of-skiing.com

Parallel turning

Turning with the skis remaining parallel throughout each turn.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

Passive unweighting

An unweighting of the skis created by skiing over a bump or through a dip, and not by a skier's conscious body movement.
Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

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