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.


The recoil or spring effect when decambered (bent backwards) skis (due to turning forces) are "released" and bounce back into its natural position.
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Of the legs up under the body. Used to avoid sudden pressure increases due to terrain changes or turning. Also to avoid obstacles or terrain changes, such as moguls.
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Reverse Camber

Reverse camber is, as you may have guessed, the exact opposite. Often referred to as a “banana” shape, the center of the ski is the point of contact with the snow; the tip & tail have a gentle, progressive rise to them (like the letter “U”.) Think waterski.
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Roller Skiing

This is another all-year round Skiing Discipline. Roller Skiing is done by skiers to continue training in the off season. For more information, see our section on Roller Skiing.
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Rope Drop Hysteria

The chaos that ensues when ski operators are rumored to be opening new terrain and skiers line up en masse behind the rope to wait.
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Rope Tows

They are the simplest Surface Lifts and consist of a loop of rope with knots that move around and around. See our section on Lifts on the Pistes - Different Types of Ski and Snow Resort Lifts to know more about Rope Tows.
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Running groove

The long groove cut into the base of most skis to allow straight running and stability at speed.
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Russian dance

A classical double-pole push followed by one to four skate steps prior to the next pole action, as a method a relaxing the upper body. Can be used with half skating.
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Skiing straight down the fall-line with the skis parallel. From the German word meaning to shoot.
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SDS (Snow Deprivation Syndrome)

When you feel the need to go out and play around in the snow, you have SDS.
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Self-arrest skills

Slowing oneself when descending by the use of poles as braking devices, or using some other available device such as an ice axe.
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Sequential leg movement

Moving the legs one at a time in sequence, as opposed to moving them together, or simultaneously.
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Set tracks

Machine-prepared tracks suitable for cross-country skiing, sometimes referred to as loipe. Not to be confused with trails, which are merely defined paths that may be skiied along.
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Shaped Skis

Are relatively new and improved Skis characterized by 'hourglass' shapes. They are Skis which are designed to turn. For more details, see our section on Ski Anatomy and Construction.
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Short-range waxes

Grip waxes with specific temperature ranges, used primarily by racers for maximum performance.
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Tight-radius parallel turning, used mostly in narrow gulleys, or steep slopes.
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From the widest point of the front section of the ski, known as the shoulder, to the ski tip.
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Side Slipping

Skidding sideways on skis down a hill, at an angle to the fall-line, but not directly down it.
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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. For more details, see our section on Parts and Features of Skis.
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Siitonen step

See half skating.
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