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.


A collection of divergent ski techniques where the skier pushes each ski to the side and not directly backwards.
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Skating Wax

A more durable glide wax applied to the running surface of skating skis.
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Ski Boot Footbeds

Ski boot footbeds are inserts (orthotics) molded to bring the load bearing parts of the foot in sync with the gravitational force of the skeletal system. A ski boot footbed is molded from a semi-rigid material which distributes the forces developed on the foot during a ski turn.
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Ski flying

A form of ski jumping where the distance from take-off to the norm point is greater than 90 metres.
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Ski Jumping

This is a Skiing Discipline which focuses on flying as far and as smooth as possible with your Skis on for maximum lift. For more information, see our section on Ski Jumping.
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Ski mountaineering

Mountain-climbing in winter, using Alpine skis (with special Alpine ski bindings which allow a type of walking movement) where possible.
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Ski run

The prepared run, marked and patrolled, graded according to difficulty.
Ski trail - As Ski run, but usually a trail cut through trees.
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Skiathlom Skiathlon

A competitive event with a ski race, ski jumping, and a slalom all in one race, and using only one set of equipment.
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The process of allowing (or forcing) a ski to travel sideways over the snow in relation to the direction of travel, as opposed to carving ski.
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These days they are a nylon substitute for seal mohair, and are a strip of material either strapped or glued to ski bases to provide phenomenal grip for climbing.
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Generally, this is Snow that is starting to melt and thus becomes further wet. See our section on Snow Types to have better understanding of what Slush is.
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Snow which partially melts upon reaching the ground, to the point that it accumulates in puddles of partially frozen water.
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Snow covered with dirt, which occurs most often in spring, in Prairie States like North Dakota, where strong winds pick up black topsoil from uncovered farm fields and blow it into nearby towns where the melt rate is slower. The phenomenon is almost magical; one goes to sleep with white snow outside and awakens to black snow. Also, snow that is dirty, often seen by the side of roads and parking lots near areas that have been plowed.
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Large piles of snow which occur near walls and curbs, as the wind tends to push the snow up toward the vertical surfaces.
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Speed Skiing

This is a Skiing Discipline which focuses on achieving the highest possible speed on Skis. For more information, see our section on Speed Skiing.
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Spring Snow

Late in the winter season, the mid-morning sun melts the top of the frozen snow base creating a soft layer, 1–2 cm deep, that is ideal for long radius carved turns. This is spring snow. By mid-afternoon, the melted layer is likely to have become too deep for enjoyable skiing, i.e. too heavy or too slushy. On some slopes, the melt layer poses an extreme avalanche risk in the afternoon and ski area management will close such runs by late morning. Ideal spring snow conditions are found when the melt layer does not exceed 2cm and the diurnal cycle of melting and refreezing creates a smooth frozen surface, that does not become overly wet in the sun. An exaggerated melting and refreezing cycle results in ‘corn’ (see above).
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Shifting is changing the direction of the skis by any means.
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the combination of style and ease; being able to throw down any trick with style and ease
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Stem Christie

Is a Turn which is completed by skididng on both uphill edges. Check out our section on Skiing Beginner Course - Making and Linking Turns to learn more about Stem Christie and other basic Turns.
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Stem Technique

This is a basic technique in making and linking turns.
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