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 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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A jump which is followed by a large gap followed by a raised landing area.
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Moving one ski out at an angle from the tip, onto its inside edge.
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Surface Hoar

Faceted, corn-flake shaped snow crystals that are a type of frost that forms on the surface of the snow pack on cold, clear, calm nights. Subsequent snowfall can bury layers of surface hoar, incorporating them into the snowpack where they can form a weak layer. Sometimes referred to as hoar frost.
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Riding with the tails of the skis pointed downhill.
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Tacking turning

An uphill turn connecting two uphill traverses, maintaining a diagonal rhythm, with a lesser variation of the kick turn.
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Unweighting of the tails of the skis, most easily performed on Alpine skis.
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Telemark position

With the skis parallel, one foot is pushed markedly in front of the other, so that fore and aft stability is enhanced, especially used over rough terrain.
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Telemark Skiing

This is a Skiing Discipline which features the thrill of speed and free-heel Skiing.
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Telemark turning

A rhythmical linking of turns, using an alternating telemark position, with the forward ski being the outer ski of the turn (in a conventional telemarking sense).
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The rate of movements in a given technique.
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Making a deliberate jump, either over a cornice, or bump.
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The Tuck

The classic aerodynamic position adopted by racers to gain maximum speed, and by beginners going at ten miles an hour who feel like downhill racers. ( It’s strange that racers always appear to be grimacing in the tuck, while beginners are always smiling!) From an up right position to the tuck the acceleration on a medium to steep slope can be considerable, and should therefore be used with care.
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Three phase

Also known as single-arm resting, whilst diagonal striding, the skier rests one arm in front of the body, rather than planting the pole, in a rhythmical fashion, to conserve energy or to rest the back, or when the track makes a moderate curve to the left or right.
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An American term allegedly invented by former Alpine skiers to refer to telemarking with three-pin Nordic Norm bindings.
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Tilted ski

A ski placed on its edge, as opposed to a flat ski.
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The twisting movement of a ski. The amount it will twist along its length will affect its performance. Generally, the stiffer the torque, the higher will be the ski’s performance.
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Torsional stiffness - Degree of resistance to twisting along the ski length.
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