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 vertical sides to a pipe. These comprise two elements- the 'transition' and the 'vert'.
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Watermelon Snow

A reddish/pink-colored snow that smells like watermelons, and is caused by a red-colored green algae called Chlamydomonas nivalis.
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Wax pocket

The mid-section of stiffer cambered skis. See camber.
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Waxable skis

Skis with bases that are waxed for grip and/or glide.
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American name for snowplough.
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The shifting of mass from one ski to the other, an important element of many skiing techniques.
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The action of a skier's body mass exerting pressure through one or both skis onto the snow. See also unweighting.
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Wide Range

waxes Wax systems designed for recreational skiers, with two or three waxes matching a wide range of snow conditions.
See also: short-range waxes. Origin: skiresorts.org Link: skiresorts.org

Wind Slab

A layer of relatively stiff, hard snow formed by deposition of wind blown snow on the leeward side of a ridge or other sheltered area. Wind slabs can form over weaker, softer freshly fallen powder snow, creating an avalanche hazard on steep slopes.
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Yard Sale

A crash where equipment is scattered across the slope.
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Balls of fine frost formed at low temperatures on the Antarctic plateau during weak wind conditions.
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Snow surface features sculpted by wind into ridges and grooves.
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