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.

Diagonal 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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Diagonal side-stepping

Climbing up a hill, at an angle to the fall-line, but not directly up it - sometimes used in conjunction with diagonal stride for ease of movement.
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Diagonal skating

Also known as diagonal V-skating, or single-pole skating, or herringbone skating, this is skating with a diagonal stride style of movement, except that the legs skate instead of stride along the direction of travel (arms work as per normal striding).
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Din Settings

This stands for Deutsche Industry Normen. It is an internationally agreed scale to ensure that Ski Bindings worldwide release under the same force. Check out our section on Ski Bindings - Components and their Functions to know more about DIN Settings.
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Direct method

A contemporary alternative to the Fan method of learning ski turning, whereby the skier skis directly down the fall-line, and on each successive run begins to make a greater deviation (in both directions, forming an 'S' pattern on the snow) away from the fall-line, but with the same number of turns.
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Dirty Pool

describing a really awesome run or trick EX. That 1080 air was dirty pool!
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When the tails are closer together than the tips, as when herringboning, scissor turning, or skating. See also converging.
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Dog Trainer

A parent that has their kid on a leash to teach them how to snowboard.
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Stated as indisputable fact, a tenet.
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1. A word to describe something that can't be described 2. Foreign Currency. e.g. "Did you see the size of the DOINKLET'S?"
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Very cool. used to say someone did a sweet trick.
To say that was good, great, excellent! E.g. "Dude, that was dope!"
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Double Black Diamond

Double Black Diamonds are used to mark very advanced ski trails that are difficult to ski and have expert terrain.
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Double camber

A ski with a stiffer mid-section than tips and tails. (Often there is a second layer of stiffer material)
See also: Camber Origin: SkiDictionary.com Link: SkiDictionary.com

Double-arm resting

See four phase.
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Double-pole kick

A perhaps ambiguous term to describe stride double-poling.
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Double-pole stride

Stride double-pole.
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A method of propulsion by planting both poles into the snow, with skis parallel, and using the upper body and arms to lever oneself forwards.
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Double-skate double-pole

See two skating.
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Double-stride double-poling

Simply two strides prior to a double pole action, instead a the more usual single stride.
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Sinking down (by compressing the legs) to unweight the skis prior to turning. A more advanced technique than up-unweighting, and not always easily done on stiffer-cambered skis.
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