Aprés Ski – Literally it means ‘after ski’, but really refers to the nightly social assault course which can take more out of you, than skiing!
Back Country – Skiing outside the ski resort area on unmarked slopes.You have to love climbing uphill and relish avalanche danger.
Bombing – Going downhill at a reckless speed without regard for others.
Brain bucket – Helmet-and don’t ever ski or board without one!
Bunny Slope – A beginner’s slope usually accessible by a magic carpet.
Bulletproof – Compacted icy snow that’s hard enough to ricochet bullets.
Champagne Powder- (This is my favourite type of snow) Light and feathery!
Checking- Briefly setting an edge to reduce your speed.
Chocolate Chips- These are the end of season rocks to be found peeking out of the snow and tear up your ski or board base.
Corduroy – Freshly groomed machine-packed snow with a ribbed texture that resembles corduroy.
Core Shot – Damage to the base of your ski that cuts completely through the ptex exposing the core-bummer!
Couloir – A narrow chute with rock walls on both sides.
Crud – Sounds like it is: hard and lumpy in places with slippery ice patches in-between.
Death Cookies – Icy chunks of snow that cover the pistes like gravel-yuk!
Dust on the Crust – A light sprinkling of fresh snow on top of a hard, sometimes icy base.
Eat Wood– What happens when a skier or snowboarder hits a tree. Oohhh!
Face-Plant –Falling onto your face, which is as painful as it sounds unless it’s in champagne powder, then it’s funny!
Face Shots – The awesome result of skiing in powder so deep, that the snow sprays you in the face. Bring it on!
Fall Line – The natural line of descent between two points on a slope.
Flat Light – Grey skies and dim light that makes changes in terrain difficult to see-nasty!
FreeRider – This hipster prefers to ski off-piste , powder bumps, steeps, trees and moguls.
Freshies – Untracked powder, the ultimate skier’s experience, hence the saying, ” No friends on a powder day! ”
Gaper – Any unstylish or ill-advised novice who stands out ( albeit unintentionally) as being a little clueless shame!
Gaper Gap – The gap of flesh sometimes visible between your helmet and goggles, it can look a little ridiculous, hence the gaper reference.
Jibber – Someone who skis rails, boxes, and other features around the mountain. (Essentially, to jib is to slide down anything but snow.)
Knuckle-Dragger – A carving snowboarder.
Lift-Lickers –Kids who can’t resist freezing their tongues to the chairlift. Awww-ouch!
Liftie – Chairlift operator.
Magic Carpet – Step onto this and you’ll be carried smoothly forward.
Milk Run – First ski of the day.
Park Rat – A terrain park junkie.
Poodle Turns – Demo turns made by ski instructors.
Pow Pow – Freshly fallen snow or champagne powder!
Powder Hound – A skier obsessed with sniffing out powder stashes.
Ripper – An accomplished and impressive skier.
Ski Bum – One who lives to ski…and avoids anything that isn’t skiing ie: work!
Ski Bunny – A female skier who appears to be concerned more about her looks than actually skiing. A little sexist n’est ce pas?
Shred – To snowboard or ski but only if you’re good, so not applicable to novices.
Traverse –Skiing across the fall line.
Yard Sale – A big fall in which a poor skier or snowboarder loses their skis, gloves, hat and poles across the piste, thus resembling a yard sale!
Wedeln –Linking wiggling-hip turns down the fall line, knees and feet close together, edge-set minimal. Desperately cool if you can get it right!
Zipper Line –The fastest route down a mogul field.
Have we missed a ski slang term, you think we should have included? Contributions always welcome!