Tuesday, September 30, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Cold lingo: Do you speak ski?

By
From page B3 | December 12, 2012 |

As we all eagerly await a big storm or two to blanket the Sierras, why not brush up on some slope speak? Here is a skiing glossary.Mou

Alpine skiing: Downhill skiing.

Apres ski: Refers to the end of the day, after the slopes are closed when skiers go to restaurants and bars to socialize and talk about the day’s fun and adventures.

Base lodge: A lodge at the base of the slopes, usually containing a variety of skier services, from ticketing to food.

Bowl skiing: Skiing in open, above-tree-line areas, down broad expanses without trails. Bowl skiing is often, but not always, for more advanced skiers.

Cross-country skiing: Skiing on a generally flat surface, usually through wooded areas, on a specialized type of ski, thinner than a downhill ski.

Glade skiing: Downhill skiing in open areas surrounded, sometimes quite closely, by trees.

Gondola: An enclosed lift in which skiers stand or sit, usually taking a minimum of six persons at a time.

Heliskiing: Skiing in which the participants are transported by helicopter to an area inaccessible by lifts.

Moguls: Refers to bumps formed on the ski slope, formed naturally after many skiers ski down a slope — usually enjoyed by intermediate and advance skiers.

NASTAR racing: An acronym for National Standard Racing. These are runs on standardized courses on which skiers are timed, their results ranked and the skiers rated.

Never-ever: Refers to an individual who has never skied, usually someone who signs up for a first-time ski lesson.

Powder snow: Fresh snow that has fallen at a very low temperature. The crystals do not stick together, giving the snow a dry, light feeling and the consistency of powder. Skiers can zip through powder snow.

Quad: A chair lift, carrying four people, that comes in two basic varieties. A high-speed detachable quad allows the lift operator to remove or add chairs depending on the skier load. A fixed-grip quad is a lift with chairs that cannot be removed.

Rope tow: A continuously moving rope that pulls skiers up the mountain as they stand on their skis. Rope tows usually are located on novice trails.

Ski in, ski out: Lodging so close to slopes whereby guests can conveniently walk to the slopes without needing transportation.

Ski touring: Off-trail skiing in less- accessible areas, usually reached only by hiking or snowcat.

Snowcat skiing: Skiing in areas accessible only by snowcat, a vehicle able to haul skiers up the mountain.

Snowmaking: Refers to machines that make abundant artificial snow.

Surface lifts: Lifts that pull the skier up the mountain along the ground, such as rope tows and T-bars.

T-bar: A lift that pulls skiers up the mountain by means of a bar placed behind the skiers’ legs.

Terrain park: Think of a terrain park as a challenging and fun-filled obstacle course featuring hits, splines, table tops and even an occasional quarter-pipe. They are designed to challenge the skill level of all skiers and riders.

Tree line: The altitude above which trees do not grow on the mountain, giving skiers an unobstructed expanse on which to ski.

Vertical drop: The distance straight down the mountain, measured by the difference between the altitude at the top of the mountain and the base.

— Courtesy of the National Ski Areas Association

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Man on a mission: Rob White seeks to transform Davis

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Poppenga outlines ambitious agenda

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Cool Davis Festival is très chill

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Sanity phase begins in Daniel Marsh trial

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

    Council looks at granny-flat revision

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

     
    Find the perfect club or organization to join

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: C2 | Gallery

    Forum examines Props. 1 and 2 on November ballot

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Try out basic yoga on Thursday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    DCC welcomes students with free lunch

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Gibson House hosts plant sale and garden event

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Register to vote by Oct. 20

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Assembly candidates will be at Woodland forum

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Pets of the week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    California approves landmark ‘yes means yes’ law

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    TSA bomb training may be noisy

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Number of wheels: How many bicycles do you have in your household?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: C5 | Gallery

    Emerson gives away old textbooks

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Downtown history tour planned in October

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Fraud Awareness Fair set Oct. 15 in West Sac

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    UCD, University College Dublin will cooperate on food, health

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    Accessibility technology on exhibit at fair

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Covell Gardens breakfast benefits Komen Foundation

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Put your hoes down and celebrate the harvest

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Panelists discuss raising children with special needs

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    DCC hosts fair-trade gift sale on Oct. 11

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Woodland PD seeks volunteers for ViP program

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    DMTC makes musical theater accessible to everyone

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: C9 | Gallery

    Snapshot: A night out with the neighbors

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: C10

     
    Take home a wreath from Davis Flower Arrangers’ meeting

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    Davis school names reflect interesting history

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: C12

     
    Snapshot: Plenty of places to park it

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: C14

    Snapshot: Dive into Davis fun

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: C15

     
    Snapshot: Kick garbage to the curb

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: C16

    Snapshot: Sounds like a party

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: C17

     
    .

    Forum

    He seems happy at home

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    It takes two to lambada

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

    Archer has the right stuff

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    Get on your bikes to meet Davis’ greenhouse gas goals

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Marsh case shows need for ‘Maupin’s Law’

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    The great bedtime conspiracy

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    They’re best-prepared to lead

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Vibrant and hard-working

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Sports

    Davis golfers get teaching moments in forfeit win

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    ‘Playoff game’ or missed chance? Either way the Aggies move on

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Devils move atop league standings with win

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Only 15 months out of UCD, Runas off to LPGA Tour

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Two Junior Blue Devil squads emerge victorious

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    Woodland artist hosts event at her new studio

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    I-House film series continues with ‘Monsieur Lazhar’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    ‘Art Farm’ exhibition will open in Woodland

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Pleasant Valley Boys cool down Picnic in the Park

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Acclaimed guitarist Peppino D’Agostino to play The Palms

    By Landon Christensen | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Michael Allen Hanks Baxter

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Anne Elizabeth Elbrecht

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7