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Learn The Lingo – A guide to 9 Key Ski Slang Terms

Ever found yourself on the ski slopes with a bunch of skiing enthusiasts who seem to be speaking a foreign language? Later on you realize that it’s actually not a foreign language but ski slang. In this post we are going to look at the 8 terms that are commonly used in ski slang. Consider this your guide to basic key slang.

Here we go!

#Brain bucket

When you hear skiers on the slopes talking about a brain bucket, what they are referring to is a helmet.


When you hear the term bomber, it’s actually how skiers refer to a fellow skier who is going down the slope at a high speed and they seem to be out of control.


When skiers are making reference to a fellow skier who has just tripped and fallen down, they will use the word bail.


In skiing, the word base as used by skiers has about three different meanings. It may mean the underside of a ski, it may be used to refer to the general depth of the snow, and it may also be used to make reference to an area at the foot of a ski resort.


The term backcountry is especially important for you to know if you are a beginner because if you are with a bunch of skiers having a chat about checking out the backcountry, they are making reference to a terrain that is best suited for more experienced skiers. These are terrains that are kept well from crowds of people visiting ski slopes and any decision to ski in such terrains is made at a skier’s own peril.


Gnaris another skiing slang you must be aware of especially if you are a beginner. It’s a term borrowed from the English term gnarly and is used to make reference to any skiing experience that is highly dangerous but at the same time really cool. You only try it at your own peril.


When a skier is heading down slope at a very high speed their skis will produce a vibration which is often referred to by skiers as chatter. When it gets to a point that you can feel this chatter, what is likely to happen is you will essentially experience a reduction in the level of contact between the snow and your skis and this will affect your ability to maintain complete control. It’s highly likely to result to slipping and falling or ramming into an obstacle on your path.


When you hear skiers mentioning the term après-ski you better get excited because it means that the day has come to a close therefore it’s time to grab a drink or two as you unwind.

Be sure to brush up on your ski slang so that you don’t find yourself in an awkward situation.

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