So you’re all set for your first snow holiday. But how ready are you for that first day on the slopes, when someone says, “Don’t forget your ski pass” or “We’re going to cut some serious powder today”?
If learning ski lingo sounds a little daunting, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We chatted to our snow specialists who break down the most common words and phrases you’ll hear on the slopes.
A rosy glow that suffuses snow-covered mountain peaks at dawn and dusk on a clear day
End-of-day drinks, dancing on tables, live music, maybe a saxophone or two, stories from the slopes. Best experienced at La Folie Douce
To take an involuntary dive into the snow
A face mask used to cover exposed skin on the slopes; particularly handy on snowfall days while on a ski lift
Main area at the bottom of a ski slope; also the underneath of a ski or snowboard
A turning technique that makes use of the edges of the skis or snowboard
Slang term for a massive snowfall
Sharpened metal strip on the sides of skis or snowboards used for carving. Helps you to hold a smoother grip on the slopes while turning. Also used to control speed
Uncontrollable and in abundance as you approach the slopes for the first time
That first view of the mountain tops graced by the famous white powder
Chair attached to a raised cable that takes you up a slope
A ticket or card that gives you access to the lifts
Technique used to help you slow down or stop while skiing. Spread your legs and point the tips of your skis together, making sure they don’t cross!
To ski or snowboard in a zigzag fashion (side to side) in order to slow down or gain control down a slope
When your body and the snow meet in the most unglamorous way
You should also be aware of the “colour” of the slope you’re on. Here they are by degree of difficulty:
1. Green – fine for beginners
2. Blue – a little more steep than green
3. Red – getting a lot more difficult
4. Black – for experienced skiers and snowboarders only
These are a few of the terms you’ll need to know when you start out. By the end of your first week you’ll be speaking ski like a pro!
Speak to a snow specialist at the Travel Agency by Club Med today and book all your flights, transfers, and accommodation. Your All-Inclusive Club Med holiday includes accommodation, food, drinks, in-resort activities, entertainment, after-parties and more. Also, kids stay for free* with Club Med so enquire with your snow specialist about this.