There's a whole lot of niche phrases that get thrown around on chairlifts and in parks on the mountains. To help you get your head around the lingo, here are some useful definitions.
Après-ski: The only place to be between 4 and 6pm, where alcohol is flowing and dancing on tables in ski boots is compulsory.
Backcountry: Off-piste skiing
Bail: Essentially, an embarrassing fall! For example "Wow that was an epic bail!"
Bomb it down: To ski fast down a slope, sometimes considered to be out of control
Box: A flat feature in the park, which is very painful to land on
Bro: An endearing term for any mate – male or female. Also, a brand of hats
Buff: Protects your face from snow, wind and sun
Can’t: There’s no such thing.
Carve: Using the edges of your skis or board to turn
Dump: A large snowfall. "It’s dumping" means it’s snowing!
Double Ejection: Popping out of both skis because you fell so spectacularly
Faceplant: When you fall over, flat on your face! Usually after a double ejection
Freeride: The art where professional off-piste skiers launch themselves off cliffs, weave through trees and splash through powder
Freestyle: Professional skiers and snowboarders in the park doing tricks off kickers and features such as rails, boxes and half-pipes
French Fries: A term to help people to learn to ski parallel.
Fresher: A first year and amateur drinker
Freshies: fresh snow / lines
Gaper: A novice who has no idea what they’re doing, usually dressed badly
Gaper Day: When you dress up like a gaper!
GET NAKED: A chant often thrown around by uni students
Gnar/gnarly: Uber cool, created by the legendary Shane McConkey
Jib: Riding your skis/board across a feature in the park, or anywhere that isn’t snow!
Kicker: A large jump you’ll find in the park
Knee deep in pow: When you're skiing off-piste and the fresh snow comes up to your knees
Lines: Skiing in untouched snow and making a line from the path you made
Line-S: The only snow-related content you need this winter!
Magic Carpet: The conveyor belt on green runs which is useful for beginners
Moguls: Lumps of snow or ice that some love, others hate, usually found on un-pisted black runs and only recommended for the more experienced skiers.
Park Rat: Someone who spends all day in the park or practising tricks.
Planks: Skis. Also a brand of skiwear.
Pow: Powder snow
Powder Hound: Someone who’s addicted to fresh powder and off-piste skiing
Rad: Abbreviation of radical
Rail: A feature in the park which you can (try to) slide along
Riding: Another way to describe skiing or boarding
Schuss: When the ski run has a flat part where you will need enough steam to get along it! E.g. "You've got to schuss this bit Margaret!"
Seasonnaire: Someone who lives and works in a ski resort, also known by their more derogatory term...
Ski Bum: Someone who spends season after season in the mountains skiing
Shocker: When you’re too hungover to ski
Shred: To ski or board e.g. 'shred the pow' means skiing fresh snow.
Slush: When the snow melts in the afternoon at Easter time.
Snow plough: Also known as pizza, a beginners technique for slowing down
Steezy: A combo of style and ease, someone that is clearly good at skiing.
Stomped it: When someone lands a trick and absolutely nails it
Straight-line it: To ski downhill and not turn at all
Sick: No, not vomit. An expression of coolness.
Switch: Skiing backwards (riding switch)
Tall tee: A t-shirt designed for park rats which is extra large and extra long!
Twin tips: A popular type of skis that have a turned up tip and tail, making it possible to ski backwards as well as forwards
Valley Rally: A ski competition you absolutely cannot miss or lose.
Whiteout: Poor visibility due to snowfall
Wipe out: To fall over spectacularly, usually double ejecting in the process