Snowboard A-Z: Glossary of Snowboarding Terms, Lingo and Slang

Feb 09, 2024 BY Luke Rees

Welcome to the ultimate Snowboard A-Z, your comprehensive guide to the language of the slopes! Whether you’re a seasoned shredder or a complete newbie, this glossary of snowboarding terms, lingo and slang is your ticket to understanding what other snowboarders are saying.

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From A to Z and even numerical, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of more than 500 snowboarding words and jargon. This isn’t just a glossary; it’s a deep dive into the rich language of snowboarding. As a sport known for its flair, creativity and innovation, it’s not surprising that the words used to describe the sport are just as inventive.

This snowboarding glossary is also more than just a list of terms. There’s a detailed definition of each word. So whether you’re trying to decipher the difference between ‘boned’ and ‘bonk’, ‘bevel’ and ‘blower’ or ‘banana peel’ and ‘beaver slap’, you’re in the right place. This is your guide to talking the talk so you can also walk the walk…

Snowboard A-Z Index

Glossary of Snowboarding Terms, Lingo and Slang

So strap in, adjust your goggles and get ready to dive into the world of snowboarding language. From ‘A-Frame’ to ‘Zeach’, we’ve got you covered in this snowboarding A-Z! Advanced warning this is a long article, so I’ve had some fun with the intro to each letter – probably just to amuse myself!

A – Letter A Snowboarding Terms

Actuating this alphabetical snowboarding A-Z with A. Absorb the glossary of letter A snowboarding language.

A-Frame

Q: What is an A-Frame in snowboarding?

In the snowboarding world, an A-Frame is a feature that’s shaped like the letter ‘A’. Found in many snow parks, snowboarders can approach from either side. The peak in the middle serves as the launch point for aerial tricks. The size and steepness can vary, as do the many tricks you can do on an A-Frame.

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Aerials

Q: What are snowboarding Aerials?

Snowboarding Aerials are all about performing tricks while you’re in the air. Spins, flips, grabs, twists, you name it. The term is borrowed from acrobatics, and just like the gymnastic counterparts snowboarding aerials require skill, control and bravery. So if yo are ready to fly, why not do so in style?!

Afterbang

Q: What is a snowboarding Afterbang?

A snowboarding Afterbang is all about style. It’s the act of continuing the motion of a trick even after you’ve landed. For example, if you do a big spin, land smoothly, and continue to rotate your upper body or board. Do that and you’re showing off your afterbang. It’s a great way to show control and add a stylish finish to a trick, or to style out an over rotation…

Air

Q: What is Air in snowboarding?

Air in snowboarding is all about getting off the ground and becoming airborne. This usually happens deliberately when you hit a jump, lip, mound of snow or other feature, but you can get accidental air, or surprise air, when you least expect it. The term can also refer to the space or gap between you and the ground or feature. So, you could be “getting big air” or “nailing a clean air” or “styling out surprise air.”

Air Bag

Q: What’s an Air Bag in snowboarding?

An Air Bag in snowboarding is your best friend when you’re trying to nail a new trick. It’s a huge inflatable cushion that provides a soft landing, reducing the risk of injury. Air bags are often used in training, allowing riders to practice new tricks before they take them to the snow. It’s like a safety net, but way more fun to land on!

Air to Fakie

Q: What does is a snowboard Air to Fakie?

To snowboard Air to Fakie is a trick where a snowboarder goes airborne, rotates 180 degrees in the air, and lands riding switch (or “fakie”).  Just remember, landing fakie means you’ll be riding backwards, so being able to ride switch before being trying this is rather useful!

All-Mountain

Q: What is an All-Mountain snowboard?

An All-Mountain snowboard is the jack-of-all-trades on the slopes. It is designed to tackle any terrain or style of snowboarding. From groomed runs and powder to snowpark and backcountry lines it is your snowboarding A-Z. If you’re on an all-mountain snowboard, you’re versatile and ready for anything.

Snowboard A-Z: Glossary of Snowboarding Terms, Lingo and Slang

Alley Oop

Q: What’s a snowboarding Alley Oop?

A snowboarding Alley Oop is a trick where you spin in the opposite direction to the way you’re moving. For example, if you’re moving to the right on a halfpipe, you’d spin to the left. It’s a fun way to mix up your tricks and add some flair to your freestyle.

Alpine Snowboards

Q: What are Alpine Snowboards?

Alpine Snowboards are designed for serious carving and high speed riding. They’re typically longer and narrower than most boards with a more agressive sidecut. They’re great for groomed runs and hard-packed snow, but not so much for tricks or deep powder. If you love feeling the wind in your face as you carve down the mountain, an alpine snowboard might be your ride of choice, some riders even team them up with hardboots.

Alpine Style

Q: What is snowboarding Alpine Style?

When someone says they are snowboarding Alpine Style it could mean a few different things. It is associated with a forward facing stance, carving, hard boots and alpine snowboards. But while any of the above could apply, snowboarding alpine style actually relates to your body position. Rather than riding with shoulders in line with the board you have your chest open facing down slope with your shoulders across the board. It’s a very useful skill to learn as snowboarding alpine style gives more control in some circumstances.

Amped

Q: What does it mean to be Amped in snowboarding?

Being Amped in snowboarding is all about the excitement and adrenaline rush. It’s the buzz and energy you feel when you’re about to drop into a big line (or have just reached the bottom!), land a new trick, can’t wait to get on the snow or have just finished an amazing day. If you’re amped, you’re more than just excited!

Angle of Attack

Q: What is the snowboarding Angle of Attack?

The snowboarding Angle of Attack is the angle at which you approach a jump, feature or sidehit. It’s important for determining the trajectory and landing of your jump. A steeper angle of attack generally means a higher, shorter jump, while a shallower angle results in a longer, lower jump. So, next time you hit a kicker , think about your snowboarding angle of attack!

Angulation

Q: What is snowboarder Angulation?

Snowboarder Angulation is the act of bending your body at the hips, knees and ankles to make a turn. It’s all about creating angles with your body to control your direction and speed. By correctly angulating, a snowboarder can maintain balance and carve smooth, clean turns on the slopes.

Anticipation

Q: What does Anticipation mean in snowboarding?

In snowboarding, Anticipation is all about preparing for what’s coming next. It’s the act of positioning and moving your body in preparation for a turn, jump or trick. By anticipating, you can make your movements smoother, more efficient, and more stylish.

Apex

Q: What is the snowboarding Apex?

The snowboarding Apex is the highest point of your trajectory when you’re in the air. It’s that sweet moment of weightlessness before you start to descend. Whether you’re hitting a big air jump or a small side hit, reaching the apex is the reason many of us get addicted to hitting kickers and getting air. The weighless feel of the apex when snowboarding is more noticeable in more vertical jumps such as the half pipe or an spine.

Après-ski

Q: What is snowboarding Après-ski ?

Snowboarding Après-ski is the same as skiing, but of course cooler… It’s the fun that happens after a day of shredding the mountain and in French means “after ski.” While it could be anything from grabbing a hot chocolate in the lodge, to enjoying live music, to soaking in a hot tub, Après for many is all about partying. In many resorts there is a great scene from around 3pm with live outdoor music, rammed bars and skiers and snowboarders partying hard.

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Asymmetrical

Q: What is an Asymmetrical snowboard?

An Asymmetrical snowboard has a different sidecut and effective edge on its heelside compared to the toeside. This takes into account the different movements required to turn heelside compared to toeside. For some snowboarders an asymmetrical snowboard feels more natural and intuitive.

Avalanche

Q: What is an Avalanche in terms of snowboarding?

An Avalanche is a rapid flow of snow down a slope, and it’s one of the biggest dangers in off-piste and backcountry snowboarding. Avalanches can be triggered by a number of factors, including weather conditions, slope steepness and human activity. That’s why it’s super important to have proper training and backcountry snowboard gear if you’re planning to ride in avalanche-prone areas.

Ava Pack

Q: What is a snowboarding Ava Pack?

A snowboarding Ava Pack, short for avalanche pack, is a backpack equipped with safety gear for backcountry snowboarding. This usually includes an avalanche transceiver which you wear on your body, shovel and probe for locating and digging out anyone caught in an avalanche. Some packs such as the Pieps Jetforce have inflatable airbags that can help keep you on the surface if an avalanche occurs.

B – Letter B Snowboard Lingo

Bouncing to B in our snowboard A-Z. Boost your knowledge with the lingo of letter B snowboarding terms.

Backcountry

Q: What is Backcountry snowboarding?

Backcountry snowboarding is all about leaving the groomed trails behind and heading off into the untouched snow. It’s where you can find fresh powder, natural terrain features and a sense of adventure. The backcountry can also be unpredictable and dangerous, so it’s important to have the right skills, knowledge and equipment.

Backflip

Q: What is a snowboarding Backflip?

A snowboarding Backflip is exactly what it sounds like – flipping backwards while in the air. It’s one of the most iconic tricks in the sport, and nothing beats the feeling of landing one cleanly. Backflips can be risky, so make sure you’re wearing a helmet, have got the right skills and a safe place, such as an airbag, to practice.

Backside

Q: What is Backside in snowboarding?

In snowboarding, Backside refers to the the side of the board, mountain or feature that’s behind the rider. It can be used interchangeably with heelside, however it also has other meanings as per the below examples, although the second words in these phrases often isn’t used, but you can tell by the context!

Backside Air

Q: What is snowboarding Backside Air?

A snowboarding Backside Air is doing a jump out of a wall or a halfpipe with your back facing the feature. For example, you could do a backside method on an A-Frame.

Backside Rotation/Spin

Q: What is a Backside Rotation/Spin in snowboarding?

A Backside Rotation/Spin, often just shortened to backside (or back), is a rotation where the snowboarder turns with their back facing downhill first. So it is a clockwise spin if riding regular or anticlockwise if goofy. Backside rotations can be done in increments of 180 degrees. So you could do a simple backside 180 (back one) or a much more difficult backside 1080 (back ten).

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Backside Wall

Q: What is the Backside Wall in snowboarding?

The Backside Wall in snowboarding refers to the side of the halfpipe or other feature that a rider approaches with their back facing the wall. This normally applies to their preferred stance, so the backside wall would be opposite for regular and goofy riders.

Bail

Q: What is a snowboarding Bail?

A snowboarding Bail is to fall or tumble, often while attempting a trick (I bailed doing a back seven melon). Falling is part of learning and pushing your limits in the sport and is a big part of why I wear a helmet snowboarding. Remember some bails or you learning what not to do, and if you learn how to fall they don’t hurt as much as you’s expect.

Bail-Out

Q: What does it mean to Bail-Out in snowboarding?

A Bail-Out in snowboarding is when a rider decides to abort a trick or move before they’ve completed it and accepts they are going the bail. This can be due to a variety of reasons, such as realising mid-air that they don’t have the right speed or rotation to land safely. Knowing when to bail out can prevent worse falls and injuries.

Ballroom

Q: What is a Ballroom in snowboarding?

In snowboarding, a Ballroom is a term used to describe a large, open area of fresh powder. It’s like a dance floor for snowboarders, where you can express yourself in the floaty heaven. So, next time you find yourself in a wide-open powder field, you can say you’ve found the ballroom!

Banana

Q: What is a Banana snowboard?

A Banana snowboard is one with a pronounced reverse camber profile, also known as rocker. So laid on the floor it curves up at both ends like the ever popular fruit.

Banshee Bungee

Q: What is a Banshee Bungee in snowboarding?

A Banshee Bungee is a cord used by snowboarders to gain speed in flat areas or to launch into tricks where a traditional run-up isn’t possible. It’s essentially a long, stretchy bungee cord that can be stretched to provide tension. When the cord is released, the rider is propelled forward at high speed. It’s like a slingshot for snowboarders!

Base

Q: What is the snowboard Base?

The snowboard Base is the bottom part that makes contact with the snow. It’s typically made of a smooth and durable p-tex (Polyethylene) that can glide over the snow efficiently. The base shape to the ground is called the profile, this can be flat, convex or concave (or a combination of them) and each shape offers different performance characteristics.

Baseless

Q: What is Baseless snowboarding?

Baseless snowboarding refers to a type of binding that doesn’t have a baseplate. Instead, the bindings are mounted directly to the snowboard, allowing the rider to feel a closer connection with their board and the snow. While not as common as traditional bindings, some riders prefer the feel of baseless snowboarding.

Baseplate

Q: What is a snowboard Baseplate?

The snowboard Baseplate is the part of your bindings that sits against your snowboard, including how it attaches. As the interface between your boots and the board the design and material of the baseplate affects the responsiveness and flex of your snowboard.

Beaver Slap

Q: What is a snowboard Beaver Slap?

A snowboard Beaver Slap is when a snowboarder with one foot strapped in slaps the tail of their board on the snow to help remove snow that is sitting on the board. It creates a loud slapping noise and can create a spray of snow.

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Beavertailing

Q: What is Beavertailing when snowboarding?

Beavertailing when snowboarding is the same as a Beaver Slap just without the need to remove snow. It is a bit of a derogatory term used by people who get annoyed by the sound of the snowboard slapping on the floor.

Berm

Q: What is a Berm in snowboarding?

A Berm in snowboarding is a banked turn or wall on the side of a trail or in a snow park. It’s designed to help riders maintain speed whilst cornering. Berms can be a lot of fun to ride, as they allow you to lean into your turns and feel a bit of G force.

Bevel

Q: What is a Bevel in snowboarding?

A Bevel in snowboarding refers to the angle at which the edges of your snowboard are tuned. A higher bevel angle (like two degrees) can make the board feel more forgiving and less likely to catch an edge, while a lower bevel angle (such as one degree) can provide more grip in icy conditions. It’s a small detail that can make a big difference in how your board rides.

Big Air

Q: What is Big Air snowboarding?

Big Air snowboarding is a competitive form of the sport. It’s an event where riders launch off a large jump and perform their best tricks. The bigger the air, the more time for spins, flips, and grabs. It’s one of the most exciting and crowd-pleasing snowboarding contests!

Big Country

Q: What is Big Country snowboarding?

Big Country snowboarding refers to areas of backcountry with bigger and more dangerous terrain. It’s where you can find vast wide-open faces, steep chutes and difficult natural features to ride. Big country often requires mountaineering kit and experience. Just remember, big country can also mean big risks, so always be prepared and ride with other very experienced backcountry snowboarders.

Binding

Q: What is a snowboard Binding?

A snowboard Binding is the device that connects your boots to your snowboard. It’s made up of a baseplate, straps, and highback, and it’s adjustable so you can get the perfect fit. Bindings transfer your movements to the board, allowing you to steer, control speed, and perform tricks. Perhaps not as flashy as your board or boots, as the link between them bindings are arguable more important.

Binding Screw

Q: What is a snowboard Binding Screw?

A snowboard Binding Screw is exactly as it sounds – a screw used to attach your bindings to your snowboard. Screws can loosen off over time so check your binding baseplate does not move ever now and then. Also do them up hand tight, as too tight they can damage your board.

Blindside

Q: What is Blindside in snowboarding?

Blindside in snowboarding is used in various situations to refers to the side that you cannot see behind you. On the slopes this is your heelside, so you need to be extra careful when turning this way as you’ll be blind. In freestyle, blindside revers to not being able to see the take off or landing when doing a trick, which of course makes it more difficult.

Blower

Q: What is Blower in snowboarding?

Blower in snowboarding refers to light, dry, powdery snow that “blows” around easily. It’s the kind of snow that powder dreams are made of. Blower snow is perfect for floating turns, face shots, and generally feeling like a snowboarding superhero. So, if you hear someone say the snow is blower, grab your board and get out there!

Bluebird

Q: What is a Bluebird in snowboarding?

A Bluebird in snowboarding is a day with clear, blue skies and fresh snow. It’s the kind of day that snowboarders dream about – perfect visibility, beautiful scenery and great snow conditions. You probably won’t be hitting the park or carving groomers on a bluebird day, but making the most of the off-piste powder conditions.

Blunt

Q: What is a Blunt in snowboarding?

A Blunt in snowboarding, also known as a bluntslide, is a trick where the riders weight is on the backfoot with the frontfoot off the ground. It’s a stylish move that can be performed on the piste, boxes and rails. So, if you’re looking to add some style to your riding, why not try a blunt?

Boardslide

Q: What is a Boardslide when snowboarding?

A Boardslide when snowboarding is a trick where the rider slides along a rail or other feature with their board perpendicular to the direction of travel. It’s a fundamental trick in freestyle snowboarding, and it can be done on a variety of features in the park. Whether you’re a park newbie or a seasoned pro, the boardslide is a must-have in your trick arsenal.

Bomb Hole

Q: What is a snowboarding Bomb Hole?

A snowboarding Bomb Hole is the deep hole left in the snow after a rider lands a big jump or bail in fresh snow. It’s called a bomb hole because it looks like a bomb has exploded in the snow. While they can be a sign of a great jump, bomb holes can also be a hazard for other riders, so always be aware of your surroundings.

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Bombing

Q: What is Bombing in snowboarding?

Bombing in snowboarding is when a rider goes down a slope as fast as possible, usually in a straight line. It’s a thrilling experience, that is also known at flatlining of straight lining, but it can also be dangerous if not done responsibly. Always make sure the path is clear and you’re in control when bombing a hill.

Bone Out

Q: What does it mean to Bone Out a snowboard?

To Bone Out a snowboard is when you extend one or both legs as far as possible during the trick. It’s a way to add style and flair to your freestyle moves. You can bone out grabs, spins, and even straight airs. So, if you’re looking to add some style to your riding, try boning out your next trick!

Boned

Q: What is Boned in snowboarding?

Boned in snowboarding, means the same as bone out. But it is referring to it in the past tense, such as ‘dude you boned the hell out of that melon’!

Bonk

Q: What does it mean to Bonk a snowboard?

To Bonk a snowboard means you have intentionally hit or “bonked” an object with your board. It can be done on all sorts of features, from park rails to natural objects like trees or rocks. Bonking adds a fun and playful element to your riding, it is also a way to generate spin or halt a spin.

Boot Grab

Q: What is a Boot Grab in snowboarding?

A Boot Grab in snowboarding is a trick where the rider grabs their boot instead of the board during a jump. It’s usually considered a failed grab in competitions, however for someone new to the sport it is progress. Also the cross-handed gorilla double boot grab is a bit of fun!

Boot Out

Q: What is a snowboarding Boot Out?

A snowboarding Boot Out is when a rider’s boot touches the snow during a turn, causing them to lose balance or fall. It happens if your boots overhang the edge of your board. This could be because your board is not wide enough, the bindings are set up incorrectly or your foot slips forward if the binding is not done up correctly. If you’re experiencing boot out, check your setup.

Booter

Q: What is a Booter in snowboarding?

A Booter in snowboarding is a large jump that’s built to launch riders high into the air. It’s where you’ll see the biggest and most impressive tricks, from massive spins to stylish grabs. Hitting a booter can be a thrilling experience, but it also requires skill and courage. So, make sure you’re ready before you drop in!

Boots

Q: What are snowboard Boots?

Snowboard Boots are the specialist footwear that all snowboarders wear. They are designed to provide support and control while riding whist also keeping your feet warm and dry. They connect to the bindings, which in turn connect to the snowboard. The right boots make a big difference in comfort and performance, so they should be the first snowboarding gear that you buy.

Bowl

Q: What is a Bowl in snowboarding?

A Bowl in snowboarding can refer to either a part of the mountain or a man-made feature in a snowpark. Most commonly it is describing an area of the mountain that is like an open bowl – which is popular for freeride snowboarding. In the snowpark it’s a fun terrain feature that is a bit like a sunken curved halfpipe. You can carve around the edges, ride over the lip, and boot big air out of the bowl.

Box

Q: What is a Box in snowboarding?

A Box in snowboarding is a type of rail that’s wide and flat (at least in cross section) on the top. It’s a popular feature in snow parks, and it’s a great place to learn and practice jibbing tricks. Whether you’re boardsliding or 50:50ing it, jumping over it or even bonking the box they add some easily accessible fun in the snowpark.

Boxes

Q: What are snowboard Boxes?

Snowboard Boxes are just the plural of a box.

Brain Bucket

Q: What is a Brain Bucket in snowboarding?

A Brain Bucket in snowboarding is a slang term for a helmet. It’s a crucial piece of safety equipment that can protect your head from injuries. So, whether you’re hitting the park, carving groomers, or exploring the backcountry, always remember to wear your brain bucket!

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Brain Massage

Q: What is a Brain Massage when snowboarding?

A Brain Massage when snowboarding is a playful term for a fall or crash that shakes you up normally with some kind of head hit. It’s a reminder that snowboarding can be a rough sport at times, and it’s important to wear a helmet and other appropriate safety gear. If you take a tumble and get a brain massage when snowboarding, take a moment to recover before you continue.

Bro Down

Q: What is a snowboarding Bro Down?

A snowboarding Bro Down is a friendly competition or session among friends. It’s all about having fun, pushing each other to try new tricks without the stress of a real competition. So, next time you’re out with your crew, why not have a bro down and see who can land the best trick?

Bro-Bra

Q: What is a Bro-Bra in snowboarding?

A Bro-Bra in snowboarding is a term used to describe an overly enthusiastic snowboarder who tries too hard to fit the snowboarder stereotype.  It can be used in a playful, mildly teasing or hurtful depending on the circumstances. Remember, snowboarding is about having fun and expressing yourself, not fitting into a certain image, equally it should be about accepting people for who they are!

Broken Binding

Q: What is a Broken Binding when snowboarding?

A Broken Binding when snowboarding is exactly what it sounds like – a binding that has broken or malfunctioned. It can be a real bummer, as it can prevent you from riding until it’s fixed or replaced. But most stores have spare parts and a bit of string, cable tie or even gaffer tape can provide a short term fix.

Bumps

Q: What are Bumps in snowboarding?

Bumps in snowboarding refer to small mounds or moguls on a slope. They can be a fun challenge to navigate, requiring quick turns and balance. Or you can use them to get air and do tricks. Whether you love them or hate them, bumps are a part of the mountain terrain that every snowboarder will encounter.

Burly

Q: What does Burly mean in snowboarding?

Burly in snowboarding is a term used to describe something that is extreme or intense. It could refer to a steep slope, a big jump, a difficult trick, or even a tough crash. If you hear someone describe a feature or a run as burly, you know it’s going to be a challenge!

Buttering

Q: What is snowboard Buttering?

Snowboard Buttering is a technique when a snowboarder combines presses and ground rotations on their board. Named after the motion and flex of a knife buttering bread it’s a playful and stylish way to ride. Buttering can be done on flat ground, on slopes, features in the park or natural obstacles.

C – Letter C Snowboarding Language

Cruising to C in our snowboarding A-Z. Check out the colloquialisms of letter C snowboard slang.

Cab

Q: What is a Cab in snowboarding?

A Cab in snowboarding, named after the skateboarder Steve Caballero, is a trick where the rider rotates in the opposite direction of their lead foot while riding switch/fakie. For example, a regular – left-footed rider – would spin to the left while riding with their right foot forward and vice versa if you are goofy. It’s worth noting that a cab is popped off the nose with a nollie, although this element is often missed by announcers during comps.

Caballerial

Q: What is a snowboarding Caballerial?

A snowboarding Caballerial, is a trick where the rider performs a  switch/fakie to switch/fakie backside 360, meaning they start and end the trick with their non-dominant foot forward. Named after skateboarder Steve Caballero, it’s a stylish and challenging trick because essentially you are doing everything backwards.

Camber

Q: What is snowboard Camber?

Snowboard Camber refers to the curve of the board when it’s resting on a flat surface. A board with traditional camber ‘camber snowboard’ will rise in the center and touch down near the nose and tail, providing a lively and responsive ride. Different types of camber, such as reverse camber (banana), flat or no comber, or combinations of these provide different performance.

Cant

Q: What is Cant in snowboarding?

Cant in snowboarding doesn’t refer to what you can’t do! It is the canted angle of the baseplate of your bindings in relation to the board. This means you stand on a slight inward cant for a more natural and comfortable stance that aligns your ankles, knees and hips more naturally. For example Nitro Phantom bindings come with a canted base.

Q: What is a snowboard Cap?

A snowboard Cap is a method of snowboard construction that replaces the sidewall. Instead the top sheet of the board extends over the edges, creating a cap. This makes the board cheaper to make, lighter in weight and more responsive, but a capped snowboard will also be less durable.

Carve

Q: What does Carve a snowboard mean?

To Carve a snowboard means to ride on the edge of the board without it slipping, often leaving a trench in the snow behind you. It’s an important skill in snowboarding that helps to control speed and direction. Whether you’re cruising groomers or traversing a steep icy face it is an essential snowboarding skill.

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Carve Session

Q: What is a snowboarding Carve Session in snowboarding?

A snowboarding Carve Session is when a rider spends time specifically working on their carving skills. A carve session is a great way to up your carving game.

Carvers

Q: What are Carvers in snowboarding?

Carvers in snowboarding are riders who specialize in carving, a technique where the rider makes turns by tilting the board and digging the edges into the snow. Carvers are known for their precision, speed and control, and they can make even the simplest run look like a work of art.

Carving

Q: What is snowboard Carving?

Snowboard Carving is a technique where the rider turns by tilting the board and digging the edges into the snow often leaving a clean line. It’s a fundamental skill in snowboarding for controlling speed and direction. Snowboard carving can be long turns across the slope or short sharp ones, the key is flowing smoothly from one edge to the other without skidding.

Cat-Boarding

Q: What is Cat-boarding?

Cat-boarding also known as or cat-snowboarding or cat-ski/skiing is using a snowcat to access the backcountry. It is a bit like heli-skiing but a lot cheaper. So it saves you the legwork of reaching the top, meaning you can get to places in the comfort of a vehicle.

Cat Tracks

Q: What are Cat Tracks in snowboarding?

Cat Tracks in snowboarding are narrow, flat paths that wind around a mountain. Named after the piste cats that use them to maintain the slopes. They’re often used to get from one part of a resort to another, and can be a bit tricky for snowboarders due to their flatness and lack of space. The trick is to keep your speed up on cat tracks to avoid getting stuck, and to carve when you can!

Catch an Edge

Q: What does it mean to Catch an Edge when snowboarding?

If you catch an edge when snowboarding it means your downslope edge has caught in the snow and catapulted you over it. You can catch either your toe or heal edge and it can turn a slow speed crash into something dramatic and painful. Catching the edge at high speed can be some of the worst crashes you have.

Catching Air

Q: What is Catching Air when snowboarding?

Catching Air when snowboarding refers to the act of launching off a jump or feature to become airborne. It’s one of the most thrilling aspects of the sport, whether you’re hitting a small jump in the park or launching off a natural feature in the backcountry. Sometimes you will even catch surprise air, can you style it out?

Centered Stance

Q: What is a Centered Stance snowboard?

A Centered Stance snowboard is when your bindings are set up so that there is an equal amount of board length in front of and behind you. This will make the board feel more balanced and easier to ride switch, but less good in powder. So it’s usually preferred by freestyle riders who need to ride and land tricks in both directions.

Chatter

Q: What is snowboard Chatter?

Now we are not talking about having a good gossip, snowboard Chatter refers to the vibration or bouncing of the board that can occur at high speeds or on hard snow. It makes the board feel unstable and reduce your control. If you’re experiencing chatter, it might be a sign that you need to adjust your technique or your equipment.

Chicken Heads

Q: What are Chicken Heads when snowboarding?

Chicken Heads when snowboarding are chunks of hard, icy snow that you usually find sitting on top of the off-piste snow. Usually formed my some combination of the freeze thaw process and wind they can be a challenge to navigate. It’s important to stay alert and adjust your snowboarding when you encounter chicken heads.

Chicken Salad

Q: What is a Chicken Salad in snowboarding?

A Chicken Salad in snowboarding is a trick where the rider grabs the heel edge of their board with their leading hand, while their trailing leg is boned. It’s a stylish and challenging grab that can add some flair to your jumps. So, if you’re looking to mix up your grab game, don’t only try a chicken salad at lunchtime…

Chinese Downhill

Q: What is Chinese Downhill in snowboarding terms?

Chinese Downhill is a racist ski and snowboard term that should no longer be used. Instead please use Geschmozzle to describe a race where all the competitors start at the same time and first to the bottom wins. In a traditional Geschmozzle all the racers begin out of their skis/snowboards and run to the start and have to strap in, there are no rules, no set route and whoever reaches the bottom first is the winner. However, these days it can also be used to describe more organised races where you begin at the same time, such as the boardercross or skicross. The term Chinese Downhill originates from the 1984 film Hot Dog, and the ‘Chinese’ part means ‘makes no sense at all’, which is clearly racist.

Chute

Q: What is a Chute in snowboarding?

A Chute in snowboarding is a narrow, steep passage through mountain terrain that is also called a Couloir in Europe. Usually encountered in the backcountry or off-piste areas and can be both thrilling and challenging to ride, but can be dangerous with avalanches, rocks and sometimes cliffs. Chutes often open up into bowls or large powder fields making the extra effort more than worth it.

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Cleat

Q: What is a snowboard Cleat?

A snowboard Cleat is a part of the Burton Step On binding system that helps secure the boot to the board. It’s a small but crucial component that ensures a solid and reliable connection between you and your snowboard.

Cliff Drop

Q: What is a snowboarding Cliff Drop?

A snowboarding Cliff Drop is when a rider jumps or drops off a cliff or large rock. It’s a high-risk, high-reward maneuver that requires skill, control and a good understanding of snow conditions. In fresh snow landings can be soft, but start with small rock drops and work up to bigger cliffs.

Cliffs

Q: What are Cliffs in snowboarding?

Cliffs in snowboarding are large, steep rock faces that can be found on or near many snowboarding runs. They can be both a hazard and a feature, depending on your skill level and appetite for risk. Whether you’re avoiding them or dropping off them, cliffs are a part of the mountain landscape that every snowboarder needs to be aware of.

Clock Cleaner

Q: What is a Clock Cleaner when snowboarding?

A Clock Cleaner when snowboarding is a playful term for a fall or crash that leaves you feeling shaken or disoriented, as if you’ve had your “clock cleaned.” It’s a reminder that snowboarding can be a rough sport at times, and it’s important to always ride within your limits and wear the proper safety gear.

Closed Stance

Q: What is a snowboarding Closed Stance?

A snowboarding Closed Stance is when your shoulders and hips are aligned in the same direction as the board. This is the fundamental stance in snowboarding that most people learn first. By twisting the upper body, and even pointing with your lead arm you can initiate turns and begin to get a feel for snowboarding.

Coiler

Q: What is a Coiler snowboard?

A Coiler snowboard is a type of snowboard that is designed for carving. Coilers are typically longer and narrower than other boards, with a deep sidecut for quicker and sharper turns. If you love the feeling of carving on the slopes, a coiler might be the perfect board for you.

Comp

Q: What is a snowboard Comp?

A snowboard Comp is short for competition. Comps can range from local events at your home mountain to international contests like the X Games or the Olympics. Whether you’re a competitor or a spectator, comps are a great way to see some amazing snowboarding and get involved in the snowboarding community.

Compression

Q: What is Compression in snowboarding?

Compression in snowboarding refers to the how you compress your body over your board when you land a jump or ride over uneven terrain. It’s important to be able to absorb these forces and undulations by bending your knees and maintaining a balanced stance. Good compression technique can help you land jumps smoothly and ride more comfortably in all conditions.

Contact Points

Q: What are the Contact Points on a snowboard?

The Contact Points on a snowboard are the spots on the edges where the board makes contact with the snow when it is on edge. In traditional camber these are at the tip and tail edges of the board where it is widest, on a rocker board the contact points are more central. Understanding your contact points helps you control your board more effectively, especially when turning or stopping.

Contest Phobic

Q: What is a Contest Phobic snowboarder?

Being a Contest Phobic snowboarder means having a fear or dislike of competitions. Some riders prefer the freedom and creativity of freeriding or filming with friends, and avoid the pressure and structure of contests. Remember, snowboarding is all about having fun, so do what makes you happy!

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Core

Q: What is the snowboard Core?

The snowboard core is the middle part of the snowboard above its base and below the top sheet. The core gives a snowboard characteristics, such as strength, pop, power and flexibility. A snowboard core is normally made from wood such as: popular, Tasmanian oak, bamboo, aspen, birch or a combo. Its worth mentioning in this A-Z glossary of snowboard terms that the core may be strengthened with kevlar, carbon, fibreglass or other materials.

Core Shot

Q: What is a snowboard Core Shot?

A Core Shot in snowboarding is a deep scratch or gouge in the base of your snowboard that exposes the core. It’s usually caused by hitting a rock or other hard object. Core shots should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the board, as if moisture gets into the core it could be ruined.

Cork

Q: What is a snowboarding Cork in snowboarding?

A snowboarding Cork is a type of trick where the rider becomes inverted in the air. The term comes from the off-axis rotation that makes the snowboarder look like they’re spinning around the axis of a cork screw. Corks can be done in a variety of ways, with different numbers of spins, flips and grabs etc.

Corn Snow

Q: What is Corn Snow when snowboarding?

If you encounter Corn Snow when snowboarding you don’t need to be alarmed. It is a snow condition withy large, loose granules of snow that resemble kernels of corn. It’s often found in the spring when warming temperatures cause the snow to melt and refreeze as corn snow. Corn snow can be a lot of fun to ride, offering a soft and forgiving surface.

Cornice

Q: What is a Cornice in snowboarding?

A Cornice in snowboarding is an overhanging edge of snow on a ridge or the crest of a mountain and along the sides of gullies. They can break off the mountain suddenly and without warning, so they can pose a significant danger to snowboarders.

Couloir

Q: What is a Couloir in snowboarding?

A Couloir in snowboarding is a narrow gully with steep gradient in a mountainous terrain, often called a chute in North America. Advanced snowboarders seek them out for their challenging nature, and the powder fields that often lay beyond them. Riding a couloir requires a high level of skill and knowledge about snow conditions, avalanche safety and other risks such as rocks and cliffs.

Counter Rotation

Q: What is snowboard Counter Rotation?

Snowboard Counter Rotation is a technique where the upper body and lower body are twisted in opposite directions. This can be used to initiate turns, perform spins and other tricks, or correct to your balance. It may seem unintuitive, but it is a very useful skill to have in your locker.

Cowboy Up

Q: What does it mean to Cowboy Up in snowboarding?

To Cowboy Up in snowboarding means to show toughness in the face of a challenge. Whether you’re trying a new trick, tackling a difficult run, or just pushing through a long day on the mountain, sometimes you just have to cowboy up and give it your all.

Crail

Q: What is a snowboarding Crail?

A snowboarding Crail is a grab where where your trailing hand grabs the nose of the board while in the air. It’s a stylish and challenging grab as you are reaching across your body making it more difficult. But, if you’re looking to mix up your grab game, why not try a crail?

Crampons

Q: What are Crampons in snowboarding?

Crampons in snowboarding are metal plates with spikes that can be attached to your boots to provide extra traction on icy or hard-packed snow. They’re often used for mountaineering and backcountry snowboarding where you might need to hike or climb in steep icy terrain. If you’re venturing into the backcountry, crampons could be a valuable addition to your gear.

Crank

Q: What does it mean to Crank a snowboard?

To Crank a snowboard means to do something agressive and dramatically. For example, a cranked turn is a fast, sharp turn or you could crank right over onto your edge while carving. Almost anything in snowboarding can be cranked, from cranking up your boots really tight, to a cranked boned out grab. It’s about doing it hard, fast for dramatic affect, or just because it is fun.

Creek

Q: What is a Creek in snowboarding?

A Creek in snowboarding refers to a small stream or brook that you might encounter on or near a snowboarding run. Creeks can be a hazard, especially if they’re hidden by snow, so it’s important to be aware of the terrain and to ride with caution. But they can also be a fun place to get creative with your snowboarding.

Creeping

Q: What is Creeping in snowboarding?

Creeping in snowboarding refers to the act of slowly and carefully navigating a challenging or unfamiliar section of terrain. It’s often used when scouting a new line or when riding in difficult conditions. Remember, it’s always better to be safe and take your time than to rush and risk an injury. Don’t forget you can creep without being a creep!

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Crippler

Q: What is a Crippler in snowboarding?

A Crippler in snowboarding is an inverted aerial spin on a halfpipe or similar feature. There are plenty of variations to it but essentially it is combining a backflip with a 180 or 360 etc, so you go upside down and rotate. Often considered a vertical trick in the pipe it can be done off kickers and side hits etc.

Crossover

Q: What is Crossover snowboarding?

Crossover snowboarding is twisting your upper body to help shift your weight from one edge of the board to the other during a turn. It’s a key part of learning to snowboard, that allows you to smoothly transition between your turns. It is called crossover, as your upper body crosses over the board while you are doing it.

Crossunder

Q: What is Crossunder snowboarding?

Crossunder snowboarding is when the upper body does not twist, instead the board crosses beneath you to move from one turn to another. This is a more advanced technique that uses less energy but is more difficult to master as your hips and lower body do the work instead of your entire body. It’s a fun way to snowboard and you’ll see carvers and racers using it most of the time.

Crud

Q: What is Crud in snowboarding?

Crud in snowboarding refers to poor snow condition – so often rough or uneven snow is referred to as crud. It’s caused by a variety of factors, including weather, skier traffic and time of day. Riding in crud is more challenging, but it will improve your balance and control.

Crust

Q: What is Crust when snowboarding?

Crust when snowboarding refers to a hard layer of crusty snow over softer powder that is formed by melting and refreezing. It creates an icy but breakable surface that can be very challenging to ride on.

Cuff

Q: What is a Cuff in snowboarding?

A Cuff in snowboarding refers to the upper part of a snowboard boot that wraps around your lower leg and ankle. It plays a crucial role in transferring your movements to the board. A well-fitted cuff can provide better control and comfort, making your time on the slopes more enjoyable.

Cup Run

Q: What is a Cup Run in snowboarding?

A Cup Run in snowboarding is a term often used to describe a course or run that is used for a competition, such as a World Cup event. These runs are typically well-maintained and designed to challenge the skills of the competitors.

Cutback

Q: What is a Cutback in snowboarding?

A Cutback in snowboarding is a maneuver where the rider makes a sharp turn in the opposite direction of their current path. It’s often used to quickly change direction, scrub speed or to navigate around obstacles. Mastering the cutback adds versatility to your riding.

D – Letter D Snowboard Slang

Diving into D in our snowboard A-Z. Discover the directory of letter D snowboarding language.

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De-tune

Q: What does it mean to De-tune a snowboard?

To De-tune a snowboard means to slightly dull the edges of the board, usually around the contact points in the tip and tail. This makes the edge less likely to bite so you catch an edge. It’s a common practice among park and freestyle riders who spend a lot of time on rails and boxes where a detuned snowboard edge makes it easier.

Dead Cats

Q: What are Dead Cats in snowboarding?

Dead Cats in snowboarding is a term used to describe small, soft mounds of snow that form on a slope, kind of the precursor to moguls. They are fun to ride over and do tricks off, but they can also be unpredictable often with scrapped icier snow around the dead cats.

Dead Heads

Q: What are snowboarding Dead Heads

Snowboarding Dead Heads are people who are standing or sitting on the slope, in the way of other slope users. They can be a hazard, so it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings when riding. Equally don’t be a dead head yourself and stop where it is safe and won’t interfere with the flow of traffic.

Death Cookies

Q: What are Death Cookies in snowboarding?

Death Cookies in snowboarding are chunks of hard, icy snow that you can find on a slope. Riding over them can be a hazard, as they can cause you to lose balance or control. In this snowboarding A-Z we recommend that you slow down around death cookies to weave a safe path through them.

Deck

Q: What is the Deck in snowboarding?

The Deck in snowboarding, means two things. Most commonly the deck is just another term for the snowboard itself. However the deck can also mean the ground, as in “Dude, I hit the deck so hard.”

Delaminate

Q: What does it mean to Delaminate a snowboard?

To Delaminate a snowboard means that the layers of the board are starting to separate or peel apart. This can be caused by damage, wear and tear, or manufacturing defects. If your board is delaminating, it’s usually a sign that it’s time for a repair or replacement.

Detachable Quad

Q: What is a Detachable Quad in snowboarding?

A Detachable Quad in snowboarding is a type of chairlift that can carry four people at a time. The chairs are designed to detach from the cable at the loading and unloading areas, meaning they slow down making it easier for riders to get on and off.

Diagonal Slide

Q: What is a snowboarding Diagonal Slide?

A snowboarding Diagonal Slide is a technique where the rider slides diagonally down and across the slope, usually on their heel edge. It’s a basic maneuver that can be used to control speed or navigate steeper or more difficult terrain you don’t feel comfortable riding.

Dicey

Q: What is Dicey snowboarding?

Dicey snowboarding, is when conditions are difficult, unpredictable or potentially dangerous. This could be due to poor visibility, icy slopes, avalanche risk or other hazards. It’s worth saying in this A-Z of snowboarding that what is dicey to one rider may feel safe to another with more experience (or over confidence!).

Digger

Q: What is a snowboarding Digger?

A snowboarding Digger is a big fall where the rider gets a little buried in the snow and has to dig themselves out. It’s not uncommon for snowboarders to take plenty of diggers on a powder day. It essentially means you cannot just stand straight back up without digging yourself or your board out first.

Directional

Q: What is a Directional snowboard?

A Directional snowboard is designed to be ridden primarily in one direction. It has a distinct nose and tail that often have different shapes, and the bindings are often set back towards the tail. Directional boards are great for off-piste and powder riding, but also carving and all-mountain riding. They are less good for riding switch, park and freestyle.

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Donkey Kick

Q: What is a Donkey Kick in snowboarding?

A Donkey Kick in snowboarding means a couple of things. Technically it’s a ski trick where the rider kicks their back foot out behind them while in the air. But it can be done by a snowboarder if their backfoot is unstrapped, this is also known as a one-footer and is often made more stylish with a tail grab. Some people also call a downhill rail with a flat flick at the end a ‘donkey kick rail’.

Double Eject

Q: What is a snowboarding Double Eject?

A snowboarding Double Eject is when both of your feet come out of the bindings, or your bindings come off the board during a fall. It’s a rare occurrence, but it can happen, especially during a very hard fall or crash. After a double eject, it’s important to check your bindings and make sure they’re functioning properly before continuing to ride.

Down Size

Q: What does it mean to Down Size a snowboard?

To Down Size a snowboard means to choose a shorter board than what you might normally ride. Some riders downsize for park riding and jibbing, as a shorter board can be easier to maneuver and spin. However, a down sized board will be twitchier at speed.

Down Unweighting

Q: What is Down Unweighting in snowboarding?

Down Unweighting in snowboarding is a technique used to initiate a turn by briefly pressing down on the board before lifting up to unweight it. This can make the board more responsive and easier to steer, especially in certain snow conditions. It’s a more advanced technique that can add a new level of control to your riding.

Downhill

Q: What is Downhill snowboarding?

Downhill snowboarding is simply snowboarding downhill by descending a slope or mountain. It can be done on groomed runs, in the backcountry, or in the park. Downhill snowboarding may also refer to the alpine race disciplines, although in this context it is more commonly used for downhill ski racing.

Downhill Edge

Q: What is the Downhill Edge of a snowboard?

The Downhill Edge of a snowboard is the edge that is facing downhill when you’re standing on the board. It’s the edge that most of the time will be in the air as using it incorrectly can mean you catch an edge. Transitioning from the uphill edge to the downhill edge during a turn is one of the points of greatest difficulty for new riders.

Drag Lift

Q: What is a snowboarding Drag Lift in snowboarding?

A snowboarding Drag Lift, also known as a surface lift, T-Bar, Pommel lift or Rope Pull, is a type of lift that pulls riders up the slope while they remain standing (hopefully!) on their snowboards. They’re often used on beginner slopes or smaller ski areas. While they can be a bit tricky to use at first, mastering them is important as you’ll often find them on glaciers and in snow parks.

Dropped

Q: What does it mean to get Dropped when snowboarding?

To get Dropped when snowboarding means to fall behind or get left behind by the other riders. It can happen if you’re not keeping up with the pace, or if you take a fall or a wrong turn. It’s worth noting that most riders would never intentionally drop another, as we would wait for them to catch up. But if you are slowing the crew down it may be worth dropping yourself, just let the others know what you’re doing first.

Dry Slope

Q: What is a snowboarding Dry Slope?

A snowboarding Dry Slope is made from artificial materials that mimic the properties of snow, allowing people to snowboard even when there’s no natural snow available. Dry slopes can be found in places where snow is scarce or inconsistent, and they provide a way for people to snowboard year-round.

Duck

Q: What is Duck snowboarding?

Duck snowboarding or duckfoot or duck stance refers to a setup where both of the feet are angled outwards, like a duck’s. This stance provides a more natural and comfortable position for many riders, as you can easily ride switch and better perform tricks.

Duck 15

Q: What is Duck 15 in snowboarding?

Duck 15 in snowboarding simply refers to having both your left and right foot pointing out at 15 degrees. This is often the starting set up on beginner boards as it enables you to have natural balance but maintain good control of the board.

Dump

Q: What is a Dump in snowboarding?

A Dump in snowboarding refers to a heavy snowfall, often resulting in fresh powder on the slopes. A big dump can transform the mountain and provide excellent off-piste conditions. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of riding on fresh powder after a big dump, but remember to stay avalanche safe.

Dumping

Q: What does it mean when it’s Dumping in snowboarding?

When it’s Dumping in snowboarding, it means that it’s snowing heavily. Dumping conditions provide fresh powder and excellent snowboarding conditions. However, it can also reduce visibility and make the slopes much more challenging.

Durometer

Q: What is a Durometer in snowboarding?

A Durometer in snowboarding is a measure of the hardness of a material, such as the rubber in snowboard boots or the plastic in the bindings. The durometer is a standardized measurement used in many industries and the results for snowboarding equipment affect the way it rides.

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Dust on Crust

Q: What is Dust on Crust in snowboarding?

Dust on Crust in snowboarding refers to a light layer of fresh snow (the “dust”) over a hard, icy layer underneath (the “crust”). The dust will cover irregularities in the crust so you may not see icy troughs and ridges. This can be fun but does make for unpredictable riding particularly if the crust is very icy as you may struggle to grip.

E – Letter E Snowboarding Glossary

Entering E in our snowboarding A-Z. Enhance your understanding with this encyclopedia of letter E snowboard terms and lingo.

Edge

Q: What is a snowboard Edge?

A snowboard Edge is the sharp sides of the snowboard that cut into the snow. These edges are crucial for turning and controlling your speed. A well-maintained edge can provide better grip and control, making your time on the slopes more enjoyable.

Edge Bevel

Q: What is the snowboard Edge Bevel?

The snowboard Edge Bevel is the angle at which the edges of the board are tuned. This angle can affect the performance of the board, with a larger bevel providing more forgiveness and a smaller bevel providing more grip.

Edge Set

Q: What is a snowboarding Edge Set?

A snowboarding Edge Set is the set of equipment required to maintain the edges of your snowboard. Pretty simple as items in this snowboarding A-Z are concerened!

Effective Edge

Q: What is the Effective Edge of a snowboard?

The Effective Edge of a snowboard is the part of the edge that is in contact with the snow when the board is in a carve. It’s the main part of the board that cuts into the snow and provides control. The length of the effective edge affects the performance, with a longer effective edge providing more stability and a shorter one providing more maneuverability.

Eggflip

Q: What is an Eggflip in snowboarding?

An Eggflip in snowboarding is a backside trick in the pipe or similar feature that is similar to the eggplant. Unlike the eggplant, during the eggflip the rider flips over instead of rotating 180 degrees to re-enter the pipe.

Eggplant

Q: What is an Eggplant in snowboarding?

An Eggplant in snowboarding is a halfpipe or wall trick where the rider performs a one-handed invert while rotating 180 degrees backside to re-enter the pipe.

Epic

Q: What is Epic when snowboarding?

Epic when snowboarding, means that something was exceptionally good. This could be epic snow conditions, epic weather, and epic run, an epic trick or just an epic day of riding.

Euro Carve

Q: What is a Euro Carve in snowboarding?

A Euro Carve in snowboarding is a type of carve where the rider leans so far into the turn that their forearm(s) touches down to become another contact point in the snow. It’s a dramatic and stylish and a lot of fun once you get cranked right over leaning on your arm and looks even more stylish if you then straighten your legs.

Extension

Q: What is Extension when snowboarding?

Extension when snowboarding is straightening your legs and body to be almost at full height. It is part of the process of turning as you crouch low through the turn and then extend as you come out of it and swap edges. Extension takes the weight off the edge to make it easier to transition to a flat base and move onto the other edge. Extending also relieves legs that are tired from squatting.

Extreme Carving

Q: What is Extreme Carving in snowboarding?

Extreme Carving in snowboarding is a style of riding where the focus is on making deep, aggressive carves. It often involves Euro Carves so your arm is touching the snow, but also tricks such as high speed reverts and popping jumps and spins. Extreme carving requires excellent edge control and balance.

Extruded

Q: What is an Extruded snowboard?

An Extruded snowboard refers to the type of base. Extruded is made by melting PTEX to form the base. While cheaper and easier to fix, extruded snowboard bases are generally slower and less tough than sintered bases.

F – Letter F Snowboard Lingo

Forging ahead to F in our Snowboard A-Z. Familiarize yourself with the language of letter F snowboarding slang.

Face

Q: What is a Face in snowboarding?

A Face in snowboarding refers to the  side of a mountain or slope that is facing you. You could say the south face or the east face if describing where you are going rather than what you can see.

Face Plant

Q: What is a snowboarding Face Plant?

A snowboarding Face Plant is a fall where the rider’s face hits the snow. Face plants can be a bit embarrassing, but also very funny. If you’re on the receiving end of one, and have not hurt yourself then laugh along with your buddies as they’re all part of learning and improving as a snowboarder.

Face Shot

Q: What is a snowboarding Face Shot?

A snowboarding Face Shot is when a rider kicks up a spray of snow that hits them in the face, usually while making a sharp turn or slash in fresh powder. It’s one of the joys of snowboarding and there’s nothing quite like the feeling of a good face shot on a powder day!

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Fakie

Q: What does it mean to snowboard Fakie?

To snowboard Fakie means to ride with your back foot forward, essentially riding the board “backwards”. It’s also called riding switch and is an important skill to master particularly if you get into freestyle. Riding fakie is also a fun way to mix up your riding and challenge your balance and control – always good to practice when you are with slower riders.

Fall

Q: What is a snowboarding Fall?

Very simply a snowboarding Fall is when you fall over. Often called a bail, hit, slam or all manner of other terms. Snowboarders often say, “If you are not falling you are not trying hard enough.” Which is an example of the spirit of snowboarding which is to accept that you will crash and it may hurt.

Fall Away

Q: What is a Fall Away in snowboarding?

A Fall Away in snowboarding refers to a part of the slope that falls away from the rider so you cannot see the slope over the edge. For beginners it can be a very challenging feature to navigate, for experienced riders it’s a feature to do tricks. Never jump blind off a fall away as there could be other slope users or rocks etc below you.

Fall Line

Q: What is the snowboarding Fall Line?

The snowboarding Fall Line is the path that a ball would naturally take if it were rolled down the slope. It’s the most direct route down the mountain, and it’s the path that snowboarders intent on speed will follow. Understanding the fall line can help you control speed and find the best lines.

Falling Leaf

Q: What is the snowboarding Falling Leaf?

Snowboarding Falling Leaf is a beginner method of getting down the mountain that some people call slip sliding. It is combining side slipping with moving short distances on your edge to the left and then the right, similar to the path of a falling leaf. It’s usually done on the heel edge, but can be done on the toe edge too.

Fattrax

Q: What are snowboard Fattrax?

Snowboard Fattrax refer to the wide, flat tracks left in the snow by a snowboard. They’re usually wider and flatter than the tracks left by skis. Fattrax are a sign of a good powder session, and it can be useful to follow them maintain speed when you come to a flat section.

FIS

Q: What is the FIS in snowboarding?

The FIS, or International Ski Federation, is the governing body for international skiing and snowboarding competitions. They organize events like the World Cup and the World Championships, and they set the rules and standards for competition including the Olympics.

Flail

Q: What does it mean to Flail when snowboarding?

To Flail when snowboarding means to wave your arms and legs around in an uncontrolled manner, normally while trying to maintain balance or avoid a fall. It’s not the most graceful moment, but it’s something that every snowboarder has done and will do again.

Flashing

Q: What is Flashing in snowboarding?

Flashing in snowboarding is riding down a slope as fast as possible – like a flash of light. While flashing can be thrilling, it’s important to always maintain control and be aware of other people on the slope.

Flat Light

Q: What is Flat Light when snowboarding?

Flat Light when snowboarding is when it’s difficult to see the contours and features of the snow. It often occurs when the sky is overcast, and the light is diffused evenly across the snow. Flat light can make it harder to judge the terrain, so it’s important to ride with caution. Some ski goggle lens colours help improve visibility in flat light.

Flat Spin

Q: What is a snowboarding Flat Spin?

A snowboarding Flat Spin also known as a ground spin is rotating on your board without it leaving the ground. It’s a great entry level trick for freestyle as you slowly, or quickly spin down the slope, either frontside or backside.

Flatland

Q: What is Flatland snowboarding?

Flatland snowboarding refers to performing tricks and maneuvers on the flat, rather than off jumps or other features. It’s a type of snowboarding that focuses on creativity and technical skill, rather than speed or big air. Flatland snowboarding is a fun way to mix up your riding and challenge your balance and control.

Flatlining

Q: What is snowboard Flatlining?

Snowboard Flatlining is when you ride your board flat rather than on an edge. This is often combined with going as fast as possible in a straight line to see who can flatline for the longest. Also known as other snowboard terms such as bombing or straight lining it can also be dangerous particularly if other people are around.

Fleece

Q: What is snowboarding Fleece?

A snowboarding Fleece is a clothing worn by snowboarders for warmth. It’s made from a synthetic material that is lightweight, warm, and quick-drying. As the snowboarding A-Z of gear goes a good fleece is the cheapest but most durable part of your kit that will provide you with best value for money.

Flex

Q: What is snowboard Flex?

Snowboard Flex refers to the stiffness of a snowboard, the bindings or boot. Flex greatly affects the performance and feel of your equipment. A softer flex is generally more forgiving and better for beginners, while a stiffer flex provides more control and is often preferred by advanced riders.

Flex Pattern

Q: What is a snowboard Flex Pattern?

A snowboard Flex Pattern is how a snowboard flex varies along its length. Some boards have a consistent flex throughout, while others may be stiffer in the middle and softer at the tips, or soft at the front but stiff in the rear. The flex pattern affects the board’s performance and feel, so choose one that suits your riding style.

Flip

Q: What is a Flip in snowboarding?

A Flip in snowboarding is a term to describe when the rider rotates vertically, flipping over in the air. There are front flips, back flips, and side flips all of which are challenging tricks but they look epic.

Fly-off

Q: What is a Fly-off in snowboarding?

A Fly-off in snowboarding is a spot where riders can catch some air and perform tricks. Fly-offs can be natural features of the terrain, or they can be man-made features in a snow park.

Austrian shred: Kaunertal one of the best austria snowboarding holiday destinations image by Kaunertal

Flying Tomato

Q: Who is the Flying Tomato in snowboarding?

The Flying Tomato is a nickname for professional snowboarder Shaun White. Known for his red hair and his high-flying tricks, Shaun White is one of the most successful and well-known snowboarders ever. He has won multiple Olympic gold medals and was a dominant force in halfpipe competitions.

Fog Dog

Q: What is a Fog Dog in snowboarding?

A Fog Dog in snowboarding is a weather phenomenon where a bright spot or halo appears in the sky, often through fog or mist. It’s a rare and beautiful sight so if you spot a fog dog, be sure to take a moment to enjoy it.

Freecarve

Q: What is Freecarve snowboarding?

Freecarve snowboarding is a style of riding that focuses on carving. You can get freecarve specific boards that are usually longer and narrower than traditional snowboards with an agressive sidecut. Freecarving is all about the joy of making smooth, flowing carves and is a great way to improve your edge control and turning technique.

Freeride

Q: What is Freeride snowboarding?

Originally Freeride snowboarding meant using all of the mountain to snowboard in the way you wish. But these days it more commonly refers to riding off-piste. It can include everything from deep pow in open bowls to riding through trees, or dropping cliffs to popping tricks off wind lips. Freeride snowboarding is all about the freedom of riding the mountain on your own terms.

Freestyle

Q: What is Freestyle snowboarding?

Freestyle snowboarding focuses on tricks and maneuvers. This can include jumps, spins, flips, slides, and more. Freestyle snowboarding usually takes place in a snow park, but it can also be done on natural features and side hits around the mountain. It’s a fun and creative way to express yourself on a snowboard.

Fresh Tracks

Q: What is snowboarding Fresh Tracks?

Snowboarding Fresh Tracks is all about being the first to ride through a fresh patch of untouched snow leaving just your tracks behind. It could be an entire face you are the first down, or just a little spot of untouched snow, but laying fresh tracks is many snowboarders idea of heaven.

Freshies

Q: What are Freshies in snowboarding?

Freshies in snowboarding are just an abbreviated snowboarding term for fresh tracks. It’s snowboarding language used to describe the joy of being the first person to ride a particular spot after a snowfall. Lying freshies on a powder day is one of the greatest joys of snowboarding.

Frontside

Q: What is the Frontside of a snowboard?

Very simply the Frontside of a snowboard is the edge your toes are on, also sometimes called the toeside. if you stand with your shoulders parallel with the board then you are facing the frontside.

Frontside Air

Q: What is a snowboarding Frontside Air?

A snowboarding Frontside Air is where the rider launches off a hip, wall, a-frame or pipe that is approached with their frontside facing it. It can be done in a snow park or off natural features and requires that the feature is almost at a right angle to the slope and/or your angle of attack so you ride up the face on your frontside and get air landing back on the face you took off from.

Frontside Rotation

Q: What is a Frontside Rotation in snowboarding?

A Frontside Rotation in snowboarding is a spin where the rider rotates towards their front side first – so clockwise if you are riding goofy and the opposite if riding regular. Frontside rotation is easier than backside as you start out as doing a 180 you are never blind to the landing, furthermore you can initiate it by shifting your hips rather than having to initiate a spin.

Frontside Turn

Q: What is a snowboarding Frontside Turn?

A snowboarding Frontside turn is when you are using the toeside/frontside edge of your board to turn. It’s one of the basic turns that every snowboarder begins with alongside the backside turn.

Frustration Slide

Q: What is a Frustration Slide in snowboarding?

A Frustration Slide in snowboarding is where a rider falls and rather than get up decides it is easier to slide down the slope on their butt, belly or back. It’s not a graceful move, but it’s something that every snowboarder has done at some point when they are stuggling.

Full-wrap Edge

Q: What is a Full-wrap Edge snowboard?

A Full-wrap Edge snowboard is constructed with a metal edge that wraps fully around the tip and tail. Most boards are made this ay nowadays as it provides better edge control and durability. On the downside a full-wrap edge makes the board a bit heavier and slightly more expensive.

Fun Box

Q: What is a Fun Box in snowboarding?

A Fun Box in snowboarding is a feature found in a snow park. It’s a wide, box that riders can slide or grind on. Fun boxes are good for beginner freestylers to start learning rail tricks, as they’re much easier and less intimidating than narrower rails.

G – Letter G Snowboarding Terms

Galloping to G in our Snowboarding A-Z. Grasp the glossary of letter G snowboard language, terms and slang.

Gap Jump

Q: What is a snowboarding Gap Jump?

A snowboarding Gap Jump is a feature where there is a space that you need to clear between the takeoff and the landing. It’s usually an advanced kicker that requires a minimum distance to avoid landing on the flat or knuckle. Gap jumps can be found in snow parks, or they can be natural features on the mountain.

Japan snowboard holiday in Hokkaido Photo by Antti Hentinen cropped

Garlands

Q: What are Garlands in snowboarding?

Garlands in snowboarding are a series of small, shallow turns, like a string of garlands. They’re a great way to practice your turning technique and edge control, especially for beginners. Garlands can help you get a feel for how your board responds to different movements and pressures.

Gaper

Q: What is a Gaper in snowboarding?

A Gaper in snowboarding is a term often used to describe a novice or inexperienced rider, especially one who stands out because of their lack of skill or inappropriate gear. It’s not a very nice term, and it’s important to remember that everyone was a beginner once. Instead of calling someone a gaper, why not offer them some friendly advice or encouragement?

Gaper Gap

Q: What is a Gaper Gap in snowboarding?

A Gaper Gap in snowboarding refers to the gap between the top of a rider’s goggles and their helmet. It’s often seen as a sign of a novice or inexperienced rider. To avoid the gaper gap, make sure your goggles fit well with your helmet, providing seamless coverage for warmth and protection.

Gate

Q: What is a Gate in snowboarding?

A Gate in snowboarding typically refers to a marker or a set of markers that riders must pass through during a race or competition. They help define the course and challenge the rider’s ability to control their speed and direction. Gate can also refer to fenced off off-piste sections or back country access that you reach through a gate often so they know who’s passed through – you check back in at the bottom.

Geeders

Q: What are snowboard Geeders?

Snowboard Geeders refers to people who are overly enthusiastic or eager, to the point of being annoying or reckless. It’s not a very nice term, and it’s always better to encourage enthusiasm and passion for the sport, as long as it’s paired with respect for others and safety.

Geschmozzle

Q: What is a Geschmozzle in snowboarding?

Geschmozzle in snowboarding describes a race where all the competitors start at the same time and first to the bottom wins. In a traditional Geschmozzle all the racers begin out of their skis/snowboards and run to the start and have to strap in, there are no rules, no set route and whoever reaches the bottom first is the winner. However, these days it can also be used to describe more organised races where you begin at the same time, such as the boardercross or skicross.

Glacier

Q: What is a Glacier in snowboarding?

A Glacier in snowboarding refers to a large mass of ice that is suitable for riding. Glacier ski resorts often offer snowboarding year-round. But glaciers also come with unique challenges and risks, such as crevasses and changing conditions. Always make sure to ride with a guide or with someone who knows the area well.

Glades

Q: What is snowboarding in Glades?

Snowboarding in Glades means to ride in an area where the trees are thinned out, but not completely removed. Glade riding creates a unique and challenging terrain for riders that requires quick reflexes and good control.

Gnar Gnar

Q: What does Gnar Gnar mean in snowboarding?

Gnar Gnar in snowboarding describes fresh powder. But It’s not any new snow… It is the deepest of the deep. The driest of the dry. The fluffiest of the fluffy. The powest of the pow. It’s the ultimate snowboard conditions – go shred the Gnar Gnar bro! Conveniently shortened to Gnar when excitement levels are too high for longer sentences.

Gnarly

Q: What does Gnarly mean in snowboarding?

Gnarly in snowboarding is a term used to describe something that is extreme, intense, or impressive. It could refer to a challenging slope, a big jump, a difficult trick, or even a particularly epic day on the mountain. If a fellow snowboarder calls your riding gnarly, take it as a compliment!

Goofy

Q: What does snowboarding Goofy mean?

Snowboarding Goofy means to stand on the board with your right foot forward. It’s one of the two basic stances in snowboarding, the other being regular stance (left foot forward). Whether you ride goofy or regular is usually just a matter of personal preference and comfort.

Gore-Tex

Q: What is Gore-Tex in snowboarding?

Gore-Tex in snowboarding refers to a type of fabric that is often used in snowboarding clothing. It’s known for being waterproof, windproof, and breathable, making it ideal for the varying conditions on the mountain. Gore-Tex jackets and pants can help keep you dry and comfortable while you ride.

Gorilla Turn

Q: What is a snowboarding Gorilla Turn?

A snowboarding Gorilla Turn is where the rider squats down low and reaches their hands towards the ground, resembling a gorilla. It’s not a specific technique or trick, but more of a fun and playful way to ride.

Grab

Q: What is a snowboard Grab?

A snowboard Grab is when you grab the board whist in the air. There are many different types of grabs, each with their own names, like the Indy, Melon, or Nose or Tail grab. Grabs add style and control to your jumps, and they’re a fundamental part of freestyle snowboarding.

Gradient

Q: What is the Gradient when snowboarding?

The Gradient when snowboarding refers to the steepness of the slope. It’s usually measured in degrees, with a higher number indicating a steeper slope. The gradient of a slope can greatly affect the difficulty of a slope and speed of your ride.

Snowboarding during Grindelwald Terminal & Eiger Express Review

Gravity Fed

Q: What is Gravity Fed snowboarding?

Gravity Fed snowboarding refers to the fact that like all downhill sports, shredding relies on gravity to generate speed. The slope of the mountain, lack of friction on snow and the pull of gravity is what allows snowboarders to move and perform tricks.

Grind

Q: What is a snowboard Grind?

A snowboard Grind  is both a trick and a kind of board maintenance. The trick grind is sliding along a surface, like a rail, box, park bench or any object with their board combined with spins and other freestyle moves. A base grind is using a machine to flatten out minor scratches on your board to help it run faster.

Groomer

Q: What is a Groomer in snowboarding?

A Groomer in snowboarding is simply the prepared pistes. It is a slope that has been groomed by a snowcat, leaving a smooth, even surface. Even when it is chopped up at the end of the day it is still a groomer.

Grommet

Q: What is a Grommet in snowboarding?

A Grommet in snowboarding is a young or inexperienced rider. It’s often used affectionately to encourage young riders and acknowledge their potential. Remember, even the best snowboarders were grommets once!

H – Letter H Snowboard Language

Heading to H in our Snowboard A-Z. Hone your skills with the lingo of letter H snowboarding terms.

Half-cab

Q: What is asnowboarding Half-cab?

A snowboarding Half-cab is a trick where the rider performs a switch frontside 180. It’s named after the skateboarder Steve Caballero, who popularized the trick in skateboarding. In snowboarding, a half-cab can be done on the ground or in the air.

Hardpack

Q: What is Hardpack when snowboarding?

Hardpack when snowboarding refers to snow that has been packed down and is very firm. It’s not quite as hard or slippery as ice, but it’s much firmer than powder. Hardpack can be challenging to ride on, especially for beginners, but it can also provide a fast and smooth surface for carving turns.

Head Wall

Q: What is a Head Wall in snowboarding?

A Head Wall in snowboarding is a steep section of a slope, often found at the top of a mountain or a couloir. It can be a challenging feature to ride, requiring good control and technique – but is an exciting and intense ride.

Heel Edge

Q: What is the Heel Edge in snowboarding?

The Heel Edge in snowboarding is the edge of the board that is on the same side as your heels when you’re standing in your normal riding position. You turn and brake using your heel edge and your toe edge.

Heel Lift

Q: What is Heel Lift when snowboarding?

Heel Lift when snowboarding refers to the movement of the heel inside the boot. It is the bane of snowboarders as it reduces control and responsiveness, especially on the toe side, making it harder to ride effectively. Good-fitting boots and proper lacing techniques can help prevent heel lift.

Heelside Turn

Q: What is a snowboarding Heelside Turn?

A snowboarding Heelside Turn is a turn made by leaning on your heels, which digs the heel edge of the board into the snow and changes your direction. It’s one of the basic maneuvers in snowboarding, along with the toeside turn.

Heli-boarding

Q: What is Heli-boarding in snowboarding?

Heli-boarding is using a helicopter to access remote areas with untouched snow, often in the backcountry. It’s an exciting way to experience off-piste snowboarding with guaranteed freshies. Heli boarding is available for al levels, although typically it is done by more experienced powder loving shredders.

Heli pick up during Review of Turkey Heliski in Ayder in Turkey

Highback

Q: What is a snowboard Highback?

The snowboard Highback is the part of bindings that rises vertically from the heel of the binding to provide support for the rider’s lower leg. It plays a crucial role in transmitting the rider’s movements to the board.

Hiking

Q: What is snowboard Hiking?

Snowboard Hiking is walking uphill in order to ride a specific slope or feature multiple times. It’s often done in terrain parks to lap a feature or to reach areas of off-piste or back country that are not lift accessible. It’s worth mentioning in this A-Z of snowboarding language, slang, terms and lingo that hiking for lines is a lot of fun but does open up more risks, so you should have all the avalanche gear and know how to use it.

Hill

Q: What is a Hill in snowboarding?

A Hill in snowboarding is simply and slope or incline that is ridden down. It can range from a small bump to a large mountain, depending on the context. For example, a snowboarder might say to their buddies, “Ready to hit the hill?”

Hip

Q: What is a Hip in snowboarding?

A Hip in snowboarding is a type of jump found in terrain parks. IThe unique factor is that the takeoff and landing are on different planes, often at a right angle to each other, creating a “hip” shape. Riders use the hip to launch into the air and perform different tricks to straight kickers or walls.

Hip Whiping

Q: What is Hip Whiping when snowboarding?

Hip Whiping when snowboarding is also known as Scissoring. It’s moving your legs in opposite directions to each other often when in the air. It is used in the common shiftie trick, and can get a little extra rotation when doing larger spins. On the ground beginners often scissor their legs to turn, which it is a poor technique with less control. However, you can use the hip whip to perform a slash or revert, so it has its place.

Hit

Q: What is a snowboarding Hit?

A snowboarding Hit is any jump or feature that a snowboarder can launch to get air and perform tricks. It can be a natural feature, like a bump or a cornice, or a man-made feature, like a jump or a rail in a snow park. Hit can also be used to refer to a crash, as in “I took a gnarly hit in the park”.

Ho Ho

Q: What is a Ho Ho in snowboarding?

A Ho Ho in snowboarding is a trick where you plant both hands on the ground or a feature for the board and your body to go above them. It’s a bit like doing a handstand on a snowboard.

Hole Pattern

Q: What is the snowboard Hole Pattern?

The snowboard Hole Pattern is the arrangement of holes in a snowboard where the bindings are attached. Different boards and bindings may use different hole patterns. Most common is the 4×4 pattern used by most boards and bindings. Burton used to have a 3×3 hole pattern and now uses channel system. Some brands have micro binding plates that are smaller than usual, but they still fit the 4×4 pattern.

Horizontal Axis Spin

Q: What is a Horizontal Axis Spin in snowboarding?

A Horizontal Axis Spin in snowboarding is where the rider changes their body to be in a horizontals position and spins around the horizontal axis rather than the usual vertical axis. It’s a more complex spin that often involves some kind of flip.

Huck

Q: What is a Huck in snowboarding?

To Huck in snowboarding simply means to throw yourself off a jump or drop with little preparation or slight abandon, usually with the intention of performing a trick. The term that captures the daring and adventurous spirit of snowboarding, as you ‘huck’ a trick off a sidehit, or cliff drop without scoping it out first.

Hucker

Q: What is a snowboarding Hucker?

A snowboarding Hucker is a rider who throws themselves into big jumps and tricks, often without much regard for technique, style or planning. While the term can sometimes be used to insult, usually it reflects the fearless approach by that snowboarder.

I – Letter I Snowboarding Slang

Initiating I in our Snowboarding A-Z. Immerse yourself in the language of letter I snowboard slang and language.

Ice

Q: What is Ice when snowboarding?

Ice when snowboarding refers to snow on the slope that has melted and then frozen solid, making it very slippery and hard. Ice can be challenging and potentially dangerous to ride on, as it offers less grip and it hurts when you fall on ice.

snowboarding in Jungfrau, Switzerland

Icy

Q: What is Icy in snowboarding?

Icy in snowboarding, refers to the overall condition of the slopes being frozen hard. It doesn’t usually mean all the snow has all turned to ice, but that the slope has refrozen, creating a more difficult surface to ride on. Icy conditions are often found early mornings, particularly when snow melts a bit in the day and re-freezes overnight. It requires good edge control and balance – so bend those knees.

Incline

Q: What is an Incline in snowboarding?

An Incline in snowboarding is any upward slope or hill that a rider must go up. Most of the time snowboarders are going downhill, and short inclines can normally be handles by going fast. But if you run out of speed you may have to hop or penguin walk the last little bit. If it is too far you’ll need to unstrap one foot and skate your board or walk the last section.

Indy

Q: What is an Indy in snowboarding?

An Indy in snowboarding is a type of grab using your backhand to grip the toe edge of the board while in the air. It’s one of the basic grabs in this snowboarding A-Z, and it can be incorporated into a variety of tricks.

Indy Nosebone

Q: What is a snowboarding Indy Nosebone?

A anoboarding Indy Nosebone combines an Indy grab with a Nosebone. The rider grabs the toe edge of the board with their back hand (an Indy grab) and then extends their front leg to point the nose of the board upwards (a Nosebone).

Inrun

Q: What is the snowboarding Inrun?

The snowboarding Inrun is the downhill slope leading to a jump or other feature that the rider uses to gain speed for the trick. It’s typically a downhill slope leading up to the takeoff, and it plays a crucial role in determining the rider’s speed and trajectory for the jump.

Inserts

Q: What is a snowboard Inserts?

The snowboard Inserts are the metal pieces that are embedded in the snowboard where the bindings are attached. The screws for the bindings go into these inserts, so the bindings can be securely attached to the board.

Inverted Aerials

Q: What are Inverted Aerials in snowboarding?

Inverted Aerials in snowboarding are tricks where the rider goes airborne and flips over so that their head is below their board at some point during the trick. These can include flips, somersaults, off axis spins and other tricks where the rider becomes inverted.

J – Letter J Snowboarding Glossary

Jumping to J in our Snowboard A-Z. Join the journey with the snowboard glossary of letter J snowboarding language and terms.

J-Tear

Q: What is a J-Tear in snowboarding?

A J-Tear in snowboarding is an inverted frontside 540° while planting one or both hands. It’s usually performed in the half pipe, or a wall.

J-turn

Q: What is a snowboarding J-turn?

A snowboarding J-turn is a basic maneuver where you go straight and then begin to turn and continue until you are facing back up the slope. It traces a path similar to the letter “J” and is one of the first turns that beginners learn.

Japan Air

Q: What is a Japan Air in snowboarding?

A Japan Air in snowboarding is when you grab the toe edge of the board with your front hand and pull the board up towards your butt. You need to bend the knees and arch your body to get the maximum affect.

Jib

Q: What is a snowboard Jib?

A snowboard Jib is sliding on any surface other than snow with your snowboard. This could be rails, boxes, logs, etc. It’s a fundamental part of freestyle snowboarding and can be seen in terrain parks and urban environments.

Jibber

Q: What is a Jibber in snowboarding?

A Jibber in snowboarding is any rider who specialises in jibbing. These snowboarders are often very skilled at jibbing rails, boxes, and other non-snow surfaces, and spend a lot of time in terrain parks and urban environments.

Jibbing one of the 28 different snowboard disciplines Pixabay royalty free image

Jibbing

Q: What is Jibbing in snowboarding?

Jibbing in snowboarding is performing tricks on non-snow surfaces, such as rails, boxes, and logs. It’s a major part of freestyle snowboard scene and includes tricks like slides, grinds and butters.

Jibster

Q: What is a snowboarding Jibster?

A snowboarding Jibster is pretty much the same as a Jibber. But perhaps they are even more hungry for jibbing action.

Jump

Q: What is a snowboard Jump?

A snowboard Jump is a feature, either natural or man-made, that allows riders to get airborne and perform tricks. Jumps can vary in size and shape, from small bumps to large kickers in a terrain park. A jump is also the act of getting airborne on a snowboard.

K – Letter K Snowboard Lingo

Kicking off with K in our Snowboarding A-Z glossary. Keep up with the lingo of letter K snowboard terms and slang.

Kicker

Q: What is a Kicker in snowboarding?

A Kicker in snowboarding is another name for a jump. Specifically one that is built with a steeper takeoff, that kicks you high into the air. Kickers are common features in terrain parks, but it’s also fun to build them in the backcountry.

Kink

Q: What is a Kink in snowboarding?

A Kink in snowboarding refers to a sudden change in the angle or direction of a rail or box. It adds an extra level of difficulty to the rail, as you have to adjust your balance and position to navigate the kink.

Kinked

Q: What does it mean when a rail is Kinked in snowboarding?

When a rail is described as Kinked in snowboarding, it means that it has one or more sudden changes in angle or direction. Kinked rails are more challenging to ride.

Knuckle

Q: What is a Knuckle in snowboarding?

The Knuckle in snowboarding is the point where the downward landing slope of a jump begins. You want to clear the knuckle for a smooth landing. Landing before or on the knuckle can cause you to crash or injure yourself.

Knuckle Draggers

Q: Who are Knuckle Draggers in snowboarding?

The snowboarding term Knuckle Draggers can be either a complement or an insult. Outside of the sport it is used to describe unintelligent or loutish people who have ‘devolved’ towards apes. So, some skiers call snowboarding ‘knuckle dragging’ to signify the devolution of skiing and playing on the stereotype of snowboarders as laid-back and unruly. But it’s also used as a compliment among shredders to appreciate you carving so low that you are knuckle dragging.

L – Letter L Snowboarding Terms

Launching into L in our Snowboard A-Z list. Learn the language of letter L snowboarding lingo.

Lame

Q: What is Lame when snowboarding?

Lame in snowboarding slang means that it’s not cool, exciting or impressive. It could refer to anything from a poorly built jump, to a trick that didn’t quite work out or a poor night out.

Lapper

Q: What is a snowboarding Lapper?

A snowboarding Lapper describes a rider who repeatedly laps the same line or feature. It’s often used in the context of terrain parks, where snowboarders might lap the same set of features to practice their tricks.

Snowboard A-Z: Glossary of Snowboarding Terms, Lingo and Slang snowboard camp in morzine snowparking crew

Late

Q: What is Late in snowboarding?

Late in snowboarding is a trick where the rider initiates the trick later than usual in the jump. For example, in a late 180, the rider would start the rotation after they’ve already been in the air for a bit.

Layback

Q: What is a snowboarding Layback?

A snowboarding Layback is where the rider leans back and touches the snow with their hand while riding.

Layback Air

Q: What is a Layback Air in snowboarding?

A Layback Air in snowboarding combines a layback with an aerial move. So the snowboarder launches off a jump, leans back in the air, and touches the snow with their hand before landing.

Leash

Q: What is a snowboard Leash?

A snowboard Leash is a safety device that connects the rider’s boot or leg to the snowboard with a bit of cord. It’s designed to prevent the snowboard from escaping in case of binding failure or a snowboarder dropping it. They are rarely used these days but used to be required to stop runaway boards on the slope.

Lift Line

Q: What is a Lift Line in snowboarding?

A Lift Line in snowboarding is the queue of people waiting to get on a ski lift. It’s a common part of the snowboarding experience, especially on busy days at the resort. However, if you book snowboarding holidays in quiet weeks or to less well known resorts you can avoid queueing all together. Typically lift lines are less common when you snowboard in Europe than North America

Lift Pass

Q: What is a snowboarding Lift Pass?

A snowboarding Lift Pass is your ticket to the ski lifts at a resort. In the old days it was worn visibly on the rider’s clothing, and was checked by resort staff to ensure that only paying customers are using the lifts. These days most ski areas have automated systems, so you put the pass in your pocket and it opens a barrier automatically.

Liftie

Q: What is a Liftie in snowboarding?

A Liftie in snowboarding is a ski lift operator. They’re responsible for operating the lift, assisting riders as they get on and off, and ensuring the safety of everyone using the lift.

Line

Q: What is a snowboarding Line?

A snowboarding Line is the path or route that a rider takes down a slope or through a terrain park. Choosing a good line is a key part of snowboarding, as it affects your speed, the tricks you can do, your overall flow and your style.

Lip

Q: What is a Lip in snowboarding?

A Lip in snowboarding refers to the edge or rim of a halfpipe, jump or edge of a feature or drop. It’s the point where the rider takes off or lands, and it plays a crucial role in the execution of the A-Z of snowboarding tricks.

Lip Trick

Q: What is a snowboarding Lip Trick in snowboarding?

A snowboarding Lip Trick is a move that is performed on the lip of a halfpipe, quarterpipe, or similar feature. It can include a variety of tricks, such as stalls, slides and grinds.

Halfpipe a popular snowboard style Flickr CC image by John Lemieux

Loaded

Q: What is aLoaded snowboard?

A Loaded snowboard, is when where the rider is applying pressure to the board in preparation for a trick. This can involve bending the knees, leaning in a certain direction, or shifting the weight in a way that “loads” the board with potential energy.

Locked

Q: What is a Locked snowboarder?

A Locked snowboarder, means they’re fully committed to a trick. It is used to describe being locked in to the run up to a jump, and where the rider needs to maintain a locked body position to perform a trick or slide along the feature. If you describe a trick as locked you are complementing the execution.

Log Slide

Q: What is a snowboarding Log Slide?

Not the most imaginatively named in this snowboarding A-Z glossary of terms. A snowboarding Log Slide is what it sounds like. Basically it’s a jibbing trick, sliding along a log or similar natural feature.

Lookers Left

Q: What is Lookers Left when snowboarding?

Lookers Left when snowboarding refers to the left side of a slope or feature when viewed from above. It’s a common term used to describe the layout of a terrain park or the direction of a rider’s line as you look downhill toward it.

Lookers Right

Q: What does Lookers Right mean in snowboarding?

Lookers Right in snowboarding refers to the right side of a slope or feature when looking downhill. It’s a common term used to describe the layout of a terrain park or the direction of a rider’s line.

M – Letter M Snowboard Language

Moving onto M in our snowboard A-Z glossary of terms. Master this manifest of letter M snowboarding language.

Machine Made Snow

Q: What is Machine Made Snow in snowboarding?

Machine Made Snow in snowboarding refers to artificially produced snow using snowmaking machines. It’s often used at ski resorts to supplement natural snowfall and ensure good riding conditions particularly early and late in the season.

Major Air

Q: What is Major Air in snowboarding?

Major Air in snowboarding is all relative. To a pro it is hucking a huge jump or trick, so an intermediate it catching air with enough time to think about the landing. So major air is used to describe impressive tricks in competitions but also do say “did you see my major air”, among friends.

Mashed Potatoes

Q: What is snowboarding Mashed Potatoes?

Snowboarding Mashed Potatoes is riding in wet or heavy snow. It’s often found in the spring or on warm days. It can be tricky to ride – skiers hate it – due to its sticky, slow-moving nature, however this also makes it more forgiving and mashed potato snowboarding is a great time to practice tricks.

McTwist

Q: What is a McTwist in snowboarding?

A McTwist in snowboarding is an inverted aerial with a 540-degree rotation.

Melon

Q: What is a Melon in snowboarding?

A Melon in snowboarding is when the rider grabs the heel edge of the board with their leading hand while in the air. It’s a relatively easy grab and one of the first many snowboarders do.

Method

Q: What is a snowboarding Method?

A snowboarding Method is possibly the most classic aerial snowboarding trick. The snowboarder grabs the heel edge of the board with their leading hand, kicks out their back foot and twists their body to face uphill. It combines the melon grab, bone and shifty – it’s a favorite among many riders.

Torbjørn Paulsen tweaking a method on his Furberg Twin

Michalchuk

Q: What is a Michalchuk in snowboarding?

A Michalchuk in snowboarding is a trick named after Canadian snowboarder Mike Michalchuk. It involves a backflip combined with a 540-degree rotation, and it’s known for its high difficulty level and impressive look.

Micro Disk

Q: What is a snowboard Micro Disk?

A snowboard Micro Disk is a smaller disk used to mount your bindings but still using the traditional 4×4 pattern. Nitro Phantom and other bindings use them and it helps use more of the snowboards flex than traditional larger disks.

Mini Shred

Q: What is a Mini Shred in snowboarding?

A Mini Shred in snowboarding is a term used to describe small-scale, low-intensity riding. It often involves a few laps at the hill or simple tricks and maneuvers compared to your usually riding. You might have a mini shred on a day when apres was a little too banging the night before, or if you have a competition the next day.

Mini Shredder

Q: What is a snowboarding Mini Shredder?

A snowboarding Mini Shredder is a young kid who is ripping up the slope. We are not talking teens here, but those under 10 years old. The really young ones just have to ride to be a mini shredder. In this A-Z glossary of snowboard terms and language mini shredders are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Misty Flip

Q: What is a Misty Flip in snowboarding?

A Misty Flip in snowboarding is a backflip combined with a frontside 180-degree rotation.

Moguls

Q: What are Moguls in snowboarding?

Moguls in snowboarding are small bumps or icy mounds of snow that are often found on ski slopes. They are a challenge to ride, especially for beginner riders, but they can also provide a fun and varied terrain for more experienced snowboarders.

Mountain Manners

Q: What are snowboarding Mountain Manners?

Snowboarding Mountain Manners are the etiquette and behavior expected of riders on the mountain. This includes things like respecting other riders, staying in control, not littering, and following the rules of the resort and the international skiing rules.

Mute

Q: What is a Mute in snowboarding?

A Mute in snowboarding is where the rider grabs the toe edge of the board with their leading hand while in the air.

N – Letter N Snowboarding Slang

Next up, N in our snowboard A-Z glossary. Navigate the nomenclature of letter N snowboard terms, lingo and slang.

Natural Terrain

Q: What is snowboarding in Natural Terrain?

Snowboarding in Natural Terrain refers to riding an unaltered mountain. It includes natural features of a mountain, such as cliffs, wind lips, pillows, trees and gullies that have been untouched by the piste bashers. Riding natural terrain is a lot of fun but can be challenging and heading away from the managed slopes can be dangerous.

Noboarding

Q: What is Noboarding?

Noboarding is snowboarding without any bindings. Usually you have a non-slip surface on the top of the board and a bungy running length ways that you can hold onto. Noboarding is normally done off-piste for a more surfy feeling.

Nollie

Q: What is a snowboarding Nollie?

A snowboarding Nollie is the opposite to an ollie. The rider pops off the nose of the board, rather than the tail when doing an ollie. It’s a useful skill for getting air and setting up for other tricks.

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Nose

Q: What is the Nose of a snowboard?

The Nose of a snowboard is the front end of the board, the end that points downhill when the rider is standing in their regular stance. The shape and size of the nose can affect the board’s performance in different snow conditions.

Nose Dive

Q: What is a Nose Dive when snowboarding?

A Nose Dive when snowboarding is when the nose of the board digs into the snow, causing the rider to fall forward. It usually happens because the rider’s weight is too far forward when riding in powder. This is particularly likely when landing a jump in deep snow. If you are moving quickly when you nose dive you may end of doing a tomahawk.

Nose Grab

Q: What is a snowboard Nose Grab?

A snowboard Nose Grab is where the rider grabs the nose of the board with one hand while in the air. It’s a popular grab that can be incorporated into a variety of tricks.

Nose Roll

Q: What is a Nose Roll in snowboarding?

A Nose Roll in snowboarding is where the rider pivots around the nose of the board, spinning it 180 degrees. It’s a ground trick that is often combined with other manoeuvres to create impressive sequences. A nose roll can also be done when jibbing so on objects such as rails and boxes etc.

Nose Slide

Q: What is a Nose Slide when snowboarding?

A Nose Slide when snowboarding is sliding balancing on just the nose of the board, while the tail is off the ground. It’s  a jibbing trick so for example you slide down a rail with just the nose touching it and the tail pointing out to the side.

Nosebone

Q: What is a snowboarding Nosebone?

A snowboarding Nosebone is when you kick out the nose of the board while in the air, typically while grabbing the tail of the board. It’s a stylish trick that adds a bit of flair to aerial maneuvers in this snowboard A-Z.

Nosepress

Q: What is a Nosepress in snowboarding?

A Nosepress in snowboarding is when the rider shifts their weight towards the front of the board, lifting the tail off the ground and pressing the nose down. It can be done on the ground or when jibbing. It is great to combine a nose press with a nollie 180.

O – Letter O Snowboarding Glossary

On to O in our Snowboarding A-Z. Overcome obstacles of the letter O snowboarding vocabulary.

O-Fishl

Q: What is an O-Fishl in snowboarding?

An O-Fishl in snowboarding is a type of grab. So complete it the rider grabs the heel edge of the board with their rear hand while in the air.

Off-Piste

Q: What is Off-Piste snowboarding?

Off-Piste snowboarding is what many of us shred for! It is riding on unmarked, unpatrolled and ungroomed areas away from the pistes. The idea is to lay fresh tracks in powder snow and to take on challenging terrain. You may be right beside the piste or far off in the backcountry the point is you are not on the managed slopes.

Backcountry snowboarding tips off-piste and out of bounds Wikimedia CC image by Fusaki Iida

Old School

Q: What is Old School snowboarding?

Old School snowboarding refers to the style and culture (counterculture) of snowboarding from its early days. This can include old school tricks, clothing styles, gear from the early days or attitudes that harken back to the roots of the sport.

Ollie

Q: What is an Ollie in snowboarding?

An Ollie in snowboarding is a basic trick where the rider pops off the tail of the board to get air. It’s named after skateboarder Alan “Ollie” Gelfand, who invented the trick on a skateboard. It’s a fundamental trick that forms the basis of freestyle snowboarding.

One-Footer

Q: What is a snowboarding One-Footer?

A snowboarding One-Footer is any trick where the one foot is not strapped in. Typically it is aerial or a jib, and often the trick is enhanced my kicking out the back foot, which some people call a donkey kick.

Oop

Q: What is an Oop in snowboarding?

An Oop in snowboarding is a trick where rotation is opposite to the direction of travel. For example, a frontside air to fakie with a backside spin would be considered an “oop” trick.

Open

Q: What is being Open when snowboarding?

Being Open when snowboarding refers to a rider’s stance or body position so the rider’s chest and hips are facing more towards the nose of the board with shoulders across the board rather than level with it. This can make it easier to go left or right in difficult terrain, particularly off piste. It is also good for carving and hard-boot snowboarders.

Open Stance

Q: What is an Open Stance in snowboarding?

An Open Stance in snowboarding is when your bindings are set up to make it easier to ride with the open body position above. This often means both bindings are angled forward, but some riders prefer a big forward lean with the front foot and the rear binding to be close to zero.

Out-of-bounds

Q: What is Out-of-bounds snowboarding?

Out-of-bounds snowboarding refers to areas outside of the marked boundaries of a ski resort. These areas are not maintained, patrolled or controlled for avalanches. So riding out-of-bounds, also known as backcountry, can be dangerous and is often against resort rules.

Outrun

Q: What is a snowboard Outrun?

A snowboard Outrun is the flat or gently sloping area at the bottom of a run or park feature where riders can slow down and stop safely.

Over Turn

Q: What is an Over Turn in snowboarding?

An Over Turn in snowboarding is when a rider turns their board more than intended or necessary, often resulting in a loss of balance or control. It’s usually a result of poor technique or timing, tired legs or an unexpeced change in conditions.

Overhang

Q: What is snowboard Overhang?

Snowboard Overhang is the amount that your toes and heels extend over the edges of your snowboard. Having some overhang helps you to apply more pressure to the edges giving you more control. But too much overhand can cause your toes or heels to drag in the snow which can cause you to crash.

P – Letter P Snowboard Lingo

Pushing forward to P in our Snowboarding A-Z. Peruse the letter P glossary of snowboard terms.

P-Tex

Q: What is P-Tex in snowboarding?

P-Tex in snowboarding refers to a type of plastic used on the base of snowboards. It’s durable, has good gliding properties, and can be repaired if it gets damaged.

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Pack

Q: What is a Pack in snowboarding?

A Pack in snowboarding can mean four different things. First a pack can be a group of snowboarders riding together. Second it can also refer to the act of compressing snow to make it more solid, such as when building a jump. Third you could be referring to the snow pack, which is all the snow that has fallen that winter and the quality of the bonding of the layers. And fourth, pack in snowboarding may refer to a backpack.

Packed Powder

Q: What is Packed Powder in snowboarding?

Packed Powder in snowboarding is snow that has been compressed and smoothed by the action of skiers and snowboarders or grooming machines. It’s a common snow condition at ski resorts, providing a smooth and fast riding surface that is also forgiving.

Palma

Q: What is a Palma in snowboarding?

A Palma in snowboarding is when you grab the tail of the board with your trailing hand while in the air. It’s one of the easiest grabs in this snowboarding A-Z glossary of terms.

Panoramic

Q: What is a Panoramic when snowboarding?

A Panoramic when snowboarding refers to a wide, sweeping view of the mountain or terrain. It’s often used to describe the view from the top of a peak or ridge.

Park

Q: What is a Park in snowboarding?

A snow Park in snowboarding, also known as a terrain park, is a designated freestyle area at ski resorts that’s filled with man-made features like jumps, rails, boxes and halfpipes. It’s where park rats feel most at home and riders go to get freestyling.

Park Rat

Q: What is a Park Rat snowboarder?

A Park Rat snowboarder is used to describe someone who spends most of their time in the terrain park, constantly practicing and perfecting their tricks.

Pedaling

Q: What is a snowboard Pedaling?

Snowboarding A-Z – this sounds more like a cycling term! However, snowboard Pedaling is real, it refers to initiating turns with your feet rather than your legs or upper body. If you apply pressure on your front toes (like pressing down a gas pedal), you’ll start to turn toeside using the torsional twist on the board, likewise if you lift your toes you turn heelside. Either side follow with your backfoot to lock in the turn. Return the front foot to neutral followed by the rear to stop a turn. Linked together they feel great and snowboard pedaling uses less energy!

Penguin Walk

Q: What is the snowboarder Penguin Walk?

The snowboarder Penguin Walk is a technique used to move uphill or across flat terrain while still strapped into the board. The rider hops forward each foot while keeping the other planted in a motion similar to a penguin’s waddle, hence the name.

Picket Fence

Q: What is a Picket Fence in snowboarding?

A Picket Fence in snowboarding refers to a series of closely spaced obstacles that require tight turns to navigate between. Often it is poles set up as a training technique for skiers to turn between resembling a picket fence. Snowboarders can benefit by riding between them and they are great for learning tight cross under turns.

Pinhead

Q: What is a Pinhead in snowboarding?

A Pinhead in snowboarding is a derogatory term used to describe skiers, often in a playful or teasing manner. It originates from the shape of ski poles, which can resemble pins.

Pipe

Q: What is a Pipe in snowboarding?

A Pipe in snowboarding, is just a shortened term for halfpipe. It is is a U-shaped ramp used for freestyle snowboarding. While travelling down the pipe snowboarders can perform awesome tricks whilst moving from one side of the pipe to the other.

What a Superpipe looks like Flickr image by Andreas-fischler

Pipe Dragon

Q: What is a Pipe Dragon in snowboarding?

A Pipe Dragon in snowboarding is a snow grooming machine used to maintain and shape halfpipes. It gets its name from its dragon-like appearance, with large blades and tillers that resemble the scales of a dragon.

Piste

Q: What is a Piste in snowboarding?

A Piste in snowboarding is a marked and maintained ski run or trail within a ski resort. The term is more commonly used in Europe, while in North America, the term “trail” or “run” is more common.

Piste Basher

Q: What is a Piste Basher in snowboarding?

A Piste Basher in snowboarding is a machine used to groom ski slopes to even out the snow and prepare it for skiers and snowboarders. It’s also known as a snowcat or grooming machine.

Piste Map

Q: What is a Piste Map in snowboarding?

A Piste Map in snowboarding is a map of a ski resort that shows the location of all the ski runs, lifts, and other facilities. It’s an essential tool for navigating the mountain and planning your day of riding.

Plate Bindings

Q: What are snowboard Plate Bindings?

Snowboard Plate Bindings, also known as hard boot bindings, are used primarily in alpine or carving styles of snowboarding. They are designed to provide maximum control and responsiveness, and are typically used with hard boots which are similar to ski boots.

Poaching

Q: What is Poaching in snowboarding?

Poaching in snowboarding refers to the act of riding in an area that is off-limits or closed, such as a closed trail or a terrain park feature that is not open for use. It’s generally frowned upon and can lead to loss of lift privileges. It can also be dangerous, for example poaching freshies in an area that is closed due to high avalanche risk causes deaths most winters.

Poma / Poma Lift

Q: What is a Poma in snowboarding?

A Poma in snowboarding is a type of surface lift used to transport skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. The rider grabs the bar and puts the round disk between their legs and is pulled up the slope while remaining on their snowboard. Most snowboarders dislike poma lifts.

Pop

Q: What is Pop in snowboarding?

Pop in snowboarding is the springy feeling that a board has when you ollie or nollie off a jump or feature. A board with good pop can help riders get more air and perform bigger tricks more easily.

Pop Tart

Q: What is a Pop Tart in snowboarding?

A Pop Tart in snowboarding is a trick where the rider pops out of a halfpipe or quarterpipe, performs a 180-degree rotation, and lands riding in the same direction. It’s named after the toaster pastry due to the ‘popping out’ motion of the trick.

Pow

Q: What is Pow in snowboarding?

Pow in snowboarding is short for powder, which refers to fresh, untracked snow. The chance of pow is what gets many snowboarders out of bed in the morning. Hunting down a stash of untouched pow, even days after the most recent snowfall, is a big part of being a freeride snowboarder.

Powder

Q: What is snowboarding in Powder?

Powder means the same as Pow its basically freshly fallen snow. Snowboarding in Powder is the ultimate for most shredders as the smooth, floating sensation can’t be beaten. Powder comes in many different types each with different qualities, but generally the lighter, deeper and fluffier the pow the better!

Powder Basket

Q: What is a Powder Basket in snowboarding?

A Powder Basket in snowboarding is a larger than usual basket on the end of a ski pole designed for use in deep snow. The larger surface area helps prevent the pole from sinking too deeply into the snow. Splitboarders and backcountry snowboarders often carry poles to help on the flats and for the uphills.

Powder Hound

Q: What is a Powder Hound snowboarder?

A Powder Hound snowboarder describes someone who is always chasing the freshest, untracked snow. These riders are first on the mountain after snowfall, leaving the first lines on the best faces, but also seeking out the powder stashes once all the obvious lines have been taken.

Praying

Q: What is Praying in snowboarding?

Praying in snowboarding is hoping or wishing for good snow conditions, often used in the context of waiting for a big snowfall and epic powder day.

Pressing

Q: What is snowboard Pressing?

Snowboard Pressing is when the rider shifts their weight to the front or back of the board, causing the nose or tail at the other end to lift off the ground. It’s a fundamental trick that can be done on flat ground or on features like rails and boxes.

Pressure

Q: What is Pressure when snowboarding?

Pressure when snowboarding refers to the force exerted by the rider’s weight on the board. By adjusting pressure, riders can control their turns, speed, and balance on the board.

Pro Model

Q: What is a Pro Model snowboard?

A Pro Model snowboard is kit designed in collaboration with a professional rider. These models often feature unique designs and specifications tailored to the rider’s style and preferences.

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Pro Patrol

Q: What is the Pro Patrol in snowboarding?

The Pro Patrol in snowboarding refers to the ski patrol at a resort it references the PSPA (Professional Ski Patrol Association). They are responsible for maintaining safety on the mountain, including responding to accidents, marking hazards, and performing avalanche control.

Q – Letter Q Snowboarding Terms

Quick, it’s Q in our Snowboarding A-Z. Quench your lingo questions with this letter Q snowboarding language list.

Quad

Q: What is a snowboarding Quad?

A snowboarding Quad is a quadruple rotation, or four full spins (1440 degrees) in the air. This is an extremely advanced trick that requires serious air time and a lot of skill to execute.

Quarterpipe

Q: What is a Quarterpipe in snowboarding?

A Quarterpipe in snowboarding is a type of ramp/feature found in a terrain park. It’s essentially half of a halfpipe and allows riders to perform vertical tricks and get significant air.

Quick Release

Q: What is Quick Release in snowboarding?

A Quick Release in snowboarding refers to a type of binding that allows the rider to quickly and easily releast their boot from their bindings.

Quiver

Q: What is a snowboarders Quiver?

A snowboarders Quiver is the collection of different snowboards that a rider owns. Each board in a rider’s quiver is of course essential and the size of one’s quiver though never be questions.

R – Letter R Snowboard Language

Rolling into R in our snowboarding A-Z. Ramp up your recognition with letter R snowboard terms and language.

Racked

Q: What is Racked in snowboarding?

Getting Racked in snowboarding refers to the painful experience of landing on a rail or other hard surface with your body, usually the chest or groin area. It’s a term often used in the context of rail or jibbing accidents.

Rad

Q: What the meaning of Rad in snowboarding?

Rad in snowboarding is a shortened version of “radical”. It’s describes anything that is extremely impressive or cool, such as a particularly good trick, a new bit of gear or a great day of riding.

Rail

Q: What is a Rail in snowboarding?

A Rail in snowboarding is a freestyle feature found in a terrain park that riders can slide or grind on with their snowboard. Rails can be straight, curved, or kinked and are typically made of metal but also strong plastic or wood.

Rail Slide

Q: What is a snowboard Rail Slide?

A snowboard Rail Slide, is also known as a boardslide or a grind. Basically the rider slides along a rail or other surface with the snowboard perpendicular to the direction of travel.

Ramp

Q: What is a Ramp in snowboarding?

A Ramp in snowboarding, also known as a jump or a kicker is a terrain park feature that you use to get air and perform tricks. Ramps can vary in size and shape, from small jumps to large kickers or quarterpipes.

Ramped

Q: What is Ramped in snowboarding?

Getting Ramped in snowboarding is launching off a ramp or kicker with a lot of speed, often resulting in a high, long jump. It can also refer to the act of building up a ramp or kicker in the backcountry.

Ratchets

Q: What are Ratchets in snowboarding?

Ratchets in snowboarding are part of the binding system. They are the mechanisms that allow you to tighten the straps of your bindings for a secure fit.

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Rats Nest

Q: What is a Rats Nest in snowboarding?

A Rats Nest in snowboarding is a messy tangle of ski and snowboard equipment, often seen at the base of a lift or in a crowded lodge. It’s a humorous term used to describe the chaos that can ensue when a lot of riders are in one place.

Re-Entry

Q: What is snowboarding Re-Entry?

Snowboarding Re-Entry is rider landing back in a half or quarter pipe having launched out of it. A smooth re-entry requires precise timing and control to execute successfully.

Reference Stance

Q: What is a snowboard Reference Stance?

The snowboard Reference Stance is the position the manufacturer recommends that you attach your bindings for optimum performance. On some boards this is central, and on others it is setback to help improve float. If the reference stance it too wide of narrow for you move both bindings in or out by the same amount.

Regular

Q: What is a Regular snowboarding?

Regular snowboarding is doing so with the left foot forward. This is the opposite of a goofy-footed rider, who rides with their right foot forward. Whether a rider is regular or goofy is a matter of personal preference.

Revert

Q: What is a Revert in snowboarding?

A Revert in snowboarding is a carving trick. Laying out a solid carve you abruptly change from regular or goofy to carving switch, while staying on the same edge but moving in the opposite direction. The transition is achieved by skidding/slashing the edge around while maintaining the same upper body position. This will kick up snow and leave you facing the backwards which is the perfect body position to revert back out of switch.

Riding

Q: What is Riding when snowboarding?

Riding when snowboarding is nothing to do with a bike! It is simply another term used to describe snowboarding. Other common terms include shredding, cruising, sliding, carving, although if you are properly cool you’ll drop the ‘g’ and be shreddin’.

Riding Switch

Q: What is Riding Switch in snowboarding?

Riding Switch in snowboarding refers to shredding in the opposite stance from your natural one. If you normally ride with your left foot forward (regular), riding switch would mean riding with your right foot forward (goofy), and vice versa.

Ripper

Q: What is a Ripper in snowboarding?

A Ripper in snowboarding describes a very skilled or talented rider. If someone is a ripper, they’re known for their ability to shred the mountain with style and ease. Often used to describe someone younger and better than you.

Rocker

Q: What is a Rocker snowboard?

A Rocker snowboard, also known as reverse camber or banana board, is where the board curves up from the centre towards the tip and tail. This design makes the board more maneuverable and better for jibbing, but less stable at high speeds and with less pop. Some boards use rocker at the tip to help ride in pow.

Roll

Q: What is a snowboarding Roll?

A snowboarding Roll is an aerial trick. Mid-air you rotate your body along the longitudinal axis of the board, similar to a barrel roll in aviation. It’s an advanced trick that requires good air awareness and control.

Roll Down the Windows

Q: What does it mean to Roll Down the Windows when snowboarding?

To Roll Down the Windows when snowboarding describes flailing arms when you get a jump wrong and are trying not to land too much on the nose or tail. It looks like your’re trying to roll down (or up) car windows. Its a humorous snowboarding term but the movement can save you from a spill.

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Ropetow

Q: What is a Ropetow in snowboarding?

A Ropetow in snowboarding is a type of lift where you hold onto a moving rope to be pulled up the hill. It’s one of the simplest and oldest types of ski lifts, and while possibly the easiest it can still be tricky for beginners.

Rotation

Q: What is Rotation in snowboarding?

Rotation in snowboarding refers to spinning or turning in the air. The snowboard term can refer to spins (rotation around the vertical axis), flips (rotation around the horizontal axis), or rolls (rotation around the longitudinal axis).

Run

Q: What is a Run in snowboarding?

A Run in snowboarding is any marked piste, route, trail or path down the mountain that is designated for skiing or snowboarding. Runs vary in difficulty from easy (green circle) to very difficult (double black diamond). In Europe a run is often used synonymously with piste, where as in North America is can also refer to an unpisted trail.

Run Out

Q: What is a snowboarding Run Out?

A snowboarding Run Out is a flat or gently sloping area at the end of a piste where riders can slow down and stop safely. In terrain parks it’s used to describe the flatter area after the landing zone. Off-piste the run out may be a flat area, at the base of a face, or it can be used to describe a narrow flatter track linking back to the piste or another run decsent.

S – Letter S Snowboard Slang

Sliding into S in our Snowboarding A-Z. Study the synonyms of letter S snowboarding slang.

S-Turns

Q: What is snowboarding S-Turns?

Snowboarding S-Turns are very simply a series of turns that resemble the shape of the letter “S” by linking basic heel and toeside turns. S-Turns are a beginner snowboarding technique for controlling speed and direction while getting down the slopes safely.

Saddle

Q: What is a Saddle when snowboarding?

A Saddle when snowboarding has the same meaning as the geographic term. Which is the lowest point on a ridge between two peaks. They are often used as passes to access another valley, so it is a backcountry, off-piste term. You may boot pack up to the saddle in the hunt for fresh powder, and riding from the saddle is often easier than other points on a ridge.

Sandbagging

Q: What is Sandbagging in snowboarding?

Sandbagging in snowboarding is when riders intentionally underperform to hold back in a competition. This can be for various reasons, but is usually just to ensure they have at last one clean run in freestyle comps.

Schmoo

Q: What is Schmoo in snowboarding?

Schmoo in snowboarding is a term used to describe wet, slushy, or sticky snow. It’s often found in the spring when temperatures rise.

Scissoring

Q: What is snowboard Scissoring?

Snowboard Scissoring, also known as hip-whiping, is moving your legs in opposite directions usually when in the air. The common shiftie uses scissoring, and in bigger spins it can help to get a little extra rotation. On the ground beginners often scissor their legs to turn, but it is a poor technique with less control. As you improve you can scissor your legs so perform a slash or revert, so it has its place.

Scoop

Q: What is a Scoop in snowboarding?

To Scoop in snowboarding means to force the nose upwards, usually be shifting your weight towards the rear. It is a useful skill when riding powder, if it feels like you are going to nose-dive, scoop the tip back up onto the surface.

Scorpion

Q: What is a Scorpion when snowboarding?

A Scorpion when snowboarding is a type of fall where the rider lands on their front and their legs flip over their head which looks like a scorpion’s tail. It’s often a result of catching the front edge of the board.

Scrambled Eggs

Q: What are Scrambled Eggs in snowboarding?

Scrambled Eggs in snowboarding is similar to mashed potatoes. It’s a term used to describe rough, choppy snow conditions, often found towards the end of day when the snow has been churned up by many users. It usually occurs in warmer conditions when the snow melts slightly, but can also happen in powder.

Scraper

Q: What is a snowboard Scraper?

A snowboard Scraper is a tool used to remove excess wax from the base of the board. It’s an essential part of board maintenance and tuning so a common bit of snowboarder language.

Scrimping

Q: What is Scrimping in snowboarding?

Scrimping in snowboarding is when a rider is trying to save money, often by skipping meals, staying in cheap accommodation, or using old or second-hand gear. It’s a common practice among dedicated seasonaires who are passionate about snowboarding as much as possible and working as little as they can.

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Scrum

Q: What is a Scrum in snowboarding?

A Scrum in snowboarding describes a crowd or cluster of skiers and snowboarders, often found at the bottom of a lift or at the start of a popular run. It’s important to navigate scrums carefully to avoid collisions.

Self-arrest

Q: What is Self-arrest in snowboarding?

Self-arrest in snowboarding is a technique used to stop yourself sliding when you have fallen on a steep slope. It involves digging the edges of the board into the snow and using the body to create friction and slow down.

Session

Q: What is a snowboarding Session?

A snowboarding Session is a period of time spent riding. it can also be used to describe focused snowboarding on a specific area or feature like a park, pipe or powder field. Riders might say they’re going to “session the rainbow rail”, “have a powder session” or “I’ll session the XXX run until you find me”.

Setback

Q: What is a Setback snowboard?

A Setback snowboard means that the binding position is not centered on the board. Instead they are set back, towards the tail, which can improve control and float in powder. Some boards come with a setback reference stance, but you can setback your bindings on any board.

Shovel

Q: What is a Shovel in snowboarding?

The Shovel in snowboarding means two things. First, it could be a wide, slightly upturned nose to the snowboard that is designed to stay powder. Secondly it could be an avalanche shovel which is an essential bit of gear for backcountry snowboarding.

Shred

Q: What does it mean to Shred in snowboarding?

To Shred in snowboarding means to ride with skill and/or enthusiasm. If someone is shredding, they’re having a great time and probably showing off their best moves. But to shred also means to snowboard,  you don’t have to perform impressive tricks, but you do need to have a good time!

Sick

Q: What does Sick mean in snowboarding?

Sick in snowboarding is a slang term used to describe something that is extremely good or impressive. For example, a rider might describe a trick or a run as being sick if it was particularly well-executed or exciting.

Sidecut

Q: What is a snowboard Sidecut?

The snowboard Sidecut is the inward curve of the edges of the board from the nose to the tail. The depth of the sidecut affects how the board turns. A deeper sidecut enables more agressive and tighter turns resulting in more manoeuvrability but less stability. A shallower sidecut is less agressive, which results in wider turns and more stability.

Sidecut Radius

Q: What is the Sidecut Radius of a snowboard?

The Sidecut Radius of a snowboard is the radius of the circle that the sidecut of the board would form if extended into a full circle. It’s a measure of how sharply a board will naturally turn. A board with a smaller radius is better for tighter turns and manoeuvrability, those with a larger radius are better wider turns and stability.

Sideslip

Q: What is Sideslip in snowboarding?

Sideslip in snowboarding is a technique used to control speed or stop by sliding sideways down the slope digging either the toe or heel edge in to the snow. It’s a basic skill that all snowboarders learn very early on.

Sidewall

Q: What is a snowboard Sidewall?

The snowboard Sidewall is the part of the board that runs along the edge, between the top and the base to protect the core. It’s usually made of a durable material to protect the board from damage if (when) you hit something.

Sintered

Q: What is a Sintered snowboard?

A Sintered snowboard refers to the type of base material. It is made by fusing together small particles of PTEX, sometimes with other added materials, under high pressure. Sintered bases are known to be faster, for their durability and absorb wax better than cheaper extruded bases. Sintered snowboard bases come with a number in the thousands, higher numbers produce the fastest snowboard bases.

Skate

Q: What does it mean to Skate a snowboard?

To Skate a snowboard means moving on flat ground or uphill by pushing with one foot unstrapped while the front foot is still attached to the board. It’s a basic skill that all snowboarders need to learn.

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Sketching

Q: What is Sketching in snowboarding?

Sketching in snowboarding is when a rider is barely maintaining control, often while going at high speeds or performing tricks. It can also refer to a style of riding that is loose and relaxed, that is going with the flow and ‘sketching it’ even if it looks a bit chaotic.

Ski Bum

Q: What is a Ski Bum snowboarder?

A Ski Bum snowboarder is someone who prioritises snowboarding over other aspects of life to do as much of the sport as possible. They usually live in a ski town and ideally don’t work during the winter season. Although they may take a low paid seasonal job with evening hours to help support their passion for the sport. The term is used affectionately in the winter sports community.

Ski School

Q: What is a Ski School in snowboarding?

Most snowboard lessons are run by a Ski School. While there are also snowboard schools that do not offer skiing, the vast majority of ski schools offer lessons for both skiers and snowboarders.

Skier’s Left

Q: What is Skier’s Left in snowboarding?

Skier’s Left in snowboarding refers to the left side of a trail, slope or mountain etc., from the perspective of someone going downhill. It’s a common way to give directions on the mountain because when you look up at the mountain or at a piste map left and right will be the reverse of what you experience on the slope.

Skier’s Right

Q: What is Skier’s Right in snowboarding?

Skier’s Right in snowboarding is the opposite to skiers left. Hmmm – I am not even sure if this needs including in this A to Z list of snowboarding language!

Skins

Q: What are snowboard Skins?

Snowboard Skins are equipment used by splitboarders to help them walk uphill. Skins are strips of material that stick to the bottom of the board that have a directional texture which allows the board to slide forward but not backward.

Skin Up

Q: What does it mean to Skin Up in snowboarding?

To Skin Up in snowboarding could mean to roll a joint (or course only in places it is legal such as Colorado). But actually to skin up means to ascend a slope using a splitboard with skins. This means you can walk uphill to access backcountry lines.

Sky

Q: What does it mean to Sky in snowboarding?

To Sky in snowboarding slang means to get a lot of air or height during a jump. If a snowboarder is said to be “skying” a jump, they’re launching themselves high, often higher than intended.

Slab

Q: What is a Slab in snowboarding?

A Slab in snowboarding refers to a section of snow that has compacted together (although it may still be lovely powder on top), which has not bonded with the snow below. This causes instability in the snow pack which is very dangerous for snowboarders and skiers – slab avalanches kill people every year.

Slam

Q: What is a snowboarding Slam?

A snowboarding Slam is a hard fall, often as a result of a failed trick or losing control. Slam is used more often to describe a crash when you have been airborne or moving at high speed. It’s not uncommon for snowboarders to experience a few slams while learning new tricks and is all part of the fun.

Pow day in Gastein refivies of Ski Amade snowboarding holidays in Austria photo by Matt Ray

Slap

Q: What is a Slap in snowboarding?

A Slap in snowboarding refers to a trick where the rider slaps or taps the snow, or another object, with their board while in the air. It’s a stylish move that adds a bit of flair to aerial tricks.

Sled

Q: What is a Sled in snowboarding?

A Sled in snowboarding refers to a snowmobile. Sleds are often used in backcountry snowboarding for transportation, allowing riders to quickly reach remote areas that would be difficult to access on foot. A sled can also refer to what ski patrol tow behind them to get an injured person off the mountains.

Sleigh

Q: What is a Sleigh in snowboarding?

A Sleigh in snowboarding is another term for a sled. So sleighs can be snowmobiles are used for transportation in the backcountry or the injured person sled that the ski patrol use.

Slerp

Q: What is Slerp in snowboarding?

Slerp in snowboarding is a term used to describe a sloppy or uncontrolled movement or trick. If a rider is said to be slerping, they’re not snowboarding with precision or control.

Slide

Q: What is a Slide in snowboarding?

In a literal sense, a Slide in snowboarding is just sliding on your snowboard. But depending on the context, and/or any other terms, it could mean very different things. For example, a ‘slide’ is any trick where the rider slides along the surface of a non-snow feature, eg boardslide or noseslide. However, it is also the very simplest way of travelling down the mountain as you slide (a.k.a. sideslip) on your toe or heel edge braking to slow down as you go.

Slider

Q: What is a Slider in snowboarding?

Another confusing one for this snowboarding terminology A-Z. A Slider in snowboarding can be a derogatory term for a rider who sideslips their way down a mountain. But in some circles, it can also be used to describe a park rat who is a very accomplished at jib slides.

Sliding

Q: What is snowboard Sliding?

Snowboard Sliding is simply moving along the snow, a rail, or other feature by ‘sliding’ on the base of the board. It’s a fundamentally moving on a snowboard.

Slip-sliding

Q: What is Slip-sliding in snowboarding?

Slip-sliding in snowboarding is a technique used to control speed or navigate terrain you are not comfortable in. It involves sliding sideways along the slope, with the board perpendicular to the direction of travel but going to the left a bit then the right. It is similar to falling leaf, but can be utilised by experienced snowboarders in steep icy backcountry terrain.

Sluff

Q: What is Sluff in snowboarding?

Sluff in snowboarding refers to loose snow that moves because of a snowboarder passing. It’s a common occurrence in powder conditions, and can sometimes cause visibility issues for the rider. In steeper terrain and gullies it can look like an avalanche and can knock you off your feet if not careful.

Snake Run

Q: What is a snowboarding Snake Run?

A snowboarding Snake Run is usually a terrain park feature that consists of a fairly narrow winding, banked course similar to a bobsled track. Riders can use the banks to generate speed and perform tricks.

Snow Cannon

Q: What is a Snow Cannon in snowboarding?

A Snow Cannon, also known as a snow gun or snow maker, is a device used to produce artificial snow. They’re often used at ski resorts to supplement natural snowfall and maintain good conditions if nature does not provide.

Snow Fences

Q: What are Snow Fences in snowboarding?

Snow Fences are structures placed on or near slopes to control the accumulation and drift of snow. They’re used to improve safety and maintain good snow conditions on the slopes. You shouldn’t do it, but snowboarders have been known to use them as features to do tricks off and jump over.

Snow Grooming

Q: What is Snow Grooming in snowboarding?

Snow Grooming in snowboarding is using a snowcat or piste bully to create a more enjoyable and safer riding surface on the pistes. You can see the snow groomers hard at work after the slopes close.

Snow Harvesting

Q: What is Snow Harvesting in snowboarding?

Snow Harvesting is a technique used by ski resorts to collect and store snow during the colder months. This can then be used to supplement natural snowfall and maintain good snow conditions when nature is not as plentiful.

Snow Park

Q: What is a Snow Park in snowboarding?

A Snow Park, also known as a terrain park, is a dedicated freestyle snowboarding area on the slopes. They feature a variety of man-made features such as jumps, rails, boxes, halfpipes and more, where riders can perform tricks. Usually they will have features that range from green to black in difficulty and they sometimes have music playing.

Snowboard

Q: What is a Snowboard?

If you are asking what is a Snowboard then you’ve got a lot of snowboard language to learn! Obviously it is the board that snowboarders use for snowboarding. They come in many different shapes, sizes and styles to suit all different people and riding preferences. Typically a snowboard has a wood core with a PTEX base and topped with a layer of laminated fibreglass and is edged with steel.

Matt Ray freeriding during review of Flachau snowboarding holiday in Ski Amade, Austria

Snowboarding

Q: What is Snowboarding?

Again if you are asking this…. Very simply, Snowboarding is a winter sport that involves descending a snow covered slope while standing on a snowboard. But it is also an art form, a means of expression and a way of life. Snowboarding counterculture is the embodiment of youthful disdain for the established norms, so it’s a form of rebellion that was epitomised in the early years by many ski areas banning snowboarding.

Snowcat

Q: What is a Snowcat in snowboarding?

A Snowcat in snowboarding, is the caterpillar tracked vehicle used to groom snow on ski slopes. They’re essential for maintaining good snow conditions on the pistes and you can usually see their lights working through the night.

Snowskate

Q: What is a Snowskate in snowboarding?

A Snowskate is a hybrid of a skateboard and a snowboard. It’s a small wheelless board with no bindings, allowing for tricks similar to those performed on a skateboard. While it’s not a traditional snowboard, it’s another way to board on the snow.

Soft Boots

Q: What are snowboarding Soft Boots?

Snowboarding Soft Boots are the most common type of snowboard boots. They’re designed to be comfortable and flexible in the right places, but also providing strength and support where needed. Soft boots are used by the vast majority of riders, so from freestyle to freeride and beginner to pro the boots are likely to be of the soft variety. The alternative is hard boots that are similar to those used for skiing.

Speed Check

Q: What is a Speed Check in snowboarding?

A Speed Check in snowboarding is a technique used to control speed while descending a slope. It involves making a quick, sharp turn or skidding the board sideways to slow down. A speed check is often used when approaching a freestyle feature if you feel like you are going too fast. A speed check may also refer to a first run through the park when you don’t try anything big as you are checking how fast to hit a feature.

Spin

Q: What is a Spin in snowboarding?

A Spin in snowboarding means to rotate in the air. Spins are usually done in increments of 180 degrees, but some features call for a 90 or 270 degree spin. Spins are usually referred to by the amount of rotation combined with frontside or backside to indicate the direction of spin.

Spine

Q: What is a Spine in snowboarding?

A Spine in snowboarding is a feature found in snow parks. It’s usually two faces that meet in with a spine in the middle on which there will usually be a rail or box of some kind. You get big and small spins, steep ones and mellow ones and some that are aligned across the slope and others that go with the slope.

Spinning

Q: What is Spinning in snowboarding?

Spinning in snowboarding is rotating while in the air. Look for ‘spin’ above in this snowboarding terminology A to Z for more info.

Splay

Q: What is snowboard Splay?

Snowboard Splay is not commonly talked about, but it is the height of the rocker of a board. Typically it is the vertical distance from the contact point to the highest point of the tip. A larger splay can increase your float in powder.

Split Board

Q: What is a Split Board?

A Split Board is a type of snowboard that can be separated down the middle into two skis. This allows snowboarders to ascend slopes in a similar manner to ski tourers, making them great for backcountry and off-piste snowboarding.

Sproing

Q: What is Sproing when snowboarding?

Sproing when snowboarding describes the springy feeling a rider gets when they pop off a jump or feature. It’s often associated with the flex and pop of a snowboard. A good sproing usually means you’ve popped a well timed ollie or nollie.

Squat

Q: What is a Squat in snowboarding?

A Squat in snowboarding is the same as everyday life – so bending those knees to get low and close to the board. You’ll be squatting up and down all day as you snowboard, so you’ll have quads of steel by the end of a season.

Stalefish

Q: What is a Stalefish in snowboarding?

A Stalefish in snowboarding is a type of grab. You grab the heel edge of the board with your back hand while in the air. It’s often combined with spins and flips for added style.

Stomp

Q: What does it mean to Stomp in snowboarding?

To Stomp in snowboarding means to land a trick cleanly and with authority. You’ll hear people say, “you stomped that landing,” after a well-executed trick.

Stomp Pad

Q: What is a snowboard Stomp Pad?

A snowboard Stomp Pad is something that is attached to the board between the bindings. It provides traction for the back foot when it’s not strapped into the binding, such as when getting off a lift.

Straight Air

Q: What is a Straight Air in snowboarding?

A Straight Air in snowboarding is exactly what it sounds like. So jumping straight, without performing any spins or flips, grabs or other tricks, before landing. It’s the first type of jump you’ll learn and always a good thing to do on your first kicker of the day.

Straightlining

Q: What is a Straightlining when snowboarding?

Straightlining when snowboarding means to ride in a straight line down the slope without turning, often at high speed. It’s a technique often used in steep or narrow sections of the mountain. It is also called bombing or flatlining.

Strapper Keeper

Q: What is a Strapper Keeper in snowboarding?

A Strapper Keeper in snowboarding is a device that holds the ankle strap out of the way when you’re not strapped in. So it helps to prevent the strap from getting underfoot when you’re trying to step into the binding.

Street

Q: What is snowboarding Street style?

Snowboarding Street style means riding and performing tricks on urban features such as rails, ledges, and stairs. It’s heavily influenced by skateboarding and often involves sliding or grinding on walls and railings. Street snowboarding is higher risk, as falling on concrete usually hurts more than taking a spill in the snow park.

Stubby

Q: What is a Stubby snowboard?

A Stubby snowboard is a short, wide snowboard. These boards are often used for specific styles of riding, such as freestyle or carving. These days they are often called volume shifted snowboards. You also might hear of a freeride board having a stubby tail, which is a shortened often cut off end tot he board.

Stuffed

Q: What does it mean to get Stuffed in snowboarding?

Getting Stuffed in snowboarding is slang to fall or crash, often in a spectacular or humorous way. It’s often used when a rider attempts a trick and doesn’t land it as in you “stuffed it up.”

Style

Q: What is snowboarding Style?

Snowboarding Style is the unique way a rider snowboards. Whether it’s how they do their tricks or just general riding it’s a combination of technique, creativity, and personal flair. Style is what makes each snowboarder distinct.

Submarine

Q: What is it to Submarine in snowboarding?

To Submarine in snowboarding means to sink in powder or to dive the tip below the surface. It is often because your weight is too far forward or you are going too slow in deep powder. If you suddenly submarine, your board will stop and you’ll carry on by cartwheeling, or tomahawking, down the mountain.

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Supercat

Q: What is a snowboarding Supercat?

A snowboarding Supercat is a double wildcat. The wildcat is basically an over-the-tail cartwheel backflip – the simplest invert you can do. Making it super means going double!

Superpipe

Q: What is a Superpipe in snowboarding?

A Superpipe in snowboarding is a larger version of a halfpipe, typically with walls that are 6.7 Metres (22 feet) high. It’s used in professional competitions such as the Olympic halfpipe and allows riders to gain more air and perform more complex tricks.

Switch

Q: What is Switch snowboarding?

Switch snowboarding means to ride in the opposite direction of your natural stance. If you normally ride with your left foot forward (regular), switch would be riding with your right foot forward, and vice versa. It is well worth mastering switch riding as it opens up lots more opportunities.

T – Letter T Snowboarding Glossary

Taking on T in our Snowboard A-Z. Tackle the terminology of letter T snowboard terms.

T-Bar

Q: What is a T-Bar in snowboarding?

A T-Bar in snowboarding is a type of surface lift used in ski resorts. It’s named for its T-shaped bars, which can hold two riders at a time. The bar is placed between the riders’ thighs, pulling them up the slope while they remain standing on their snowboard usually with just the front foot strapped in. Two snowboarders at a time on a t-bar isn’t easy and works best with a regular and a goofy facing each other – so not one to do with strangers.

Tabletop

Q: What is a Tabletop in snowboarding?

A Tabletop in snowboarding is a type of jump with a flat top and sloping sides, resembling a table. Riders can perform tricks while jumping onto or over the tabletop.

Tail

Q: What is the snowboard Tail?

The snowboard Tail is the rear end of the board. Freeride and all mountain boards often have a narrower and/or shorter tail than the nose (front). The tail can be used to perform tricks, like tail presses, tail slides and tail grabs.

Tail Block

Q: What is a Tail Block when snowboarding?

A Tail Block when snowboarding is a trick where the rider balances just on the tail of the board with the nose high in the air. It can be performed while stationary or moving and is different to a press as the nose is high enough to grab and both bindings are off the floor.

Tail Bone

Q: What is a Tailbone in snowboarding?

The term Tailbone in snowboarding is when a rider falls and lands on their tailbone. It can be a painful experience and is a good reminder of the importance of learning proper falling techniques.

Tail Grab

Q: What is a snowboarding Tail Grab?

A snowboarding Tail Grab is where the rider grabs the tail of the board while in the air. One of the simplest snowboarding terms to expain!

Tail Press

Q: What is a snowboarding Tail Press?

A snowboarding Tail Press is where the rider shifts their weight to the back of the board, lifting the nose off the ground. It can be performed while moving or stationary. Often performed on rails and boxes. Combined with a ground spin a tail press becomes buttering.

Tail Slide

Q: What is a snowboard Tail Slide?

A snowboard Tail Slide is where the rider slides on the tail of the board, with the nose lifted off the ground. It’s often performed on rails or boxes in a terrain park.

Tail Tap

Q: What is a Tail Tap in snowboarding?

A Tail Tap in snowboarding is when the rider taps the tail of the board against a non snow object (like a tree, log, rail or a box) while in the air. It requires precise timing and control.

Tech

Q: What is snowboard Tech?

Snowboard Tech is simply the technical aspects of the sport. It could refer to the design and construction of snowboards and other equipment. But is also used to describe technical riding and advanced freestyle techniques.

Terrain Park

Q: What is a snowboard Terrain Park?

A snowboard Terrain Park is the same as a snow park. It is a specially designed freestyle area with features like jumps, rails, boxes and halfpipes. If there is no fresh snow you’ll find me perfecting my freestyle moves in the terrain park!

review of Snowboard Spring Break at Kaunertal Glacier image by Kaunertal

Thrash

Q: What does it mean to Thrash in snowboarding?

To Thrash in snowboarding means to ride hard, fast and aggressively, often while performing tricks and maneuvers. It can also refer to the act of falling or crashing hard as in, “you got thrashed.”

Throttle

Q: What is Throttle in snowboarding?

Throttle in snowboarding means riding aggressively or at high speed. It’s about pushing your limits and throttling it as fast as you can.

Tip

Q: What is the snowboard Tip?

The snowboard Tip is the front end of the board that rises up above the snow. On freeride and all mountain boards it is often wider than the tail (rear end of the board) and is designed to stay above the snow.

Tip Roll

Q: What is a Tip Roll in snowboarding?

A Tip Roll in snowboarding is also known as a nose roll. It is when the snowboarder presses down on the nose and rolls/rotates the board around so that the tail is now in front. Not only can it look get but it is also a useful technique in certain terrain.

Toe Cap

Q: What is a Toe Cap in snowboarding?

A Toe Cap in snowboarding is a type of toe strap that features a cup like shape, it fits both over and around the toe of your boot. Some people find this gives a more secure feel to the binding.

Toe Edge

Q: What a snowboards Toe Edge?

A snowboards Toe Edge is the edge that is closest to the rider’s toes when they are standing on the board. It’s used to make turns and control the board while riding on your toe side.

Toe Strap

Q: What is a Toe Strap in snowboarding?

A Toe Strap in snowboarding is the binding strap that goes across the toes. Some toe straps are go across the toes others around the end of the toes. The goal is that it secures the toe of the boot to the bindings and can be adjusted for a snug fit.

Toeside Turn

Q: What is a Toeside Turn in snowboarding?

A Toeside Turn in snowboarding is a turn made by leaning onto the toe edge of the board. It’s one of the basic turning techniques that every snowboarder needs to master.

Tomahawk

Q: What is a Tomahawk when snowboarding?

A Tomahawk when snowboarding is a bad fall  when you end up cartwheeling down the mountain. It usually happens when your tip submarines in powder when you are going fast or landing a jump. The best the author of this A-Z of snowboarding slang has managed is a quadruple tomahawk.

Tombstone

Q: What is a Tombstone in snowboarding?

A Tombstone in snowboarding is a term used to describe a large, flat box in a terrain park. It’s named for its resemblance to a tombstone due to its flat top and wide base.

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Torsional Flex

Q: What is a snowboards Torsional Flex?

A snowboards Torsional Flex is the amount of twist a snowboard has from its nose to its tail. It affects how the snowboard rides with great torsional flex making the board easier to turn and more forgiving.

Tow Rope

Q: What is a Toe Rope in snowboarding?

A Tow Rope in snowboarding is a type of lift where riders hold onto a rope that pulls them up the slope. It’s often used on smaller slopes and beginner areas.

Tracked Out

Q: What is Tracked Out in snowboarding?

Tracked Out in snowboarding terms, means that fresh powder has already had a lot of people ride through it. It means that the fresh tracks we crave are already gone and it drives snowboarders to go into the backcountry or to seek our gnarlier and gnarlier lines within the resort. A resort that doesn’t quickly get tracked out is gold dust!

Transition

Q: What is a Transition in snowboarding?

A Transition in snowboarding is two different things. Firstly, it is the stage of turning when you transfer from one edge to the other, it is the moment you are most likely to catch an edge. Secondly it’s the curved surface in a halfpipe or quarterpipe that connects the flat bottom with the vertical wall.

Traverse

Q: What does it mean to Traverse in snowboarding?

To Traverse in snowboarding means to ride across the slope, rather than straight down. This is usually done by staying on the heal or toe edge. Traversing is a technique often used to maintain control on steep slopes. Off piste it is used to reach different areas of the mountain, for example, to traverse across a face to reach a better area to ride.

Tree Line

Q: What is the Tree Line in snowboarding?

The Tree Line in snowboarding is the altitude above which trees do not grow on a mountain. Snowboarding above the tree line can offer wide-open spaces and often deeper snow, but also more exposure to the elements. In poor visibility it is better to get below the tree line.

Tree Run

Q: What is a Tree Run when snowboarding?

A Tree Run when snowboarding is a route that goes through a forested area of the mountain. It is fun but challenging, and requires good skill levels to avoid collisions with trees. We have not given many tips in this A-Z glossary of snowboarding language, but when riding trees the tip is to look between them and go slow enough to plan your line a few turns ahead.

Tree Well

Q: What is a Tree Well in snowboarding?

A Tree Well is a hollow area that forms around the base of a tree where the lower branches are covered by deep snow. They can be very dangerous for snowboarders who fall into them, as it can be very difficult to get out and you’re friends will not be able to see you.

Trick

Q: What is a snowboarding Trick in snowboarding?

A snowboarding Trick is what shredding is all about. Anything that is not just riding, from a simple press or ollie to a method or 1260 is a trick. Tricks are where you as the snowboarder get creative abd turn the slopes into a playground.

Triple Black Diamond

Q: What is a Triple Black Diamond in snowboarding?

A Triple Black Diamond in snowboarding is a rating for a run that indicates it’s extremely difficult. It’s steeper, narrower, and more challenging than a double black diamond run. This rating is not officially recognized by most resorts and is often used informally to indicate extreme terrain.

Triple Kink

Q: What is a Triple Kink in snowboarding?

A Triple Kink in snowboarding is a rail or box in a terrain park that changes direction three times. It’s a challenging feature that requires precision and control to successfully ride it.

Tuck

Q: What is a snowboarding Tuck in snowboarding?

A snowboarding Tuck is a position where the rider bends their knees and lowers their body towards the board to reduce wind resistance and increase speed. It’s often used is race or speed competitions, but you’ll see snowboarders adopting it when trying to go fast to get across a flat or uphill section.

Tweak

Q: What is a snowboard Tweak?

A snowboard Tweak is the exaggerating of a grab or trick in mid-air for extra style points. It often involves literally pulling the board during a grab, or bending or twisting the body in a certain way. The way a rider tweaks a trick is often unique and adds to your individual style.

Twin Tip

Q: What is a Twin Tip snowboard?

A Twin Tip snowboard is a type of board that has a symmetrical shape, with identical nose and tail shape, flex and length. This design allows the rider to ride and land in either direction, making it popular for freestyle and park riding.

Pick a park stick: Best freestyle snowboards of 2012 Wikimedia CC image by Arthur Mouratidis

Twister

Q: What is a Twister in snowboarding?

A Twister in snowboarding is when the rider twists their lower body to rotate the board beneath them while keeping the upper body facing the same way. A twister is also the name for an unfortunate accident, where a riders crotch hits the top of the highback.

U – Letter U Snowboard Lingo to Utter

Up next, U in our snowboard A-Z. Uncover the utterances of letter U snowboarding language.

Underflip

Q: What is a snowboarding Underflip?

A snowboarding Underflip is where the rider initiates a backflip but then rotates sideways, resulting in a combined flip and spin motion. It’s a complex trick that requires good aerial awareness and control.

Unweighting

Q: What is snowboard Unweighting?

Snowboard Unweighting is reducing the weight on the board by flexing the knees to stand up a little straighter and reduce the pressure on the edge. You unweight as you initiate turns just as you transition from one edge to the other.

Urban

Q: What is Urban snowboarding?

Urban snowboarding, also known as street snowboarding, involves performing tricks on man-made features in an urban environment, such as rails, ledges, and stairs. It’s a style of snowboarding that exemplifies the creativity and adaptability of snowboarders.

V – Letter V Snowboarding Terms

Venturing into V in our snowboard A-Z. Verify your view with the glossary of letter V snowboard terms.

Valley

Q: What is a Valley in snowboarding?

A Valley in snowboarding in purely geographical terms is the low area between mountains or hills. But when on the mountain smaller ‘valleys’ of ‘gulley’s’ are great features to ride as snow often accumulates here making riding more fun than on ridges. Valley can also refer to the base area of a ski resort, where the town, lodges and accommodation are located.

Vert

Q: What is Vert in snowboarding?

Verts or Vert in snowboarding is short for vertical and refers to the vertical section of a halfpipe or ramp that is more or less perpendicular to the ground. It’s where riders can gain the most height when performing tricks.

Vertical

Q: What is Vertical in snowboarding?

Vertical in snowboarding, often called the vertical drop, and sometimes (confusingly) shortened to vert, is the total vertical distance from the top to the bottom of a ski resort or a particular piste or lift. It’s used as a measure of the vertical size of a ski resort as a larger number means longer runs and more mountain to play in.

W – Letter W Snowboard Language

Welcome to W in our Snowboarding A-Z. Widen your wisdom with the lingo of letter W snowboarding words.

Waist Width

Q: What is snowboard Waist Width?

The snowboard Waist Width is the measurement of the width of the board at its narrowest point. It’s an important factor to consider when choosing a snowboard, as it affects the board’s responsiveness and how well it fits your boot size.

Wall Hit

Q: What is a snowboarding Wall Hit in snowboarding?

A snowboarding Wall Hit is a where the rider uses a wall or other vertical surface to perform a trick. It often involves riding up the wall, such as a half pipe, launching off it, and then landing back on the downslope of the wall.

Wall Ride

Q: What is a snowboarding Wall Ride in snowboarding?

A snowboarding Wall Ride is where the rider slides along a near vertical surface on their board. You can just ride straight up and back down the wall, or get your board high up the wall to ride along it do your body is parallel with the ground.

Washing Out

Q: What is Washing Out in snowboarding?

Washing Out in snowboarding refers to losing the edge grip and sliding out during a turn or trick, usually resulting in a fall. It’s caused by the edge not gripping or by over-balancing.

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Wet Slide

Q: What is a Wet Slide in snowboarding?

A Wet Slide in snowboarding is a type of avalanche that occurs when the snow is wet and heavy. It’s a dangerous situation for backcountry snowboarders.

Whip

Q: What is a Whip in snowboarding?

A Whip in snowboarding is a trick where the rider swings or “whips” their board around in the air during a jump.

White Out

Q: What is a White Out in snowboarding?

A White Out in snowboarding refers to conditions where visibility is severely reduced due to snowfall or fog. It can make it difficult to see the terrain and other riders. It can be so bad that you cannot tell which way is upslope or downslope, and sometimes you don’t even know if you are moving.

Wildcat

Q: What is a snowboarding Wildcat?

A snowboarding Wildcat is the easiest form of backflip. It is basically an over-the-tail cartwheel. The trickiest part is keeping the body on the straight sideways axis to create an impressive looking wildcat. If you come off the straight axis you will probably still land a backflip, but it doesn’t look as elegant.

Wind Hold

Q: What is Wind Hold in snowboarding?

Wind Hold in snowboarding refers to a situation where a ski lift is temporarily closed due to high winds. It’s a safety measure to prevent accidents caused by wind gusts.

Wind Up

Q: What is a Wind Up in snowboarding?

A Wind Up in snowboarding is the action of twisting or coiling the body in preparation for a spin or rotation. It’s an important part of performing spinning tricks, as counter rotation from a wind up generates the force needed for a spin.

Windbuff

Q: What is Windbuff in snowboarding?

Windbuff in snowboarding refers to a type of snow surface that has been smoothed and slightly compacted by the wind. Some skiers prefer it to powder as it gives better grip, but as a snowboarder I find it is not as floaty as fresh powder conditions. But windbuff is still a lot of fun to ride.

Windpack

Q: What is Windpack in snowboarding?

Windpack in snowboarding refers to snow that has been packed down by the wind. This type of snow is denser and harder than fresh powder, making it faster to ride on but also more challenging to carve. Windpack often varies in its quality sometimes having a icy crust, which is tough to grip, while being like dense pow in other places. So ride it with caution.

Windslab

Q: What is Windslab in snowboarding?

Windslab in snowboarding refers to a layer of compacted snow formed by the wind. These layers can be dangerous in the backcountry as they can form weak layers in the snowpack, increasing the risk of avalanches.

Wipeout

Q: What is a snowboarding Wipeout?

A snowboarding Wipeout is another word to fall or crash, often in a dramatic way.

Worked

Q: What does it mean to get Worked in snowboarding?

Getting Worked in snowboarding slang means having a particularly bad fall or wipeout. It’s often used when the fall involves multiple tumbles or a hard impact, “man I got worked in that wipe out”.

X – Letter X Snowboarding Slang

X marks the spot in our snowboard A-Z. Explore the language of letter X snowboard terms.

X Games

Q: What are the snowboarding X Games?

The snowboarding X Games, are an extreme sports competition that grew from the freestyle elements of snowboarding and skateboarding. The X Games are a huge event, second only to the Olympics for many athletes, but more focussed on freestyle and creativity rather than speed and endurance.

Y – Letter Y Snowboarding Glossary

You’ve reached Y in our snowboard A-Z. Yield to the glossary of letter Y snowboarding language.

Yard Sale

Q: What is a Yard Sale in snowboarding?

A Yard Sale in snowboarding is a particularly dramatic fall where the rider’s equipment (like hats, goggles, gloves, or even the snowboard itself) gets scattered across the slope, much like items in a yard sale. It is more commonly applied to skiers, as their skis come off and poles get dropped.

Z – Letter Z Snowboard Lingo

Zooming into Z in our snowboarding A-Z. Zero in on the lingo of letter Z snowboard terms.

Zeach

Q: What is a Zeach in snowboarding?

A Zeach in snowboarding is used to describe a poorly executed boardslide or lipslide where the board is not parallel with the rail or box.

Numerical – Numbered Snowboarding Terms

Navigating to numbers in our snowboard A-Z. Nail down the glossary of numerical snowboarding terms.

Q: What is a 50-50 in snowboarding?

A 50-50 in snowboarding is a fundamental jibbing trick where the rider slides along a rail or box with the snowboard parallel to the feature. It’s normally the first way you will ride any non snow feature.

180

Q: What is a snowboarding 180?

A snowboarding 180, also known as a “one”, is a trick where the rider spins halfway around in the air, landing in the opposite direction. As with any of the spins below, you can rotate frontside or backside and take off regular or fakie.

270

Q: What is a 270 in snowboarding?

A 270, or “two-seven”, is when the rider spins 270 degrees in the air before landing. It’s a little more than a one-eighty, usually done when the landing zone is at 90 degrees to the take off zone

270 In

Q: What is snowboarding 270 In?

A snowboarding 270 In is a trick where the rider spins 270 degrees before landing on a rail or box. It’s a stylish way to start a rail slide!

270 Out

Q: What is snowboarding 270 Out?

A 270 Out is when the rider spins 270 degrees off of a rail or box. It’s a flashy way to finish a rail slide!

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360

Q: What is a 360 in snowboarding?

A 360 in snowboarding, or “three” for short, is a trick where the rider spins a full circle in the air. It’s a classic trick that never goes out of style and many people think looks more stylish than the much bigger spins below!

540

Q: What is a 540 in snowboarding?

A 540 in snowboarding, or “five” for short, is when the rider spins one and a half rotations in the air.

720

Q: What is a snowboarding 720?

A snowboarding 720, or “seven” for short, is a trick where you spin two full rotations in the air.

900

Q: What is a 900 in snowboarding?

A 900 in snowboarding, or “nine” for short, is spinning two and a half times in the air.

1080

Q: What is a 1080 when snowboarding?

A 1080 when snowboarding, which is also known as a “ten”, is rotating three full spins in the air.

1260

Q: What is a snowboarding 1260 in snowboarding?

A snowboarding 1260, or “twelve” for short, is a three and half rotations in the air.

1440

Q: What is a 1440 when snowboarding?

A 1440 when snowboarding, or “fourteen” for short, is four full rotations!

1620

Q: What is a snowboarding 1620?

A snowboarding 1620, or “sixteen” for short, is spinning four and a half rotations.

1800

Q: What is an 1800 in snowboarding?

An 1800 in snowboarding, also known as an”eighteen”, is rotating five full spins while airborne.

1980

Q: What is a snowbaording 1980?

A snowboarding 1980, or “nineteen” for short, is rotating five and a half circles in the air.

2160

Q: What is a 2160 in snowboarding?

A 2160 in snowboarding, or “twenty-one” for short, is the largest spin achieved to date (February 2024). It is six full rotations in the air. It was first done backside by Hiroto Ogiwara (Japanese) in 2022 and frontside by Ian Matteoli (Italian) in 2023.

Missing Snowboarding Terms, Lingo and Slang?

So that concludes the A-Z snowboard glossary of more than 500 terms. We are sure we have missed some language, particularly colloquial slang as we all use different lingo. So let us know in the comments below any terms that are missing and we will get them added.

We hope you found this A to Z guide to snowboarder language useful. If you want to get out on the slopes to use it then book one of these snowboarding holidays.

 

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