Nothing like a bluebird for some truly rad times. We’ll be shredding and sending and bombing. And enjoying steezy moves while riders stomp it. Fresh pow or corduroy – it's all sick to us. Respect to the park rats and their jibs and kookoo tricks.
Have you progressed from pizza to french fries yet? We know things can sometimes be a bit zeechy and all skiers and snowboarders will bail sometimes, incurring the odd yard sale. Brain buckets are a must! Especially on those gnarly runs.
Snowsports lingo is ever evolving
Here’s a short A-Z of some of my favourites from Jason Dow’s (international snowboard competition judge) snowboarding dictionary:
A Airdog – a snowboarder who jumps most of the time and is most interested in aerial tricks
B Bluebird– a beautiful day e.g Cuttin’ the pow pow on a bluebird day’
C Crust-Bustin’ – glorious in every way
D Dope – to say that was good, great, excellent! Also the name of one of our fave clothing brands
E Epic - anything that is totally awesome
F Fraggle – term for accident involving two snowboarders, when the boards entangle causing injury
G Goofy – riding with the right foot in front instead of the left foot which is the normal stance
H Hukfest – a gathering of snowboarders riding as hard and wild as possible
I Icephalt – a run so icy that you’d be better off on skates.
J Joey – beginner skier / sowboarder with a gap between his or her goggles and helment
K Kookoo –doing something that is a bit crazy but awesomely entertaining eg a kookoo run, a kookoo move
L Leaf – to sway from side to side all the way down the hill
M Mofo – a ski instructor
N Nuke – to bomb a hill
O Oscar – a person who has all the nice things such as nice board, nice outfit but sucks at snowboarding. They are really good at acting so they deserve an oscar.
P Pargnar - partially gnarly
Q QP – quarter pipe
R Raptor – boarder who rides with his or her arms out, much like a tight rope walker
S Shred Sled – a snowboard
T Tight – a term used to express extreme joy.
W Wack – something that is not good eg ‘it’s pretty wack that my board broke in half’
Y Yard Sale – when a boarder (or skier) bails so hard their hat/goggle/et go flying. ‘Did you see that gnar yard sale?’
But the snowsports lexicon is huge
Want to increase your sowsports vocabulary? Just google and you will find a myriad sites listing the lingo. Here are a few for starters:
Writer Kate Swainson Price