| NORDIC GLOSSARY
The following glossary includes terms and sayings
commonly used in the sport of cross-country and telemark
skiing. Due to the nature of Nordic Ski Centers, visitors
and locals are urged to study these simple terms and ingrain
them into their everyday vocabulary. Failure in the use of proper
grammar can result in serious humility.
Male cross-country skier.
a form of racing talk usually found within the
walls of a local touring center.
What a skier will say in a crowded room to get
attention. The name comes from Birkebeiner, a marathon race
in Wisconsin that attracts 5,000 skiers annually.
A skier flings their body to the snow with such
force that snow finds a way into all clothes openings. Danger
of suffocation exists (see MOUTH PACKING).
Groomed classic ski tracks
after a fresh snow storm
A term to classify the technique of the Diagonal
Stride. (see FREESTYLE)
See DIE IN AGONY
DIE IN AGONY SKIING
A synonym of diagonal skiing: a classic
technique where skis are waxed or have scales and move
forward in a parallel manner. This term originated when
skaters were forced to race diagonal skiing without having a
chance to practice the technique.
An uncontrollable urge to fly head first into deep
(1.) A term given to cross country skis due to
their narrow profile. (2.) Skating skis.
The process to describe how hard core cross-country
skiers fulfill their energy and nutritional requirements.
A term to classify ski skating technique.
Originated by helicopter ski guides to explain
the telemark tracks that skied out their slope before the
paying customers could.
A frequent term used by racers to explain or question
how many kilometers they skied on a certain day. Use caution
when you meet a K person. The K's invariably expand during
the length of the conversation.
KICK AND STICK
The diagonal stride.
(1.) Another term used by skaters to explain
diagonal skis. (2.) Can be used in derogatory terms by the
skier if their skis are not working properly.
Female cross-country skier.
A compliment given for unusual lycra tights.
A nickname for anyone who cross-country or telemark
A classification that includes cross-cross country
skiing, telemark skiing and ski jumping.
Originated in Telluride. A pot luck dinner
where massive quantities of food are consumed and tall tales
A bartender from Milwaukee
Abbreviation for Nordic Social Progression. Contrary
to what most skiers think, nords can party down with the best
of them. The key to the true NSP is to start with the free
appetizers at local apre ski establishments, proceed to happy
hour, then to a local Mexican restaurant, dancing, all before
9 p.m. curfew.
POKE AND STROKE
Skate ski technique.
(pro-fill) A new binding system by Salomon. The cool
skier will be familiar with the pronunciation and the
PUT THE HAMMER DOWN
Racing term meaning to go fast.
(1.) Snow crystals. (2.) What you call a
skier that is not too bright.
To telemark ski.
THICK FOR KICK, THIN TO WIN
A definition on how cross
country grip wax relates to performance.
Telemark skier. Relates to the three pins that
protrude from each binding.
A cartwheeling type of fall that leaves pocket
items, bits of clothing and equipment in its wake.