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 Ski Resources | Ski Glossary | Letter C
 

 

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Centripetal force
The opposing force to that of the centrifugal force. This must be applied by the skier to maintain balance and counteract centrifugal force when turning.

Chair Lift
A chair lift is a mechanized, cable-suspended, aerial chair device used to carry skiers up a mountain slope.

Christiania
The original term for a christie, or a turn in which the skis skid for all or part of the turn. Christiania (now Oslo) was the place in which this term originated.

Citizen racing
Recreational ski races (often large), generally over 10-80 kilometre distance, and with a mass start.

Classical skiing
Track skiing without skating, as was more often and generally performed prior to the rise in popularity of snow-skating.

Compression
flexing of the legs to absorb bumps, and also to start turns over moguls. The French often call this term 'avalement'.

Converging
When the ski tips are closer together than the tails - as in a snowplough, or when stem turning. See also diverging.

Cornice
An overhanging lip or ridge of snow.

Counter-rotation
Rotating the body one way, and the legs the opposite. When turning, the legs turn into the turn, whilst the body turns outward, creating the effect.

Cross-country skiing
A term generally used in most of the world to describe only the track-skiing aspects of Nordic skiing, although sometimes used in Australia and elsewhere to include off-track skiing, XCD, and ski touring.

Crud
Difficult snow conditions - often crusty or icy on top, with soft mush underneath

 

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