Resources | Ski Glossary | Letter D
Skidding sideways on skis down a hill, at an
angle to the fall-line, but not directly
Climbing up a hill, at an angle to the
fall-line, but not directly up it -
sometimes used in conjunction with diagonal
stride for ease of movement.
Also known as diagonal V-skating, or
single-pole skating, or herringbone skating,
this is skating with a diagonal stride style
of movement, except that the legs skate
instead of stride along the direction of
travel (arms work as per normal striding).
striding Striding in which the skier's
opposite arm and leg move simultaneously, as
when walking on foot. Each stride achieves a
gliding phase when executed efficiently.
Skiing directly down the fall-line with skis
A contemporary alternative to the Fan method
of learning ski turning, whereby the skier
skis directly down the fall-line, and on
each successive run begins to make a greater
deviation (in both directions, forming an
'S' pattern on the snow) away from the
fall-line, but with the same number of
When the tails are closer together than the
tips, as when herringboning, scissor
turning, or skating. See also converging.
Stated as indisputable fact, a tenet.
Double Black Diamond
Double Black Diamonds are used to mark very
advanced ski trails that are difficult to
ski and have expert terrain.
A ski with a stiffer mid-section than tips
and tails. See camber.
See four phase.
A perhaps ambiguous term to describe stride
A method of propulsion by planting both
poles into the snow, with skis parallel, and
using the upper body and arms to lever
See two skating.
Simply two strides prior to a double pole
action, instead a the more usual single
Sinking down (by compressing the legs) to
unweight the skis prior to turning. A more
advanced technique than up-unweighting, and
not always easily done on stiffer-cambered
See free skating
Able to be performed by both Alpine and
Nordic skiers, and therefore not to be
confused with Alpine skiing, although often
is - mostly by Alpine skiers.
Descending a slope diagonally, at an angle
to the fall-line, not to be confused with
traversing or uphill traversing.
Making a downhill turn towards the
fall-line, and thus increasing the angle of
descent, and the speed.