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Powder snow that has either settled under
its own weight, or compressed into a firm
The Scandinavian's preferred term for two
Turning with the skis remaining parallel
throughout each turn.
The opposite of diagonal stride, in which
the arm and leg on one side swing backwards
and forwards together.
An unweighting of the skis created by skiing
over a bump or through a dip, and not by a
skier's conscious body movement.
An area of either machine or skier packed
snow, generally to be found at ski resorts.
A groomed piste is solely machine-packed
The point at which the ski pole is driven
into the snow, either as a trigger to aid
turning, or as a method of propulsion.
When held in the hand, used to propel
oneself along, or balance. See also
Positive ski base
A patterned non-wax ski base that has a
protruding pattern, above the level of the
base. See also negative ski base .
Dry, freshly fallen snow that has not yet
been compacted, by natural or other means.
Deep powder requires different downhill
skiing techniques if the skier wishes to
remain above the snow surface.
Turning the body into the direction of the
intended turn, to assist the skier's change
in direction. See anticipation.
Applied to one or both skis by the skier's
body mass or muscle. See weighting.
A type of sled or toboggan most commonly
found in Scandinavia used to tow children,
or other loads behind the skier, connected
by a harness to the skier's waist.