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Ski Resources | Ski Glossary | Letter C
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.
A chair lift is a mechanized, cable-suspended, aerial chair device used to carry skiers up a mountain slope.
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.
Recreational ski races (often large), generally over 10-80 kilometre distance, and with a mass start.
Track skiing without skating, as was more often and generally performed prior to the rise in popularity of snow-skating.
flexing of the legs to absorb bumps, and also to start turns over moguls. The French often call this term 'avalement'.
When the ski tips are closer together than the tails - as in a snowplough, or when stem turning. See also diverging.
An overhanging lip or ridge of snow.
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.
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.
Difficult snow conditions - often crusty or icy on top, with soft mush underneath