Posted on 19 November 2014
But how much do you know about the different skiing conditions and the different terms for each? Here’s a brief guide:
– Powder. Most of us know what this type of snow is, and even non-skiers can hazard a guess. As the name suggests, it’s the deep, fine fluffy stuff left by a heavy snowfall or storm, and which sprays up behind you. For most people it’s a real treat to ski, although it’s not always easy given you sink into it a little. You find it off-piste more than on, but if you’re first on the slopes after a storm you’ll you find it.
– Crud. This is what powder becomes after being it’s been churned up by crowds of adventurous skiers and boarders. It’s lumpy, messy and unpredictable to ski on.
– Corduroy. What most skiers feel most comfortable, this is the pristine condition of a slope after the piste-bashers have been over it, leaving those mini ridges, similar to its clothing namesake.
– Ice. You know how hard it is to drive, walk or run on ice… well it’s no easier on skis. If you know a slope is icier, avoid unless you are confident you can handle it.
– Death cookies. Random lumps of snow formed when the slopes are soft during the day, but then freeze overnight – worth a swerve.
– Breakable crust. Typically only found off-piste, this is when a smooth-looking area of frozen snow gives way under your skis.