Here’s a Glossary for “Groms” – that’s code for beginner skier in the terrain park. Your guide to speaking ski steez with your kids on the slopes…
If your skiing or riding is “sick,” consider it a compliment.
If your kids says “I’m down with that,” that doesn’t mean they’ve fallen. Quite the contrary, this means “I’m game.” Example: “I’m down with going skiing today,” means pack up the car, let’s do this.
“Don’t be a “Joey” No offense to kids named Joey, but this idiom implies you are super awkward on the slopes. Joeys carry their skis crisscrossed, poles sticking out, unzipped, un-stylish, un-cool.
In Canada skiing lingo a joey is a “punter” and occasionally a “gaper”
A “Gaper Gap” is a noticeable space between your goggles and hat or helmet, leaving an open forehead faux-pas that’s super “awky” and amateur.
Snowcrapers, Shredders or Knuckle Draggers are snowboarders.
Two Plankers are skiers.
“Jibbers” are young skiers and riders chillin’ in the terrain park, jibbing (sliding the rails, taking jumps) and talking about how steez they are.
“Fartbags” are old fashioned one-piece ski suits, that baggy Bogner you thought was so steezy in 1970. Ironically, your kids are going to want to borrow it along with your Nevica DayGlo anorak to make a retro ski fashion statement.
“Yard Sale” is a significant wipe out where goggles, poles, skis, and personal items, are spread across the trail.
“Tag Sale” includes all the aspects of a yard sale plus tagging into another object or skier/rider.
“Taco” is lingo for a crash that folds your body over a terrain park rail – like a taco.
“Mackerel Smack” is a hard snowboard fall, rhymes with thwack.
To “Stomp” a rail or jump is to execute it well. Say, “You stomped that bro. That was sick.”
To “Shred the Gnar” is to snowboard boldly.
Jib, Kicker, Booter, and Money Booter are terms for jumps, the Money Booter being the biggest to cash in on. Example, “That dude made bank off that money booter.”
“GoPro” is now a verb, defining the activity of videoing. Example, “Did you GoPro that sweet sesh (session) in the park?” or, “I totally GoPro’d our wreck, lol.”
“Crunchy” sounds like granola, hippy-esque terminology of the 60’s, but crunchy is reinvented to mean cool and colorful as a bag of Skittles.
“SPORE” is an acronym for a Special Person On Rental Equipment, easily identified by “Rental” inscribed on their helmet and skis.
“Fakie” is to ride or ski backward, or “Switch” looking over your shoulder (hopefully) to see downhill.
Hope this “Sick-tionary” helps you speak steez with young jibber who has swagger. Get more family ski tips and our recommendations on the best ski resorts in the West to bring your family on ski vacation and Top Eastern ski resorts for a family ski trip.
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