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 Snowboarding Terminology

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Words or terms relating to the sport of snowboarding.  Language used by the average snowboarder.

ABS

Acrylonitrite Butadiene Styrene – the plastic used as snowboard topsheet.

 

Backside

Your backside is the side to which your back faces.

 

Bone

Straightening one or both legs during a trick.

 

Base

Bottom of the board.

 

Bullet Proof

Extremely hard snow – almost ice.

 

Cant

The angle at which either foot points.

 

Camber

Space between the center of a snowboard and the floor when it is laying flat.

 

C-Rail

A rail shaped like the letter C.

 

Core

The inside of the board.

 

Delaminate

Separation of  the layers of a snowboard.

 

Fall Line

The path that takes you most directly downward on a slope.

 

Flex

Stiffness of a board.

 

Freestyle

Any snowboarding that incorporates tricks.

 

Frontside

This is where your toes sit on the board.

 

Grab

Any aerial maneuver where the board is grabbed by either or both hands.

 

Half pipe

Two snow ramps facing each other that shape the letter U.

 

Hard boots

Boots that are used for carving and racing.  They are very stiff and made with hard plastic.

 

Heel Edge

Opposite edge of toe edge.

 

Highback

Part of the binding that supports the ankle.

 

Jib

To ride on something other than snow, like logs, rails etc…

 

Leash

Important piece of equipment that keeps the board from getting away from you.  Required at most ski resorts.

 

Nose

Front end of the snowboard.

 

Nollie

A jump made by popping off the nose of the board.

 

Ollie

A jump made by popping off the tail of the board.

 

Powder

Fresh snow that is light and fluffy.

 

PSIA

Professional Ski Instructors of America

 

Rail

Side edge of a snowboard.

 

Quarterpipe

One wall of a half pipe.

 

Railing

To make fast, hard turns while riding the snowboard.

 

Stance

The position of  the feet on the snowboard.

 

Skid pad or stomp

A pad attached to the board between the bindings that gives you traction when the back foot is unstrapped.  Often used when getting off the lift.

 

Soft boots

Boots used for freestyle and freeride boarding.

 

Sideslip

To slide or skide down the slope with the board perpendicular to the fall line.

 

Skate

To push with the rear foot, which is out of the binding, when the front foot is attached.

 

Slush

Very wet snow.

 

Tail

Back end of the snowboard.

 

Toe edge

The edge of the board that the rider faces.

 

Top Sheet

Top layer of a laminated board.

 

Wall

Vertical section of a half pipe.