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Snowboarding Glossary A Aerials Air maneuvers. Angle of Attack The angle used in relation to the fall line when riding across the hill. A shallow angle is mostly across the hill while a steep angle is mostly downhill. Avalanche transceiver A radio transmitter/receiver worn by riders in avalanche terrain to aid rescuers in locating buried avalanche victims. B Backcountry An area used for snow activities away from the groomed runs and lifts of a resort. Bail A metal piece used to fasten hard boots
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  Snowboarding Glossary AAerialsAir maneuvers.Angle of AttackThe angle used in relation to the fall line when riding across the hill. A shallow angleis mostly across the hill while a steep angle is mostly downhill.Avalanche transceiverA radio transmitter/receiver worn by riders in avalanche terrain to aidrescuers in locating buried avalanche victims.BBackcountryAn area used for snow activities away from the groomed runs and lifts of a resort.BailA metal piece used to fasten hard boots to their bindings.BaseThe bottom of a snowboard.BevelThe process of filing a slight groove into the base or side edge of a board to tune itsperformance.Big AirA big jump where you 'catch big air'. Big air contests involve, well, jumping.BindingsThe devices used to attach your feet to the board.BoardercrossA snowboard obstacle-course racing competition.Boning outTo straighten one or both legs during a jump for extra style.BonkingTo hit the tip or tail of your board on an object while in the air.Booting outThe act of falling over due while edging to your boots or bindings hanging over theedges of your board.BootsWorn on your feet to keep them warm and dry. Also used for transfering the movements fromyour legs to your board.BumpsRaised areas in the terrain. Also referred to as moguls.CCaballerialTrick jumping 360 degrees and landing in your srcinal stance.CamberThe upper arch built into the base of your board which is most visible when placed on theground. Used primarily for weight distribution and providing stability.CapThe method of board construction where the topsheet of the board extends over the edges.CarveAdvanced snowboarding maneuver involving riding on the edge of the board, using theboard's sidecut to turn while cutting a thin trail through the snow.  Catching AirJumping with a snowboard is sometimes refered to as 'catching air'.ChuteA narrow strip of snow surrounded by cliffs and rocks.CorduroyMechanically groomed surfaced usually used for practicing new manuevers or carving.Corn SnowThawed snow which has refrozen.CorniceSnow packed by wind to form a steep face and overhanging tip.CramponsSharp metal cleats attached to the bottom of boots which aid in climbing ice or hardsnow.CrudTracked out powder.DDownhill EdgeThe edge of your board which isn't digging into the snow when it is placed across thehill.DryslopeArtificial slopes created for snowboarding or skiing.EEdge AngleThe angle at which the board is tilted on its edge.Edge ChangeThe motion of rolling smoothly from one edge to the other during a turn.EdgesThe sharp and smooth edges of your board made from steel strips.FFace PlantFalling face first into the snow. Usually happens when your toe edge gets caught in thesnow.Fall LineThe path directly down the hill.FlexThe amount a board can bend as well as where it can bend.Forward LeanThe angle at which the highback of a soft-boot binding leans towards the toe edge.FreerideSnowboarding style which involves riding through a variety of terrain, trails and snowconditions.FreestyleSnowboarding style which involves acrobatic tricks, jumps and spins in speciallyconstructed parks and terrains.GGarlandHalf or partial turns performed without a change of edge.  Giant SlalomA competition where riders navigate around a series of poles in a set route. The term'Giant' is used because the events usually have longer turns and higher speeds than normal slalomevents.GoofyRiding with the right foot as the prefered front foot.GortexWaterproof fabric usually used in the construction of outer snow clothing.GrabThe act of grabbing the edge of your board usually performed as part of an aerial freestylemove. Grabbing your board can be done with either hand and on either edge.GradientThe measure of the steepness of a slope.GroomedSnow which has been prepared for riders using snow cats or other machinery.Ground SchoolThe place with a flat or gentle grade slope for beginners to practice key fundamentalmaneuvers.HHalfpipeA U-shapped ramp built in the snow for performing freestyle aerial maneuvers.HandplantA handstand on a halfpipe using one or both hands.Heel Edge The edge of your board under your heel.Heel SideA turn made using the heel edge.HighbackThe back of soft-boot bindings which extend upwards behind your lower legs.HuckfestA peer-pressure driven session of hucking.HuckingTo recklessly launch yourself off huge jumps with little regard for your safety.IIceCompacted and frozen snow.IndyGrabbing the toe edge of the board between the feet using the back hand.InsertsThe holes in a snowboard used for attaching or adjusting the position of the bindings.InvertA trick jump where the rider is upside down.JJibSliding on rails or other platforms with the snowboard.LLeashA strap or cord which is attached to your board at one end and your front foot at the other toprevent your board from sliding away from you.  LipThe top edge of a half- or quarterpipe.MMogulsBumps, mounds and valleys which impede riders.NNollieAn ollie performed by jumping off the board's nose.NoseThe upturned front end of a snowboard. Also known as the tip.OOff-pisteAreas outside of the marked areas and trails of the snow resort.OllieA leap into the air on flat land without the benefit of a jump.PPisteMarked areas and trails patroled by the snow resort.Plate BindingsBindings for hard boots.PowderFresh soft snow usually prefered by beginners.Q QuarterpipeA single wall (as opposed to two walls for the halfpipe) used for freestyle maneuvers.RRegularRiding with the left foot as the prefered front foot.SSidecutThe curve cut into the sides of your board which help you to turn.SideslipA technique used for sliding or skidding down the hill with the board straight across the fallline by adjusting the angle of edging.SidewallThe material on the sides of a snowboard used to protect and keep the internal layers inplace.SkatingThe act of moving around on flat surfaces with only the front foot attached to the board bypushing with the free rear foot.SketchHaving your snowboard slide out from beneath you after a turn or jump.SkiddingMoving sideways or forward by working with the edges of your board across the snow tocontrol your speed.SlalomA competition where riders race by turning around gates in a set route.
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