glossary: Ski With Me!

acronyms. neologisms, colloquialisms, jargon & “uniquies”

1K (n) a ski area that measures 1,000 feet or more in vertical rise or drop. This “1K” catch-phrase, serves as delineator. as the entry level of my bucket list: I strive to visit every “1K” in the lower 48 before I quit or kick the bucket. (see: bucket list).  It’s a race against time, but I’m on track to success. Come, Ski With Me!

5/5 (or any such numerical ratio): This is a format or style used in this blog to relate the number of unique visits jammed into the toal number of days inveted in each great circle routes or map constructed for each segment of the vision; the quest to ski all the 1K’s.  So as a second example 12/14 would mean 12 new areas visited within a 14 day trip.

5s‘s (slang term) an initialism, an acronymic expression referring to the necessities of life on-the-road: 1.sleep, 2. snack, 3. shower 4 shave and 5. sh– ! (Hey, keep it clean and proper.)

accommodations (n) the necessities for over-night, on-the-run life après ski; basically a place to sleep and hopefully cover all the “5S’s”. the term “necessities of life” is a relative expression likely to expand with age or income and especially when traveling with spouses and families.

AD (term) derived from After the children Depart. In my blogs it references the 21st century the time frame in which my vision took concrete form and my plan was developed. Reviews became a part of the program. [see too “modern history”]

ancient history (n) That period of my career closely associated with BC; it’s . It’s somewhat congruous with the later half of the 20th century when I didn’t know what life was about. But the greater truth was: I didn’t know that I didn’t know … and the best part was; I didn’t care! Memories from this era are jaded, self-serving hence less reliable. (Contact with “modern history”)

area (or ski area) (n) a location and/or company that offers skiing/riding, but usually lacks any base or on-site accommodations. As compared to “resorts”, areas require the client has to depart to answer basic survival needs. Areas tend to be smaller which has advantages as well as disadvantages. NB: not all areas are equal! Reviews and recommendations (R&R) become very useful.  Perhaps it’s best said that areas are defined but what they don’t offer rather than what the have. But one thing they do boast of: Hard-nosed, dedicated and loyal skiers! (see too: resortbrown-bagger, day-tripper, family-friendly and resorts v areas post ).

back country (adj) a mode of skiing that goes beyond the borders of an area/resort (see: off-piste; bush-whacking) NB This is an advanced skier activity; It involves safe skiing training and safety awareness. It should never be done alone. It is not permitting in many area/resorts. (n) the activity itself.

BC (term) derived from “Before the Children departed home. The period akin to ancient history, roughly the second half of the past, 20th century; My vision was therein-the-making, albeit vague and amorphous; a twinkle in my eye; it was gestating due to birth in another era, another century.   BC is a period with no notes remaining, so please realize my reviews from this era are distant memories. [also see: ancient history, modern history, and AD]

blue-bird (or bluebird days) (n) Those cloudless, bright-sky, calm, windless, utopian dream days when skiing is at its best and the Great Creator graces His humble creatures, even us, the lowly skiers and riders.

brown-bagger: (n)
1. A person who carries a brown bag lunch to a ski area
2. A person who toes in so-wrapped beverage into a ski area, or family room, or any public room of a ski resort.
3. A ski area that allows or even encourages skiers, us penny-stinkers to bag in their own food and/or beverage(s)

bucket list (n) a double entendre suggesting a container of “must-do” ambitions, dreams, and/or desires to achieve before one “kicks the bucket”

bunny trail: (n) a side-story that digresses from the central story-line, but provides a vignette of interest, use , or humor. By following the little bunny, we circle a given another glimpse of the meadow to quickly return to the safety of home, the larger rabbit hole.

bush whacking (v) skiing off piste, off the designated trails, exploring about an area

circle route (n) [also great circle route] The core strategy for “wanderers” for maximize time and minimize expense while visiting various ski areas. Circle routes involve elaborate planning and precise targeting, but should include contingencies for fun, frolic and free movement.

coach (n)
1. a leader and instructor of a competitive team or club certified
2. A sobriquet expropriated more than earned by yours truly (usually with a capital “C” and often in quotes)
3. A title preceding a name e.g. Coach Gary or better written:”Coach” Gary.

cue tip (n) a slang expression for a white-haired seniors usually on a fixed income (social security or meager pension) who are always asking for senior citizen rates or discounts.

day-tripper (n) 1. areas that are close to a major population center, hence easily visited for the day without the travel expenses of a major vacation. 2. a specialist wanderer who focuses on ski areas that can be visited as a 1-day side trip needing no over-night accommodations

down homer: (n) a slope or area that is family-friendly and affordable. The tend to be local favorites

family-friendly (adj.) Self explanatory but in comparison to “snooty” or “hoity-toity” or “expensive”

free refill (adj)  or free refill day (n) a “in process” powder dump expression describing such a heavy snow fall that the tacks of your previous run are covered over upon you retracement or return trip

freshie (n) a ski resort/area unvisited in any of my great escapades; a mountain awaiting my visit, my review; in theory, it could be a local ski area  but I prefer to think of those slopes less than 1K as hills not included in my bucket list as “bonuses” I’m blessed to enjoy when and if I stumble upon them and have the time to ski.  From the greatest perspective, I love to ski any where, and hope I can eventually ski them all! It’s an iteration of the aphorism: “Stop and smell the roses along the way.”

frivolity factor (n) an element to consider when planning circle routes in trip planning. It relates to the need to “hang loose” and enjoy life. It’s a deviation to the original plan to take advantage of and allow for fun and frivolity along the way.

generational  (n) a parent or guardian who was raised a skier and now is dedicated to raising their family deploying all the benefits to their children and grand children.

great circle route (n) a circle route that includes stops or visits to twenty or more ski areas/slopes on a non-stop excursion from a hub city.

hoity-toity (adj.) used to describe a ski resort (but occasionally a ski area)  with high prices. There are advantages and disadvantage’s. Connotes an area penny-stinkers often eschew

hub-city (n) a anchor town for my circle route. Often I fly in, but almost as often, especially in retirement, I drive there. It’s really nice to have a friend or family with a warm hearth to settle down before and after.

inside edge (n) 1. A critical factor in skiing. The down hill ski supports a greater weight in turns. Thus the inside edge (also always on the uphill) is the most important of the four edges. 2. In the secular

instructor (n) a category of professionals were work to inculcate their passion for skiing and/or boarding in others through formal lessons. (see: PSIA)

lower 48 (n) the contiguous, continental 48 states; excludes the states of Alaska and Hawaii. (Yes, one can hike mauna kea on the Big Island to ski when there is snow several days a year! But like Tuckerman’s Ravine, NH there is no commercial lift or resort.)

local (n) 1. A person who resides within a short, drivable distance of the mountain. A local generally knows everything useful and practical about the slopes.  Ask him. Trust ‘m. Listen to ‘m.  2. a ski area within a comfortable driving distance of a city or metropolitan community. Local areas offer several benefits: low coast, short lines, helpful assistance, smiling faces, and new friends.

modern history (n) That period of my life when I began to contemplate growing up. My kids had. , so maybe I’d better. They had graduated and were caving out successful careers. Why couldn’t I?  Guess I’ll begin … ah, maybe tomorrow. This epoch is roughly parallels the 21st century.

mountain (n) a large, major land mass arising above its surrounding area . sporting 1,000+ feet of vertical. Yes, a “1K” as opposed to a local slope or ski hill!

neologism (n) (Meriam dictionary) psychology : a new word that is coined especially by a person affected with schizophrenia and is meaningless except to the coiner [or his blog followers]

never-ever (n) short hand, jargon, instructor in-speak for a beginner who is out on the slopes for the very first time; a newbie who has never had  a lesson;  a “first-timer”

odd-lot (n) A ski area/slope that doesn’t fit easily into a circle route. They are usually “off-by-themselves”, tucked away in a bow canyon or a distant corner, standing on their own. This is not to say they’re don’t offer a great skiing experience.  It is to note, they require ot-of-way travel nad tend to be a thorns- of checking off states in the lower 48  list

out-of-the-trunk (adj) describes life on the road of circle routes. Motels are favored which aloow the wandering skier to live out of the car’s truck by reversing in to within feet of out outside entrance. (n) out-of-the-trunker

packing in (v) the act of carrying in your own food and beverage to reduce costs or provide your own one-of-a-kind dish or beverage.
packed in (adj) modifies and describes a dish or beverage as above

penny-stinker (n) hey, as per Webster, this is a fugal, parsimonious person. I prefer the term: “good steward”, my family simply uses “cheap-skate”

pneuma (n) Greek word for breath-of-life, spirit; essence

PSIA (term) Professional Ski (I prefer “snow”) Instructors of America, an organization that exists to promote and insure safety and standards of learning to lead the winter sports forward. PSIA administers the system that trains and certifies instructors

ratio (n) (or “…’n …” e.g. “5‘n 5” or for example “5/5” ) used as shorthand in a “great circle route” (or simply “circle route”); the 1st number (or numerator) indicates the days of skiing, and the 2nd number (or denominator) represents the total days in travel period. Thus “5/5” means “five areas to ski over a five day period” (see: “5/5” at the top of this glossary)

resort (n): a ski area with everything you need. Once there you have arrived. You have no need to leave. You can find or purchase anything your heart desires; the only draw back is: you’ll pay for it. It appeals to skiers, riders, and their non-athletic travel companions. All resorts are ski areas, but all areas are not resorts. NB: Resorts are not all equal! (see too: area, slopes, mountains and resorts v areas post

rider (n) A person who for some reason choses to go down with his feet locked together on one broad ski-like platform termed a “snow board; a snowboarder.

scorecard (n) 1. The page on this blog that lists the updates all the 1K area/resorts 2. synonym with score, current score or  current count

shot-ski (n) 1. an innovative reuse of an old, discarded ski for social lubrication purposes 2. a crude torture device used to torment après socialites, never-evers, and all who are foolish enough to come too close. [see illustrations]

small hill (n) a local area less than 1k (syn): hill; area [elevation & size term only. emotional endearment still applies here!]

transition (n) an area, frequently at a confluence or junction of trails were the pitch radically changes. It is a  broadened stretch in which a courteous, safe skier/rider dumps speed and increases diligence.

uniquie (n) (plural: uniquies} any neologism unique to this “Ski With Me!” blog, sometimes but not always set with quotation marks.

wanderer (n) a unique kind of skier; one who has to see what lies beyond; one who is contend to try the new rather than master the present. One who will take the trial untried bust to see what lies around the next turn.  Generally one who can talk to the wall or learn a little, get in trouble a lot all the fastest high-speed lift ascending the shortest 1k.

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