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Backcountry Skiing
Recreational cross country skiing away from developed land and open roads.
Balling Up
A condition of the skis when snow adheres to the running surface, and thus prevents efficient glide.
Leaning the body into the centre of the radius of the turn to maintain edging and counteract centrifugal force, as you would when riding a bicycle.
1) The bottom of a ski; its running surface, typically coated with polyethylene or carbon fiber. 2) The bottom of a slope or mountain. 3) The average depth of snow at a ski area.
Base Wax
A preparatory wax applied to the base surfaces of skis to allow klisters, grip and glide waxes to take firmer hold. 'Grundvalla' is the Swedish word for this substance.
Basic Stance
A position in which you might stand when about to receive a serve in tennis or squash, or when about to catch a heavy ball -- with the knees flexed forward and head over the balls of your feet, and hands reaching forward slightly.
The decoration attached to the end of a pole, used to prevent the tip from going too far into the snow when pushing against it.
Competitive cross-country track-racing combined with target shooting with a rifle.
Bicycle Bumps
A series of offset bumps artificially formed in two set parallel tracks, to emulate bicycle pedalling with the legs.
Binder Wax
A blend of synthetic resin and rubber compounds used to bind grip waxes to the ski surface, especially used to improve the adhesion of the wax to the ski.
An attachment on the ski that clips onto the boot, thus holding the ski to the foot. See also release.
Buffer Wax
A colder grip wax applied over a warmer grip wax, or klister, to prevent the skis from balling up, and yet retain grip.
Bunny Slope
A gently sloping hill for beginning skiers.
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