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The curve built into the main body of a ski to allow an even distribution of the skier's mass over the whole ski in contact with the snow. A soft-cambered ski will exhibit an even distribution, whilst a stiffer or harder-cambered ski is constructed so that the mid-section (or wax pocket) of the ski is held above the surface of the snow except when it is being heavily weighted (as occurs when kicking).
Camel Walk
American term for passgang.
To make a clean turn, using the edge of the ski, with no skidding.
A method of turning at high speed with minimal skidding of the skis, and determined by edging, plus the side-cut and camber of any given ski.
Catch an Edge
To have an edge of a ski dig into the snow, causing a fall or near fall.
Catch Some Air
To take flight briefly after skiing over a small hill or mogul.
Centrifugal Force
The force produced when an body rotates around the centre of its orbit. A skier will notice this when turning, in the form of an outward force away from the centre of the radius of the turn.
Centripetal Force
The opposing force to that of the centrifugal force. This must be applied by the skier to maintain balance and counteract centrifugal force when turning.
Vibration of a ski caused by the edges bouncing off hard snow instead of biting in.
The original term for a christie, or a turn in which the skis skid for all or part of the turn. Christiania (now Oslo) was the place in which this term originated.
A braking turn on which the tails of the skis are allowed to skid.
Citizen Racing
Recreational ski races (often large), generally over 10-80 kilometre distance, and with a mass start.
Classical Cross Country
A cross country race in which skiers use the traditional straight striding technique, leaving distinct parallel tracks, with considerable assistance from the ski poles. Skating is not allowed.
Classical Skiing
Track skiing without skating, as was more often and generally performed prior to the rise in popularity of snow-skating.
See Alpine combined; Nordic combined.
Combined Pursuit
A cross country event that's made up of two races. The first is usually a 5-kilometer classical race, the second a 5-kilometer freestyle. Competitors start the second portion in the same order in which they finished the first portion, and separated by the same amount of time.
Flexing of the legs to absorb bumps, and also to start turns over moguls. The French often call this term 'avalement'.
When the ski tips are closer together than the tails -- as in a snowplough, or when stem turning. See also diverging.
Small, rounded kernels of snow, most often seen in the springtime.
An overhanging lip or ridge of snow.
Rotating the body one way, and the legs the opposite. When turning, the legs turn into the turn, whilst the body turns outward, creating the effect.
Cross Country
A type of race that takes place over a considerable distance. See classical cross country; freestyle cross country.
Cross-Country Skiing
A term generally used in most of the world to describe only the track-skiing aspects of Nordic skiing, although sometimes used in Australia and elsewhere to include off-track skiing, XCD, and ski touring.
Difficult snow conditions -- often crusty or icy on top, with soft mush underneath.
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