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Packed Powder
Powder snow that has either settled under its own weight, or compressed into a firm surface.
The Scandinavian's preferred term for two skating.
Parallel Turn
A turn in which the skis are kept parallel to each other.
Parallel Turning
Turning with the skis remaining parallel throughout each turn.
The opposite of diagonal stride, in which the arm and leg on one side swing backwards and forwards together.
Passive Unweighting
An unweighting of the skis created by skiing over a bump or through a dip, and not by a skier's conscious body movement.
An area of either machine or skier packed snow, generally to be found at ski resorts. A groomed piste is solely machine-packed snow.
A round, lightweight shaft with a basket and spike on the lower end, a handle and strap at the upper end. In Nordic skiing, the poles are used primarily for propulsion. In Alpine skiing, they're used mainly to help maintain balance and to assist in making turns.
The point at which the ski pole is driven into the snow, either as a trigger to aid turning, or as a method of propulsion.
When held in the hand, used to propel oneself along, or balance. See also stock.
Positive Ski Base
A patterned non-wax ski base that has a protruding pattern, above the level of the base. See also negative ski base .
Fresh, dry, light snow that hasn't been groomed.
Powder Snow
Dry, freshly fallen snow that has not yet been compacted, by natural or other means. Deep powder requires different downhill skiing techniques if the skier wishes to remain above the snow surface.
Turning the body into the direction of the intended turn, to assist the skier's change in direction. See anticipation.
Applied to one or both skis by the skier's body mass or muscle. See weighting.
A type of sled or toboggan most commonly found in Scandinavia used to tow children, or other loads behind the skier, connected by a harness to the skier's waist.
Pursuit Start
A type of start in which the skiers go in the order in which they finished the first portion of the pursuit. See combined pursuit.
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