Backside Boardslide [bak-sahyd bohrd slahyd] verb With the rail on the heel side of one’s snowboard, the rider ollies and puts their nose on the opposite side of the rail, sliding face-first down the hill.
Berm[bûrm] noun A wave of snow formed by wind and terrain changes.
Biff [bee-yiff] noun The result of a weekend warrior attempting a 1080 into the parking lot while wearing jeans, a Raiders jacket, and no gloves.
Backside Lipslide [bak-sahyd lip slahyd]
Verb When rolling up to the rail, it is on the heel side of one’s board. After leaving the lip, the rider pushes the tail of his/her board over the rail, so as to slide with the heel edge facing downward. It is better to do a backside lipslide than to lipslide someone’s backside.
Backside Lipslide [bahk-sid lihp-slid] noun: Approaching the rail with it on your heel edge. Ollie and get your tail over the rail, locking in to a frontside boardslide. Again, a high-risk maneuver. Get that tail over the rail!
Backside Rodeo [bak-sahyd roh-dio] noun Spinning and flipping backside by falling backwards off your heel edge. Not to be confused with the Bucking Bronco.
Backside Spin [bak-sahyd spin] verb When leaving the takeoff, one rotates towa rds their toe edge, therefore becoming blind for an instant. If you are blind for more than an instant, you would be less of a snowboarder and more of a musician.
“Back to you, Todd.” [Bahk Tu Yuu Tahd] phrase: Heard when a contest’s commentary is lacking in perspective from old, jaded Massholes who would rather be at home washing their Audis, playing Xbox Live, or complaining about the lack of a “best of two run” format in the 1998 Olympics
Backside Wall [bak-sahyd wawl] noun The wall of a halfpipe that the back of one’s body faces. Also known as the heelside wall. If you are regular, it’s rider’s left. Goofy, it’s rider’s right.
Bail [beyl] adjective The attempt to minimize the repercussions of a trick gone awry. Can be used in place of “crash” or as a means to get your friends out of jail.
Balaclava [ball-eh-clah-vuh] noun: A piece of headwear that serves double-duty as a hat and a face- mask, all in one easy-to-apply item. The protection offered by a balaclava makes it the perfect choice for those looking to snatch fresh lines down open faces, or kidnap gringos in TJ.
Bank [bangk] noun An angled slope up to ninety degrees that is ideal for re-entry airs. Also a concrete building/business that snowboarders do not frequent.
Base [beys] noun The part of a snowboard that maintains direct contact with the slope. It is created using materials that reduce the friction while riding on snow, therefore improving glide.
Baseless [beys-lis] noun A binding that does not incorporate a traditional baseplate in order to increase the user’s connection to the board and the slope below it.
Baseplate [beys-pleyt] noun The bottom most part of a snowboard binding which sits directly on a board’s topsheet. The toe strap, ankle strap, heel cup, and highback are all connected to the baseplate.
Basket [Bahs-keht] noun: That drink coaster-looking thingy at the end of a ski pole.
Beastie [Bees-tee] adj: A substitute description for “gnarly.” Insert accordingly, and feel free to shorten the term to simply “beast.”
Beaut [Byuuuut] adj: Can refer to anything that looks good. “That tindy you pulled out was a beaut!”
Beef [Beeeeeef] noun: While the Beatles stole “Helter Skelter” from Charles Manson, Biggie and Tupac stole “beef” from the world of shred. In the eighties, every time an aerial went awry, no matter if you were vegan, Hindu, Hasidic or had high blood pressure, beef was the end result.
Bergschund [behr-g-shun-d] noun The crevasse formed where a glacier meets the solid rock of a mountain slope, usually very wide. Can also be used to describe the female figure, as in, “That girl’s got a Bergschund booty!”
BGPs [Bee Gee Pees] adj: BGP is short for “Background Props” in video shots or photos where one is spotted as a bystander in close proximity to the subject. For example: “Dude, did you see the new Grenade film? I got BGPs standing on the deck during Danny Kass’s Mammoth pipe session.” The ultimate in douche vocabulary, so keep it to yourself— BGPs won’t get chicks in your BVDs.
Biathlon [Bi-ath-uh-lawn] noun: A “biathlon” is a term used to reference any sporting event comprised of two disciplines. In this case, those “sporting events” would be snowboarding and drinking, and is a literal translation of the ol’ “First Chair to Last Call” mantra. In other words, one would wear their snowboard attire to the hill and, upon finishing a day of snowboarding, would head directly to their après bar of choice, where they would remain in their outerwear until the bar shuts down. If you do it once, you’re a snowboarder. If you do it twice, you’re a scumbag.
Bibs [bib-zuh] noun Snow pants that have fabric rising above the
midsection to keep powder and anything (or anyone) from penetrating below the waistline. Suspenders are attached to keep pants supported. Cinematographer Dave Seoane was notorious for pissing in his bibs.
Bibs [Bihbz] noun: Overall-style snow pants that utilize built-in suspenders to keep one’s britches from being breeched by the elements. (Also popular among seventies-era ski bunnies as a means to make their peaks perkier and their valleys more voluptuous.)
Bib Club [Bihb Kluhhb] noun: A post-podium mating ritual where a contestant’s bib is donned by their groupie du jour before getting down. Actually finishing on the podium isn’t a prerequisite for bib-club initiation; in fact, if you are racing to join the bib club, finishing on the podium will get you arrested for public indecency, upset your sponsors, and leave one hell of a mess for the organizers to clean up.
Billygoat [Bih-lee-got] adj: Used to describe riders who find their own lines in terrain considered extremely advanced, or—rather—borderline un- rideable. A good billygoat will work his or her way onto a sketchy run while maintaining control, blazing new descents, and not stacking shit.
Binding [bahyn-ding] noun The piece of equipment used to keep a rider’s foot attached to a snowboard. Beware of anything that calls for rear entry.
Black and White (Bla-kuh and Why-tuh): Photos that lack color…but not depth. “Tones” is the term used to discuss the shades of black, gray, and white in each shot. Saying that snowboarders are “toned” is kind of a gray matter.
Blade [Blaaad] noun: The long arched metal apparatus at the fore of a snowcat used to move mass amounts of snow.
Blind [blahynd] adjective Any movement or trick that momentarily removes the landing from one’s field of vision. Also a term to describe any feature where the landing isn’t visible from the takeoff.
Blizzard [bliz-erd] noun A prolonged heavy snowfall resulting in large amounts of accumulation. Can be used as, “Let’s go down to Dairy Queen and hit a handrail after the blizzard.”
Blower [Bloh-wehr] adj: Picture- perfect snow conditions. When a rider puts up a proper pow spray, it blows into the air and completely engulfs said rider. Blower days are the epitome of on-hill perfection. If you sleep in on a blower day, you’re most definitely blowing it.
Bluebird (Blu-burd), adj.: Used to describe a day on the hill when there isn’t a cloud in sight and the blue color of the sky is especially enhanced. These are perfect days to shoot photos or to film.
Boardslide [bord-slid] noun: Sliding a rail or ledge sideways, with the rider’s board perpendicular to the obstacle.
Bolts [Bohltz] adj: Similar to “solid,” but not limited to just skate or snow. You could have anything from a nice meal to a nap that could be described as “bolts.”
Bone [Bohnd] adj: Extending or poking either one’s front or back leg while in the air for added style. Though “tweak” is now the popular term for getting aggro to the max, “bone” was once commonplace on the chairlift
Bootpack [Boot Pak] noun: A bootpack is any set of footsteps ascending an ungroomed slope. The first to go has the hardest job, as they must break trail for the remaining riders. Most definitely the hardest way to earn one’s turns, but a golden stairway to first descents and pow landings.
Bomb hole [bung hohl] noun The crater or succession of craters left behind after a rider fails to stick their trick in powder, yielding a hazardous landing area for others attempting to hit the same feature.
Bonk[ bohnk] verb The act of tapping a foreign object with your tip or tail. Like going to Japan and “bonking” some Japanese girls.
Box [boks] no nA wide, square, rideable park feature.
Breakin’ Trail [Bra-kihn Traal] verb:: To break trail in deep powder.
Briefcase [breef-kas] noun Kicking a method and grabbing your toe edge by crossing your arm over the base of your board.
BS: “BS” is an abbreviation of the word “Backside,” in which a rider would be explaining that they spun backside off a jump, in the pipe, etc. If, however, said shred’s boardin’ ability wasn’t up to par with their claim and nobody was around to witness it, one could most definitely call BS on that lying sonofabitch
Bulletproof [bool-it-proof] adjective Ice that has reached its densest form.
Burr [buhr] noun: An imperfection in the smooth surface of a feature caused by a board’s metal edge digging in. Often causes further edge catching unless removed or filed off.
Bus Driver [buhs dry-vur] noun Mute and indy double-grab stiffy.
Butter [buht-terr] verb Spinning and balancing on your nose or tail while doing flat-ground trickery.