Canadian Bacon [Kuh nay dee ehn Bay kihn] noun When a rider grabs their toe edge between their bindings with their arm wrapping behind their rear knee. An exact cross between a Roast Beef grab and a Tai Pan grab. .
Canadian Shower [Kuh nay dee ehn Showw her] noun When one holds on to the back of a snowmobile sans rope, and gets bombarded by a blizzard of snow and ice chunks coming from the sled’s track.
Canadian Tuxedo [Kuh nay dee ehn Tuhks ee doh] noun Known in the States as the “Denim Dan,” a Canadian tuxedo is the beautifully disgusting collaboration of a denim jacket with bottom-coverings of the same material (jeans, dummy). A one piece dignity destroyer of sorts.
Cat Paws [Kaht Pahwzzzz] noun: The end points of a halfpipe where the walls blend into the slope. The gradient transition down from the deck mimics the appearance of the cat paws of the Great Sphinx of Giza. Interestingly, GZA released his first album, Words from the Genius, in 1991 on Cold Chillin’ Records.
Cat Track [kat trak] noun A low-angle, terraced path that intersects the fall line of steep faces. The name comes from their use by snowcats to access steeper terrain prior to the introduction of the winch cat in the
1980’s.They often provide an easier route down the hill for novice snowboarders.
Cab [kab] verb Named after skateboard legend Steve Caballero. Short for Caballerial, which is when a rider spins fakie frontside.
Cabriolet [Kab-ree-oh-lay] adj: An open-air gondola.
Centered [sen-turd] noun: The preferred configuration for today’s park rider, a centered stance means that each binding is specifically mounted to leave equal amounts of nose and tail. Any twin-tip board allows a centered stance, which facilitates freestylers in learning switch tricks. Ideally suited to the hardpack, centered stances yield less benefits to those who prefer riding forward to fakie.
Check [chek] verb The motion used to dump speed while riding.
Cheese Grater [cheez grey-ter] adjective Metal found on steps on mountain-town staircases which provides traction. Sliding a rail with cheese grater on the stairs ups the difficulty and danger.
Chinese Downhill [chahy-neez doun-hil] noun: Whenever more than two riders attempt a top-to-bottom non-stop winner-take-all challenge of speed, skill, stamina, and will. Made famous in 1984’s Hot Dog: The Movie, (which isn’t to be confused hot dogs, the food, which feature just as many assholes, but fewer lips). Now you and Kendo both know the answer to “What the fuck is a Chinese downhill?”
Chute [shoot] noun A steep, narrow path that navigates between tight trees or rock outcroppings.
Chunt [Chuhhhhnt] noun: What you feel like after copping too much “swoop.”
Cliff [klif]noun Any natural drop in which a snowboarder can ride up to and jump off of.
Clipping Tickets [Klip-ping Tik-its] verb: Procuring lift tickets through less-than-legal means.
Clipped Ticket [Klipt Tik-it] noun: Having one’s ski area privileges revoked for any number of offenses.
Close-out [Klohs Owt] adj: A rail of any shape or size that is butted up against another obstacle at its end, leaving one in a do-or-die situation. If the rider comes up short, they’re offered up a plate of cold, hard, head-on pain.
Cobra Hood (Co-Brah Hūd) noun: Goggles worn over a sweatshirt or jacket hood can cause the fabric to flair out in a reptilian fashion, causing the wearer to resemble a spitting cobra.
Coldies, Pops [Cohl-deez, Paahpz] noun: A fresh cold beverage, mainly of the alcoholic variety.
Coping (Cop-eng), noun: In skateboarding, it is the tube-shaped protrusion at the top of a transition. In snowboarding, it is the part of any transitioned feature (i.e., quarterpipe, wallride, etc.) where the vert meets the deck. In order to properly perform a handplant, one’s palm must be on the coping.
Core [kohr] noun The internal makeup of a snowboard, which affects its riding characteristics, weight, and durability.
Core Shot [Cohr Shaht] noun: When the base of one’s board makes contact with a rock, asphalt, tree, log, loose jib screws, or any object that can dig out a portion of base material P-Tex, a “core shot” is the result, and this is a literal description in that the “core” of one’s board is clearly visible in extreme instances. Visit your local “core” shop for repair inquiries.
Corkscrew [kork-skr-ew]noun Dropping your front shoulder for a backside spin will result in getting wacky on the weird axis.
Cornice [kawr-nis] noun Overhanging snow along a ridgeline caused by strong winds and changing conditions.
Cougar [koo-ger] noun An aged for companionship tend to be for the more youthful variety.
Craig Leg [Krehg Lehg] noun: A style developed by snowboarding legend Craig Kelly in the mid-eighties, Craig Leg is a form of downhill tuck in which the rider’s rear knee is flexed as far forward and as close to the leading leg as possible. This technique, which helped earn Craig numerous US Open and World titles, is still used today when savvy boarders are looking for a boost of speed
Crail [kreyl] noun Grabbing the toe edge with your trailing hand in front of your leading binding.
Creeper [kre-pur] noun: Found on ledges, a creeper is a handrail that is connected to the stair side of the ledge, and can be jibbed…carefully.
Crevasse [kruh-vas] noun A break or fissure within glacial snowpack.
Crippler [crip-lehr] noun Frontside-spinning backflip in the halfpipe.
Crud [Kruhd] noun: Accumulated chunks of powder produced by a tracked-out trail, pow field or landing. Found anywhere on the mountain, off-piste or in the woods, crud can make it difficult to navigate a rider’s set path or put a trick down in deep snow. Get to the hill early next time it snows, cause if you wake up too late, all that crud can turn your on-hill experience to shit.
Crust [kruhst] noun Hard snow, packed powder, and ice blended to create a rough, unpredictable riding surface.
Carve [kahrv] verb Using downward pressure along with the sidecut of a snowboard to achieve an elliptically-shaped turn.