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  • Backside – This refers to the back outer edge of the snowboard where your heels sit. The easiest way to remember this is the backside of the snowboard is where your backside is facing.


  • Bank – A bank of snow used to turn against or control the direction of boarders.


  • Base – The bottom of a snowboard.


  • Berm – Similar to a bank but with a more defined shape to send snowboarders one direction or another.


  • Bindings – Bindings, binders or whatever you may call them refers to the piece of equipment which your snowboard boots go into which attach the user to the snowboard.


  • Blindside – Term given to air tricks where the rider ends up landing blind to their natural direction. You can tell when a user is landing blindside as they will have to look over their shoulder to spot the landing.


  • Boardercross – Boardercross refers to a downhill snowboard race where participants will have to go through an array of obstacles from turns, obstacles and jumps.


  • Bonk – A bonk is a trick where the snowboarder taps an object with their snowboard.




  • Camber – A snowboard with a traditional shape will have camber under the foot meaning the snowboard arcs up if laid flat on the ground. Camber refers to the space between the snowboard and the flat ground.


  • Cant - Cant or canting refers to a small difference in height in the base of a snowboard binding which can aid in pushing the riders knees closer together which can give them more pop in ollies and jumps.


  • Centered Stance – A centered stance refers to the mounting of the snowboard bindings on the snowboard so there is an equal amount of space between the front binding and the front of the board as well as the same amount of space between the back binding and the back of the snowboard. This set up is great for those riding a twin tip board in the park doing a lot of switch and regular riding.


  • Chatter – Chatter is the result high speed turns which will cause the snowboard to vibrate and chatter almost skipping over the snow. This can be increased when the conditions are icy or the snow is very hard packed.


  • Corduroy – Freshly groomed runs at a resort will leave tracks through the snow that resembles corduroy. This term is used to describe the snow after being freshly groomed.


  • Cornice – Blown over lip of snow acting as a ledge over a ridge.


  • Crud – Snow that is uneven in depth that is heavy and thick.




  • Dampening – Most snowboards will have a layer of rubber or another shock absorbing material to reduce the amount of chatter or vibration that is felt. The result of this material is a dampening of vibration and chatter.


  • Delaminate – Delaminate refers to a snowboard pulling apart in its layers. Sometimes with great use or as a result of an impact a snowboard can start to separate or delaminate.


  • Detuning – Detuning or detuned edges refers to the dulling of a snowboards edges so that it doesn’t catch. Typically used by park and freestyle snowboarders.


  • Directional – A directional snowboard is a snowboard with a defined front and back. Directional snowboards are meant to be ridden one direction and will not be as good riding switch as a twin tip board.


  • Ducked Stance – A ducked stance refers to having the snowboard bindings set up to have both facing outward.




  • Effective Edge – When you corner or carve while snowboarding there is a range of the snowboards metal edge that will make contact with the snow which is the snowboards effective edge.




  • Fakie – Riding fakie refers to going the opposite direction of your regular stance while on your snowboard.


  • Fall Line – The fall line refers to the straightest way down the hill where gravity would take an object if let to roll down on its own.


  • Flat Bottom – The flat portion of the half-pipe between the two outer walls.


  • Flex – The flex of a snowboard refers to how soft or stiff the snowboard is. There is varying degrees of flex from soft to stiff for different riding styles and ability levels.


  • Forward Lean – The forward lean is the setting of your snowboard binding’s highback to keep you leaning forward over the board.


  • Freeriding – Snowboarding anywhere and everywhere on the mountain with no clear rules and can also be referred to as all mountain snowboarding.


  • Freestyle – Snowboarding in the terrain park or anywhere that tricks and obstacles are involved.


  • Frontside – Can refer to the front of the snowboard where your toes point or to the frontside of the mountain when there are backcountry options at the resort.




  • Goofy – Goofy, goofy footed or goofy stance refers to riding a snowboard with your right foot forward as your dominant foot. When going down the mountain riding goofy your front facing foot will be your right foot.


  • Grab – While in the air reaching down and holding onto part of the snowboard is a trick called a grab. There are several variations of grabs based on where on the snowboard you reach down and grab.




  • Halfpipe – The halfpipe is a vertical u-shaped snow structure that follows down the hill allowing snowboarders to go up and down and get air similar to a skateboard halfpipe.


  • Heel Drag – If mounted incorrectly a snowboard binding can overhang the back of the board causing the heels of the boots to drag while carving.


  • Heelside Turn – A carve or turn made leaning on your heels.


  • Highback Bindings – Snowboard bindings with a highback that supports the rear of the boot and gives a stable ride. All modern snowboard bindings are this style.


  • Hole Pattern – The hole pattern refers to the distance apart and design of the holes on the snowboard which the snowboard bindings will screw into.




  • Insert – The insert is the metal piece placed inside the snowboard which the binding screws go into.




  • Jib – To tap or ride on an obstacle like a tree, rail, box, log or any other non-snow surface.




  • Kink Rail – Handrail with kinks in it making it more difficult to grind or jib.




  • Leash – A strap device that latches the front snowboard boot to the front snowboard binding to stop the snowboard from sliding away when getting out of the bindings.


  • Lip – The top of a jump or halfpipe.




  • Nose – The front of the snowboard.




  • Ollie – Getting air by lifting your front foot and springing off your back foot similar to skateboarding.




  • Pipe Dragon – Grooming machine used for halfpipe grooming.


  • Plate Binding – Flat mount snowboard binding used with hard shell snowboard boots and primarily only seen in some race snowboard models.


  • Poach – Snowboarding out of bounds regardless of posted signage stating a run or area is out of bounds or closed.




  • Quarterpipe – Similar to the shape of a halfpipe but with only one wall. Visually a quarterpipe is half of a halfpipe.




  • Rail – Two meanings in snowboarding. (1) A snowboarding obstacle similar to a handrail that a snowboarder rides down while freestyle snowboarding. (2) The part of the snowboard where the sidewall and metal edge comes together, a snowboard has two rails.


  • Regular Footed – Refers to riding a snowboard with your left foot forward towards the nose of the snowboard.


  • Rocker – The opposite of a cambered snowboard is a rockered snowboard. Rocker refers to reverse camber so when placed on a flat surface the board rests on the middle surface leaving the tip and tail in the air.


  • Roll Down the Windows – Roll down the windows or rolling down the windows refers to the flailing motion a snowboarder can make while loosing control while in the air.


  • Roller – 2-6 rows of up and down rounded sections of snow where boarders try to pump and through or air over gaining speed similar to whoops in a motocross course.


  • Rollout Deck – The top flat portion of a halfpipe where riders drop in, wait, watch or walk to the top or bottom.




  • Session – Any range of time spent snowboarding.


  • Slopestyle – A competition or event where participants ride over a range of jumps and are judged by the tricks performed on the course.


  • Speed Check – When a snowboarder finds themselves going too fast before an obstacle or anywhere on the mountain they slide sideways to slow down which is considered a speed check or speed checking.


  • Stall – Term given to freestyle maneuver where the boarder rides up on an obstacle and stops for a moment before going on.


  • Stance – Refers to how your feet are situated on your snowboard from which foot is in front (regular or goofy) and the degrees that determine the angle of the bindings.


  • Step in Binding – A snowboard binding that functioned similar to a ski binding. Most all step in bindings are now extinct as strap bindings became easier to use and faster to get into and out of.


  • Step Up – Snowboard jump where the landing is taller than the takeoff making them more advanced.


  • Stomp Pad – A non-slip sticker type product which goes in the middle of the snowboard to give the boarder somewhere to rest their foot when getting on or off the chairlift.


  • Switch – Riding fakie or backwards.




  • Table Top – Snowboard jump where the top is flat like a table making them great to learn on.


  • Tail – The backend of the snowboard nearest to the rear foot.


  • Toe Edge – The front edge of the snowboard where the boarders toes sit nearest.


  • Toeside Turn – A carve or turn made on the toeside edge.


  • Transition - A transition or tranny refers to the first curvature in a halfpipe between the flat and the top vertical section.


  • Traverse – Snowboarding perpendicular to the fall line of the mountain.


  • Twin Tip – A snowboard shaped equally in the tip and tail to perform equally as well riding fakie (backwards) as it does frontwards.




  • Vertical – The top of a halfpipe wall which is straight up and down to allow riders to launch straight up from the pipe.




  • Wall – Opposing sides of a halfpipe, a halfpipe consists of two walls.


  • Wall Ride – Trick where a snowboarder jumps and rides on a near vertical wall feature.


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