It has been said the Inuit people have 91 words for snow, but we snowboarders have our fair share as well. Whether you are a bro, marketing folk, to your average shredder, you like use more words to describe the conditions then you realize. We made a list and came up with 39, but with the constant and chronic bastardization of the English language by snowboarders, we’ll hit 91 soon enough.
Blower: (1.) The conditions after the snow has been blown off the trail. (2.) Perfect airy, smoke-like powder.
Boiler Plate:Snow that is literally frozen water. True boiler plate has been groomed before it freezes, making impenetaible ridges.
Bumpy- Late in the day on a powder day, when it’s so tracked out that you get bumped around trying to ride. See also Tracked Out.
Champagne Powder: Super light, fluffy powder. Common in Utah and Colorado.
Concrete: Deep snow that is so heavy it basically makes a wall when you try to ride through it.
Corduroy: Perfectly groomed snow, with ridges in tact from being groomed. See also groomers.
Corn Snow:When snow that was icy then groomed and chopped up warms up and begins to melt. See also Slush
Cream Cheese: When you get 8 inches of snow that falls dry but then things warm up and it gets firm, but soft. Rides sort of like powder, expect you float on top of it making it much, much easier to ride. See also Wind Pack
Crust/ Crusty: Usually created when it warms up and then get cold. Basically just an icy layer on top of the snow.
Dust on Crust: When there’s new snow, but not enough to cover the layer of miserable frozen snow below it.
Mashed Potatoes: Any day at Mt. Hood hood in the summer. The deeper it gets the slower you go.
Mixed Precipitation: When it’s coming down, and it’s mostly rain, this is a nice way of saying that there might be a little bit on snow, so you should head to the mountain anyway.
Mush: Usually found in the spring but can also happen on a sunny powder day. Basically just snow that is mushy when you ride on it. Areas of high traffic such as take off and landings will usually get mushy first. See also mashed potatoes, spring snow.
Spring Snow: Slushy mush that happens when it gets warm. The term can be used any time of year.
Surface Hoar: Deep crystals of snow created after several very dry days of no new snowfall when the air sucks the moisture out of the snow.Â Fun to ride, almost feels like fresh powder, but usually means the snow pack is not stable.