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A Swiss German Skiing Dictionary

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A Swiss German Skiing Dictionary

Before the skiing season comes to an end I thought it appropriate to give you the basics of Swiss German skiing vocabulary. You'll be able to hit the slopes and name pretty much everything you see. Sounds great? It is! Of course, I'll include some snowboarding terms as well even though snowboarding has been losing popularity quickly over the last few years.

Remember, in Switzerland there are three colors marking the difficulty of a slope:

blue = easy, for beginners and pleasure skiers
red = advanced, for experienced skiers
black = real hard and tricky, requires technical skills

Please choose a slope that is right for your skill level and make sure to use caution at all times. Skiing accidents aren't pretty and happen faster than you'd think! If you need to improve your skiing, you can find qualified skiing instructors at any ski resort in Switzerland!

Swiss German Skiing Vocabulary

Abfahrt (downhill slope)
Après-ski (after skiing party/drinks)
carve (to use carving skis)
board (snowboard)
boarde (to snowboard)
Boarderpark (snow park with jumps and halfpipes)
Buggelpischte (bumpy slope)
Bügellift (T-bar lift)
freestyle (freestyle)
Gondeli (gondola)
Gondelibahn (gondola lift)
Halfpipe (halfpipe)
jumpe (to jump)
Pischte (slope)
Schanze (jump)
Schlitte (sled)
schlittle (to sled, go sledding)
Schii (ski)
Schiibrülle (ski mask)
Schiifahre (to ski)
Schiijagge (ski jacket)
Schiihelm (ski helmet)
Schihose (ski pants)
Schiilehrer (skiing instructor)
Schiilift (ski lift)
Schiiliftmitarbeiter (ski lift employee)
Schiischuel (skiing school)
Schiistock (ski poles)
Schnee (snow)
Schneebar (snow bar, bar outside in a ski resort)
snöbe (to snowboard, typical 90ies expression)
snöbi (snowboard, typical 90ies expression)
Snowblades (a very short type of ski)



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