Snowboard Glossary

  • 360 – when a rider performs a complete circle in the air when they jump.
  • Air – when the whole board leaves the ground.
  • Airdog – a snowboarder who does many jumps.
  • Back county – off-piste.
  • Bail – crashing or falling over.
  • Battleship – a rail in a snowboarding park which rises up, flattens out, and then falls back down.
  • Beef – wipe-out
  • Bingo – when you do three 360s in a row.
  • Bomb – accelerating fast downhill.
  • Botwoker – a new snowboarder who has difficulty staying upright.
  • Carve – to move from one side to the other.
  • Chatter – when the snowboard vibrates for no reason when being ridden.
  • Cruiser run – relaxed, mellow or easy run.
  • Deck – top of both sides of a hale pipe
  • Face plant – when a rider falls face first into the snow.
  • Fall line – the most direct run down a slope.
  • Flail – riding badly/out of control.
  • Fraggle – when two snowboarders have an accident.
  • Gaffer – term used to denote a skier.
  • Gnarley – awesome.
  • Grommet – a young snowboarder.
  • Handy Dandy – person who is carving all over the place.
  • Monkey Trail – off-piste trail.
  • Nose manual – to ride with the tail of the board off the ground.
  • Ollie – lifting both the nose and the tail (i.e. the whole board) off the ground at the same time.
  • One-footy – riding with only one foot in the binding.
  • Plank – snowboard.
  • Pow pow – fresh powder.
  • Powder puff – someone who loves riding powder.
  • Rippin flake – general term used to describe snowboarding.
  • Sick – exceptionally good.
  • Skating – when the rider uses one of their feet to push.
  • Slay – to do an exceptional trick.
  • Spray – powder that flies up when you land on a jump.
  • Stoked – psyched.
  • Stomp – to make a good landing after a jump/trick.
  • Switch – riding backwards or the opposite way to normal, e.g. goofy to regular.
  • Wack – something that is not good.
  • Wish bone – snowboard.