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What Does Piste Mean?

4th February 2018 | Roger Leo, Executive Editor/North America

90cm of powder in the last 7 days for Banff Sunshine Village (Nov. 21)

90cm of powder in the last 7 days for Banff Sunshine Village (Nov. 21)

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"Piste" is the French word for groomed trail or slope.

It has been adopted by North American skiers, and skiers in general, and most often combined with the word "off" - as in, "off-piste" - to describe backcountry skiing, or skiing on ungroomed, unmarked terrain.

Many ski words come from European languages, among them "schuss," "wedel" (pronounced vay-dul), "sitzmark," and, of course, "après ski."

90cm of powder in the last 7 days for Banff Sunshine Village (Nov. 21)  - © Banff Sunshine Village/Facebook

90cm of powder in the last 7 days for Banff Sunshine Village (Nov. 21)

Copyright: Banff Sunshine Village/Facebook

The word "ski" itself is European in origin.

American skiers and snowboarders should not feel left out of the lexicon. They have contributed such terms as "bunny slope" and "yard sale."

Language, like skiing and snowboarding, is a work in progress.

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