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A highly abridged encyclopedia of skiing and snowboarding

Salami Sandwich

A compound adjective used among snowboarders to describe food that is poor and overpriced (“I found the salmon en croûte to be somewhat salami sandwich”).
Après-ski dining too often consists of burgers the texture of snow boots, washed down with a flagon of whatever yellow beer is closest to hand. After all, it’s all about the fuel, right? Not for Clement Gelas, executive chef at Slopes at the Waldorf Astoria Park City in Utah. A French national, Gelas specializes in “upscale Alpine cuisine” (cherrywood-smoked short ribs, cumin-poached wild king salmon), while the Slopes wine wall can accommodate 2,000 bottles of the good stuff. There’s also a hot chocolate cart making the rounds, allowing diners to customize their drink with such ingredients as cardamom and crème de menthe. And if it’s fuel you’re after, try the spaghetti-and-meatball cupcake at the adjacent Crave Café. It’s said to be very filling.


Abbreviation of “telemark,” the somewhat bewildering form of skiing that forgoes sharp turns for maneuvers that require will-you-marry-me knee-bending.
If you’re one of the brave few who enjoy this hybrid of Nordic and Alpine skiing, chances are you’ve spent a fair amount of time hunting for a resort where your fellow skiers don’t give you strange looks. At Colorado’s Crested Butte Mountain Resort, you can be sure you’ll be surrounded by plenty of like-minded folks. In fact, when telemark was in the midst of a rebirth in the 1970s, Crested Butte was the delivery room. As the home of the U.S. Telemark Extreme Freeskiing Championships, the resort boasts some of the most challenging telemark terrain around. But not everyone who skis here needs to be a pro, since its wide variety of terrain allows for seven levels of difficulty. As professional telemark skier and Crested Butte native Max Mancini observes, it’s the kind of place where tele-heads come on holiday “and never leave.”

Underwear, Appropriate

An aspect of skiing attire that often doesn’t receive enough attention, leading to the opposing discomforts of perspiration and frost.
One of the most critical challenges involved in winter sports is maintaining climate control around one’s base camp. You’re hot, you’re cold—either way, you’re not happy. Predictably, it took Norwegians to come up with a solution. Sports apparel company Odlo has spent 66 years exploring this conundrum, an epic investigation that has resulted in Odlo Evolution thermal underwear ($105-$130), which promises to find an in-trouser balance between Arctic Circle and Amazon rain forest.

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