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Eskimo vocab challenge …

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We researched ages ago the myth/not myth of Inuit having 50 / 90 / 120 words for snow and idly freezing in the always-cold Nationale chair in Crans-M, the Grom and I came up with the English lexicon:

Sample Inuit

qanuk: ‘snowflake’
kaneq: ‘frost’
kanevvluk: ‘fine snow’
qanikcaq: ‘snow on ground’
muruaneq: ‘soft deep snow’
nutaryuk: ‘fresh snow’
pirta: ‘blizzard
qengaruk: ‘snow bank’

Us

Snow
Frost
Hoarfrost
Fresh
Powder
Champagne powder
Blizzard
Crud
Sluff / slough
Windrift
Spindrift
Plumes
Graupel
Crystal
Faceted
Boilerplate
Corduroy
Loose
Piled
Sticky
Dry
Slush
Sleet
Snowmaggedon
Drifting
Horizontal
Snowflake
Perfect
Slop
Brown
Yellow
Melting

32 so far.

Any others?


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How long have you got?
  • Sastrugi
  • wet
  • snowball snow (eg wet)
  • coastal (eg wet)
  • white smoke (eg not wet at all)
  • bottomless
  • schmoo
  • mashed potatoes
  • slabby
  • upside down (when the top bit is heavier than the stuff underneath)
  • windslab
  • breakable crust
  • set up
  • lift accessed
  • wind lip
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@philwig, excellent …

That makes 49
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I guess also

Cornice(d)
Virgin
Tracked
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Porridge
Poor man’s powder
Scottish weather
Death cookie
Poo hole
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graupel
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Babyheads
Cat litter
F*cked
Sunf*cked
Windf*cked
Totally f*cked
GnarGnarBrah
Mank
Crusty mank
Death crust
Glass
Polished
Slide for lifey
Spicey
Challenging
Isothermic
Rotten
Totally rotten
Piss wet
Corn
Wet corn
Corn on the turn
Just right
Overcooked
Dirty
Brown
Organic (mainly cow pats)
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Pennine (grass with some frost) well known to members of Weadale, Yad Moss etc.
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DOTM - profane but almost all valid. We’ve had ‘brown’. All too familiar this year.
Chris n - excellent - and nicely ironic

I raise you ‘deathballs’

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Promised
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Ribbon or river of
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Well you don’t get this kind of nonsense in the SCGB…

(Said a senior official)
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Decomposing
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Pam don’t talk to people like that…it’s rude
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Boilerplate.
Refrozen melt.
White ribbon of death.
Blue snow.
Sugary.
Velcro.
Feeble thin whiteish dust.
Italian cream.
Indifferently pisteured.
Negligently Pisteured.
Saharan orange.
Perfect slush.
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Squeaky Blush
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Whoomfy (best avoided)
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Derivatives of sticky:

Like glue (from the French comme colle (sp?)).
Alpaka carpet (specific to Tignes).
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Tongue-in-cheek list, c/o http://www.mendosa.com/snow.html ... well I found it amusing snowHead

Inuit Words for Snow
tla ordinary snow
tlapa powder snow
tlacringit snow that is crusted on the surface
kayi drifting snow
tlapat still snow
klin remembered snow
naklin forgotten snow
tlamo snow that falls in large wet flakes
tlatim snow that falls in small flakes
tlaslo snow that falls slowly
tlapinti snow that falls quickly
kripya snow that has melted and refrozen
tliyel snow that has been marked by wolves
tliyelin snow that has been marked by Eskimos
blotla blowing snow
pactla snow that has been packed down
hiryla snow in beards
wa-ter melted snow
tlayinq snow mixed with mud
quinaya snow mixed with Husky poo-poo
quinyaya snow mixed with the poo-poo of a lead dog
slimtla snow that is crusted on top but soft underneath
kriplyana snow that looks blue in the early morning
puntla a mouthful of snow because you fibbed
allatla baked snow
fritla fried snow
gristla deep fried snow
MacTla snow burgers
jatla snow between your fingers or toes, or in groin-folds
dinliltla little balls of snow that cling to Husky fur
sulitlana green snow
mentlana pink snow
tidtla snow used for cleaning
ertla snow used by Eskimo teenagers for exquisite erotic rituals
kriyantli snow bricks
hahatla small packages of snow given as gag gifts
semtla partially melted snow
ontla snow on objects
intla snow that has drifted indoors
shlim slush
warintla snow used to make Eskimo daiquiris
mextla snow used to make Eskimo Margaritas
penstla the idea of snow
mortla snow mounded on dead bodies
ylaipi tomorrow's snow
nylaipin the snows of yesteryear ("neiges d'antan")
pritla our children's snow
nootlin snow that doesn't stick
rotlana quickly accumulating snow
skriniya snow that never reaches the ground
bluwid snow that's shaken down from objects in the wind
tlanid snow that's shaken down and then mixes with sky-falling snow
ever-tla a spirit made from mashed fermented snow, popular among Eskimo men
talini snow angels
priyakli snow that looks like it's falling upward
chiup snow that makes halos
blontla snow that's shaken off in the mudroom
tlalman snow sold to German tourists
tlalam snow sold to American tourists
tlanip snow sold to Japanese tourists
protla snow packed around caribou meat
attla snow that as it falls seems to create nice pictures in the air
sotla snow sparkling with sunlight
tlun snow sparkling with moonlight
astrila snow sparkling with starlight
clim snow sparkling with flashlight or headlight
tlapi summer snow
krikaya snow mixed with breath
ashtla expected snow that's wagered on (depth, size of flakes)
huantla special snow rolled into "snow reefers" and smoked by wild Eskimo youth
tla-na-na snow mixed with the sound of old rock and roll from a portable radio
depptla a small snowball, preserved in Lucite, that had been handled by Johnny Depp
trinkyi first snow of the year
tronkyin last snow of the year
shiya snow at dawn
katiyana night snow
tlinro snow vapor
nyik snow with flakes of widely varying size
ragnitla two snowfalls at once, creating moire patterns
akitla snow falling on water
privtla snow melting in the spring rain
chahatlin snow that makes a sizzling sound as it falls on water
hootlin snow that makes a hissing sound as the individual flakes brush
geltla snow dollars
briktla good building snow
striktla snow that's no good for building
erolinyat snow drifts containing the imprint of crazy lovers
chachat swirling snow that drives you nuts
krotla snow that blinds you
tlarin snow that can be sculpted into the delicate corsages Eskimo girls pin to their whale parkas at prom time
motla snow in the mouth
sotla snow in the south
maxtla snow that hides the whole village
tlayopi snow drifts you fall into and die
truyi avalanche of snow
tlapripta snow that burns your scalp and eyelids
carpitla snow glazed with ice
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De la soupe
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@geoffers, that is quite wonderful!
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Hero
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  • Avalanche. As in debris you have to ride over.
  • Fast
  • Pisted. As in "I paid for a helicopter, but this stuff is skier pisted".
  • Garbage - general term for stuff not worth riding
  • Unridable
  • Rained on
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I don't think I saw "styrofoam", aka "cooler" (1" thick breakable crust)
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Slushpuppy
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Corrugated...
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Corn snow which has been plentiful in Grimentz-Zinal this week. BTW in some places (ie Canada) Eskimo is no longer used but Inuit, as used by @Valais2 is.
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Transformed
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Polystyrene balls
Industriel
Agricole
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Windblown
Sunbaked
Dumping
Drifting
Reset
Concrete
Hollow
Stable
Unstable
Erm...
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What's the name for the way it is after a couple of days of foehn, when skier tracks stand out like railway lines above the lower, uncompressed, surroundings which have been eroded by the wind - off piste, that is?
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croutons : the hard, blobby bits post-avalanche. Best to be avoided.
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You lot seem to be having difficulty with the difference between noun and adjective
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pam w wrote:
What's the name for the way it is after a couple of days of foehn, when skier tracks stand out like railway lines above the lower, uncompressed, surroundings which have been eroded by the wind - off piste, that is?
Ooh that's a good one Pam - no idea!
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Quote:

Squeaky

oh, I like squeaky!

Yellow?
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oops, sorry, Yellow already mentioned!
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I'll chuck in spindrift, chop, and dendex
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Are we nearly there yet???
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Earlier this season I was skiing the lovely carving blue from the bottom of Tortin down to Siviez. It was that lovely snow that is slightly melted on top and then partially but not entirely refrozen. I call it corrugated because it has a little tiny grippy ridges from all the tracks.

But the extraordinary thing was that it made my skis whistle. I wasn’t even sure what it was at first but then realised that it was coming from me. I’m not sure what the appropriate snow noun would be. Perhaps Pan Pipes?
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