Thursday, September 19, 2013

100 Words for Snow



Yes, We Do Have a Hundred Words for Snow
The popular belief that there are a hundred words for snow in the Inuit language has led to some
Photo: Nick Rice
  controversy, and has even been called urban legend by some doubters.  Alta, however, is the world mecca of powder skiing, and our language really does have a hundred words for snow.  The rules of our game allow nouns, verbs and adjectives, for conditions, features, terrain, etcetera, of the white stuff… and so here are our hundred words for snow, in the Alta language.  To add your own word to the list, please make a comment below, by November 1, 2013.  We’ll update the list weekly on our Facebook page, and we’ll have an Alta Lodge ball cap for every friend who contributes a word that makes the list!


  1. Bed Surface
  2. Blizzard
  3. Blower
  4. Boilerplate
  5. Bony
  6. Bottomless
  7. Buffed
  8. Bulletproof
  9. Bumped Out
  10. Butter
  11. Carvy
  12. Cement
  13. Chalky
  14. Champagne
  15. Chunder
  16. Cold Smoke
  17. Concrete
  18. Corduroy
  19. Corn
  20. Cornice
  21. Creamy
  22. Crud
  23. Crust
  24. Crystals
  25. Dank
  26. Death Cookies
  27. Debris
  28. Deep
  29. Dendrites
  30. Depth Hoar
  31. Drifts
  32. Dumping
  33. Dusting
  34. Dust on Crust
  35. Facets
  36. Firm
  37. Flakes
  38. Fluff
  39. Flurry
  40. Freshies
  41. Gnar
  42. Grabby
  43. Granules
  44. Graupel
  45. Groomer
  46. Hard Pack
  47. Heavy
  48. Hero
  49. Ice
  50. The Kind
  51. Lake Effect
  52. Mank
  53. Mashed Potatoes
  54. Metamorphic
  55. Moguls
  56. Needles
  57. Névé
  58. Nuking
  59. Orographic
  60. Pellet
  61. Pillows
  62. Pounding
  63. Pow
  64. Powder
  65. Puffy
  66. Puking
  67. Rain Crust
  68. Recrystallized
  69. Rime
  70. Ripples
  71. Roly Poly
  72. Rollerballs
  73. Sastrugi
  74. Scratchy
  75. Showery
  76. Skied Out
  77. Skiff
  78. Slab
  79. Sleet
  80. Slick
  81. Slide
  82. Slippery
  83. Slope
  84. Sludge
  85. Sluff
  86. Slush
  87. Snow (hello)
  88. Soft Pack
  89. Spindrift
  90. Stellar
  91. Styrofoam
  92. Sugar
  93. Sun Cups
  94. Surfy
  95. Surface Hoar
  96. TG Crystals
  97. Trace
  98. Wind Buff
  99. Wind Crust
    100.Wind Slab


Photo: Billy Haas

Photo: Billy Haas
Photo: Nick Rice
Photo: Nick Rice

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