Ski Resort Language

Ski Resort Language - What does it all mean?

  • Green Circle: The easiest trails on a mountain, denoted on trail maps and signs by a green circle. Usually groomed, wide and flat, and not a place for experienced skiers as traffic must remain slow.

  • Blue Square: Intermediate trail denoted on trail maps and signs by a blue square. Usually groomed and often the most popular runs.

  • Black Diamond: Expert trail denoted on trail maps and signs by a black diamond. The trail may or may not be groomed, and can vary from the merely tricky to insanely difficult. A double black diamond indicates the steepest, most difficult runs at a resort.

  • Lift Ticket: Ticket required for all on-hill ski & snowboard access. Lift tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket office and are non-transferrable.

  • Ticket Scanner: Employee at the base area of the hill that will scan your ticket before you access the hill.

  • Carpet Lift or Magic Carpet: Surface lift similar to a conveyor belt built into the ground. Walk onto this lift, stand still with skis or snowboard pointing forward while lift moves you to the top.

  • Rope Tow: A form of surface lift that utilizes a constantly moving rope. Point skis or snowboard straight uphill, grab rope tightly and allow rope to pull you uphill as you stand on your skis or snowboard.

  • Grooming, groomer or groomed terrain: The most common form of trail maintenance, done to spread new snow and to smooth over bumps, icy patches and other obstacles. To groom, tractors known as Snowcats drag giant rakes over the snow.

  • Snowcat: A large vehicle capable of moving on snow. Most commonly used to move snow around the hill and groom terrain. At Mt. Brighton, we do not operate snowcats while we are open to the public.

  • Snow gun: A device used to make man-made snow by forcing water and pressurized air through a cannon-like machine.

  • NASTAR: aka National Standard Race, NASTAR is the world’s largest known recreational ski and snowboard race program. At Mt. Brighton, we offer a NASTAR course that anyone can access for a small fee. We also have an award-winning race development program called XLR8.

  • Balaclava: A facemask worn to cover exposed skin. Helpful in colder temperatures.

  • Moguls: Bumps carved into the snow; typically they are created by the turns of skiers, but they can also be carved out for perfectly shaped mogul field. Generally for intermediate to advanced skiers.

  • Pizza/French Fries: Slang term for an elementary skiing technique where skis are tilted together like a slice of pizza to snowplow down a slope or parallel, side by side like a French fry.

  • Ski Patrol: Trained skiers and snowboarders responsible for slope safety, including marking dangerous obstacles on/near a trail, and assisting or even carting injured riders down a mountain.

  • Terrain Park: A freestyle zone roped off from other downhill runs and filled with jumps, rails, fun boxes, and other assorted obstacles. Parks can also include a halfpipe and boardercross run.