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Mountain Glossary

Face Shot - You may not know it yet, but getting face shots is basically the meaning of life. It's also objectively terrible which leads to a lot of confusion and internal conflict.
A face shot is where you're skiing deep, light, blower pow and as you hit the apex of your turn, your skis throw so much snow up in front of you that you stop being able to see anything and get to try and figure out how to breath snow. Objectively, it's terrible. You can't see anything (and you're pretty sure you remember seeing a tree coming up fast), you can't breathe (people have actually passed out from inhaling too much snow), it should be terrifying and terrible. But it's not. It's the meaning of life. It means you're exactly where you need to be. You're in a perfect moment. Now where the hell was that tree?
Courtesy of 25 years of general stupidity on skis.
The second wisest man of our times once said "There's nothing better than sliding down snow, flying through the air" - Shane McConkeyBut he's wrong, the quote should read, 'There's nothing better than face shots, preferably while nuking trees'.
Face Shot - You may not know it yet, but getting face shots is basically the meaning of life. It's also objectively terrible which leads to a lot of confusion and internal conflict.
A face shot is where you're skiing deep, light, blower pow and as you hit the apex of your turn, your skis throw so much snow up in front of you that you stop being able to see anything and get to try and figure out how to breath snow. Objectively, it's terrible. You can't see anything (and you're pretty sure you remember seeing a tree coming up fast), you can't breathe (people have actually passed out from inhaling too much snow), it should be terrifying and terrible. But it's not. It's the meaning of life. It means you're exactly where you need to be. You're in a perfect moment. Now where the hell was that tree?
Courtesy of 25 years of general stupidity on skis.
The second wisest man of our times once said "There's nothing better than sliding down snow, flying through the air" - Shane McConkeyBut he's wrong, the quote should read, 'There's nothing better than face shots, preferably while nuking trees'.

No Fall Zone - No Fall Zones are mostly a skiing thing, but they also pop up when climbing or scrambling. There's no rope when skiing, no protection, so you end up in spots periodically where the consequences of a fall would be pretty high - like probably fatal. Examples would be when you're skiing a steep line that traverses above a large cliff band - if you fall, you're going to tumble over that cliff band and it's going to be a bad day - definitely a No Fall Zone. Steep couloirs are a similar sort of deal - maybe you wash out the bottom with minimal injuries and maybe you pinball down - definitely recommended to simply not fall.
You will sometimes see skiers lock the toe pieces of their tech bindings in no fall zones - the risk of blowing a knee is trumped by the much higher consequences of an pre-release.
The Breeze and the ACC do not endorse skiing No Fall Zones or locking toe pieces - it's risky, dumb behaviour that has no justification other than the fact that you probably got face shots the whole way, get to brag forever about sticking that line and besides, you're too good to fall anyway.
Courtesy of 24 years of general stupidity on skis.