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  • Writer's pictureSarah Hudson

German to English winter sports glossary

I have translated many brochures and websites for tourism associations and hotels in Austria and have compiled the following glossary of terms relating to alpine resorts and winter sports. There's some lovely long German words, such as Pferdeschlittenfahrten, to enjoy, as well as my favourite Pistenflitzer which means someone who's really good at skiing.

Alm alp (high mountain, mountain meadow) or a hill farm

Alp alp (high mountain, mountain meadow) or (serviced) alpine


alpine Skirennen alpine/downhill ski races/events

blaue Pisten blue runs

Bretteln dialect for skis

Buckelpisten moguls (series of bumps on a piste formed by other skiers)

Carvinghänge mogul slopes/runs

Einkehr pit-stop, place to stop off for refreshments

Eisstockschießen curling

Fackelwanderung torch-lit hike

FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) International Ski Federation

Flutlichtskifahren night skiing/floodlit skiing

Freeskien freesking or new school skiing is a specific type of alpine

skiing, which involves tricks, jumps, and terrain park features, such

as rails, boxes, jibs, or other obstacles

Gondel gondola or cable car

Höhenmeter elevation gain

Hundeschlitten dog sledding

Hüttengaudi alpine hut party

Jause snack

Kletterweg via ferrata, a mountain route equipped with fixed ladders, cables,

and bridges

Kletterwald high ropes course

Langlaufen cross-country skiing

Langlaufloipen cross-country skiing trails

Lawinenkunde avalanche awareness

Liftanlagen ski lifts

Loipen cross-country skiing trails

LVS-Gerät avalanche transceiver

Parallelschwung parallel skiing

Pferdeschlittenfahrten horse-drawn sleigh rides

Pistenflitzer ski fiends, ace skiers

Powderhänge powder slopes/runs

Präparierten Pisten groomed pistes

Rodelbahn toboggan track

rodeln tobogganing

Schlepplift tow lift

Schlittenfahren tobogganing

Schneeschuhwandern snowshoe hiking

schneesicher guaranteed snow cover

schwarze Pisten black runs

Sesselbahn chair lift

Skigebiet ski resort (or ski area – context dependent)

Skitouren ski touring, backcountry skiing, off-piste skiing

Stricklift tow lift (type of practice lift)

Stubenmusik traditional folk music performed in a local inn or bar

Tiefschneeabfahrt deep snow descent

Tourenskigehen ski touring

Übungshänge practice slopes

Wellenbahn wave track

Wiedereinsteiger people who haven’t skied for a while

Zauberteppich conveyor ski lift for younger/novice skiers

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