Ski Conditions

(numbers refer to page references for Ryd and Rassa's book)

path through a forest showing a ski mobile trail


Terms for ski conditions:

radda (30) very thin coating of snow, just a little more than a dusting, in which vegetation and rocks still show through, making for poor skiing

thin layer of snow barely coating meadow grass

Image by Tom

area with little snow

Image by Team Frozen

sunset over field with sparse snow

Image by Team Reindeer

jådådahka (91) good snow for skiing, skis glide easily over it, sinking in just a little

tjarvva (91) crust of snow that makes skis go fast but with less control

close up view of tjarva snow

Image by Team Helga

smoaládahka (93) loose, icy, granular snow on the surface. Forms when when snow or rain has fallen onto hard snow and then refrozen. Snow has small pebbles of ice in it.

ruhtta (93) thicker crust of ice that breaks in splinters and makes for slow skiing

ruhtta snow on ski slope

Image by Aishikawa

animal prints breaking through ruhtta snow

Image by Food Science Girl

sagij (93) fresh, dry snow that is sticky to ski on. Becomes good for skiiing after sitting on the ground for a day or two

dejkarmuohta (96) moist, soft snow that clumps on the skis and makes for slow, poor skiing ("mashed potatoes"); still drier and more snow-like than släbtsát

dejkamuohta as viewed from chair lift on ski slope

Image by Aishikawa

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birch tree with snow adhering