Ski Conditions

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

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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

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

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

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

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