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Adult Spelling Bee Words

Even adults can use a good spelling bee now and then. It’s a good way to learn words like ostreiform, meaning “having the shape of an oyster,” and langlauf, a “cross-country ski run.” This is part of a complete episode.

ski cutting

ski cutting  n.— «On Monday, the injured man and a partner were doing what is called “ski cutting,” which is a daily procedure at the resort. Cutting first involves the ski patrol testing the slope to check avalanche...

yo-yo skiing

yo-yo skiing  n.— «Last night, the bus driver asked us where we lived, which led to a lively conversation about skiing, his many ski visits to Snowmass (which he enjoyed), his condo at Snowbird in Utah and what he referred to as “yo-yo...

snow farming

snow farming  n.— «The Ski Club of Great Britain reports that Laax has been engaging in a technique called “snow farming” which aims to reduce the amount of snow made by artificial means. Snow Farming works by storing snow in a...

sixth toe

sixth toe  n.— «Like many people in ski towns across the country, alpine ski boots have altered the shape of my feet. Bone spurs and bunionettes (affectionately called the “sixth toe”) plague many a skier.» —“On the Hill: Agony of da...

sidecountry

sidecountry  n.— «Of the 43 deaths recorded by avalanche researchers in North American this season, almost a fifth have been in what is sometimes called the sidecountry, the areas adjacent to ski areas.» —“Around the Mountains: Cold...

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