Ladies Tee [Lay-deez T] noun Taken from golf. Refers to the smaller of two tabletop takeoffs or a runway staging area that is significantly lower than where more manly riders drop.
Landing [lan-ding] noun The portion of a slope or terrain feature where a rider touches down after catching air.
Layback [Lehy-bakk] noun, verb: Laybacks can be performed on snow or in the pipe by the more old-school-minded shredder, but modern-day examples usually involve wallrides or flat surfaces found in the streets or one’s local park. A layback entails sliding frontside on a feature base-down while literally laying back and dragging one’s trailing hand. Variations include the layback air and the look-back layback.
Ledge [lej] noun: Usually made of concrete or brick, this is a wider version of a rail and is often sketchier to slide due to its porous surface, which makes catching an edge much easier
Leash [leesh] noun A length of material used to safeguard against a board being separated from the rider during binding malfunction.
Lien [leen] noun Grabbing your heel edge when airing off of a toeside wall in the halfpipe while slightly arching your back and knees.
Lien (Leen) noun: Named after skateboard legend Neil Blender (lien is Neil backwards, dunce), a lien is a backside grab performed on the frontside wall. Commonly grabbed behind a rider’s front foot, a lien gains one extra point for each degree it is tweaked, and is transformed into a truck driver if the rider’s back hand joins the party on the toe edge.
Lien Dracula [leen drak-yuh-luh] noun On your frontside wall in the halfpipe, cross your arms and grab on opposing sides of your nose with your base facing into the pipe. “The Count was too fat to pull off a Lien Dracula.”
Lift [lift] noun Any permanent contraption that brings users up the mountain. Different types can carry different amounts of riders. Doubles carry two, triples-three and quads four. Going up the front of the mountain is called a facelift.
Liftie [Stoner] noun: A mountain employee that assists passengers onto and off of a lift. Lifties can often be found hotboxing the ganjola on their break.
Liftline [Lihft-lin] noun: The maze of ropes meant to bring order to the mass of people attempting to access a chairlift. Also, the run directly below a ski lift, which is a hot dog magnet.
Lift Ticket [Lihft Tik-it] noun: Displayed to show that the bearer has paid handsomely for access to the ski area’s facilities, most notably the lifts.
Linking Tricks [Lihn-king Trihkks] verb: Performing maneuvers in a specific sequence that is more difficult and, in turn, has a greater effect on overall impression. (Although this is just conjecture, seeing as how overall impression is total bullshit and doesn’t allow for specifics.) In any case, an example of linking tricks would be a backside seven into a switch method. Of note is the fact that this combo is insanely difficult, yet isn’t recognized by the overall impression-loving judges, which is why Elijah Teter gets screwed at almost every major contest
Lip [lip] noun The last bit of snow ridden before airing off a hip, jump or halfpipe wall.
Lodge Lizard [Loj Lihz-erd] adj: Derived from the famed seventies trucker-slang phrase “Lot Lizard.” A Lodge Lizard is any individual who makes it to the hill, but doesn’t make it onto the snow. These guys or girls are easily identifiable by their lack of weather-appropriate attire. In other words, they would rather look hot than be hot, and are more skilled at riding snowboarders than snowboards.
Lofty [Lawwfteee] adj: Air time that feels big, regardless of how big it looked. “Man, that didn’t look big, but it felt lofty!”
Low Tide [Loh Tahd] adj: Used to describe sub-par snowpack depth and overall coverage. Much like our oceanic sibling sport (surfing), low tide presents usually unseen obstacles (i.e. rocks, underbrush, beach whistles, etc.) and gives one the perspective of dangers in that area. Helmets are a smart choice if venturing off-piste in low tide conditions, and one can expect a number of core shots.
Lurker (Ler-kerr) noun: Anyone who hides in the shadows, unwanted and unloved, desiring to be part of a group, scene, event, or social gathering, yet brings nothing to the table. Lurkers come in many shapes and sizes, from the uninvited photographer or filmer wanting to include themselves in a closed shoot, or an ungroomed creep who wants to include themselves in a pro ho liaison.