FIVE EXPRESSIONS YOU’LL ONLY EVER HEAR ON THE MOUNTAIN

The Austrian dialect is sometimes not that easy to understand. For non-Austrians, of course, but also for Austrians themselves. Trisanna explains five expressions which you really need to know – and which you mostly only hear on the mountain.

APER

… actually comes from the Bavarian but is also commonly used in Austria. Aper means snow-free.

FIRN

… is corn snow, which is how you describe snow which is at least one year old – in other words, the snow which is left over from last year. Colloquially, climbing enthusiast use it to mean something else. It’s a synonym for “sulzschnee”, which is classic spring snow.

EINKEHRSCHWUNG

… is, you might say, maybe the best sweeping turn of the day. Because it means the sweep into the ski hut after a successful run downhill.

EINFÄDELn

… this means “to thread” and is an expression used in slalom skiing. You thread when one of the tilting slalom poles slips between your legs – ouch! Threading means you’re disqualified from the competition, by the way.

KURVENWASSERL

… gives you the final push of energy you need for the run downhill. The “kurvenwasserl” is the final schnapps you drink before you head off down to the valley.