from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In physical geography, a line drawn through a number of rivers at points where they have falls or rapids due to a common cause; specifically, a line of this character in the eastern United States, near the inner border of the Atlantic coastal plain, passing through Trenton, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Richmond, etc.


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  • "We're just gonna ski fall-line here," he assures me early in the day, as I stare down at a 38-degree pitch peppered with not insubstantial boulders.

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  • Great tracts of wilderness separated communities beyond the fall-line of the rivers.

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  • From the tidewater, with its large plantations worked by African slaves, the cultivation of cotton passed into the region above the fall-line of the rivers, where the small farmer practiced a diversified agriculture.

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  • In colonial America this inner edge coincided with the "fall-line" of the

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  • Today, the resort boasts some of the longest fall-line cruisers in the country, backcountry skiing in Taynton Bowl and the biggest freestyle terrain park in the Rockies. Top Stories

  • Rather, from the angle of the up-track, bring your skis perpendicular to the fall-line (critical if you are waxing) then kick-turn bringing the uphill ski nearly 180 degrees around, then follow through with the second ski moving from the hip.

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  • Gladiator, roughly 1,200 vertical feet of steep, fall-line skiing reminiscent of Highland

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  • And then, one by one, we jumped into Gladiator, roughly 1,200 vertical feet of steep, fall-line skiing reminiscent of Highland Bowl's Y Zones in epic condition.

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  • The country's best places to ski and snowboard-from fall-line meccas to refreshingly undeveloped resorts.

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  • Best run to finish the day: Red Mountain is legendary for its vertical and fall-line skiing-terrain that has helped hone the skills of more than one Canadian skiing legend.

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