from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hollow made in the snow by a skier who has fallen backward.
For the first time in my life I heard German words like stembogen, vorlage, and sitzmark-words that you never hear on a ski hill anymore.
Sitzmark Ski Club: Year-round recreational social club for singles and married couples over 21 years old, (ongoing), www. sitzmark.org.
Back then, grooming happened sometimes, on some trails, and on a flat-light day, an uncovered sitzmark, particularly an old one, could slam a guy into the ground in a heartbeat if hit just right.
"Yeah," I laugh, "if you put a sitzmark in snow this hard, it'd probably kill you.