One more for this little project and then we will take a vote. So many difficult and sad things related to Covid and lockdowns in various parts of the world these days. Maybe puzzles and games seem frivolous and just make it worse. Or maybe music, art, chess, Go, Bond, James Bond are a good thing for some...
If I receive even one vote to keep going here, I will be happy to continue this calendar. Otherwise, I wish you all peace, warmth, and better times ahead.
December 10, 2021
A medley today to celebrate the season.
Hitting the Slopes: A Quiz
1. What is the highest mountain in the world where someone has skied (and survived)?
2. Where was the “first” ski resort built? You can choose the location: US, Canada, Europe
3. Roughly how many countries in the world offer some form of ski area/resort?
4. Besides ski gear and suitable clothing, name an essential item to bring with you on a heliskiing adventure.
5. Name three of the most challenging ski runs in the world.
6. Where does the word “ski” come from?
7. Where was the oldest known ski in the world found and how old is it estimated to be?
8. How many calories does downhill skiing burn per hour? (given moderate effort)
9. How many calories does cross-country skiing burn per hour? (given moderate effort)
10. Cross-country skiing is said to be good training for what off-world activity?
Snow by Any Other Name…
Match the word with the language.
50 Words for Snow?
Well, Eskimos, as it turns out, do not exactly have 50 words for snow, but there certainly is specialized terminology in these languages.
• Qanik: Snow falling
• Aputi: Snow on the ground
• Aniu: Snow used to make water
• Maujaq (Nunavik): The snow in which one sinks
• Snjór/Snær: Snow
• Mjöll: Fresh snow
• Hjarn: Icy snow
• Kafsnjór/kafaldi/kafald: Deep snowdrifts
• Krap/Slabb: Slushy snow mixed with water
• Aprilsnö: Snow in April, an ominous sign of floods to come
• Kramsnö: Snow that can be easily shaped into snowballs
• Lappvante: Thick falling snow
• Modd: Snow that has gone slushy due to salt
• Åsksnö: Thundersnow - snow during a thunderstorm
• Cahki: A hard snowball, used in snowball fights
• Guoldu: A cloud of snow that blows up from the ground when there is a hard frost
• Skava: Very thin layer of frozen snow
• Skavvi: Crust of ice on snow, formed in the evening after the sun has thawed the top of the snow during the day
• Soavli: Slushy snow
• Vahca: Loose snow or new snow
• Moarri: The kind of travel surface where frozen snow or ice breaks under weight and cuts the legs of animals (like horses or reindeer)
• Ciegar: A snowfield that has been trampled and dug up by reindeer.
And would you believe…?
• Feefle: Snow swirling around a corner
• Flindrikin: A light snow shower
• Skelf: A large snowflake
• Sneesl: To begin to rain or snow
• Snaw-ghast: A ghost seen in the snow
• Blin-drift: Drifting snow
• Snow-smoor: Suffocation by snow
• Snaw-broo: Melted snow
• Glush- Melting snow
• Ground-gru: Half-liquid snow or ice formed in early spring floating along the surface of a river.
And that's all she wrote. Vermont is calling for me. : )