Chinese Downhill Definition

Published by Harry Sowers on

If you are wondering “What is the definition of Chinese Downhill?” you have come to the right place. On this page we will define Chinese Downhill as well as use it in a sentence or in context as well as outline the origins or etymology of the term Chinese Downhill when used in the context of skiing and snowboarding. Skiing and snowboarding is famous for having a high amount of jargon much like other similar sports (skateboarding, surfing, mountain-biking, etc.).

To look up other terms check out our dictionary of ski and snowboard jargon here. For the definition of Chinese Downhill, please read on.

What does Chinese Downhill mean in ski/snowboard slang

A Chinese downhill is defined as a time when hundreds of people (mostly jerrys or gapers) are skiing down a ski run (especially a green groomer) at the same time. It is a terrifying situation that should be avoided at all costs, especially when trying to have a good time. The term originated from Hot Dog… The Movie.

“Do you want to rip down sunshine?”
“Hell no, that’s a total Chinese downhill.”

Similar Terms: Jerry, Gaper, Gaper gap, Texas suitcase


Harry Sowers

Harry grew up outside of Denver Colorado and has been skiing and snowboarding since he was 3. He is most passionate about skiing and when he was in college at UC Boulder he even participated in the olympic trials for the USA Olympic Downhill Ski team.