First Chair Definition

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If you are wondering “What is the definition of First Chair?” you have come to the right place. On this page we will define First Chair as well as use it in a sentence or in context as well as outline the origins or etymology of the term First Chair 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 First Chair, please read on.

What does First Chair mean in ski/snowboard slang

First chair is the first group/chairlift of people that have the privilege of getting up the mountain. First chair is normally only claimed by the true powder hounds and loc-dawgs looking to get coveted fresh tracks. Getting first chair is only really competitive on a powder day and many people do not care about it otherwise.

“Supposed to snow tonight lets set our alarms for 4:30 so that we can get first chair.”

Similar Terms: Powder hound, Loc-dawg


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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.