Gnarly Definition

Published by Harry Sowers on

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

What does Gnarly mean in ski/snowboard slang

Gnarly is a term used to describer anything extreme, super intense, sendy, or otherwise badass. On many occasions, it could even be used as a negative for example to describe a wipeout or yard sale.

“That line was gnarly.”

Similar Terms: Shred, Send, Gnar


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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.