Pole Whacking Definition

Published by Harry Sowers on

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

What does Pole Whacking mean in ski/snowboard slang

Pole whacking is defined as the act of repeatedly hitting the snow with your ski pole. Primarily done for safety purposes, and to avoid triggering an avalanche, this should be done at the top of every run for a minimum of thirty seconds.

“You get your pole whacks in yet? I’m ready to go.”

Similar Terms: GNAR, Earn Your Turns


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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.