Tomahawk Definition

Published by Harry Sowers on

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

What does Tomahawk mean in ski/snowboard slang

To tomahawk or tomahawking is a verb which is defined as the act of crashing while going down a steep slope at a high speed. The defining characteristic of a tomahawk is that your body flips feet over head several times in rag doll formation. This is easily the most impressive crash in skiing because it is a rag doll, double ejection, and yard sale combined into one crash.

“I tomahawked so hard after dropping into that run. Totally worth it.“

Similar Terms: Yard Sale, Double Ejection, Half Send


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.