One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A crevasse at the junction of a glacier or snowfield with a steep upper slope.
- ‘Already 20 to 30 percent stiffer than standard freeride boards, the Frontier is even firmer between the front and back foot to provide a more solid platform for when you, say, hit a bergschrund at 50 mph.’
- ‘He cuts to the right, away from the cliff walls, ice, and bergschrund, onto softer snow, links couple dozen beautiful turns, pull out at the first bench on the right side, and plants his axe to spot for me.’
- ‘Pumping turn after exuberant turn, I drop to the south side of the mountain until I'm looking straight down into the gaping bergschrund.’
- ‘I reach the bergschrund in less than an hour, only to find that I've miscalculated.’
- ‘The bergschrund may be invisible in winter if snow covers it, but summer melting usually brings it out.’
Mid 19th century: from German, from Berg ‘mountain’ + Schrund ‘crevice’.
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