One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An impression made in the snow by a skier falling backward.
- ‘I skidded over some large rocks near the top, putting some nasty nicks in my edges and generating a string of ugly sitzmarks.’
- ‘Thousands left their sitzmarks on the deep powder slopes of California's Sierras and Washington's Cascade range.’
- ‘Fill in and level sitzmarks or other depressions so as not to create a hazard for others.’
1930s: apparently from German sitzen ‘to sit’ + mark (noun).
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