Definition of ski in US English:

ski

nounPlural skis

  • 1Each of a pair of long narrow pieces of hard flexible material, typically pointed and turned up at the front, fastened under the feet for gliding over snow.

    • ‘At present the team is covering about 13 miles a day on foot and skis and they are hoping to reach their destination in about 60 days.’
    • ‘I have never been on a pair of skis in my entire life.’
    • ‘Among the strange contents of the vessel, which was towed to Sanday, were two swords, a pair of skis and a helmet.’
    • ‘If you own waxless skis, try a pair of waxable skis on a day when it is below freezing.’
    • ‘Snowshoes allow you to go places you couldn't go on skis - even cross-country skis - or even on foot.’
    • ‘When I finally pulled myself together, I had decided to exchange my snowboard for a pair of skis, something I would feel comfortable on.’
    • ‘In my experience, the fit of the ski is not nearly as important as whether you have a good pair of skis.’
    • ‘The stronger and more technically proficient a skier is, the stiffer the ski can be.’
    • ‘There are a dozen lifts, and - surprisingly - more than 1000 pairs of rental skis.’
    • ‘Skiers pay the equivalent of 3kg excess for a pair of skis.’
    • ‘She also donned her first pair of skis only a month after she mastered walking.’
    • ‘Now, my father-in-law can't even strap on a pair of cross-country skis for there is not enough snow to ski on!’
    • ‘If all that sounds good, then grab a pair of cross-country skis.’
    • ‘Rick Sylvester donned skis for the breathtaking ski jump that has been ranked among the ten best stunts ever captured on film.’
    • ‘Walk into any ski shop these days, looking for a new pair of skis, and you'll be greeted by a blizzard of colour, shape and terminology.’
    • ‘Neither of the fundraisers have even put on a pair of skis or salopettes, but they intend to glide down the slopes with ease in the 26 mile event.’
    • ‘He's wearing lightweight ski boots and a pair of alpine touring skis.’
    • ‘A search for a pair of advanced skis for a week in February at Les Deux Alpes pulled up eight options, the best costing £60.’
    • ‘Downhillers can rent skis or a snowboard at the Como Ski Center in St. Paul.’
    • ‘I hope you are not going to ask for a new pair of skis too.’
    1. 1.1 A device similar to a ski attached beneath a vehicle or aircraft.
      • ‘These one- or two-passenger vehicles attached to three skis had an enclosed cab and a small airplane engine mounted on the rear.’
      • ‘The starboard ski did a backward somersault over the tail section just as Mike and his crew had feared.’
      • ‘The machine took flight and landed on its skis and continued to be piloted by some unseen force toward a cropping of baby trees further down the slope.’
      • ‘The skis get hot, and when the aircraft stops the skis can stick to the ice.’
    2. 1.2as modifier Relating to or used for skiing.
      ‘a ski instructor’
      ‘ski boots’
      • ‘The new Mayor of Clitheroe is retired ski instructor and former Clitheroe Chamber of Trade secretary Joan Knight.’
      • ‘Investments that have been made in winter tourism are transforming Bulgarian resorts into ski centres that are attractive to European tourists.’
      • ‘On my first day skiing at La Molina, Spain's oldest ski resort, I got a fantastic view across the Pyrenean foothills to the shores of the Mediterranean 60 miles away.’
      • ‘A number of large, world-class ski resorts call Lake Tahoe home.’
      • ‘It is also an outstanding, if rather different, ski resort and one which will always have a place in my heart.’
      • ‘You will find Freeskiers in the terrain parks that almost every ski resort in North America has created over the last 2 years.’
      • ‘A further 60 yuan will buy you a lesson with one of the site's five ski instructors.’
      • ‘Twenty inches of snow was dumped on the Lake Tahoe ski resort just in time for one of the busiest weekends of the season.’
      • ‘Montebelluna is a small town in the foothills of the Italian Alps and is home to a number of companies that make hiking shoes, ski boots and in-line skates.’
      • ‘They became ski instructors, and to earn a few extra bucks, Miller took photos and drew cartoons of wealthy skiers he met on the slopes.’
      • ‘This new ski resort opened in 1994 and offers great views of Lake Inawashiro and Mt. Bandai, as well as great facilities and lots of quality runs.’
      • ‘Unlike the other two major ski resorts, Borovets and Pamporovo, which have been specially developed as ski resorts, Bansko is a town with centuries of history.’
      • ‘He then did a three-month, £9,000, ski instructor course in Canada, paid for by his parents.’
      • ‘Despite the lessons learnt from Thredbo, the New South Wales Government is pushing ahead with more ski resort development in the National Park at Perisher.’
      • ‘The golf and ski resort on Lake Cascade is in the permitting stages and construction is set to begin this spring.’
      • ‘Afri-Ski is a new ski resort, situated in northern Lesotho and promises to be the biggest and most modern ski resort yet in southern Africa.’
      • ‘There are more than 200 ski instructors in Borovets who take care of skiing classes separated in five difficulty levels.’
      • ‘The inland mountains are also said to have potential for ski resorts.’
      • ‘It already has the world's most luxurious guesthouse, the biggest artificial island and the largest indoor ski resort.’
      • ‘Heavy snow brought life almost to a standstill at South Africa's only ski resort, Tiffindell, in the Eastern Cape.’
    3. 1.3
      another term for waterski
      • ‘Mr Fieldhouse said the next protest was planned for May Day, when families would be invited to wakesurf, water-ski on wide skis and ‘break the by-law’.’

verbskiing, skied, skis

[no object]
  • 1Travel over snow on skis; take part in the sport or recreation of skiing.

    ‘they skied down the mountain’
    • ‘When skiing downhill the bindings are locked, and skins and crampons removed.’
    • ‘He also skied to the South Pole last year.’
    • ‘He sold the business to Nationwide in 1997 in an undisclosed multimillion pound deal before taking time out to travel and ski.’
    • ‘As I ski the trail in the quiet evening I realize that I share this trail with many others.’
    • ‘Before you skied such terrain, did you know it was possible?’
    • ‘The French don't ski up and down slopes, they ski across mountain ranges.’
    • ‘Most headed to big resorts on the Black Sea, but some traveled to the mountains to ski or hike.’
    • ‘He introduced him to skiing, which evolved into snow boarding, a sport that Alex loves.’
    • ‘At night, you can ski down through the town to the front door.’
    • ‘They told me I wasn't going to ski again.’
    • ‘Some of us skied fast, and some sat in the snow eating their picnic lunches.’
    • ‘Her favourite sport is skiing, and as a student she often cycled to class.’
    • ‘I have skied and taught through most of the innovations in our equipment and changes in our skiing technique.’
    • ‘Apart from mountain biking on Vitosha, he learnt to ski here and has enjoyed two winter sports seasons, although he nearly broke his knee last year.’
    • ‘On his 70th birthday, he spent six hours downhill skiing.’
    • ‘They can drive quicker, they can ski down a mountain quicker, or ride up a mountain quicker.’
    • ‘The cold wind felt good on my face as I skied down with Hayden.’
    • ‘In fact, I love it, even though I don't ski, snowboard or do any winter sports that involve going outside.’
    1. 1.1with object Ski on (a particular ski run or type of snow)
      ‘spring snow is not always easy to ski’
      • ‘She skied two runs on the Thursday night before the race and said it was fine.’
      • ‘For seven days we climbed and skied perfect corn snow, sunbathed by the pool, and languished in the hot tub.’
      • ‘The 25-year-old Scot had never skied the Bormio piste before this week and the Edinburgh-based skier has only had two training runs on the treacherous slope.’
      • ‘Not so long ago, I took a cable-car from Cervinia to Plan Maison and spent the day with the baby while the rest of my family skied the prepared pistes.’
      • ‘The following year, I hopped an airplane to Ottawa and skied the Canadian Keskinada.’
      • ‘Here, you can ski the steep terrain at your leisure, always stopping to enjoy the views, and then coming out again at night for some night skiing.’
      • ‘Men skied two laps of 2km each and women skied two laps of 1km.’
      • ‘With lots of practice these two easy drills can help you to overcome any hesitation to ski icy slopes.’
      • ‘I look forward to skiing the entire course one day and may just tackle the marathon next year.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Norwegian, from Old Norse skíth ‘billet, snowshoe’.

Pronunciation

ski

/ski//skē/