Gondola at le Massif ski resort in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada.

If your family is headed to Courchevel, Portes du Soleil, Serre Chevalier or other French Alps hotspots, or to Mont-Sainte-Anne, Le Massif or other snowsports regions in Quebec province, bring this guide along to have a few simple French phrases on hand.

Here are our key phrases for very important Snow Talk.

Useful English -> French Snowsports Vocab

  1. snowsports = sports de glisse
  2. snowboarding = surf des neiges
  3. snowboard = planche a neige
  4. rider = surfeur
  5. terrain park = snowparc
  6. half pipe = demi-lune
  7. alley oop = alley oop or cent quatre-vingts (180)
  8. snowsports school = ecole de glisse
  9. cross country skiing = ski de fond
  10. skating = patinage
  11. snowshoes = raquettes
  12. hot dog = chien chaud
  13. hot chocolate = chocolat chaud
  14. stop = arret
  15. daycare = garderie
  16. freeski = ski sauvage
  17. snowmobile = motoneige
  18. run = piste

Reading signs, studying trail maps, and discussing the day’s activities is a great way to engage your young foreign language learners in the family vacation.

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