alpine bowl

Discussion in 'English Only' started by tranzlator, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. tranzlator New Member

    context: winter resort description
    phrase: "200 trails, 3 glaciers and 12 alpine bowls".
    Is that a ski trail for children to practice?
    Thanx everyone
  2. Matching Mole

    Matching Mole Senior Member

    England, English
    Welcome to WordReference forums Tranzlator.

    As far as I know a bowl in skiing terms is a bowl shaped valley or area (such as those called "cirques" in Europe, which are formed by glaciers), as opposed to straight ski slopes or long trails. I believe a technique called "bowl skiing" has developed to cope with this particular shape. It's a term fairly common in N America, as I understand it.

    I think it would actually be unlikely to be suitable for children to practice; probably the reverse is true.

    The word "Alpine" doesn't have any special meaning, I don't think. Resort skiing is sometimes called "Alpine skiing", from where this form of leisure originates.
  3. Brioche

    Brioche Senior Member

    Australia English
    Alpine skiing is downhill skiing, as opposed to Nordic or cross-country skiing
  4. olliemae

    olliemae Senior Member

    Kyoto, Japan
    New Zealand/America, English
    A place to practice skiing is known as a "bunny hill".
  5. tranzlator New Member

    Thanks a lot to everybody, I'm translating a guide about Canada - with plenty of rederences to winter sports - and your suggestions were all very helpful.
    I think the right word in italian would be "circo glaciale".
  6. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    Tranzlator, you could always check the translation if you wanted to by going to the Italian-English forum:)

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