This meme has been pretty much debunked, but on reflection, I realized that we skiiers have at least thirty words or phrases to describe different kinds of snow. A partial list follows:
Avalanche - a large mass of snow falling uncontrollably down a mountainside.
Black ice - snow so dense, one can see clear through to the ground.
Boilerplate - snow packed so densely it resembles ice.
Bottomless - fresh powder so deep skiers need a snorkel to breathe.
Bulletproof - snow so hard it can withstand a gunshot
Champagne - super-light, fresh snow that makes skiers want to pop their corks.
Chowder - broken, chunky powder whose lumpy consistency is reminiscent of a bowl of New England clam soup.
Corn - loose kernels of snow, usually found during late spring; poor man’s powder.
Cornice - an overhanging mass of snow good for jumping off and breaking one’s neck.
Corduroy - barrel-groomed snow that creates a feeling reminiscent of skiing across Paul Bunyan’s pant leg.
Crud - thick, broken snow especially dreaded by timid, thin-thighed skiers.
Crust - a hard, icy layer of snow just brittle enough to give way, cutting skier’s shins as they trip and fall.
Death cookies - nasty ice chips frozen to the snow surface, often left behind grooming machines.
Duff - loose, light snow, heavier than fluff but lighter than mashed potatoes.
Dump - a hefty, fresh snowfall, usually of a foot or more.
Dusting - an immeasurable snowfall, resembling powdered sugar sprinkled on a cookie.
Fluff - a.k.a. powder; fresh snow with consistency between champagne and chowder.
Flurry - an all-too-brief, paltry snowfall; a teaser.
Hardpack - resilient, aged snow, often found on overskied runs; may be called packed powder at Eastern ski areas.
Knee-deep - fresh powder more than 6 inches but less than 2 feet deep; a sound often heard from excited powder toads.
Mashed potatoes - wet, heavy snow so thick a shovel will stand up in it.
Mogul - snowy bumps; what weak knees are made of.
Mush - melting snow wetter and slushier than mashed potatoes, usually found in melting ruts.
Packed powder - ski area term for anything but fresh snow.
Powder - light, fresh-fallen snow with the fluffy consistency of lemon meringue; the stuff ski dreams are made of.
Sastrugi - hard, wavy, wind- blown snow, resembling a whitened version of the Sahara Desert, described by Robert Falcon Scott during his expedition to the South Pole.
Sierra cement - fresh fallen, heavy wet dumpage resulting when Pacific storms reach California’s Sierra Nevada.
Sleet - airborne slush.
Slop - melting spring snow intermingled with water puddles.
Slush - watery snow, more suitable for a 7-Eleven Slurpy than a ski hill.
Untracked - virgin snowfall not yet attacked by powderhounds.
White stuff - colloquialism used by inarticulate TV weathermen.
Feel free to add your own.