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Friday, January 22, 2016

Definitions for sitzmark

  1. Skiing. a sunken area in the snow marking a backward fall of a skier.

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Citations for sitzmark
These Winter Olympics have been awfully confusing for American fans. Our anointed hero, Bode "I Am a Rebel and I Said So on 60 Minutes" Miller, has thus far left a giant sitzmark on the Italian Alps. Charles P. Pierce, “Hail the Conquering Goofballs!” Slate, February 16, 2006
“One ski stuck in the mush, I crossed them and that was it,” he explained, as he brushed himself off after making his sitzmark. , "Sprayed-On Snow Enables the Van Cortlandt Park Ski Area to Open," New York Times, December 12, 1964
Origin of sitzmark
1935-1940
Sitzmark derives from the German sitzen meaning "to sit." It entered English in the 1930s.