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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
Sitzmark derives from the German sitzen meaning "to sit." It entered English in the 1930s.