hard·​pack ˈhärd-ˌpak How to pronounce hardpack (audio)
: compacted snow

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Midfat skis that excel at both carving on hardpack or pivoting and slashing in untracked powder are rare. Heather Schultz, Outside Online, 4 Mar. 2021 Best for: Intermediate and up riders who want a Swiss Arm Knife split that can bite into hardpack, float effortlessly through powder, rail turns at speed, and inject freestyle into every backcountry line. Drew Zieff, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 Fischer has ever produced is stable enough to cut through crud like a Ginsu knife, but is still wicked fast on hardpack—ideal for racing in variable conditions. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, 30 Aug. 2022 The deep-lugged outsole, which is made from a rubber compound specially designed to grip on slippery surfaces, crushed it on the icy hardpack. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, 11 Mar. 2021 On hardpack, that extra width isn’t all that good for your knees. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, 9 Jan. 2022 The hardpack trail with a couple of sandy spots weaves through trees and offers a scenic overlook of Yawkey Mine pit before plunging back down to the parking lot via berms and rollers. Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 At its lowest point, her backpack and favored Justin Bieber hardpack were ruined after they were dowsed in water by bullies picking on her because of her size. Ben Morse, CNN, 24 Nov. 2020 Frostbitten weeds poked from the hardpack, all granularity leeched from the countryside, the icy, angular topography distilled to surfaces shaded cobalt, steel and viridian set against a saffron sky. Matt Peckham, WIRED, 3 Oct. 2014 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hardpack was in 1895

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“Hardpack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardpack. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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