: trail
especially : a downhill ski trail

Examples of piste in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whistler Blackcomb, Canada Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and its après offerings are just as plentiful as the pistes. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 5 Oct. 2023 There’s World Cup skiing, and plenty of pistes for intermediates and beginners. Catherine Sabino, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 At times, all of them were running simultaneously, explains Corsin Clopath, head of piste at the resort. WIRED, 18 Jan. 2023 That elegance and sensibility, of course, are matched by a top-of-the-line engineer that uses carbon and aluminum to make the poles lightweight for better control but still robust for trudging through the piste. Maverick Li, Men's Health, 20 Mar. 2023 Snow Basin is going off-piste. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Sep. 2021 Shell: 100% polyamide; lining: 100% polyester Sizes: 4–14 This Khaite puffer, featuring a captivating liquid sheen, is technically more après-ski than off-piste. Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Feb. 2023 Tuico has logged countless miles off-piste in his all-wheel-drive Honda Passport, tackling many of the landmark trail systems in the United States. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 7 Feb. 2023 Skiwear has seemingly become the new frontier for high fashion—because what is a piste, if not a snowy catwalk?—with fans of the sport eager to showcase their personal style. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 2 Dec. 2022

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Word History


French, from Middle French, from Old Italian pista, from pistare to trample down, pound — more at piston

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of piste was in 1696

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“Piste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piste. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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