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Definition of piste

: trail especially : a downhill ski trail

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Recent Examples on the Web The Veneto and Trentino regions are celebrated for gastronomy, and on-piste meals live up to the hype. Amy Tara Koch, Vogue, "The Slopes Less Taken: Going on a Ski Safari in the Dolomites," 7 Mar. 2019 The area around the hamlet of Findeln is excellent for beginners, while more experienced skiers will enjoy the intermediate slopes and off-piste areas coming down from the Rothorn station. Paige Mcclanahan, New York Times, "36 Hours in Zermatt," 5 Mar. 2020 Damüls is popular with German and Dutch holidaymakers, who like its traditional wooden huts with kitsch interiors, though locals come here for the off-piste. Sam Haddad, 1843, "A mega resort on the horizon, a glacier on the brink," 26 Feb. 2020 Après ski, relax with a schnitzel and a pint at the Alpine-style lodge overlooking the piste. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "Eight of the World’s Coolest Indoor Snow Parks," 26 Feb. 2020 And unlike Black Tie or Ski Butlers, Awayco stocks touring skis for off-piste adventures, with prices starting around $50 a day. Michael Frank, WSJ, "Why You Should Never Buy Ski Gear Again," 7 Feb. 2020 Much of guiding work concentrates on common bucket-list objectives—climbing Mont Blanc, or skiing the famous Vallée Blanche off-piste descent in Chamonix. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 The other cool thing about Tremblant is its vibrant alpine touring culture: the resort now rents backcountry gear for use on its 10 dedicated climbing trails and skiable off-piste areas. Outside Online, "Québec’s Ultimate Mountain Adventure Base Camp," 2 Oct. 2019 Sprinkle in Camelot and Middle Earth wizardry, snowy Shinto shrines, and miles of off-radar piste for good measure. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of piste

1696, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for piste

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

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“Piste.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piste. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of piste

chiefly British : a downhill ski trail

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