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Rocker: A Cure For Tip Catching
Photo: Rob Pennie
A cambered ski is purpose-built to engage and start carving the moment you pressure the front contact point. No question, camber is the tool of choice for fast, aggressive, and stable carving on groomers. But in variable snow and powder, camber can cause trouble. Because the tip is so eager to engage the instant it’s pressured, it can catch or hook up on any little inconsistency. When you pressure a rockered ski, there’s actually a tiny delay in the tip’s response time. The ski will drift a bit first before activating the sidecut and starting to turn. This makes turn initiations in chunky, heavy, and chopped-up snow smooth and easy, though maybe not as quick.