RockerRx: A miracle cure for most on-slope ailments
Rocker: A cure for lead-footing
Photo: Rob Pennie
A rockered ski that floats over powder experiences less friction than a cambered ski that burrows under the surface. That means it’s easy to pick up speed. Luckily, it’s also easy to shut it down. Skidding in powder—a skill that was once attainable by only the best skiers—is easy for anyone with rocker. Apply pressure to a cambered ski, and its tip will immediately engage, hook up, and seek its carving edge. But because a rockered tip doesn’t engage when you apply pressure, you can easily throw the ski sideways: Keep it flat to smear and adjust your line, or, once it’s sideways in the fall line, tip it on edge to skid and slow down.