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School of Rocker

School of Rocker
Camber
It’s here to stay, and it’s not just for powder skis anymore. Manufacturers are offering new hybrids that’ll help anyone—anyone—ski better.

You probably haven't realized it yet, but no matter who you are, chances are good the next pair of skis you buy will be rockered. Start getting used to it.

School of Rocker, Page 3

School of Rocker, Page 3
Full Rocker
It’s here to stay, and it’s not just for powder skis anymore. Manufacturers are offering new hybrids that’ll help anyone—anyone—ski better.

On the groomed? Drastic rocker makes a ski feel slippery and unpredictable. But companies are addressing that. K2, an early adopter of full rocker, builds traditionally cambered skis with just a touch of rocker at the tip; this “catch free” technology makes a ski easier to pivot if you’re still learning how to set an edge and carve. Völkl makes sidecut and rocker work together, so that when the ski is tipped on edge on a flat surface, the entire edge is engaged with the snow.

School of Rocker, Page 2

School of Rocker, Page 2
Shovel Rocker
It’s here to stay, and it’s not just for powder skis anymore. Manufacturers are offering new hybrids that’ll help anyone—anyone—ski better.

First, the basics. Rocker is the opposite of camber. A fully rockered ski bends upward fore and aft of the binding, like a water ski. That helps a ski to plane in powder and gives the ride a looser, surfier feel.
Cool, but there’s a trade-off. Too much rocker, and you lose power at the end of the turn when you’re really getting after it or hoping to move laterally across the fall line.

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