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Understanding Rocker

Instruction Director Michael Rogan explains what it is, how to use it—and why it matters.

Almost every ski on your shop’s wall this season will incorporate rocker technology. Need a little help understanding what it is, why manufacturers love it, and how to make it work for you? Below we offer a brief vocab review. For practical application of concepts, click here to read RockerRx.

The Wisdom of Saucer Boy

The Wisdom of Saucer Boy
Shane McConkey, ski designer
From the vaults: “Brain Floss”—Shane McConkey’s original ponderings on powder-ski design

We were digging through old catalogs the other day, doing background research for a January feature on powder skis when we came across this. “Brain Floss” is the late, great Shane McConkey’s musings on what makes a great powder ski. It was released in December of 2002, when the first few models of his innovative Machete Spatula were rolling out of the Volant factory in Wheat Ridge, Colo.  Obviously, a ski as radical as the Spatula—reverse sidecut, reverse camber, and just plain huge, at 125 mm in the waist—needed to be explained.

Factory Fresh


Christmas let you down? Check out these six new midseason skis.

Luxury: Skis of the Stars


The Boom in boutique gear is good news for skiers who have everything-and still want more

Wide and Wonderful

Deep-six the midfats. Once you've floated on the luxury cruise liners that are today's powder skis, there's no turning back.

Published: September 2003

A bit optimistic of you, isn't it, buying a powder ski? There are skiers who won't buy snowblowers, afraid that the moment they do, they won't see a flake for months. Youcould jinx us all. But you're not the superstitious type, and now that you've had a taste of skimming over powder on your midfats, rather than struggling through it, you're ready for the full-on toboggan.

Volant SuperKarve S


If your ski vacation is a chance to recreate rather than compete, the Volant SuperKarve S may be your antidote to civilization. It holds on ice and floats in the woods.

Women's Skis 2003: Title IX Has Hit the Slopes


Not only are women's performance skis better than they were a year ago, the upper echelon of women's skis is now the upper echelon of skis, period.

Powder Principles: Law 1-Equipment


Learn to conquer the powder once and for all. Two of the world's best powder skiers discuss everything from stance to gear and lay down the 6 laws of learning to ski the deep.

Shoppers Buy Skis, Boots as Sales Increase Across the Country


Retailers across the country report that gear sales are up at ski shows as a result of low-priced tickets and season-pass deals.

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