Gear Mania

As I was wondering if I should get some new skis this season, I saw a full ski rack inside my garage and the first order of business would be to make some room for a new pair. Since I can’t decide which pair I should get rid of, this becomes an easy decision to make. For a while, I had considered embarking on the rocker-ski adventure, but as I have shared before on this blog, I’m still hesitating about that design and while I can appreciate these skis might help me greatly in bottomless powder, I still have a few unresolved issues with them.

First, and as I’ve also said before, the longer rocker design won’t fit my car ski-box! The other part of my dilemma is that I have fallen in love with Deer Valley’s tree skiing and not just its nicely gladed runs, but the more challenging, tight turning skiing like the one found in Centennial trees. Rocker skis are a bit longer than regular boards, and when the turning radius gets tighter, every extra inch that stick in the front or in the back might be just enough to grab the next spruce or aspen that happens to be in the way.

To top it off, I still can’t picture myself riding these curvaceous boards on corduroy, moguls and hard-pack as I get to, or return from my powder stashes. All these good reasons mean that I’ll continue to use my semi-fat skis (90 mm under the foot) for another season. Hopefully, I’ll be able to eventually get used to the feeling and move to a shorter length as I also get a bit older, but frankly, I’m not ready yet and may have to labor at tiny bit more while in deep powder!

I hope you’ll fully understand my position with regard to double-ski-camber designs: I’m intellectually and practically not ready for them yet! Since I am all set and very happy with my current poles, the only area that is left for me to worry about is that other, all-important piece of equipment, the ski boots. Mine are still okay and I can see another full season in their sort-term future. This year, I will just add to my closet a pair of specialized boots that I’ll use for accomplishing other tasks. That’s right, I want to seriously get into alpine touring this season…
I already own a pair of skis dedicated to that pursuit, complete with skins and special bindings, and the only missing component is the pair of touring boots that I just purchased today. Will I use that “AT gear” – as it’s called – in the middle of winter? Probably not very often, but as April rolls around and Deer Valley Resort closes for the season, I intend to be all over the back-country, exploring ridges, bowls and glades where snow will continue to linger during the following weeks and even months. This will keep me fit and prolong a season that never begins early enough and always ends far too soon!

3 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    I just bought a brand new set of Rocker skis and can agree with you in your concerns. My current skis are about 90mm underfoot and I am concerned that I won’t be able to hit the bumps or trees on the rocker skis. Let’s hope my new 185 sticks with 115mm underfoot will make up for it enough in the fluffy stuff!

  2. Chuck says:

    First off, get rid of the Big Foots, then the mono ski. After that it should be easy to get rid of anything older than 4 years. Looks like that would give you plenty of room to move up to the present with rocketed skis. They are worth the effort.

  3. RossiNick says:

    Hey JF,
    Rocker isn’t going anywhere and is actually making skiing easier, less fatiguing and more fun for every skier type and skiing style on the mountain!
    Rossignol builds skis with rocker for every skier type as well as every snow condition the mountain can throw at you. But before we dig into that we should clear the air about a few things first.

    Rockered skis aren’t necessarily longer. A 180cm is a 180cm. But because rockered skis tilt upward from the snow (in varying degrees depending on the intended application) there is essentially less running length making a 188cm ski manuever like something much shorter (great for trees and bumps!) while retaining the stability and edging power of a longer traditional ski.

    Now there are obviously other things to take into consideration, depending on your terrain prefernce or style. Namely waist width and the type of rocker or rocker/camber combination you need. I don’t think we need to break down the benefits of a wider waist width, but for 11/12 Rossignol builds three different versions of rocker: Spin Turn, Powder Turn and Auto Turn rocker. You can learn about them all at

    Rossignol’s Auto Turn Rocker, a combination of rocker tip and tail and camber underfoot, is the most versatile rocker profile we build and is featured on the award-winning new Experience all-mountain line. There are Experience skis built for hard-chargers to intermediate and novice skiers and all have the noted ability to float through powder, weave through trees and rail on hardpack.

    At Deer Valley, access has never been easier to try the ski technology that many have called “more important than shaped skis” at the all-new Rossignol Experience Center at Deer Valley. You can learn all about the benefits of rocker as well as try them out with all-new demo and rental Experience skis. Hop on a pair…your skiing will thank you!

    Learn more about Auto Turn Rocker at

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