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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ski Shapes Explained | Ski Camber and Rocker





There are a few major components to becoming a successful skier. Skills and training are one thing, but the equipment you are using is important as well.  It's about time to ditch the vintage, no one should be shredding on a pair of skis that belong in a museum. Plus, some old worn down skis won’t showcase all the hard work you put into your technique. They could even make skiing harder than it has to be!

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As you grow as a skier and adventure off the bunny slopes or groomers, it is a good idea to make sure your skis are ready to venture off as well. Having the right skis doesn’t mean you have to go out and spend hundreds on a new pair of skis. Knowing what you're looking for when you walk into a rental shop, can really enhance your experience on the mountain.

Trying to battle backcountry knee deep powder in a long cambered ski can ruin your experience. One bad run can keep you away from the best snow on the mountain for years.  Having the correct ski length and arch is crucial to having the best, and safest experience possible.

There are three very different shapes of skis, each suited for different terrain:

  1. Camber - The arch in the middle of the ski where the binding is helps distribute the pressure throughout the ski which gives a smooth ride better for long groomed runs
  2. No Camber or Flat - The pressure being spread over a shorter area helps the ski to turn easier and is easier manipulated which translates to moguls as well as terrain parks
  3. Reverse Camber or Rocker - The rise of the front of the ski allows for skiing in deep powder and backcountry conditions with ease and comfort.

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Of course there are different subcategories in each of the three main shapes. Doing your research or talking to the expert in the rental shop will help lead you to the best ski possible. If you are ready to graduate up from rentals and demos, buying skis should be an educated purchase.

Do your research online and try out a few styles and brands of skis. This should be done before locking in on a ski you have never stepped boot into. Once you have researched and tested, its time to shop! Which is my favorite part.

Look around a while to see what stores/retailers have the best prices or deals. My absolute favorite is second hand sports stores like Transition Sports in Avon, Co. Another favorite of mine is craigslist! If you take the time to shop, it usually pays off with a great deal on some great gear. Who doesn’t love to save money?

Most people don’t think about where or how they will store their skis when not in use. Some may keep them in the basement, the garage, or an odd unused corner of the house. Why not show off your new skis in a stylish ski storage rack? Proper ski storage can prolong the life and performance of your brand spankin new skis. Thus also prolonging your purchase, and elongating the time before your back on the market for new skis again.  



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