Examine Camber And Rocker Designs
Lay the ski flat on the ground, unweighted. If the center is raised off the floor in a dome shape, the ski has a « camber » profile. If the center is flat, with the ends curving upward, the ski is a « rocker » or « reverse camber » design.
Here are the most common variations on this basic idea:
- Full camber: the contact points with the ground are as close to the tip and tail as possible, and the center is raised. These models are more difficult to turn, so beginners should try something else. However, the springy effect from pushing the center down to the snow gives excellent speed for racing and park skiing, and the even pressure along the ski provides great edge hold.
- Full rocker: an upward curve with the center flat on the floor, as though the ski were already weighted. This design helps lift you on top of soft snow, makes turning easier, and keeps wider ski designs more stable. Because you’ll have a smaller effective edge, consider increasing the length by 5–15cm to make up the difference, especially if you ski at high speeds.
- Rocker/camber/rocker: the central camber with raised tip and tail. This is a versatile, forgiving option. Consider it if you’ll only have one pair of skis.
- Rocker/camber: a cambered ski with a raised tip, but a contact point near the tail. Mostly used on big mountain skis, these give you power without sinking in deep snow. The asymmetric design makes ski switching difficult.