At the on-snow demo of Snow Industries America (SIA), a continuation of the Snow Show in Denver, I demoed a few skis with the new “rocker” technology. Basically, the rocker is a reserve camber, where instead of bowing in the middle, the ski’s middle is flat against the snow with a longer rise in the tip and tail. This allows better flotation in powder and crud. If you like big-mountain and powder skiing, look for rocker technology.
Of all the skis I demoed, the most fun was the Anton, a brand new ski with a built-in suspension system like your car. It has an unbelievable way of hugging the tip to the snow, so you are always in control and able to initiate turns like never before. This is super important for women, since we tend to ski in the back seat with most of our weight in our hips. With the tip grabbing the snow like a front-wheel drive car hugging the road, there’s no way the tips will leave the ground or get crossed. It creates amazing stability and balance.
At Winter Park, Colorado, I spent the day ripping on the Anton with the inventor for whom the skis are named and Wayne Wong, the hotdogger from the 70s era who is helping to bring the skis to market. I was with some ski journalist buddies who all loved it as I did. I’ll be writing more about this fabulous ski, but if you want to learn about the specific technology, click on www.antongliders.com.