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See All the New 2010-2011 Winter Season Gear

Have you noticed a chill in the air? For some of us, the realization that the snowy time of year is not far off is cause for celebration. Think falling snow, untouched backcountry glades or hours on the mountain spent in the best of company.

Now at REI.com you'll find our entire 2010-2011 selection of skis and snowboards to strap to your feet. Alpine skis from Atomic, Dynastar, K2, Lib, Line, Prior, Rossignol, Roxy, Salomon and Volkl. Backcountry skis from Black Diamond, Dynafit, K2, Madshus and Voile. Snowboards from Arbor, Burton, GNU, K2, Prior, Ride, Rome, Rossignol, Roxy, Salomon and Voile. If you have a hankering, we’ve got the cure.

The big news in this year’s lineup is rockered skis. Rocker refers to an early rise in the tips and tails of skis, and it offers several advantages. On powder skis, rockered tips float high in deep powder snow.

But rocker isn’t just for powder. Tips that are slightly rockered resist catching in variable snow and enhance the versatility of the skis. Whether you’re a beginner looking to step up to your first pair of skis or you love to ski in the terrain park, you’re likely to find a rockered ski that will enhance your experience on the mountain.

For more information about rocker, please refer to the REI Expert Advice article on How to Choose Downhill Skis.

My question to you: Are rockered skis here to stay or just a fad? Will they prove to be a fundamental change like shaped skis were to straight skis? Let us know what you think.

Posted on at 3:52 PM

Tagged: Backcountry skiing, Snow, Snowboarding, Winter, alpine touring, downhill, powder, randonee, rocker, skiing, skis, snowboards and telemark

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