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Does anyone else think that rock skis are "must have" gear?

Poll Results: Do you have a pair of Rock Skis?

Poll expired: Oct 21, 2007  
  • 69% (32)
    Yes
  • 30% (14)
    No
46 Total Votes  
post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
It seems that some of the best skiing is among the underbrush and rocks. I usually injure the bases and edges while skiing off-piste. At the minimum I'm going to destroy a good tune.

It's much easier to enjoy off-piste if the skis can be scrapped if seriously damaged.

Does anyone else consider rock skis to be important?

Has anyone else ever spent a little money to have a ski like this ?

Michael
post #2 of 23
Rock skis are required in a Quiver. If they weren't rocks to start with they will be.
post #3 of 23
There are skis that I use during the part of the season when I'm most likely to hit rocks (early and late season). There are skis that I prefer to protect, but that only lasts until they get ripped up a bit, then I become less gentle in my choice of lines.

I put the priority on the skiing over the skis, so I maintain a large quiver to offset the downtime due to damage.
post #4 of 23
Not only do I own a pair of rock skis, but every pair I own are rock skis.

It really elliminates a lot of confusion over "should I take my 'rock skis'?".
post #5 of 23
Have you tried the Hot Pocket flavored Hot Pocket?

It tastes like Hot Pocket.
post #6 of 23
All my skis ROCK, so I gues they're all rock skis.
post #7 of 23
This will be my first season in years without rock skis. I didn't use them during the last two seasons so when I moved last month I gave them away. I'll develop my oldest pair into rocks by next season.
post #8 of 23
I would say that if you ski a place with alot of ice then its a good idea to have a pair of skis you protect and keep the edges nicely tuned for icy days.
post #9 of 23
Or you could regularly tune your skis and have them be top notch on a daily basis. Just spitballin' here.
post #10 of 23
I never thought I needed rock skis until I made a trip to Vermont for the first weekend in April. Now I have rock skis!
post #11 of 23
A few smash on rocks, and now I have rock skis !
post #12 of 23

Rock Skis

Two years ago we had poor snow and I turned a perfectly good pair of ski's into rock skis. Now I have rock skis. Leave them on top of Mt. at Lodge (30min gondola ride up one-way). Leave in locker so if gondola closes (wind) I can still ski with my better ski's. Also wear them teaching sometimes. Early season ski's if its thin.:
post #13 of 23
Thread Starter 
I'll probably wait to ski the new gear until the snow cover merits. Until then, the 5 year old Dynastars will be my primary ski.

I try to preserve the newer gear, but they all see damage sooner or later.

Michael
post #14 of 23
Some years I plan to have rock skis in my quiver and never hit a rock the whole season. Other years all my skis are nice and clean at the beginning and I end up trashing them all. Don't really have a pair of rock skis right now, though the Atomic Sweet Daddys took a lot of punishment at the end of last year, so they'll be first up if the cover is thin. If conditions get bad and all my skis are newish, I sometimes scrounge for a second-hand pair to beat on. Got a nice pair of Blossom slalom boards this way, great skis, paid like 100 euros with bindings. They lasted about 2 months. To answer the question, nothing is more liberating than having skis you don't care about when the conditions are sketchy. I don't care about the bases, but I usually keep the edges on my rock skis in good shape as long as the snow is hard.
post #15 of 23
never had a pair of rock skis.

after last season, though, i totally need some on hand.

i went pretty much the first week that the resorts opened and managed to ding the hell out of my then Karmas. i didn't go skiing for the entire month of December as the conditions were the same and I didn't want to ding any more of my skis, as i'd just plunked down on 3 new pairs at the mid-part of the previous season.

i'm in the same situation this year, as i've sold off the Karmas and have 3 other pairs up for sale, thus my quiver is all either new or only a season old, so i don't have any rock skis at the moment.

i'm looking for a mid-fat (87-94) for a rock ski, at least in a 180cm length. so if i find a pair of newish skis for dirt cheap or some used one for cheaper than dirt, then i'mma plunk down.
post #16 of 23
Second Trekchick: Most spring skiing in NE will turn whatever you have into rock skis. My XL's are now Very Fast rock skis.
post #17 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4ster View Post
All my skis ROCK, so I gues they're all rock skis.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jer View Post
Not only do I own a pair of rock skis, but every pair I own are rock skis.

It really elliminates a lot of confusion over "should I take my 'rock skis'?".
Yup. It doesn't matter how the deep the base is, there all always rocks.
post #18 of 23
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
never had a pair of rock skis.

after last season, though, i totally need some on hand...

...i'm looking for a mid-fat (87-94) for a rock ski, at least in a 180cm length. so if i find a pair of newish skis for dirt cheap or some used one for cheaper than dirt, then i'mma plunk down.
I'm going with a pair of 2003 Dynastar Inspired by Nobis (a.k.a. 8800) in a 188cm, 117-89-110mm. I'm the third owner, but they have not been beat and should last the season. I paid $175 for these with bindings last year.

Michael
post #19 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by zion zig zag View Post
Yup. It doesn't matter how the deep the base is, there all always rocks.
Yet another reason the PNW is better.

During the big year, we were skiing a base of 300" to 500". Even the cliffs were plastered white. Last season we started on an 80" base in early November, but by thanksgiving it was 160". And the nice wet snow here sticks to everything.

I have rock skis for October.
post #20 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan View Post
Yet another reason the PNW is better.

During the big year, we were skiing a base of 300" to 500". Even the cliffs were plastered white.
Personally, I'd rather ski light 5% powder and deal with a little rock damage than ski "bottomless PNW plaster".

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post #21 of 23
I'm with Jer and Beyond. I ski in VT and picked up new, 2006 leftover, Recons last year and kept my Rossi B2's for rock skis. There were a few times my rock skis were at the base and I passed up likely tree shots to protect my new ones. That got old pretty quick so I jumped in with K2's. Now I have two pairs of Rock skis to practice edge tunes and ptex on.
post #22 of 23
I made my old XP's my rock skis for beginning and end of season when you couldn't tell about the conditions under say four or five inches of snow. A few weeks into the season I switched to my Recons just because they were newer and for whatever reason seemed to be slightly better edge hold and a slightly different balance point than the XP's. After two seasons, however, the Recons are now more "rock skis" than the XP's were and will be retired in favor of some new Outlaws I just bought. The XP's will probably still be my rock skis and I'm going to have the structure changed for wet snow conditions since I think that was part of the reason I hit my tree last March.

But I'd never go out and BUY rock skis!
post #23 of 23
A good pair of rock skis are MADE, not bought! (And most of the finest skis in my quiver have eventually been made into the finest of rockers!!)
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