Rocker Ski Rack – The one-size fits all solution to ski and board storage

By Chris / On / In Gear, Reviews

I have a lot of ski and snowboard gear. There’s no other way to call the collection of equipment, both current and sentimental, that has assembled over 30 years of skiing and snowboarding. To the extent that while remodeling my condo in Vail, one of the primary considerations of building new storage in a closet was how to store boards. 

So when I stumbled across the Rocker Ski (& Snowboard) Rack, I immediately knew it was something I needed. My balcony has a perfect spot, mostly shaded from the sun, where the triple rack fits, and with a choice of a few pre-drilled mounting holes, installation was a breeze.

Rocker Racks can hold any ski or snowboard, regardless of length, width, camber, and shape, and do it with a simple and intuitive gravity-fed clamp. Unlike many other systems, these clamps can be used individually and don’t require skis to be paired together – making it perfect for snowboards, splitboards, and even wake surf boards, skateboards, and pretty much any other board.

The combination of gravity-engineered hold and soft rubber grip means that any equipment you slide in stays put. To hang a board or skis, slide them slightly upward as you push the board into the rack, and then let it drop to engage the grip. To remove, lift up, releasing the grip, and your board will slide right out. It’s simple, smooth, and the perfect way to store your gear.

You can order the racks online individually to mount anywhere you want, or already attached to a wood frame. Or, if you’re looking for that custom touch, Rocker Racks, based in Ashland, Oregon, will custom build just about anything you can imagine.

Ready to order for ski season? Head over to Rocker Ski Racks and find your perfect rack!

Rocker Ski Rack provided this rack in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Hive Life Podcast

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Gear, Podcasts

A while back I had the chance to share a bit of my story with the crew at Honey Stinger for their Hive Podcast. While it was really cool to be invited to be on their show, I have to say the other episodes are far more impressive, with really cool stories about fitness, nutrition, and life from world class athletes. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a new podcast series!

From Honey Stinger:

Episode 20 features our first conversation with a winter athlete. Snowboarder and master snowboard instructor Chris Rogers. Rogers travels the world working as an instructor and trainer for multiple organizations as a member of the Snowboard National Team of the PSIA/AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America & American Association of Snowboard Instructors).  These are the world’s largest organization dedicated to teaching people to ski and snowboard.

In addition, Rogers also works as an Examiner in the organization’s Rocky Mountain chapter, which means he certifies other snowboard instructors. With decades of riding, competing and coaching behind Chris, he knows as much about the sport as anyone. He talks about the unique joys and quirks of snowboarding. He even talks about how a single Honey Stinger waffle has saved the day for him on many occasions.

Best of all, Rogers and Willey go deep into the importance and the value of teaching and learning. Chris accidentally built a career out of his passion and you can too.

Application for the 2020 PSIA-AASI National Team

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, PSIA-AASI

Last week I submitted my application to try out for a second term on the PSIA-AASI National Team. This video is just one part of the application process, the next step is the on-snow selections in April.

Serving on the 2016-20 National Team has been an incredible honor. We worked hard to create the future of PSIA and AASI, and I’m trying out for a second term because I want to continue serving the membership and the organization, and to continue the work that this team started. 

I started filming and editing this year’s application video months ago, but in the end, threw it away and started from scratch right before applications were due. Much of the video work we do goes through multiple rounds of edits and cuts, and for this year’s application video, I was feeling like trying something different.

So here it is: 5 minutes of unscripted, live video, shot sometime around 2am, sandwiched between travel home from clinics in Minnesota for PSIA-AASI Central Division, and a Level 1 Exam in Rocky Mountain Division.

Let me know what you think about the video in the comments!