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.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Snowboarding

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

For the last several months my good friend (and AASI Teammate), Nick Alfieri, and I, have been working on a new project. It’s a podcast about life, the universe, and everything, but centered around our lives and careers in the snowsports industry.

With this show, Nick and I will both tell our stories about snowboarding, competition, careers, passion, and struggles. Many of these stories and themes will be areas of the snowsports instruction career that we’ve wanted to tell, but haven’t previously had the right venue.

This is a weekly show. There are 6 episodes out now, with new episodes released every week on Wednesdays at 6pm mountain time. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and most other sites that list podcasts.

You can also find everything about our show on our host, Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/all-i-really-need-to-know-i-learned-from-snowboarding

First Chair, Last Call: Benefits of Skiing & Snowboarding

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

I love the story of Ester Ledecká’s double gold in both skiing and snowboarding at the 2018 Olympics, but not because of the ski/snowboard rivalry. I like this story because of what it says about how much our sports gain through collaborative competition.

When I ride with skiers I find our differences in line choice, terrain usage, and tactics for approaching situations make for great discussions and opportunities to challenge ourselves by adapting others’ perspectives. Did Ester win because she looked at the course differently? Or because her athletic training from both sports gave her an advantage?

There are going to be heaps of conversations and different versions of dissecting of what happened last night, but what I know is I can improve my riding by riding with skiers and occasionally putting on skis myself, and similarly, our two-planked friends can learn from following our lines and maybe even taking a snowboard lesson!

Tune in for more thoughts in this edition of First Chair, Last Call with George Thomas.

2017 Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard

By Chris / On / In Reviews

I’ve almost always had a pow board in the lineup. In the late 90s and early 2000s it was an Option Signature 162. After moving to Steamboat and playing around with the Burton Fish and Vapor, I fell in love with the Malolo and rode it as my deep-day board for a few years. Then the Sherlock arrived with a twin shape and Flying V, and I was sold on a twin-shaped powder ride. And then the Flight Attendant arrived, and again redefined what I want in a board primarily ridden in the soft stuff. Read more “2017 Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard”