ok. ive been working on building my own skis for a while, and its finally comming together. im guessing next weekend we can get the first pair pressed. but thats besides the point.
last night i had a revelation. it has to do with rockered park skis. while i see the advantages, i also think theres some major issues that need resolved. while im still working on perfecting the idea and how i will do it, i think i may really be onto something.
picture a ski. completely flat, just the actual outline of the ski. now, picture two lines extending front to back, lined up against the edge at the waist. the center of the ski would be completely normal, camber, etc. however, the segments of the skis outward of the waist would be "folded" upwards, maybe 5-8 degrees. so if you were to cut the ski in half at the tip or tail, itd look like this: \_______/
underfoot, youd have the edge contact. when you laid the ski down on its side, youd have a full arc of edge. but picture the possibilities of buttering and jibbing. youd have full lenghs of the ski for pop, but pretty much uncatchable edges in the tip/tail. that means confidently buttering off jumps at full speed, riding on the tip/tail sideways into rails, etc etc.
now, the big problem with this, is that shape in the tips naturally counteracts the flex of the ski. i have been thinking of ways to construct the sides that would allow natural flex while maintaining stiffnes torsionally and horizontally. also, aligning the edges within the ski seems to be a very crucial issue that still needs resolved. while i dont want to disclose some of my ideas on how to resolve those problems, this will be the next ski i build.