Custom Ski Design Series Part 4: Ski length

It can be difficult to figure out how long your skis should be. As a general guideline start with a height somewhere between your chin and the top of your head. But it is not quite as easy as that, there are many factors that have an impact on ski length. Factors such as ability level, terrain choice, snow conditions as well as ski characteristics like how much rocker a ski will have influence of…

Custom Ski Design Series Part 3: Shape, sidecut and radius

Custom Ski Design Series Part 3: The WhiteRoom Skis guide to shape, sidecut and radius. In part 1  we examined ski width and in part 2 we took a look at camber and rocker and how these influence your ski design. In part 3 we will take a look at sidecut, radius, shape and how they relate to your over all ski design. When considering your ski design think about that about what kind of terrain you'll…

Custom Ski Design Series: Part 2 Camber and Rocker

Custom Ski Design: The WhiteRoom Skis guide to camber and rocker. In part 1 we took a look at how the terrain and conditions you ski play a role in choosing a custom ski design. In part 2 we'll talk about various cambers and rocker and what they add to a ski design. This can be a confusing topic for many people. It is easy to get lost in the hi tech sounding mumbo-jumbo in the…

Custom Ski Design Series Part 1: Ski Width Guide

The WhiteRoom Guide to Ski Width The terrain you ski most will have a big influence on what type of ski you'll want to build. Ski design can be complex and it takes knowledge of the way the variables of ski design affect performance on the snow. Think about how you'd like to use your skis: will you be using your custom skis on groomers, or are you looking for more of a powder ski?  Ski…

2020 Backcountry Magazine Gear Guide

Divergent Testing WhiteRoom Skis is very proud to announce that a pair of our skis have yet again been selected to be featured in the 2020 Backcountry Magazine Gear Guide. Last March the testers at Backcountry Magazine got to try out and review nearly 200 pair of skis from ski makers both big and small. From the 200 only about 60 pair ranked high enough to warrant publication in their gear issue. This is now the…

2017 Backcountry Magazine Gear Guide

In March we sent our UpSlope model to the annual Backcountry Magazine gear test at Powder Mountain in Utah. Their testers skied and reviewed somewhere around 200 pairs of skis. From this test they narrowed out the field to only the cream of the crop with only the best skis of the year making it to print in the magazine. WhiteRoom Skis is proud to announce that our UpSlope model made the cut for the 2017…

Ski Design: An east coast perspective.

Not long ago I had someone message me about my opinions about ski width as it pertains specifically to the east coast. He felt there a lot of misconceptions about this topic. I told him I'd write something up when I go the chance. So below you'll find some of my ski building philosophy. All mountain In my opinion a good all mountain ski width for the east might range anywhere between 85 and 100…

Vermont Magazine – What Happens When a Skier’s Hobby Goes Haywire

[caption id="attachment_2663" align="alignnone" width="640"] Black Hole: Photo Dalton Harben[/caption] In the spring of 2018 I was interviewed by Vermont Magazine for an article about WhiteRoom Custom Skis and the story of how I got into building custom skis. Their writer and skier Mark Aiken, came to visit me at WRS HQ. We talked skis, ski building and  I showed him around my shop. I think Mark does a great job capturing how WhiteRoom Skis came into…

Independent review from ExoticSkis.com

We just received the review from a test conducted by the guys from Exotic Skis on our UpSlope model. This pair of skis underwent a couple weeks of extensive testing. There guys know how to test skis. The link to the review on their website is here. The guys at Exotic Skis pride themselves on providing unbiased reviews of small and micro brand skis.  "ExoticSkis.com does not sell or market skis for any manufacturers, so our…

Tuning concepts

I've recently gotten several questions relating to how a pair of WhiteRoom skis should be tuned. A proper tune can make a world of difference on how a ski behaves and performs. With the evolution of modern ski design, tuning has also evolved to adapt to these new designs that include both rocker and camber as well as mixed sidecut designs. (more…)

Divergent BC Review

I finally got to ski the updated model of my Divergent model which was featured in the 2020 Backcountry Magazine Gear Issue last fall. This ski is a 182 cm with 135/108/123mm for width. The tip has a 30 cm rocker and the tail has 25 cm of rocker. There is 3 mm of camber underfoot. The inside edge has a 21.5 meter radius and the outside edge is 19.5 meters. The weight of the original…
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