Salomon Rockette 115
This user-friendly and playful ski can float through deep snow and carve up the rest of the mountain with relative ease. It’s stable and hardy enough for expert women tackling big-mountain terrain, but not so stiff and heavy that it’ll be overbearing for less aggressive skiers. My mom and I would love this ski equally.
Salomon has had great success with their Rocker and Rocker 2 men’s powder skis, so it was no surprise when, in the fall of 2012, they decided to roll out a women’s version of the rockered, twin-tip powder ski called the Rockette. It’s 115 millimeters underfoot and has a low-to-the-ground, turned-up tip and tail to help keep you afloat in powder. The shape gives it a fun, playful feel, as if you could launch off pillows and throw 360s with ease (even if you can’t actually do that stuff).
Unlike some rockered powder skis that have huge spoons at the tip, the Rockette’s tip feels more grounded, meaning you won’t get a ton of chatter in the tip as long as you keep your speed in check. For intermediate to advanced skiers, you’ll get a nice, smooth ride with few vibrations, whether you’re on hardpack, chalky steeps, or thigh-deep pow.
Keep it Mellow
The tip-to-tail wood core gives the Rockette a solid, stable feel, but don’t push it too hard. Its soft flex and lightweight-design weaken the ski at mach speeds. That same negative is a plus in the backcountry, though: It’s light for skinning and bootpacking. And it’s a perfect entry-level powder ski for girls looking to get into bigger terrain. If you’re just getting started, try the shorter lengths (156 or 164 centimeters)—they’re slightly skinner in the waist as well.
How We Tested It
I rode this ski on several inbounds powder days in Washington and Tahoe and also took it on a few backcountry tours.
About our All Mountain Ski ratings:
Float: Does the ski tank or float in deep powder conditions?
Versatility: How does the ski tackle all-mountain terrain? Is it just good at one thing or does it excel at all types of terrain?
Stability: Can the ski handle high-speeds and hard-charging, expert-level skiers? Does it feel stable or shaky underfoot?
Forgiveness: Would an intermediate-level skier be comfortable on this ski?
Nimbleness: Can the ski make tight, short turns through trees and react quickly?
Value: How does this ski's performance compare to others at this price?
The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.
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|Skis.com||Salomon Rockette 115 Womens Skis 2013||$449.95|
|Backcountry.com||Salomon Rockette 115 Ski||$487.49|
|evo||Salomon Rockette 115 Skis - Women's 2013||$504.29|
|Amazon.com||Salomon Rockette 115 Ski White/Red/Pink, 178cm||$487.49|
Gear Institute Rating (Total Score)
- Length (cm): 156, 164, 170, 178
- Dimensions: 137/115/127