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2013 Atomic Automatic Ski


Pros: Powerful, quick, non-finicky, giggle-inducing

Cons: Still thinking...


Atomic Automatic 186 review


5’11”, 190, athletic


Bindings: Sollie demo with fixed toepiece, so my 325 BSL might have put my boot center ~1cm back from the recommended mount line).


Location:  Alpine Meadows, variable day-after snow, off piste except to get to the lifts


Pros:  Powerful, quick, non-finicky*; giggle-inducing.


Cons:  Still thinking…


Wow, they felt like an extension of me, I was at home on them from the first run.  I have read loads of reviews that claim “this Bdizzle MegaFat (twin-tipped, with a supersidecut!) slays in every condition!” with a lot of skepticism, and groaned when reading that last year’s gotta-have-it ski is now an obsolete death trap compared to this year’s shiny new thingee.  I’ll be a little less quick to judge next time, ‘cuz I couldn’t find anything to harsh the mellow I had with these shiny new 117mm thingees.  I will probably have a pair of very new and very yellow 112mm skis for sale to make room in the quiver for these sticks.


Power:  Check.  They’re burly enough to hold on to some icy, skied-off bits I couldn’t see until I was on them at Alpine.  Variable snow felt nicely smoothed-out at speed, and the tails were pleasing when putting down the landing gear.


Quick:  Double check.  As well as they held, they also let me turn left or right at the speed of thought.  I was taking more chances at getting through trees and other tight spots because they always seemed to pointing through the middle of the gap by the time I got to it.  They’re the quickest >110mm skis edge-to-edge I’ve been on so far, I found myself intuitively weaving through unexpected bony spots like a section of fall-line gates in a slalom course (Alpine was skiing great, but could still use a few more feet of coverage).  These skis inspire daring-do.


*Non-finicky: Yup.  This ski has an organic feel, in that it adapts to the user.  Any way I wanted to ski (to include tired and sloppy), it worked with me without making me pay for not skiing centered/driving the tips/awesome/whatever.  I didn’t get to experiment due to the fixed demo toepiece, but what I felt jives with other folks’ experience with the Automatic accommodating various fore/aft mount points.


I’d like to try the 193; if it doesn’t feel much less wieldy (shouldn’t, given my height/weight/general love of garlic on anything), I’ll take the extra anti-tip dive and bump smoothing, even though the 186 felt pretty ideal in those areas.  This ski is so agreeable, the aforementioned non-finickyness hopefully extends to sizing up as well.  If not, the 186 it is.


But do they ‘rail groomers like a race ski’?  Of course not.  However, when I got to the bottom of the very first run and hit the groomed right before the lift, I discovered I was still having fun, rather than just surviving or feeling awkward.  B+ on hard snow, and best fatty I’ve been on so far for that; this could be the one ski someone takes with them on a trip out west if they’re a pow optimist that wants to hedge ever so slightly, or for a local that doesn’t want to miss out on a run to head back to the car for a swap in the afternoon.


After trying the Automatic for the day, I am sold on A) the Automatic, and B) demoing a ski before buying if at all possible.  I had one of my best days on skis at Alpine that day.


Analogy:  This is the significant other that brings out the best in you and doesn’t expect you to change, even appreciates your quirky attempts to spice things up a bit; it’s not every day you meet one like this…


Pros: Smooth & versatile



The Automatic was the brainchild of a few too many beers in the Atomic skunkwerks when the bright idea was suggested that what if we combine the playfulness of the Bent Chelter with the power of the Atlas? The Answer was “Automatic”,,,a great ski and where sometimes these combinations don’t come out that well, Atomic struck oil with this one. The Atomatic with its early rise tip, camber underfoot then a mild rise in the tail (much less than the BC that wants to be skied switch as much as forward) makes a ski that skis 70% like the Atlas and 30% like the Chelter which is a good thing. Where I liked the Automatic was the playful versatility that is in the class of the Gunsmoke, Prophet 115 and Salomon Rocker2 115 but the Automatic had the edge in hard snow and mixed snow performance putting it as a winner in this class. 



Length Tested:186

Dimensions/Turn Radius:  130/117/119 19m

Camber: Traditional, Early Rise, Tip & Tail w/camber

Binding: Demo 

Mount point: Suggested  


Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Mt Rose

Number of Runs: 2

Snow Conditions: Powder/Mixed

Demo or Own: Demo


Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 48

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Ski Days/Season: 60+

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: 13 Blizzard Bonafide, 13 Blizzard Gunsmoke, plus various vintage skis

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees



2013 Atomic Automatic Ski

The new Atomic Automatic is the premium Big Mountain model and a favorite with Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Dana Flahr. The two freeski pros have tailored this ski to their personal preferences – and it shows immediately: with a generous 117 mm waist width and two huge Powder Rockers in the tip and tail, the Automatic delivers perfect lift in powder and boasts exceptional turning compliance. A special feature are the Sprocket Power Boosters in the binding area: these lightweight titanium inserts stabilize the ski and allow skiers to take high cliff drops in their stride. The camber on the Automatic ensures powerful edge grip even on hard terrain.

Lengths179, 186, 193
Dimensions179-139.5/117/128.5, 186-140.5/117/129.5, 193-141.5/117/130.5
Turn Radius19M @ 186
Constructiontip / tail rocker
Core MaterialWoodcore
Binding Systemnone
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended Bindingn/a
Recommended usePowder
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2013
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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