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2013 Atomic Ritual Ski Reviews


Great for powder and trees


Pros: Responsive, good float

Cons: Not so great on groomers

I demoed these last year at Big Sky, along with the Atomic Alibi, Automatic and Bent Chetler.  It was either these or Bent Chetlers and these won out because the narrower waist seemed and is a lot more versatile.  It has taken me some time to get used to them because they are quite different from my Nordica Steadfasts which I've skied pretty much exclusively for the past three seasons.  But my home mountain, Red Lodge Mountain, has been getting buried the last several weeks and these are all I've been skiing lately.  They are really quick in the trees and provide all the float I've needed in the 8" and 14" days and in the trees where the snow is significantly ...
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ski otter

a great all mountain powder ski


Pros: floats well, stable in chop and crud, nimble, carves well, edges well, excellent in powder or chop bumps, rails on groomers at speed

Cons: tip chatters slightly when traversing fast on hard steeps; not great in hard moguls when no new

I got these in 182 cm. for resort powder days, and it's become my favorite ski. I use it whenever there has been new snow of 3" plus, but it would be fun in 1" or more in the past 24 hrs. I usually ski the Rituals on relatively smooth slopes for the first 4-5 runs, on unbroken and increasing cut up and chop, then switch to the black diamond bump runs at Copper, as long as they have at least chop on them. The Rituals are light weight, easy, surprisingly nimple and great on edge, staying in the fall line or not. They smear when asked to.  A blast.  I am not a tree skier, but you can choose most any turn radius you want on them, and they're quick when you want them...
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Terrific One Ski Quiver for the West


Pros: solid carving, wide enough for off-piste

Cons: not so great in moguls

I ski on the 2012-13 Rituals and love them.  I now hardly ever half to pull out my Big Gun Powder Skis - Rossi S7, since the Ritual can handle almost anything.  They work well on the groomers, too.  The only place they fall short is in the moguls due to their wide width -- I think the Atomic Alibi would be a better width for the hard charging mogul skier.  These are a great ski I ski 90% of the time out of my 4 ski quiver.

Good Powder Ski


Pros: good float, maneuverable, fun

Cons: None that I found

Skied the Ritual (174cm, 136/103/122, 19m) for four days heli skiing at Wiegele's in BC.  The snow was as deep and as good as it gets.  They were really fun skis. I have a pair of Cochise that I almost took with me, but didn't want to haul hem all the way up there.  I liked them better than the Cochise and also the Armada JJ's that I skied on last year.  They have moderate rocker which I like.  Also a bit narrower, but maybe not good for a heavier skier. (I'm 160, 5'7", 66, skied for 50 years, 50 days + a year)   I didn't get to try them on any packed snow, but what few packed areas I found going to pick ups they worked fine.
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