Ski Make: Atomic
Snow Conditions Used In: 9" new stuff officialy (6 - 8 tops actually), cut-up crud, groomed, scraped hardpack
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: level 8
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 40
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: @20
Your Height/Weight: 5'-11"/180 lbs
So, I get to join all the other Bear’s and rave about the TenEX. It was quite the ride! For a ‘fat’ ski, the Atomic is very versatile. I expected great performance in the powder and it didn’t disappoint, but a few trips on the groomed trails were a pleasant surprise. The ski really shows Atomic’s race heritage and carved some great GS turns in the soft corduroy. While I wouldn’t want to spend the day on the groomers with this ski, it was good enough to compete with most ‘all-mountain’ skis. Speed limit? Yah, you need to be going about 15mph before the ski starts to get cranked up. If there is an upper limit, I didn’t find it. While it doesn't like to be skied from the back seat, it doesn't punish excessively either. Can be skidded when needed.
My previous experience with powder skis has always left me feeling like I’m driving a ¾ ton pickup truck without the power steering when I get back on the groomed side of the mountain. The TenEX was nothing like that. It carved really well on the soft stuff. Very stable at speed and really liked to make big GS turns. Only complaints: it has a tendency to get locked into a GS turn and didn’t like to change turn shapes easily. Although quick side to side for a fat ski, it really doesn’t do the short slalom turn. Edge hold was surprisingly good for a fat ski, but slipped a little on the hardpack to scraped ice. But you wouldn’t buy this ski for that kind of skiing anyway. It’s a great powder ski. Plenty of float, tank-like power in the crud. ‘Nuff said.
Too much GS race ski in this one to be a good bump ski, but for moderate bumps, especially with 6” of new snow on ‘em, it works quite well. Again, a bit of a surprise to me, but I enjoyed this ski in the bumps on Triple Zero and Triple Treat today.
This is a very versatile ‘fat’ ski. Would definitely recommend it for any western skiing. Versatile enough to even be a good choice for an eastern skier that is looking to add a fat ski to his/her quiver for those occasional powder days. It’ll handle the powder with ease and you won’t have to change skis in the afternoon when the snow’s all packed out.
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