Here's the word I got on the Atomic. Great ski. Very demanding, in that when you set the edge that better be the turn you wanted because you're on your way. No playing around. Stay on your toes. Good in crud. Can be tough in the bumps. Don't worry about hardpack, because it no longer exists. (My experience with both Volkl and Atomic are very similar... both are excellent hard snow skiis. Ask Herman 8o)
Good luck with your quest for the perfect board. As the prices go up so does the anxiety.