If you’re fortunate enough to always ski soft snow (groomed or freshly fallen), the Vantage 100 could be your one-ski quiver. Our testers found it plenty floaty for inbounds leftover hunting in the north-facing trees, but it also arcs a smooth and consistent 19-meter turn on corduroy. Credit goes to Atomic’s Carbon Tank Mesh, an open weave of fiber that lets them beef up a fat ski without turning it into an tank. But a Titanium Backbone—a stringer where it matters most—obviously helps with the power transfer. At Snowbird, it would be the ideal Mineral Basin ski—that translates to Vail’s Back Bowls as well. It excels when you’re transitioning from untracked to perfect corduroy.
Swami gripe: The lightweight build means it can skitter at top speeds on the hardest snow.
Swami like: “Stiff enough to handle crud, corn, and crust,” said a tester. “Gives you confidence in weird snow conditions.”
Overall: 4.2 Sluffability: 4.8 Hard Snow Pleasure: 4.2 Dimensions: 138/100/125