This ski wants to chew up the hill. With classic Atomic bite, the Cloud 9 loves to corkscrew slalom turns down the groomed. It’s on the precise and stiff side, but not in a punishing way: Rather than smoothing over your mistakes, the Cloud 9 capitalizes on your strengths, edging you in the right direction. In other words, it may not be as easy to ski as some of the others in this category, but its rewards are that much greater. “Smooth and flowy, with good rebound energy,” said Forland.