These are the least expensive beginner skis¿lightweight and designed for the entry-level skier looking to gain confidence and improve without overspending. Testers were coached to ski as if they were first-year skiers looking for a ski on which to learn.
The world of ski design is a bit like Hollywood - cosmetics make a huge impact. Each winter, more than 700,000 pairs of skis are brought into the US, but buying model XYZ stateside doesn't mean it looks the same in Europe or Japan.
Using a new pair of Atomic skis, hometown favorite Erik Schlopy continuedhis recovery from bronchitis when he claimed the U.S. Ski Team Gold Cup men's giant slalom Saturday and earned awild-card position on the U.S. Olympic team.
Atomic has always been a big player among ski makers, but these days the Austrian company is growing into the industry's newest 300-lb. gorilla. On the World Cup, it's not uncommon to see all three podium steps occupied by racers on Atomic Beta Technolo