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.
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
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.