Atomic Alibi (2014)
“Atomic pretty much dialed the playful, poppy, athletic off-piste and frontside combo in this ski,” one tester declared. But is it for everyone? Well, a few (only a few) found it on the heavy side, but everyone else, of all body types and skiing backgrounds, loved how it cut deep carves into groomed snow and smeared playfully around the trees and crud. Its turn engagement was effortless—“No weirdness!”—and it’s a good width for a one-ski quiver East or West.
The Alibi is identical in construction to the 103-mm wide Theory, but its 98-mm waist gives it additional quickness and edge grip. It's still most appropriate for the Western all-mountain skier, but might also appeal to Easterners who aren't afraid of a fatter ski. Atomic's Vantage series includes five models ranging in waist widths from 103 mm down to 83. Where the Powder series includes wide rides for deep snow and the Nomad series offers narrow waists for on-trail performance, the Vantage skis split the difference in the name of all-terrain versatility. Not as loose and drifty as the Powder skis or as tight and carvy as the Nomad system skis, they're built to split the difference and meet the day-to-day needs of a soft-snow (most likely Western) resort skier with equal parts powder and hardpack performance. All are sold flat (no binding).
|Level||Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert|
|Lengths||173, 180, 187|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.40 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.01 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||2.70 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.50 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.72 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||2.95 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.57 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.00 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.08 / 5|