This Testers’ Choice winner is a versatile ski with a wide bandwidth, capable of pleasing advanced to expert women in the East or West. One Kiwi tester called it “rather scrummy,” explaining that it “holds you when you want to be held” but doesn’t prevent you from taking control. Most found it nimble and quick in the trees yet well suited for speedy big turns in wide-open, ungroomed terrain. It holds a decent edge on firm snow but prefers the off-piste. And the price? Unbeatable—a terrific value.
The Elysian is a women's version of the men's Theory, with the same geometry and basic construction. With its wide 95-mm waist and tip-and-tail rocker, it's designed to make the most of powder and deep crud yet still offer acceptable hard-snow performance.
Atomic's Women's Vantage series includes three models ranging in width from 95 mm down to 83. Where the Women's Powder series includes wide rides for deep snow and the Women's Affinity series offers narrow-waisted system skis 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 Affinity skis, they're built to meet the day-to-day needs of a soft-snow (most likely Western) resort skier with a blend of powder and hardpack performance. All are sold flat (no binding).â