BEST FOR: Charging down big mountain slopes with superior maneuverability.
THE TEST: Atomic calls its new technology “sprocket power boosters”—basically, titanium rods integrated into the wood core. Our testers said it works. The Automatic was stable at high speeds but still had lots of rebound. “Quick turn initiation,” noted one. A tapered tip and tail make for playful feel in soft snow, and there’s more sidecut than you might expect (note how narrow the waist is), which made railing turns on firm snow surprisingly fun.
THE VERDICT: One of the liveliest big-mountain skis on the hill. 140.5/117/129.5; 9.7 lbs