The Atomic Ritual Skis tear into groomers like a honey badger going after an anthill, smoke powder lines like Al Pacino in Scarface, and generally outperform anything in their weight class. A powerful yet nimble all-mountain ski that can go from backcountry touring in the morning to rock solid carving in the afternoon, the Atomic Ritual gives you too many choices. You make the call.
All Mountain Rocker 20% Tip Rocker / 65% Camber / 15% Tail Rocker
Twin Prog Sidecut A bigger radius at the tip and a smaller radius at the tail for easy turn initiation and optimum grip out of turns
Ti Backbone Titanium Inserts run the entire length of the ski like a backbone for greater stability.
Step Down Sidewall The extremely durable sidewall construction below the binding improves damping, shock absorption, and therefore edge grip. Half-cap construction at the tip and tail protects the ski from mechanical damage.
We recommend a brake width equal to or at most 15 mm wider than the ski waist width.
|Tip Width (mm)||136.5||137.5||138.5|
|Waist Width (mm)||103||103||103|
|Tail Width (mm)||122.5||123.5||124.5|
|Turning Radius (m)||18||19||20|
|Indiv. Ski Weight (g)||1943||2101||2176|
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Comments about Atomic Ritual Skis 2014:
I have been skiing for 41 years (since I was 10). I am a very good/expert level skier who likes to ski all types of terrain. I have NEVER found one ski that will do EVERYTHING well. NEVER!
I grew up skiing in the midwest, then moved to Colorado to live my passion - skiing. Was on the University of Colorado Ski team for one year and then just skied for fun. Now I ski with my friends, my kids, and myself!
I have gone from race skis, to powder skis, to you name it. I have skied a lot of different types of skis. Rememeber "The Ski" from the 70s! Or the Dynamic VR27....Those were good skis!
Then I skied Volkls for a long time. They are great skis too, no complaints, but I also wasn't all that happy with them either. Man, can't someone figure this out and make a decent all mountain ski? I wasn't even asking for a good or great all mountain ski, just a decent one.
So then comes the 2013 ski season. I thought, ok, I'm going to do all the research and pick a new pair of rockered skis and see if this is what I have been waiting for all my life. So, I buy a pair of Blizzard Bonifides. Rated No. 1 by every ski magazine out there (which is complete garbage by the way, either they don't know booska about skiing or they are just selling those ratings to the highest bidder. And you will print this if you want an honest review!).
So I skied the Bonifides for 3 days. I HATED THEM! Holy cow, if that is what the ski magazines think is a good ski, they are crazy! Stiff, unforgiving, no fun at all in powder, no fun on groomers, no fun in bumps, no fun anywhere!
OK, so I decided to take the skis back and exchange them. Luckily, there is a place here - Colorado Ski and Golf (BEST SKI SHOP IN THE US) that will let you ski the skis for 5 days and bring them back if you don't like them. I did just that. They were a bit surprised and looked at me like I was some kind of beginner, but they exchanged them nonetheless, no questions asked!
Next up - the Dynastar Chamonix 107. Since I live out west, I thought it would be a good choice. NOPE! Worse than the Blizzards! These skis might be good on an icy day in the Alps, but they ain't no good anywhere else on the planet. And, i used to be a Dynastar fan too by the way.
So, back to the store I go. By this point, I'm getting a bit irritated. These rocker skis might be a load of hippo dung! The guy at the shop tells me, "Hey, since you're not going to stop until you find the perfect ski, you might as well try the Atomic Ritual, I have skied every ski in this store and it is the best." Yea Right! That is what I was thinking, but again, I was looking for an all mountain ski, not just a powder ski or a groomer ski, or a big mountain ski - just one frickin ski that would do everything. It didn't even have to be great, just decent.
So then I try the Atomic Ritual. And let me tell you, by this point, I was about to give up and go back to my old Volkl AC50s (which I kept just in case I didn't like the new rocker skis).
HOLY MOLY, MOTHER OF GOD !!!! THESE SKIS ARE AWESOME !!!!!!!!!! WAY, WAY, WAY beyond anything I ever hoped for. OK, I remember the days of Franz Klammer - I dreamed of skiing like that guy. With these skis, I AM FRANZ KLAMMER! (1976 Downhill Gold Medal Winner for you youngsters who don't have a clue - the guy who inspired me to learn how to ski).
I can honestly say, these skis are the best skis I have EVER skied in my entire life! PERIOD !!!! And they are a true ALL MOUNTAIN SKI !!! There may be better racing-only skis, or better powder-only skis, or better big mountain-only skis, or better groomer-only skis, but maybe NOT!!! This ski does everything GREAT!!! BEYOND GREAT!!!! And it makes me a way better skier.
Not to mention how much fun these are to ski. I can ski a whole day, go home, and dream about skiing the next day - I'M ADDICTED!!! In fact, all I could think about all summer long was, "WHEN CAN I GO SKI THESE SKIS AGAIN!" I keep them in my living room! My Volkls were in the garage collecting dust (until I sold them on Craigslist that is - adios muchachos)!
OK, I'm done ranting and raving. I have never bothered to write a review before. Never cared about any particular product enough to take the time to do it. And, don't particularly want to bash any ski product, heck I'm happy those other companies are in the business to keep the sport alive! We can't all be snowboarders! But my hats off to Atomic. This ski is a home run baby!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comments about Atomic Ritual Skis 2014:
For those of you who have been complaining that no one makes a true big mountain ski any more, sick of skis that feel like they slip and slide there way down the mountain....Wait no more! Don't get me wrong it will SMMMMEEEEERRRR a turn, but you won't want to. You'll be shifting gears from top to bottom making motor sounds like a kid pretending he's on a dirt bike!
The true magic of this ski is you can put any type of binding on it and it will work for that purpose. Need a slack country ski or something for short BC hits, stick a Duke or Guardian on it. Want a full on touring ski that's a bit more stout, put a Dynafit on it. Need to replace your big mountain or comp stick, get it long and put a STH16 on it.
Bottom line: I now own three sets of them, all with different bindings. It's a wood cored ski with a TI backer. It simply is that ONE ski you can't live with out.