Thanks to a balance of playfulness and power, the Atris has been a perennial leader in the 108-millimeter-underfoot class since it debuted in 2014. Manufactured in the Elan factory, the Atris features a semi-cap construction for durability in the tips and tails and sidewall underfoot for direct power transmission to the edges. The poplar wood core feels damp and smooth but the ski really shines thanks to its dialed taper profile and well-adjusted rocker profile.
New this season, Black Crows made subtle improvements to address high speed stability without taking away from its approachable and versatile nature. The Atris has always been a no-nonsense, confidence-inspiring ski that’s less camber dominant than its more directional brother, the Corvus. And while Black Crows lengthened the sidecut to 20 meters, they also slightly mellowed out its stiffer flex and made the rocker profile more progressive in order to maintain its trademark balance.
On snow, this translated to a smooth, playful feel through the light wind deposited snow and chalk below Big Sky’s brand new Challenger lift. The Atris is playful and effortless to engage, allowing for easy turn shape changes thanks to the ample rocker and mellow flex profile. On the flip side, the Atris remains true to Black Crows’ big mountain roots and is not afraid of being pushed harder. As I tipped into some steeper turns in the Three Forks zone of the Headwaters, the longer sidecut and damp poplar core kicked in for a powerful, fast ride to the bottom.
A ski’s ability to be ridden well and appreciated by riders of different backgrounds and skiing styles is often understated. The Atris does just that, catering to strong skiers of all backgrounds, whether you’re an ex-racer or a retired park rat. As a one-ski quiver out West, or a dedicated powder ski in the East, the Atris remains a versatile ski that’s approachable and exciting. It always has a little extra horsepower under the hood when you decide to open the throttle. --Alex Meilleur