Ski: 2014-2015 Atomic Elysian, 168cm
Dimensions (mm): 128-95-117
Sidecut Radius: 18.1 meters
Actual Tip-to-Tail Length (Straight Tape Pull): 165cm
Weight Per Ski: 1,668 and 1,674 grams
Boots / Bindings: Nordica Hot Rod / Marker Griffon (DIN at 6)
Mount Locations: Factory Recommended
Test Location: Alta Ski Area, Park City Mountain Resort
Days Skied: 27
[Editor’s Note: Our review was conducted on the 12/13 Elysian, which is unchanged for 13/14 and 14/15, except for the graphics.]
Atomic created the Elysian as a versatile, all-mountain women’s ski that’s easy to handle in anything from powder to on-piste hardpack. After 27 days on it, I can say that Atomic hit the mark.
But to really get a sense of just how easy it was to handle across the board, it will be helpful to compare it to some other skis I’ve been on this season.
Out of all the skis I’ve ridden, the Elysian is the most fun of the bunch on groomers. It performs well in both small- and large-radius turns, and with camber underfoot and slight tip and tail rocker, it is easy to engage the entire length of the ski, which makes the ski feel very stable at high speeds.
Also, the tails are stiff enough that they do not wash out at the end of turns. Instead, I can push them through the full length of the turn.
What really made the Elysian fun on groomers, though, was its energy. During the transition from one edge to another, I could literally feel the ski launch me into the next turn. Atomic credits a lightweight carbon insert in each ski for the rebound, but the Elysian’s camber underfoot certainly provided a little extra energy as the flattened, flexed ski released to its natural cambered shape during transitions.
Trees and Moguls
One of my favorite aspects of the Elysian is how quick and responsive they are. While the Elysian is about 260 grams heavier than the pure carbon 168cm DPS Nina 99, I noticed that the swing weight of the Elysian was less.
From the recommended mounting positions, the Nina had significantly more tip and shovel than the Elysian. As a result, the farther-back lever point for turning the Nina meant a little more effort was needed to swing the larger tips around.
The Elysian, by comparison, had a much more balanced feel, and I could easily swing the ski through turns, and the swing weight reminded me a lot of the 174cm Rossignol Sickle.
The Elysian’s low swing weight came in handy through the chutes and trees of Alta’s Eagle’s Nest, because I could easily make quick turns as I encountered each terrain feature. And, the rebound that I noted on groomers made the Elysian feel energetic and responsive off-piste as well. Through the trees, I could use the energy the skis generate to boost me into the next turn.
The Elysian’s swing weight and rebound were great in moguls, too. I took the Elysian down High Rustler, Stone Crusher, and Lonepine in the midst of some mogul days between storms. Since it’s only 95mm underfoot, the Elysian turned from edge to edge very easily.
Plus, I didn’t find the tails to get hung up on bumps, which I did occasionally experience on the wider Rossignol Sickle and Line Pandora. The Elysian is about a centimeter narrower both underfoot and in the tail compared to the Sickle, and about a 1.5cm narrower than the Pandora.