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2019 Atomic Vantage 97 C Women’s Skis

The 2019 Atomic Women’s Vantage 97 C took a lot of our testers by surprise. Atomic has done a great job re-vamping the Vantage line, and the Vantage 97 C is no different. Made for advanced lady skiers who want a mid-fat ski to take them anywhere and do anything, the skis are versatile and fun. With carbon instead of metal, our testers generally found them to be light and quick, but not as damp or stable.

Alix Klein skied the 164 cm length and found that it had above-average edge hold and torsional stiffness. Right on the money, she says that “if you like carving everywhere, in all conditions, this is the ski for you.” She continues to boast that the Women’s Vantage 97 C is “a true women’s wide all mountain carver. This ski has a job to do; to make clean, medium radius turns.” We’ll take the positive away from this to be that the Vantage 97 C is a great turning ski regardless of snow conditions.

Two of the more powerful lady skiers in the test, Kristi Brown and Elissa DeGolyer, both concur that the ski is everything they could ask for in an all-mountain ski. Kristi notes that the “Vantage offers the yin and yang. It’s super user friendly—amazing tracking with a hint of spunk!” We like hearing that a ski is capable of holding two different strengths in its hands at the same time. Also skiing the 164 cm length, Elissa found the ski to be “powerful with a comfortable turn radius. It plows through a lot with high stability and good edge hold.” Elissa loved the stability and the torsional stiffness, despite the lack of metal. Kristi was in the same boat with her rankings—high marks in similar categories.

Ariel Aidala felt the 164 cm length was true to size on its own merit, but perhaps felt a bit short compared to stiffer lady skis like the Volkl Kenja. Regardless, Ariel noticed quite astutely that “the carbon made this ski very light, but was difficult to manage in the chunder.” It seems like she preferred the ski at slower speeds, as evidenced by this quote: “Shorter turns were tricky, but when I slowed down and make wider and rounder turns, the ski was much more enjoyable.” Generally speaking, the lighter the ski, the happier it will be at slower speeds. As such, according to Ariel, this ski will resonate with advanced skiers who are not pinning the speedometer.

Ali Berlin also skied the 164 cm and thought, similarly to Ariel, that these skis are “good for an average skier to cruise on.” Fortunately, that’s a huge part of the ski market. Most people are average skiers cruising around. On a positive note, Ali revealed that “once on edge, the skis held.” For a 97 mm ski, that’s a great compliment. Usually at that width you start to lose some edge hold, especially for a ski with no metal.

Our tester’s general consensus was that the skis were a great mix of performance and comfort—the skis felt natural and easy, and could be pushed to a high limit. The 2019 Atomic Women’s Vantage 97 C is well on its way to making a big mark on the ladies all-mountain category.

Testers

Elissa DeGolyer Ski Tester Headshot

Elissa DeGolyer

Age: 29Height: 5'4"Weight: 150 lbs.

Ski Style: Precise, aggressive, extensive ski racing background

Alix Klein SkiEssentials Ski Test Headshot

Alix Klein

Age: 34Height: 5'3"Weight: 130 lbs.

Ski Style: Freeride oriented with a competitive background

Ariel Aidala

Age: 26Height: 5'3"Weight: 125 lbs.

Ski Style: Adventurous and fun with a fall-line mentality

Kristi Brown

Age: 49Height: 5'9"Weight: 136 lbs.

Ski Style: Energetic, precise, very smooth and skis with a lot of finesse

Ali Berlin Ski Tester Headshot

Ali Berlin

Age: 41Height: 5'"Weight: 105 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast frontside, free spirit