The women’s Atomic Century 102 is a really versatile and light-weight all mountain ski. It’s great for ripping all over the resort, or backcountry. It’s maneuverable, and easy to ski, but still capable of charging hard. It’s a bit soft for heavy or aggressive skiers, but lighter less aggressive skiers will find it to be pretty solid. The Atomic Century 102 is a great option for a one ski quiver.
Conditions: Soft Chop (5”), Groomers, Hard Pack, Bumps
Bindings: Salomon Z12
On the Snow Feel: The light weight of the Atomic Century 102 makes this ski super easy to maneuver. It’s also really fun and playful in the softer snow. Despite this the Century 102 is still quite stable, and it was solid underfoot when we needed it to be.
Powder: The Atomic Century 102 is actually a pretty good powder ski for light women. It has 70% camber underfoot, and 30% rocker in the tip and tail. This allows the ski to float pretty well. At 102 underfoot, the Century is in the mid fat category of skis, but it is definitely capable in the deeper snow. We never had issue with tip dive, and rocker in the tail made it quite easy to maneuver the ski in deeper snow. There are wider skis with better float (Century 109), but we really enjoyed the ride of the 102. For those who aren’t looking for a powder specific ski, the 102 will provide ample float for all but the deepest of days.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Atomic Century 102 is light-weight ski that is easy to maneuver. The tip and tail rocker allowed us to pivot the ski without a lot of effort. Rolling the ski on edge is also quite easy. When combined with a forgiving flex, it was really easy to initiate turns. The soft flex also makes it easy to bend into the turn. With a healthy dose of traditional camber underfoot, the ski has some pretty lively rebound. Its light-weight also makes it quick from edge to edge. It was plenty happy making short or medium radius turns. We never felt like we had to push the ski hard to get it to respond. It’s not the most powerful ski, but it did have decent snap. We really enjoyed how easy it was to get the ski from edge to edge, even with a more relaxed approach. Aggressive skiers may find they can overpower it, but at the end of a long day of testing we always appreciate a ski that is easy to ride, yet still quite fun.
Speed: The Atomic Century 102 feels pretty stable for a light ski. Sure it won’t have the same top end as a heavy metal ski, but we found we could push it pretty hard. A carbon insert for and aft the binding area of the core helps to increase torsional rigidity. This increases shock absorption while keeping the weight low. This also allows the ski to absorb the terrain and keep the tips from chattering. A five point shape allows you to vary turn shape quickly. Any time we felt we needed to slow down it was easy to pivot the ski and stop. It doesn’t feel like a ski that likes to make big long radius turns at high speed, but short or medium radius turns at moderate speed were really fun. Heavy skiers may again find that the ski is less stable at speed.
Uneven Terrain: The Atomic Century 102 is not a heavy crud busting ski, but it was still capable in the crud. Here we really appreciated its light weight and maneuverability. We found it easy to keep the 102 on top of the snow, and It was easy to turn around piles of crud. We found i best to take a light-weight balanced approach rather than an aggressive forward stance. In these conditions it reminded us a bit more of the Rossignol Saffron 7. Neither ski will bash through crud, but it was easy to float over the top. As the snow got deeper it was a bit more challenging, but again the ski does a decent job of keeping you above the chop. It’s so light-weight and nimble we felt we could avoid anything we didn’t want to run over.
Moguls: We really enjoyed the Atomic Century 102 in the moguls. Its light-weight makes it easy to pivot and nimble. The soft flex is also forgiving, and we never felt like we’d be thrown from the ski. Even with sub-par technique, we didn’t have any issues navigating the bumps.
Edge Hold: Edge hold was good, but it wouldn’t be my go to ski for really firm or icy days. With a healthy dose of traditional camber underfoot, we found the ski pretty stable in moderately firm snow conditions.
Flex: The Atomic Century 102 is medium/stiff underfoot and a medium flex in the tip and tail. This allows for a bit better float, and playfulness, but heavier skiers may find it a bit too soft and easy to overpower. It’s a forgiving ski, but still has good torsional rigidity and surprising stability and edge hold.
Switch: The Century 102 is a directional twin that is capable of being ridden switch at times.
The Atomic Century 102 is really versatile all mountain ski that combines great soft snow performance with solid on piste performance. It’s light-weight and nimble, making it easy to maneuver in the soft snow. It’s also quick and lively with solid stability on groomers. It floats well in the powder, and is capable in the crud with a light-weight approach. Heavy skiers may find the Century 102 to be a bit underpowered, but for lighter skiers that want a super versatile ski to take them anywhere on the mountain the Atomic Century 102 is a good option.