The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi is another product of the Vantage series makeover. The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi is the widest of the new Vantage series. It comes with a newly designed Carbon Tank Mesh and Ti Backbone 2.0. The end result is a ski that is light weight, yet quite solid and stable. The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi is a super versatile all-mountain ski that will cater to hard chargers all over the mountain. While similar in design and shape as the other new Vantage skis, the Atomic Vantage 100 CTi is probably the burliest and most capable for aggressive skiers.
Conditions: Icy Steeps, Frozen Chop, Soft Crud, Groomers
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Atomic FFG 12
Ski Personality: The Vantage 100CTi is a stable, and predictable all-mountain ski that likes speed.
On the Snow Feel: The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi is a damp and stable ski. It also still remains relatively easy to maneuver. It’s a ski that can be powerful, and yet doesn’t take a ton of energy to ski.
Powder: The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi is relatively stiff and burly, but it’s not heavy. This allows it to float much better than similarly damp chargers (Volkl Mantra) of the same waist width. The light weight also allows them to be much more maneuverable in deeper snow. This lends an almost playful feeling. Sure they don’t feel extremely loose or surfy, but they are still plenty of fun.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi is a very capable carver. It’s somehow light and nimble and yet still quite powerful. 20% rocker in the tip helps to keep the ski easy to get on edge. Even at slower speeds it wasn’t difficult to turn. It’s not quite as forgiving as the Atomic Vantage 95, but it also wasn’t overly difficult to ski. Once on edge the ski feels locked in, and yet we found it easy to release when we needed to vary turn shape or scrub speed. The Firewall Block Sidewall is basically a beefed up full sidewall construction that gives the ski a very powerful feel. The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi has a lively poplar and ash core that rebounds really well. When you combine that with 70% camber underfoot, the ski feels really lively and energetic. It’s pretty quick from edge to edge, and was really fun when carving medium radius turns. It’s powerful and energetic and yet very predictable and easy to ski.
Speed: The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi skis much damper than its light weight would suggest. The Carbon and Ti laminates do a fantastic job of reducing vibrations and increasing stability at speed. It didn’t seem to matter much if the snow was soft or hard.
Uneven Terrain: The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi skis like a light weight and nimble charger. To me this seems slightly counter intuitive as often the dampest skis are also slightly heavy and unresponsive. They blast through crud well, but aren’t very maneuverable and easy to ski. The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi breaks this mold. It’s a ski that is both nimble, and yet somehow really damp. I somehow managed to find my way to the Chutes at Mt. Rose on my first run on the Atomic Vantage 100 CTi. Not only are the chutes steep, but they were also extremely variable the day I was there. Shortly after entering the chute it narrowed to several feet across. Here it required a few very tight turns. I really appreciated the light-weight maneuverability of the Atomic Vantage 100 CTi. Further down the run it turned icy and the beefy sidewall provided fantastic edge hold. As I approached the run-out near the bottom it became very choppy. Again the Atomic Vantage 100 CTi stayed stable and damp. Although it wasn’t the ideal first run on a new ski, it was great seeing how versatile this ski could be.
Moguls: The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi is quite nimble and quick from edge to edge. It was actually quite fun on smaller bumps.
Edge Hold: The 100 CTi has 70% camber underfoot, and a stiff burly sidewall help to keep the ski stable on hard pack. Sure it’s not great on ice, but it felt better than expected for a 100mm underfoot all-mountain ski.
Flex: The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi has a moderately stiff flex. It’s not quite as forgiving as the Vantage 95.
Switch: The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi is a directional ski with a very small amount of tail rocker. You could ski it switch if needed, but is definitely more at home going forward.
The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi is a versatile all mountain ski that is at home in a large variety of conditions. It’s really fun carving medium to large radius turns, yet still quite nimble and easy to vary turn shape. It offers decent float for a 100mm all-mountain ski and has somehow managed to balance the light weight maneuverability with all mountain charger. It’s a ski that likes speed and can handle the crud surprisingly well. The best part is that it’s not overly tough to ski. You can rip all day without being too tired to continue at the end of the day. The Atomic Vantage 100 CTi will cater to advanced and expert all mountain skiers that want to ski fast and hard all over the mountain. It’s one of the best “quiver of one” skis from Atomic and could become very popular among advanced and expert all mountain skiers.