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Black Crows – Atris
These are the 100 mm skis that seem to vary their width according to the conditions. Black Crows’ mission when making this ski was to create one that will work just as well in billowing Japanese powder as it will on an icy piste in Tignes, and clever design touches such as a progressive sidecut and directional tail means they’ve achieved it (though we know where we’d rather be!). The extra long nose delivers huge float and reduces the running length on piste, hence the versatility. End-weight reduction keeps a wide ski nimble and isn’t just the prerogative of the freestyle massive. Some stores will class the Atris as a big mountain ski, and it’s used by some serious skiers in that category who prefer the added grip of a sub-110mm twin tip ski so the tail sucks down at high speed in powder. Yes, we know that’s a bit specialist, but as with all the best hero-level tweaks they give the rest of us benefits too, like real directional stability as you start to build speed off-piste.