Atomic Millennium Ski
For advanced to expert-level women skiers looking for a legitimate powder ski that doubles as an all-mountain cruiser, the Millennium is your answer. It’s soft in the flex and user-friendly for smaller and lighter girls, but the wood core gives it the strength to handle even the fastest speeds of hard-charging females. The rockered tip will bust through crud and powder, while camber underfoot gives it edge on hardpack.
Until this year, Atomic’s fattest women’s ski was the Century, at 100 millimeters underfoot. Atomic’s female athletes were begging for something bigger and burlier. So the company delivered with the Millennium, their first true women-specific powder ski, which debuted in the fall of 2012. It’s designed similarly to Atomic’s unisex Blog ski, but with a more women’s specific shape and flex.
At 110 millimeters underfoot, the ski is wide enough to handle deep days, and its rockered tip and tail give it extra floatation. On a powder day at Crystal Mountain, Washington, last winter, I busted through cement-like crud and moisture-laden snow, thanks to that generously turned-up tip. The rockered tail gives it a playful, freestyle feel, in case you feel like hitting some jumps or taking off switch.
Because nobody’s lucky enough to ski powder every single day, the Millennium was built to handle all-mountain terrain. It’s got tip-to-tail wood core with step-down-sidewall construction and camber underfoot. Translation: You can actually ride groomers, bumps, steeps, and everything in between on these boards and feel right at ease. Although they don’t exactly carve a GS turn, you can slash high-speed turns on hardback just fine. Plus, they’re lightweight enough to work as a great backcountry touring ski.
It comes in lengths of 161, 169, and 177 centimeters but because of the rocker, it skis short (it feels about 10 centimeters shorter than the actual length), so go for a longer length than you’d typically ride.
How We Tested It
I spent a full winter riding these skis in Washington, California, Colorado, and elsewhere. I used them backcountry touring and lapping the resort, from a hut trip in Tahoe to spring slush in Whistler.
About our All Mountain Ski ratings:
Float: Does the ski tank or float in deep powder conditions?
Versatility: How does the ski tackle all-mountain terrain? Is it just good at one thing or does it excel at all types of terrain?
Stability: Can the ski handle high-speeds and hard-charging, expert-level skiers? Does it feel stable or shaky underfoot?
Forgiveness: Would an intermediate-level skier be comfortable on this ski?
Nimbleness: Can the ski make tight, short turns through trees and react quickly?
Value: How does this ski's performance compare to others at this price?
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Gear Institute Rating (Total Score)
- Length (cm): 161, 169, 177
- Dimensions: 130-110-122 mm