If the 2020-2021 Black Crows Atris skis are near the top of your list, you are a wise human. If you are currently looking for validation or a sign from the universe that you should pony up and buy them, consider this little concoction of verbs and nouns to be it. Simply put, the Atris is one of our favorite skis ever. Since we started carrying Black Crows, based in Chamonix, the Atris has been one of those benchmark skis that we compare everything else to. It floats powder even better than its 108mm waist width would have you believe (honestly, we dare you to take the Atris to Japan and report back), and pivots quickly enough for you to avoid trees, rocks, snow leopards, children, etc. Smooth, intuitive, and light enough for powder tours in the backcountry, the Atris exemplifies the fun-loving and wild spirit of the Black Crows brand and its French founders. Freeride-minded expert skiers who like a playful and surfy ski fall in love with the Atris each year, and these skis are also easy enough to handle that an aspirational intermediate can hop on them and gain confidence. If you prefer directional or stiff/hard-charging skis or carve hard snow all day, let us point you in a different direction. Ditto if you have never skied on a mid-fat ski and do not plan to venture off-piste. For everyone else: Seize the carp! Similar skis: Rossignol Soul 7 HD W, Salomon QST 106, Moment Wildcat 108.
Playful and durable!
As a powerful/playful skier, I really enjoy how these skis help me perform through whatever snow conditions and terrain. The 108mm width is perfect for gliding through powder and I've still managed to navigate my way around tight sections of trees, rocks and stumps while maintaining control and stability. They also carve really well on groomers with a quick edge. Overall, these are my go-to skis for any day.
Height: 5' 9'' Weight: 150 Age: 23
Terrain: All Mountain, Park, Backcountry, Groomers
Jake Burchmore on Jan. 13th 2021
The Couloir Slayer
Does the thought of a 50degree couloir excite you? Are playful yet stable skis with just the right amount of rocker your style? Do you like showering with your favorite person? If so check out the Atris by Black Crows!
This tester has skied many of the classic Eastern Sierra lines, on many different skis, and has yet to find a set-up better suited to skiing steeps confidently in all types of snow, followed by jumping off of everything in sight on the way back to the trailhead. .
Height: 6' 0'' Weight: 170 Age: 28
Terrain: Steep Couloirs!
Superstokedsteve on Feb. 25th 2021
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