2014-2015 Atomic Elysian

Pow and Soft Chop

I was impressed with how well the Elysian floated through powder for being only 95mm underfoot and having only a slight amount of rocker. The flotation was comparable to the DPS Nina 99, which is just slightly wider underfoot (99mm) but a little narrower in the tips and tails.

The main difference between the Nina and the Elysian in powder, however, was that the Elysian felt stable in varying turn radii, whereas the Nina preferred small-radius turns and wanted to be making those turns at all times.

Atomic Elysian, Blister Gear Review
Stella Selden, Eagle’s Nest, Alta Ski Area.

The 174cm Rossignol Sickle, which is 106mm underfoot and has a subtle, continuous rocker, floats better than the Elysian, which should be expected based on the dimensions and rocker profile. That said, while 168cm is the longest length the Elysian comes in, after going back and forth between them and the 174cm Sickle, I didn’t notice that the Elysian felt significantly shorter.

The primary difference between the Sickle and Elysian, however, was that while the Sickle can carve and smear equally well, the Elysian prefers to carve.

As a result, when the powder got tracked out, the Sickle could smear across the chop, whereas the Elysian got jostled around a lot more as it plowed into—rather than floated across the top of—the chopped-up snow. Instead of being able to use smearing to control speed, I had to complete turns so my skis were turned farther across the hill.

Compared to the DPS Nina 99 and the Armada TST, the Elysian cuts through the chop significantly easier and was more predictable. The Nina and TST have a more aggressive rocker, and the widest part of the ski is farther back. When I skied them in chopped-up snow, it was incredibly hard to predict how much of the ski was going to contact the snow as I encountered each pile of chop. Both of these skis transition through variable snow much more abruptly than the Elysian.


The first run I did on the Elysian was on a rough, hardpack day and I hadn’t yet detuned the tips and tails. I took them into Ballroom to Tombstone, and I had trouble releasing the edges and kept unpredictably hooking my skis on the rough snow. I found that I had to ski them very aggressively and force them into each turn.

After detuning the tips and tails, however, it was a whole different ride. With this new adjustment I found that I could turn through Fred’s Trees quickly on the hard snow and that they did not chatter excessively, as the DPS Nina had. Like I said earlier, with camber, only a slight rocker, and a large sidecut, it is easy to engage the entire length of the ski, reducing chatter and increasing stability.

So keep that in mind: if you find the Elysian to be a bit grabby initially, you’ll just need to detune the tips and tails.

As for stability on hardpack, the Elysian performed almost as well as the Sickle. The main difference when smearing over hardpack was that the Sickle was just slightly damper, making rough hardpack feel smoother than it was. On the Elysian, it was a little rougher ride.

Bottom Line

I would recommend the Elysian to women looking for a predictable and versatile ski that performs well everywhere, but especially shines on groomers, in moguls, and in trees. While the Elysian performs well in soft chop and powder, I’d prefer a larger ski for big pow days and for cutting through deep chop.

So if you ski at a place like Alta that sees a lot of snow, you might want a fatter ski for those deep days. But in anything outside of deep pow and really deep chop, this is an excellent option for intermediate, advanced, and expert skiers.

You can now read Lexi Dowdall’s 2nd Look of the Elysian.



8 comments on “2014-2015 Atomic Elysian”

  1. Hey,
    I’m looking for new all mountain skis. The Atomic Elysian have caught my eye as have the K2 Missdemeanors. I ski mostly in the tress, hunt for powder and not much in the park. I am an intermediate skier. Most of my skiing has been done off piste in powder and corn. I love how the Atomic Century’s ski, and like the K2 Gotbacks (but prefer the Century’s) and am looking for some input on which of the above I may prefer. Ski area: Western Canada.

  2. Hello, and congratulations for this test, it’s really interesting.

    My girlfriend just bought these skis, and I don’t understand one sentence that seems important in your test,
    What do you mean by :” you’ll just need to detune the tips and tails.” (after your first run).
    I’m french, and my english isn’t really good… Translators are very funny, but don’t really help me !!!
    I suppose tips and tails are the two extremities (twintip), but don’t understand what to do !!!

    Thanks for your explanations.

    • Grumf,
      If your girlfriend finds the front of the ski to be a touch unpredictable and grabby, take a tuning stone and soften (round) the edges of the ski from the tip to about 5-7cm beyond the widest point of the tip toward the bindings.
      If she finds the rear of the ski is difficult to push around when trying to skid a turn, do the same rounding of the edge to the rear portion of the ski.

  3. It seems to me like atomic built the century to be a little more powder oriented, but am not sure how different these two skis are. I’m looking for my wifes first pair of skis…she’s a hard charging snowboarder who learns quickly and we traditionally spend most of our time off piste. What would you recommend and why?

  4. Would you recommend these for a lady who hasn’t skied in 10-15 years? I’d rather avoid getting her a “beginner” type ski and find her something easier to use that she can progress into. We’re mostly at Tremblant with refrozen/icy, normal eastern snow.

  5. I’m trying to find a recommendation for a binding for this Elysian ski. I’m 120 lbs naked. Ordered the 159cm ski. Advance intermediate skill level. Currently on Atomic B5Is and love them.
    Thank you for the help!

  6. Is the Elysian the new Atomic 95C Womens with a flatter non twinned tail ? What does Blister think of the Atomic Century 109 for Women ? I think this is girls version of the Atomic Automatic 109….I bought my wife the 95CW for All Mtn….want to get her a new powder ski and am looking at the Century 109 and the Moment Bella….she has a Bella in a 162 which is short..fine for tight spots but will be too short for open areas and her increasing ability so looking at 175cm Atomic Century vs. Bella 172….The Atomic Century 109 is available for $349 for last yrs model…$449 this yrs model….the Bella is $569 or so on sale….that 349 is looking pretty good unless I hear STOP !! I would rather support Moment and I have Bibby’s too but $200 is a lot. Wife is 5’4 135lbs dry…advanced skier – directional – no switch – age 46 and improving skillset wise rapidly as she took 10 yrs away from skiing then marries me and now goes all the time including summer glacier skiing at Mt>Hood we ski PNW and Utah

    Thanks Ladies for any input,

    Guy :)

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