“Total funville,” remarked Bristow of the Alibi. “It’s floaty enough, carves up the piste or the trees and is a very stable, all-around ski.” The Alibi received high scores for stability, playfulness and versatility. This 98 millimeter-waisted member of the Vantage series features a vertebrae-shaped strip of titanium inserted into the wood core for good stability with a softer flex. Along with Atomic’s Step Down Sidewall construction, the backbone helps to dampen vibrations while maintaining torsional rigidity. The Alibi has a soft tip with a bigger radius than the tail as well as tip and tail rocker for easy turn initiation. “So playful you can carve, hop, butter, smear, slide or ski backwards. It’ll do what you want,” Gaudet said.