Atomic Beta Race 9.28


1998 All-Mountain Expert-Silver Medal Winner

Size: 188-203 cm
Price: $629
Details: The Atomic Beta Race 9.28 earned a gold medal in the race category because it handles speed like a 757-do 600 mph, and you could still sip your drink without spilling. It got a silver in the AME category for its one-track mind: "Perfect for open-road speed mongers," said Thys. This beefy, shapely ski's strong suit is its "power in medium to long turns," said Carmichael. If you like to cruise on a big mountain interstate, consider the ultrasmooth 9.28.

Positives: Like a train (with gas shocks) at speed
Negatives: Gets goose bumps in the big bumps