Get up, get down, get stoked.
For years, you had to choose between uphill and downhill performance when buying touring skis, which is like deciding whether to drink a beer or eat a burger―can't you just have both? Thankfully, Atomic is the latest company to solve your problem with the introduction of the Charter, a lightweight touring ski with serious downhill chops. Powder Rocker features camber underfoot with a moderate rocker in the tip, which combine with a do-it-all 100mm underfoot width to help you float through soft snow and hold a solid edge when you encounter the occasional icy crust or wind slab. There are also titanium inserts underfoot, which maximize torsional rigidity for increased power and edge hold, while working with the light and snappy Lite Wood core to keep weight down and boost binding retention. A Step-Down sidewall features one-piece construction to improve edge grip and durability, while notches in the tail secure skins with no fuss, meaning the days of flapping and dragging are over, meaning all you have to worry about is getting up and down with the maximum amount of fun.
- Powder Rocker (camber underfoot, moderate tip rocker)
- Lite Wood core
- Titanium Mega Grip underfoot inserts
- Step Down sidewall
- Skin notches in the tail
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The Do Everything Tool
After a month of shredding these bad boys in nearly every condition possible here in Utah, I've been impressed with the charter's uncanny ability to handle everything the mountain throws at it. Traditional camber to handle the hardpack in the resort or wind blown slopes of the backcountry? CHECK. Early Rise to handle the Utah Powder? Check. Lightweight to help spare your energy from skinning all morning? Check. Truly the every man's ski for handling anything and everything in its path. Definitely made a good decision here.