My 9 year old daughter is outgrowing her 110cm Roxy sweethearts, and we are looking for a new (longer) ski. She is 4 ft tall, 60 pounds, and a very solid intermediate skier. We ski in Maine - so a mix of man-made, hard-pack, and frequent ice- and get out about 20 times a year. I see her as more of an advancing recreational groomer/all mountain skier than a junior racer type. So my question is what would be a good next ski? She, of course, is all about the graphics, but I am curious how much difference ski selection really makes at her size and stage. Any suggestions?
Skis for young girl
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Is that her height/weight/age she is now or about what she will be the first time she's out on new skis? The latter is the one that helps determine what size/type of ski she needs.
Pardon me if I am wrong, but at 4' wouldn't that put a 110 cm ski up to her nose? if so, than that should be fine,anything else will just make her go faster. If she does need new ones however,Roxy makes a bunch of cool twintips in the junor sizes. You will need to get them a little longer though because of both ends being turned up. Dave
Your daughter is at or a bit below the 25th CDC percentile of height for age, depending on how many months past 9 she is. Assuming she tracks at that, she'll be about 1.5" taller at the start of next season. (Season after, she'll kick into pubertal growth spurt and you'll be lucky if one pair of skis lasts one winter.) Now, keep in mind that mid-mouth is optimal for kids, tip of nose upper max, chin lower max. So if her 110's hit her collarbone, she'll want something in the mid- to high 120 range for next season, depending on whether it has twin tips or not. Also keep in mind that at about 120, skis often can be had with junior construction, meaning lighter versions of adult skis, with some brand differentiation, rather than the children's models that all come out of two factories.
As I said, most childrens' skis are all made by Elan, I think some are Fischer, with appropriate topsheet art. They're basic wood core skis with some fiberglass around it. They are all virtually the same, no matter what brand you buy. Just go for price and topsheet art. OTOH, many junior skis are still outsourced, but they're designed more by the parent company, often have some attributes that connect them to that company.They'll begin to feature brand-specific shapes and constructions, although not to the degree that adult skis do. If they're race skis, they'll begin to "feel" more like the parent company's race skis.