I have a 7 year old on the Mighty Mites at Squaw this year - his first year, but he is doing very well - very aggressive, form has improved a lot. He can go down pretty much anything at Squaw except the serious chutes. A better skier than I am, or very close. Great program, BTW.
He has a pair of K2 Bad Seeds, 119cm, that he is using this year that he will no doubt outgrow for next season, plus the topsheets look like they have been in a war. He loves them - he also has a pair of Fischer RC4 Race Jr. that were a waste of money that he hardly uses - they really do not race competitively. Anyway, I am thinking of getting him a pair of twin tips 10 cm longer, roughly, for next year now to get a big discount, but I also could wait until next fall.
There is not much out there in terms of guidance on junior skis, other than real racers. Does anyone have any thoughts on what I should get? It needs to be an all-mountain, one-ski quiver ski that will work in the park, modest powder, etc etc. I would guess they are on piste about 60%, in the park 10% (depending on the coach) and off piste in various conditions the rest of the time. He loves the park best, but realistically it is not that much of his time on the slopes. I spoke to a guy here in Truckee yesterday in a shop that said that the better junior skis, other than racers, are all pretty much the same - it doesn't matter much which ones you get, but he thought a longer Bad Seed would be a bit better than the rest. Thanks in advance for your help.