I would appreciate some advice on equipment for my 5 year old. She's been skiing about 10-12 days (two ski trips a year) every year since she was 3. She skis down most green trails quite confidently (in wedge turns) and has been on blues once or twice (will hopefully ski more blues this season, but maybe not). Of course, she is still a beginner -- in the backseat, skis wide apart; just starting to match skis at the end of the turn, sometimes. She is mostly in ski school (better instruction + fun with other kids + more skiing for us). We ski in the East (Sugarloaf, Stowe, Okemo).
This year, I'm thinking of buying equipement for her (right now I can find some deals that about the price of seasonal rental). My problem is that she is really petite (about 3' 3''=100cm) and has small feet (toddler size 7-7.5 as of now). She weights maybe 32-33 pounds. Would 80cm skis (up to her chin) be most appropriate? I found these at REI:
I cannot figure out whether the "integrated Comp 25 junior bindings" it comes with are adjustable to really small boots, and whether their DIN range 0.5 - 2.5 is right for her.
Another option for skis is Head Nice One Junior Skis with Head SL 45 Junior bindings (at L9).
They have them in 77cm or 87cm. 87s would come to my daughter's nose - would last longer but way too long for this year? (Woudn't want to hinder her progress by longer skis) Are 77s more appropriate? Again, the concern is how adjustable the binding is. (No remounting for bigger boot?)
For boots, I'm thinking size 8.5 (mondo 15.5), but am concerned that they will be too large. L9 has these http://www.levelninesports.com/Head-Carve-X1-Junior-Ski-Boots
(new at $39.99), or I can get lower quality used boots in size 7.5 for about the same price (but these might be too small by the end of the season).
Our son is 3 years old, 3 feet tall, shoe size 6.5 as of now. Not much chance to pass down boots; passing down skis would be good. He skied a bit last year (just sliding around); I'll be happy if he can wedge by the end of the coming season. I think he should be on 67-70 cm skis; we'll just do a seasonal lease.
Sorry if my questions are too specific. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!