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Hi folks,

 

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:

 

http://www.rei.com/product/805305/rossignol-avenger-x1-skis-with-bindings-kids-20102011

 

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).

 

http://www.levelninesports.com/Head-Nice-One-Junior-Skis

 

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!

 

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Hi folks,

 

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:

 

http://www.rei.com/product/805305/rossignol-avenger-x1-skis-with-bindings-kids-20102011

 

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).

 

http://www.levelninesports.com/Head-Nice-One-Junior-Skis

 

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!

 

Welcome to epic,

 

There's many sub forums here that can address you concerns and doing a few searches here will keep you busy for quite some time. 

 

Which ever ski you get, lean towards too short while they are still learning.  To the chin should be fine. 

 

As far as adjusting the bindings, more than likely that is going to be needed to fit the boot.  if you are buying used, you should have the ski shop that remounts them do a safety check on them too.  I think this is part of the remounting but I'm not sure.  Shouldn't be that much money if it isn't.

 

When buying boots for kids so young/small, you want to have some room in the toe box so they can wiggle their toes freely and possibly have room for a toe warmer pack.  The cuff should be snug.  At this age, perfectly fitting boots isn't as important as keeping the feet warm and kids happy.  Don't go crazy big either.  My opinion. 

 

I would GUESS her binding release setting to be less than 1, so that range should be fine.

 

Wouldn't hurt to find another family or two that's going through the same thing so the kids can trade gear year to year.

 

I've been saving all my daughters gear for my grandson.  Fortunately, my daughter never liked girly looking stuff so he'll be fine.  You might want to consider your son when making purchases for you daughter if he's going to inherit it.

 

Ken


 

 

 

post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thank you very much Ken,  this makes sense. I did look up a lot of old threads before posting, actually it was still a bit confusing, so I wanted to confirm that I understand things right.

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Chin length is great.  As for boot size, 15.5 is the smallest size made, so that's what you've got.  I have had good luck with both the Rossi and Head junior skis.  I like the extra width of the Rossi, as my kids (7 and 4) prefer the woods and it keeps them afloat.  Of course, my 7yo prefers her "powder skis" whenever there is more than an inch of new snow.  To make her "powder skis" I took some old Dynastar Twins skiblades (100cm long, 100mm underfoot), pulled the skiblade bindings on, mounted her Rossi Comp J alpine bindings well aft of center, bent the brakes to fit the width and voila, tiny tyke powder boards.  They have a fair bit of sidecut too, so she really rips on them.  She has been using them for two seasons... Last year was awesome with her bouncing down through 2 ft of snow like a skipping stone on a pond.

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