My daughter is racing as a J3 this year. She's raced a bit but never joined the team. She's on the small side for 14 y/o; 4'9" 77#. She'll be a J3 but is the size of a J4. My thoughts are to error on the size of too small for and SL ski and hopefully just right for a gs ski. She does OK in GS but has never raced in SL. Has done some SL training but that is it. She can get gold in NASTAR no problem.
The last two years she has been on Atomic Race 8 130 cm and they are way too small for her. In trying to keep the cost somewhat down, I've been searching for a deal on skis and am torn between Fischer and Atomic. Because of her weight, I would like to get her a softer ski and keep getting mixed reviews. The skis I'm looking at for her are:
Atomic Race 12
Fischer RC 4 WC
I know the race 12's are a cap ski but from what I understand, are built along the line of a more traditional race sandwich ski and are supposed to work well for Junior racing. My concern is that they will be too stiff for her. I've always heard that Fishcers are stiff but I'm being told that in the junior skis, the Atomics are stiffer than the Fischers.
Hoping one of the race parents/coaches/sellers can shed some light on this. I know the real answer is ask her coach but she doesn't have a coach yet.
I have asked the race coach/instructor that has worked with her for the last couple years (mostly free skiing) and her description of her is:
"I would consider Jordan to be an aggressive skier and likes a great deal of speed. It would probably be good for her to get on something that is pretty easy to turn and quick to respond. That way she can't just ride hard and bail out on the turns! I am not by any means critisizing Jordan's skiing ability. I think that she is a terrific skier and will be an asset to the race team, but I also see her as as a terrific freestyler. (You don't have to tell her I said that I said that last part if you don't want to!)"