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All Mountain ski suggestions for an aggressive but light 14 year old racer?

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I would appreciate help with thinking through ski choices for my son.  He is 14, weighs about 120 and is 5’10”.  He has been skiing since age 2, and is a second year K2 racer.  He is an aggressive skier who likes airtime, speed, jumping off cliffs, etc (which “ages” his coaches and parents when we watch) when free skiing.  He doesn’t ski switch much, but lands backwards at times.  I thought he would stay in his last years 178 Gotamas, but I just inspected the skis and other than being beat up and having several core shots (mostly centre and fixable or ignorable), the skis are partially delaminating, so I doubt they will last much longer, although a little epoxy does wonders.  We live in the Canadian Rockies and spend most of our time at Louise and Sunshine, but also ski the BC interior, so will have a variety of snow conditions.  His coaches want him to have more of a traditional ski and suggested that he avoid skis such as JJs.  I take their meaning to be that they would prefer that he avoid massive rockers and non-traditional shapes, since he will use these skis for technical free skiing when not hucking cliffs. This will have to be a one quiver ski, other than his race skis.  He is not sure of what he wants.

 

I’m considering skis such as the Armada TST, Nordica Enforcer, Blizzard Bonafide, Kastle BMX 98 or 108, but leaning more toward something in the 90s rather than 100s.  Our usual ski shop person suggested the Rossi Experience 98, but frankly the graphics of that ski are not good for a 14 year old.  I’m also not sure about length when considering both his aggressiveness and low weight.  Thinking about the same length as the Goats, or a little longer if the TSTs.

 

Thoughts? 


Edited by canadianskier - 9/19/11 at 2:14pm
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I'm in a similar boat with a 14 y.o. racer. I agree that you don't want to go too wide -- if he's spending a lot of time on the race course, a wider ski, which will force him to surf rather than carve, will probably feel a little too foreign. My son skis a 4frnt MSP (it's a couple of years old, and I think the width is 87mm) and also has some Liberty Phil Laroses (width=83mm) mounted with touring bindings. I rented him some 100mm+ skis last year on a trip, and while he liked them in the ankle-high powder we had, he got frustrated with them on the groomed trails leading back to the lift.  I think he just loves to carve and the wide skis require a different movement and mindset. I haven't skied any of the models you mention but I think most hard-charging kids will do fine on practically anything as long as the dimensions are in the right range.

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Thanks Jekyll,

 

My boy is used to a fatter ski (Goat is 106) and he had a short S3 a few years back.  Part of my issue is that we get such widely varying advice from shops - e.g. sugestion on the TST length --- had suggests from 174 to 192 (183 seems more like it).

 

 

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180+ seems a little long to me given that he only weighs 120. I would say that a little shorter is better, esp if he is going with a wider ski. And for god's sake feed him a few cheeseburgers! smile.gif

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You have a 14 year old - they are bottom-less when it comes to food!

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