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.
Edited by canadianskier - 9/19/11 at 2:14pm