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powder skis for my daughter

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I'm looking for some off piste skis for my daughter. 

 

She is 10.5 years old, 4' 11'', 98 lbs and has been skiing for the last 4 years.  She has put up a lot of miles on groomers - her skill level is a high intermediate - and races on a ski team.

 

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 12

Surface Next Life is a pretty cool small person powder ski.

post #3 of 12

My 10 y/o loves her Volkl Gotama Jr.s.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

The Next Life comes in 145cm and 160cm.  Do you have an opinion as to whether my daughter will be able to handle the 160's?  I'm concerned that the 145's will be too small for this season, let alone next season.

post #5 of 12

In the same boat. My daughter has 148 Gotama Jr's. Not sure I'd call them powder skis as they are kinda narrow relatively speaking.

Not sure she can bend a 158 adult mid fat at 95 lbs though. Would love to hear more suggestions.

post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by sCrewz View Post

In the same boat. My daughter has 148 Gotama Jr's. Not sure I'd call them powder skis as they are kinda narrow relatively speaking.

Not sure she can bend a 158 adult mid fat at 95 lbs though. Would love to hear more suggestions.



At their weight isn't an 80mm ski relatively wide?  It might be like a 110+ under a grown man.

 

 

post #7 of 12

Kids are pretty adaptable and, in reality, can ski most anything on whatever (like the old days :-) ).

And I asked if she'd like some powder skis, I got an emphatic no as she loves her Gotama's, I suspect

for style reasons. My 125 lb wife is on 168 112's and loves em for powder apps. I'm thinking of getting my daughter

to go cat skiing (if it starts dumping soon), so was thinking about skis.

Was just looking at Line Sir Francis Bacon shorties in 155 and the Next Life in 160 because of this thread.

 

 

post #8 of 12

She won't have any trouble with the smaller Next Lifes. And could maybe handle the 160s. Remember it is rockered and twin tipped. Actual running length will be pretty short. How long are her longest race skis?

 

Gotamas will be great too. At around that size/age I got my son some Rossi Scratch BCs (90 underfoot) that served him really well as both a pow and all-around ski for a couple seasons. And I believe The Dad's kids are still riding them once in a while.

post #9 of 12

You didn't say where you ski. That could be important here. Maritime and continental snowpack are vastly different.

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At their weight isn't an 80mm ski relatively wide?  It might be like a 110+ under a grown man.


Yes.  I did the math several years back in a post on TGR.  At kid weights, geometry — specifically, camber shape — and stiffness are a lot more important than width.

 

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Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post

Gotamas will be great too. At around that size/age I got my son some Rossi Scratch BCs (90 underfoot) that served him really well as both a pow and all-around ski for a couple seasons. And I believe The Dad's kids are still riding them once in a while.


They are indeed, in a 150.  It'll be my 5'2" 90-pounder's powder ski this season, and a buddy's dad just got the current incarnation -- the S7 Pro -- for a similarly sized kid.  I strongly recommend, and at under $300 on Evo.com, they're a solid value.  (Last weekend, they'd have been more like $230, but hey.)  Slap a pair of these on them and go to town.

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

First, thanks to all of you for your comments and recommendations.

 

We are Seattle, WA and are skiing in the heavy, wet snow of the western side of the Cascade mountains.

post #11 of 12

The K2 Bad Apple Junior or the Volkl Shiro Junior would both be options a little bit wider underfoot.

post #12 of 12
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We are Seattle, WA and are skiing in the heavy, wet snow of the western side of the Cascade mountains.


She'll be fine on something 80-90 under foot.  Not that wider would hurt, but it wouldn't gain you much either.  Look for either a bit of rocker or a softer ski.

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