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Race ski for 15 yr old daughter just starting racing

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What is main difference between a junior race ski and an adult race ski?  I am looking at Atomic D2 GS and not sure to get jr or regular adult.  My daughter is 15 yr old and an excellent skier but just starting to race for her HS team.  

 

Thanks much. 

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Originally Posted by Glaj View Post

What is main difference between a junior race ski and an adult race ski?  I am looking at Atomic D2 GS and not sure to get jr or regular adult.  My daughter is 15 yr old and an excellent skier but just starting to race for her HS team.  

 

Thanks much. 



first is she really an excellent skier?  this is average skiing at that level.

 

 

 

we need to know if how much weighs/ how tall she is and also what hill. also what are the rules for the league? 

post #3 of 10

Length, flex, and turn radius

 

Jr skis are generally shorter and softer flexing to reflect the age/size of the kids that are using them. Most kids - sweeping generalization - move from Jr skis to adult skis around 14 (2nd year J3/K2) depending on size and skill.

 

I am not sure how serious the HS racing is, but I would hazard a guess that she would do just fine on an adult non-FIS GS ski. The next step up is a full-on race ski, refered to as a FIS or race stock ski.

 

For a point of reference, my 14 yr old boy at 5'11", 130lbs races competitive club K2 (J3 in the US) on "ladies-legal" FIS race skis, 155cm SL and 182cm GS.

post #4 of 10

What is her coach's opinion on gear?

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Thanks. She is 5' 5" and 130lbs.  She is an excellent skier but is new to racing. The course is a 30 second run and tends to be icy as races at night.  She is on a pair of used 165cm Nordica Doberman jr sl but the edges are shot and she needs new pair.  Are non fis skis cheaper or more expensive?  Are the atomic d2 skis considered good quality? 

 

Thanks again and sorry for newbie questions as new to racing scene.

post #6 of 10

You need to tell us the rules that apply in her league.

 

Are you in the US?

post #7 of 10

If it's a HS team they probably don't enforce regulations except for the skiers placing at sectionals/states.  If she's just starting racing she probably doesn't need a full on WC type adult ski IF you're buying two ski.  If you're not buying her a GS and SL ski, your best bet is to get another 165 SL ski with like a 13 radius or so.  If you are buying her a GS and SL ski go for like a 155 SL and 170-ish GS ski.  
 

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You need to tell us the rules that apply in her league.

 

Are you in the US?



 

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Yes in US.  I believe they. Follow fis jr rules.

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Yes in US.  I believe they. Follow fis jr rules.


It would be important to see if the follow the FIS rules or not because if they do, then you haven't much choice than to get FIS skis unless there are FIS-compliant (min length and turn radius) non-FIS skis. Ladies FIS rules mean a 155SL and a 182GS - not sure the min radii though.

 

 

 

 

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