This is triggered by the ski valet in whistler having lost my daughters skis at the end of our week there (yesterday). Far as I can tell they handed them out to someone else who wasn't paying attention (All 4 of us turned our skis in together friday eve, only hers were missing sat am). If they don't find and ship them soon, they have agreed to pay for them (won't be much - they were season rentals - checked with the local shop and replacement cost is $175 + tax). They were standard kids rental rossi's in 110cm. For mostly financial reasons if they wind up sending me the money, I was thinking of just buying her skis IF I think she could get at least 2 years out of them.
Today we went back up to the local hill for her multiweek lesson, and had to get her a pair of skis at the on-mountain shop. I decided to see how she would do on longer ski's, and got her some 117's (standard rental kids heads). I told the instructor at the multiweek about what had happened, and asked him to keep an eye out for how she did with the new skis - he thought she did great, no problems.
The 110's come about to just below her nose, the 117's are at the top of the eye. She is 7 yr 3 mo, 4'4", approximately 65 pounds and strongly built. Likes speed and is pretty fearless, seems to be advancing pretty rapidly (kids that age are sponges), this is her 3rd season and she gets about 15 days/year. As far as level - instead of me guessing, I will post her recent "report card" and a couple of low speed, end of the day pulling into the ski school pics.
I am pretty sure a length around 117 would be fine (maybe slightly longer), think she would like twin tip (she has learned switch this year and is sooooo proud to show it off). I really don't know if there would be enough of a difference at her level to justify an extra $100-150 for "better" kids skis. She is pulling hard for the skis to be lost, so that she can get some skis with "girly" graphics. If they don't find them in time for next sunday's multiweek - she just may get her wish. The local shop only has 80's and 130's left for season rental.
/EDIT: I am researching here and elsewhere, but given the potentially short time frame thought it was worth asking for advice. From what I've read so far, looks like the length is about right, and at her level (not racing) does not appear to be dramatic differences among skis...will probably wind up with the "pretty" ones.
Edited by Alveolus - 1/29/12 at 5:52pm