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I could use some help with junior SL race skis.  I have two first year racers - age 9-10 (girl) and 8 (boy) over the winter.  Both have been free skiing with me for 5 years.  Each kid skis 30+ days a year and can handle pretty much anything on the mountain and both tend to ski fast.  The girl's technique is OK to OK+- rides in the backseat too much which I think will be corrected this year with a softer flex boot and real instruction that is not me!  The boy has pretty good technique with good edges and forward pressure. Based on observation, the girl is probably in the top 40% of skiers her age and the boy top 15% - free skiing, not racing - just based on years of skiing with them. Based on the new age grouping, both will be J6s this year.  Here are the specs:

 

Girl - 69 lbs, measures 127cm to the nose without shoes.

Boy - 70 lbs, measures 125 cm to the nose without shoes.

 

I have skied all my life but I am very confused with the options.  My guess is that I need a softer race ski for the girl, and a medium stiff ski for the boy.  I am not worried as much as buying too soft, as too stiff.  I am also not worried about getting the best gear - just the right gear that they can learn proper technique, turn and have fun.  I would be super grateful for some adivce on specific brands/models.  I have been looking at the following:

 

Atomic Race 10/12

Atomic Race SL - looks to be WAY to much ski for my guys

Rossi Radical Pro

Volkl Race Tiger

Fischer RC4

 

Volkl, Atomic and Rossi seem to be the most popular in my area.  We ski in New Hampshire - its cold and icy.

 

Thanks in advance for any parents/coaches etc. that can offer some help!!!!!

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 4

If they're starting out racing, their coach could probably help out and depending on the schedule, they might even be doing a "fit day".  I think Crotched just did theirs this weekend.  I can't recommend a ski but I can tell you what I tend to see with the younger racers - Fischer.  Could be a "mountain" thing as a few of the coaches are on them, but when the 5's and 6's would come through NASTAR, better than 75% would be on fischer.  It could be that there coaches were on fischer so the parents just followed suit.

 

Even if you miss fit day, you should be able to ask the coach or head coach what most of the kids are on and they usually know which ones are softer/stiffer.

 

I've heard that the Elan Jr and Dynastar JR are softer and I think the Rossi's are in the same boat (don't quote me though).  If you get the right size race ski, I think you'll be OK.  Getting them an actual race ski will get them in a better quality ski and many say the hold an edge better.  Skiing in NH every weekend means they will hit ice now and again and will appreciate it.

 

Other thoughts is that kids like to fit in so as long as they show up with skis that don't make them stick out for the wrong reason (i.e. the boy on Barbie Skis for race training), they'll have fun and want to go.

 

You should also be targeting mid season for ability.  Once they start getting training, they will start skiing better and when they do, they will appreciate the better ski.  When I went through this with my daughter (J4), she got her first real race skis (fischer sl & GS) and loves the SL.  She even skis them when out with her friends.  Though she was 14, she's a peanut and only weighed about 80#.

 

Where are they going to be training?

 

Have fun,

Ken

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Fischer & Rossignol have dual discipline jr race ski that is a great one to start out with. Just an FYI..unlike adult race skis Most junior race skis do not come race ready out of the plastic. Have the bases ground & edges trued up before taking them out on the hill. Lots of waxing to get bases ready.

Atomic jr skis great, but more stiff. I have seen some Dynastar's on the hill lately. They have a wood core jr ski dual discipline.

As for length, I would go with one almost as tall as they are. It's best to run it by their coach first.
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Originally Posted by superflyracer View Post

Fischer & Rossignol have dual discipline jr race ski that is a great one to start out with. Just an FYI..unlike adult race skis Most junior race skis do not come race ready out of the plastic. Have the bases ground & edges trued up before taking them out on the hill. Lots of waxing to get bases ready.

Atomic jr skis great, but more stiff. I have seen some Dynastar's on the hill lately. They have a wood core jr ski dual discipline.

As for length, I would go with one almost as tall as they are. It's best to run it by their coach first.

We suggest a proper tune for ALL race skis...in fact all skis in general. 

 

Head makes a very good combo race ski that comes without a plate, good for lighter skiers. 

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