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
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!!!!!