My daughter just turned 5, and I'm pondering her equipment for this season (because I am a dork, I will over think this).
She is about 35lbs, and skied a bit last year, 6 sessions of "hot cocco club" at the local hill, about 2hr each. She was a bit timid physically last year (not just skiing), but is more aggressive this year. Not aggressive, mind you, just MORE aggressive physically than last year. She is a very good listener, and was trying very hard to carve her skis last year (class was trying to teach kids to carve and skip the whole wedge thing, had some success to from what I could tell with the more physically advanced kids). It was fun watching her think hard about edging her skis, although she did get a bit frustrated at times. I think this year she might do pretty well.
Last year she was on 80's (which I still have). I also have a pair of 90's that a friend gave us. Both are 5m sidecut skis. I was thinking of putting her on the 90's, as those go to the bottom of her chin, but now I'm thinking perhaps it would be better to just use the 80's one more year (obviously, about 10cm below chin) given her beginner status. Any comments?
As far as boots, I got her some brand new Technica RJ Supers at the local swap. I'm fairly comfortable with the sizing (18.0, she could perhaps go down to a 17.5), but worried about the flex (internet search says 45). Now I'm concerned that perhaps I should search for a softer boot (like, the softest I can find, given her petite build). I don't even know how the Technicas compare to other kids boots (anybody know?), but I have the feeling they aren't the softest. Perhaps I should try and see if the dalbello girls model would flex better... The Full Tilts sound great, but I'm weary of spending that much money this year... if she does well and enjoys it then next year perhaps.
Any insights would be appreciated.