Tons of information, demo days, and lots of great skis out there for adults, but what is the best stuff for my daughter. Which btw is more important than my skis since she is the one learning to love the sport and gain cofidence on the mountain. Oh, and since I have the luxury of dreaming and asking this great site, I am probably over thinking this. But since I can't ski today I will prepare for it!
1. We ski a couple of small mountains in western NY mostly hard pack, but she does gravitate toward trees and jumps. Would rent when we go out west.
2. Hardpack, small glades. Nothing drastic yet she is still learning, but I could get her to play in some moguls.
3. Probably can get her out 25 days this year.
4. She has begun with her stem christies and likes to fly down the hill. I really need to get her some lessons and work on more technique now that she has gained some cofidence on easy greens and blues. Not incredibly athletic so whatever confidence fun factor we can buy with skiis would be a big win!
5. She is a skinny little thing so too advanced (stiff) of a ski may never flex for her at 4'5" and 53 lbs. Flexy and forgiving is what I think I want.
I have always used carving more traditional fronside skiis. Then I tried some s3's last year and thought that was a completely new skiing experience for me. I would love to find something that would bring out the fun factor like that. People say the gotama jrs are awesome but it seems like too much ski for her (and very powder specific). Nordics ace of spades look like fun but the ski shop guy said it was probably too much ski? Also the rossi sprayer pro looked like fun? The Volkl Pyra Jr. look awesome. Then I am wondering about wood skiis versus the cheaper versions? Maybe the synthetic cheaper versions are actually better for a beginner than sized down versions of adult skiis?
I guess the bottom line is I am very open to advice, but am nervous about buying whatever one of our small ski shop carries and or is looking to move. She is my inspiration to ski again, so her enjoyment makes all the difference. Thanks for all of your help in advance.