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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.

bud

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 Hi Budmc,

  Have you considered the Rossi fun girl ski? it comes in 120cm or 130cm, my OH's 9yr old has the 120cm, like your daughter she is quite slim. Whilst this ski is described as novice to intermediate with the lighter weight of our girly it was the better "fit" as she just didn't have the power for anything stiffer. 120cm is 10 cm longer than we were looking for but because it is easier to flex than other skis in this range she really enjoys it, she's not fussed on moguls but loves the trees and freshies.

 It's 108.67.94 gives her plenty of float, maybe because it is that tiny bit longer than generally suggested for a little girl of her weight.

 

 The other ski we were going to try her on was the Head mya no1 but the shorter lengths were out of stock at the time.

 I don't know much about the other ski's you mention (except from an adult POV) the girls skis available in the next catagory up (int-adv) were all going to need more power than she could generate and we want her to have fun! We figure even if she only gets a season on them we will probably get 50% back on ebay. Kids grow and progress so fast we kind of figure most things will only last 1 season.(her last pair of gloves barely lasted one day!-she dropped one on the bus!)

 

 Does anywhere near you do demo's for kiddies? Ski clubs where you pay for boot and skis then upgrade yearly? Don't forget if your booking a block of lessons that some places throw in equipment hire for the day.

 Have fun, I wish I had started skiing at your daughters age!

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Welcome to EpicSki!  

 

Have you noticed this thread?

http://www.epicski.com/t/114780/great-way-to-purchase-kids-skis-and-boots

 

My daughter was a peanut and at 12 is still petite.  Starting skiing at 4.  She had some used Roxy skis that aren't made any more.  Now she is on 140cm Rossi Fun Girls and enjoys them.  I did a season lease before buying used equipment.  Gave me time to learn more about swaps and buying good used stuff.  I took her to a local boot fitter when she was 10 during the spring sales.  He found us a good boot that she could use for a couple seasons, perhaps even a third.

 

While my daughter is not particularly aggressive in her skiing, she is not nervous either.  I always bought skis that were long, as in forehead height.  She could always handle them fine.  That way, she could use them for two seasons.

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My daughter is a smidge over 4' and weighs less than 45 lbs.  I'll have her on 110cm Blizzard Viva Jr IQs.  Last year, she was on 100cm Roxy Sweethearts.  I think the Roxy's were less stiff.

 

It sounds like your daughter should be on 120cm or less.  Personally, I don't see much advantage to longer skis for little recreational skiers.  Also, I try to avoid rocker on the theory that they'll learn how to ski better if they can't cheat.  At this age, they learn by what works, not what they're told.

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Our daughter is 7 yrs old, 50" tall, and 60#.  This is her 5th winter skiing, and she prefers skiing trees, deeper snow, and the park -- she'll "tolerate" groomers if that's what the conditions give us, but they are not her favorite.  We've been doing season long rentals for the last 4 yrs, and for what it's worth have got her on the Fischer "Muse" in a 121 length this year.  I actually think most of the above it moot however, because if your daughter is anything like ours (and her cohorts in her ski school) my advice would be to chuck any notion of choosing a ski based on subtle differences in performance (aside from getting something way too wide or too rockered that requires her to change technique) and get her the skis that she thinks are the "cutest" .  When our daughter talks about skis in the previous years, she never talks about one set of skis being too stiff, or another being too hard to turn, etc..., it's all about which years she had cute skis, and which years she didn't.  Same story for when she's in the ski school gathering area with the other kids -- the girls are excited when they've got cute skis, and bummed if they are on ugly (or boy colored) skis.  Probably not the type of answer you were looking for here, but I think at this age it's all about having fun, and the cute factor stands out a lot more in their minds than any particular performance traits.  (Expect extra points if her skis happen to match her ski pants,...)  

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Also get bonus points if you can score used skis that have matching poles.  I lucked out and saw an EpicSki sale post at just the right time.  I hear the graphics can matter even more for a teen girl.  wink.gif

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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.

bud

Lucky for you there are some really nice skis out there for kids who are their parents best ski buddies.

Looking at the skis you're thinking about, I'm betting you're looking more into the freeski dept than the carving dept.

 

The ones you have posted are nice options.  Let me add another one to the mix with the Atomic Century Jr, which offers several steps in the growth process. 

http://www.epicski.com/products/2013-atomic-century-jr-iii

http://www.epicski.com/products/2013-atomic-centruy-jr-ii

 

The Century Jr II comes in a 120, which is great for her size now.  This is a ski with shape, so she can carve pretty well but its got enough width to off trail. 

I'll do some tagging of the skis discussed here so you can take a look at the product information and compare. 

Tags are located on the right side of the page near your OP. 

They look like this. 

 

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