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Ski recommendations (used) for my 13 year old.

post #1 of 7
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Hey all........Newbie on Epic here.....

 

Soooo my 13 year old son started skiing last year.....a few weekends up in VT.  He's obviously a freshy beginner, but solid.....no prob's on the blues and a few blacks, hockey stopping, yada yada.  For half the cost of a seasonal rental + deposit, I can pick him up a pair of 2 or 3 year old skis, and we own 'em......and he can pass along to my youngest son in a couple of years.

 

In this regard, can anyone recommend a good ski model from the past year or so that will allow him to finish his beginnings and also take him into the next level for the next couple of years?  Also, size rec's? ........ He's 5'5" (165cm) and growing ...... 135 - 140 Lbs) ...... do I satisfy the beginner need and size him to his chin or just below.....or nose........or head and allow him to grow into it (both physically and skill)?  We ski East Coast VT hard stuff.

 

Thanks much in advance!

post #2 of 7

Might look into the Blizzard Magnum Junior.  It uses IQ system bindings.  You'll want the ones that go to 7, not 4.5.  It's available in a 150cm length.

 

Level Nine Sports has a good deal on Atomic Race Jr. skis with bindings.

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks Xela......I'll check them out,  What's the deal with the IQ system?

post #4 of 7

Hi sailavg,

 

I too am looking for skis for my 13 year old and some recommended the Rossignol Experience 74 from levelnine sports for $209 incl bindings. If you buy 156cm should get 2 years out of them before you pass them down to your other child.

 

If you are interested here is the link.

 

http://www.levelninesports.com/Rossignol-2012-Experience-74-W-Adjustable-Binding

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Hey all........Newbie on Epic here.....

 

Soooo my 13 year old son started skiing last year.....a few weekends up in VT.  He's obviously a freshy beginner, but solid.....no prob's on the blues and a few blacks, hockey stopping, yada yada.  For half the cost of a seasonal rental + deposit, I can pick him up a pair of 2 or 3 year old skis, and we own 'em......and he can pass along to my youngest son in a couple of years.

 

In this regard, can anyone recommend a good ski model from the past year or so that will allow him to finish his beginnings and also take him into the next level for the next couple of years?  Also, size rec's? ........ He's 5'5" (165cm) and growing ...... 135 - 140 Lbs) ...... do I satisfy the beginner need and size him to his chin or just below.....or nose........or head and allow him to grow into it (both physically and skill)?  We ski East Coast VT hard stuff.

 

Thanks much in advance!

I don't know where you ski or what shop you go to - but for a 13 yr old new skier you should be be looking at a seasonal rental for both skis and boots.  Go to a shop close to your home mountain.  Hopefully they'll get your kid appropriate gear for his ability and size.   If he grows or has issues with the skis the shop will take care of you.  Remember - the  two or three year old skis you buy today will be 4 or 5 years old in a couple of years when you want to pass them along - they'll be better suited for the trash heap then your younger son.

post #6 of 7

The IQ system is just Blizzard's name for their adjustable rail system that holds the toe and heel pieces to the ski.  It allows the skis to be used with different boot lengths fairly easily, without drilling holes, etc.

 

Personally, I like the idea of buying skis and using them for multiple kids.  You've got the potential to pay less for skis that are better than rentals.  I don't think quality skis will be used up by the time they're passed down, unless your younger son is a racer or something.

 

Also my opinion: beware of deals on eBay unless you know exactly what you're buying and have detailed photos.  Often new-old-stock (NOS) and post-season clearance skis still in the plastic wrap are only slightly more expensive.

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the suggestions everyone ...... This site's forum is awesome!

 

I've chosen to go ahead and purchase the new Rossi e74R 's from Levelnine.  I've called Rossi and they said this ski is perfect for him and will get him easily to the next level in the next 2 years.  This is a brand new (leftover 2012) ski...........and for $216 delivered with mounted system bindings.......it's impossible to beat.......Average rental for one year with a deposit is $250 alone......so well worth it, and my younger son can take them over after the two years.  So we'll get 4-5 years out of 'em.  I did go with the system binding, because his foot's still growing, but it shouldn't be all that bad......he'd be skiing a system on rentals anyway........plus, he's a beginner and won't know the diff anyway!

 

Thanks all.......Happy Holidayz!
 


Edited by sailavg - 12/12/12 at 1:42pm
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