OK, the Earth really is shifting. Several extremely well respected, innovative small U.S.A ski companies are diving into kids skis in a way that should interest anyone who thinks a high quality ski makes skiing more enjoyable.
Junior MVP - 120cm, 130cm : $399 usd
Le Petite - 143cm, 153cm, 163cm : $599 usd
$200-$300 ($475 for the Chunk) when an adult ski is purchased at $850.
Caleb Weinberg at ROMP has a new program this year - Kid skis start at $200-$300 usd ($475 for the Chunk powder ski) if you buy one pair of their customized skis (starting at $850 usd). Here's the icing on the cake....you can customize the kid skis with flex, rocker and high tech materials such as carbon fiber or the new exotic Countervail vibration dampening carbon composite (used by Bianchi bicycles and Wagner Custom Skis). Personally, I am intrigued by the ability to get kids into a high-quality, handmade ski customized with just the right rocker, flex and behavior for $200-$300, just by buying my own customized ski from the same builder.
Oh...and they can pick from more than 50 graphic topsheet designs!
This should shake up the way people think about the standard PU-injected, cap ski so many kids spend so much time on before they are old enough for a more well-made ski. Not that the lightweight, PU cap ski is terrible, but many of the junior skiers we see running around the mountain these days on those PU skis would RIP on a ski with a wider performance envelope and high-performance materials. Getting a population of these smaller, high-quality skis into the world also means the hand-me-downs will get really, really good...since most little skiers get one, maybe two seasons out of a ski before they outgrow it. Hmmmm....
We will hopefully be testing a pair of the 140cm kid skis early this season with real kids....so stay tuned!