They have their own sets of skis and boots and having skied this long, both girls know the general drill about ski boot fit and all that jazz. They have gone through about 12 boots between the two of them - primarily because of having to change ski boot sizes almost every 15 or so months. So far the change of boots that they have used in the past three or four years have been okay. Comfortable but snug, and more importantly - made them ski pretty well with full control of the skis - which they own (another story).
The 15 YO is about 5'6" and weighs about 125 lbs and her growth spurt has pretty much stabilized. Her feet grew but only by a 0.25 inch this year from last and she can still fit into her 25.5 Salomon Idols. She is pretty content with these boots - which are the same model boots as my wife but a size bigger. (My wife uses a size 24.5) The 15 YO has totally normal shaped feet.
Now the 12 YO is the challenge.
She is about 5'3 and weighs only 92 lbs. A really skinny kid. But her feet continues to grow by about 1cm every year! Her feet are now bigger than her sister and bigger than her mother's feet. Her Asics running shoes are a size 9.5. Last year she was using Salomon Divine boots in size 24.5 and now she can barely fit on them and her toes are all curled up. She tried her sisters boots (the 25.5 Idols) and likes them but she said her bunions hurt too much. This makes the situation more complicated. She has a skinny legs, ankles and heels but she has wide forefeet and her bunion have grown - a genetic curse that I passed on that I got from my parents and grandparents.
We went to a ski shop looking for a good but not too expensive boot but they did not have any kids boots to offer for her weight and size. They suggested that since she is still growing, we get her wide seasonal rental boots because she would just outgrow any boot we buy this year. My daughter would not hear of it and refused to get "rental boots". Even if we did, they were not willing to "punch" the rental boots to adjust for the bunions.
Would appreciate some advice on this matter as to which model would be appropriate to start her out on. She definitely needs a woman size boot (not for kids) but they have to be soft enough for her to flex and ski.
I am willing to invest in a good boot for her but they have to be able to fit a skinny growing and pretty good skier. The boots will also have to be punched for her bunions. But I don't want to spend $350 or more for boots that she will be using only for 15 days of skiing this season. Tomorrow she will try out some Atomic Live Fit 90 or 80 so see if the live fit feature on those boots would alleviate the bunion pain.
Thanks for the feedback.