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Originally Posted by Tog View Post

What do you mean by the comment about the tail?
Many, many, many kids skis are mounted too far back. Makes it easier to wedge and push the tails out. Also contributes to having them in the back seat. Moving bindings forward can make a big difference in controlling the tips of the ski.
I'd say all the skis above in your photo look good though.

You guys already talked this out smile.gif I just mean that putting kids on skis derivative of the Volkl AC line vs. putting them on skis derivative of say the Rocker2 line...what is the value of a carving design for a young all mountain skier in western conditions? How about that narrow waist? Ignoring the east coast ice argument, if a western skier is going to gravitate to a mid-fat daily driver as an adult, how much value is there in being on such a platform early on and sticking with it?

My sample population is limited to my kids. So take it for what it is worth. The younger kids on the mid-fat twin tips (ages 9 and 10) are having way less falls, have improved parallel technique markedly, are skiing pitch and crud more offensively, and their talk has shifted from "remember when I fell on...." to "oh, that was the day it was snowing so much that was so awesome".

The point is that wanting a twin tip without understanding the point of a twin tip doesn't doom kids to bad technique (and could have an opposite effect), but it may encourage them to ski with adults like adults in conditions that are not 'favorable' on terrain the adults really enjoy. It matters not much if that happens and they choose to plank sled on crappy days when they are buying their own skis, does it?

Shops don't need to fix that, the unhelpful creak of wisdom will do just fine on its own.