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"All Mountain" Ski for a Junior Racer -- Need Some Help

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

I've got 3 little racers, ages 10, 10 and 12, skiing mostly New England hardpack when not training.  However their race skis are pretty lousy on powder and slush days, and we are planning annual trips to Colorado.  So I was hoping to get some advice for 3 strong skiers in the 65-75 pound range who know how to carve the hardpack but are looking to conquer moguls, powder, woods etc… 

 

I've heard Volkl Gotamas would be a good choice, but the rocker/lack of camber concerned me a bit.  I've got FX94s for this purpose and was wondering if a similar high quality all-arounder existed for kids.  Especially lighter weight kids.  (Thinking 135-140 cm.)

 

I did a search and very little comes up for junior ski reviews, here or anywhere on the internet.

 

Thanks!

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I would take a real good look at the Rossignol S7 Pro it could be exactly what you're looking for.  The Armada Tantrum and Volkl Shiro Jr. are both great skis for kids on the higher end of the ability scale but they are geared a little more toward being powder skis.  I think the S7 Pro could be exactly what you're looking for.  Also, Rossi makes a girls version called the Sassy 7 and for some reason it always cost most than the indentical boys S7 Pro so unless girl graphics are a must, save yourself some money and get the boy version.  Sassy 7 or S7 Pro, same exact skis, just different graphics and different price.

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Here's a thread I started on that subject last year. http://www.epicski.com/t/119444/modern-powder-shapes-profiles-for-kids-and-kid-sized-adults

 

A lot of the racer kids here are on Mini-Goats or on Shiros. The Factions are working out great for us. Nordica has a mini-Capo coming out for next year.

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies.  That thread last year didn't come up on the search engine here, but honestly only a few suggestions pop up in that thread anyhow.  Leaning towards last year's Goats since they are thinner (80 vs 86) and have more camber, both of which will help kids used to racing skis.  Around here I've also seen racing kids skiing Gotamas on powder days.

post #5 of 6
Not sure of the kids' gender, but I would look at some of the smaller women's skis, if the graphics are tolerable. Example: Dynastar Cham 87 152cm.
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I coach a bunch of kids who ski on the jr. Gotamas. Another popular ski is the K2 Bad Seed (cambered) no issues. Be careful with the S7 jr... It's a stiff little ski. If they weigh enough to bend it, great! Others..., Head Ethan 2 (cambered) The jr Shiro also has a fairly stiff forebody around and just forward of the binding toe piece. It will work better for a heavier junior... Lighter kids would be better off on the Gotama if youre going the Volkl route IMHO.
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