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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi All.

I'm looking to pick up some end of season skis for my daughter.  She just turned 13 and is ~5'1" and 115lbs.  She is an intermediate skiier who has no desire to go fast or push the limits.  She likes to be in control and skis on piste and in the small trails in the trees.  Skis 5-10 times a year at small hills in quebec and usually one trip a year to a bigger hill.  She is just looking to have fun and currently skis on ~125cm Head Lemon Lime kids skis (for the last 3 years).  So we are looking to make the transition into some longer skis that are easy to turn, forgiving and have some decent edge grip.  Thanks in advance for any recommendations.  

post #2 of 11

Take a look at something like the Fischer KOA 75 145ish in length. Some fairly decent deals around on those.  Probably doesn't need anything much wider with what she likes to ski.  Here's an example.  They will be 20% off the price listed.

 

http://www.the-house.com/8945fik75mvmpb13zz-fischer-ski-packages.html?cagpspn=pla&gclid=CODh69SQpr0CFSISMwodvSgAZQ

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the recommendation.

 

I notice that these are 'kids/youth' skis.  Do you know if the construction is the same as the women's version of the KOA 75?  I have read good reviews of the KOAs but it is always the women's version they are reviewing.  thanks again.

post #4 of 11

She can definitely use an upgrade, especially in length. At 13yo, she is probably better off with jrs, but junior selections is typically limited and little info can be found. If women's (which will give her many more choices), definitely go with something a bit softer for her age, interest and skill level, even though her weight is borderline jr/adult.

Amongst many, something like these adult version would work in 147cm. Per the description, they are virtually identical.
http://www.untracked.com/p5244c50b88-13_line_shadow_womens_skis_w_sl_100_bindings.html

http://www.untracked.com/p4924c50b88-14_line_celebrity_womens_skis.html

post #5 of 11

Because of limited selection, we see a lot of kids going to softer adult skis at this stage of skiing.  

 

A few companies that are making some really good kids skis that she may like are, 

K2, Armada, Atomic, 

 

 

The one we sell girls most, and is very well received is the K2 Empress 

http://k2skis.com/skis/womens/empress

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by gvsbdisco View Post
 

Thanks for the recommendation.

 

I notice that these are 'kids/youth' skis.  Do you know if the construction is the same as the women's version of the KOA 75?  I have read good reviews of the KOAs but it is always the women's version they are reviewing.  thanks again.

 

It's the same ski

 

ETA:  My wife is the same size as your daughter just a few pounds lighter (5'0" 105 lbs).  She's an intermediate skier skiing pretty much the same conditions and terrain and she has been really pleased with the KOA 75.  Its an easy turner, doesn't punish her for technique flaws and she's actually improved her skiing a fair amount on them.  She is not an aggressive skier so the ski is plenty stable for her.  That's why I recommended it.

 

With that, I'd defer to Treckchick as she certainly knows her stuff.


Edited by cmr40 - 3/22/14 at 8:07am
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

thanks trekchick

 

i notice the empress is usually sold without a binding.  Which binding would be a good choice to pair with that particular ski?

 

thanks again.

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by gvsbdisco View Post
 

thanks trekchick

 

i notice the empress is usually sold without a binding.  Which binding would be a good choice to pair with that particular ski?

 

thanks again.

 

Assuming that she's in an a boot with an adult lug...Look for something like this. 

Head Peak 11

Rossi axium 100

post #9 of 11

Last year I got my daughter (about the same age/size/ability) skis and bindings. Dynastar Course 150's (youth ski) and a set of Roxy Abracadabra N7's  a similar setup to these:

 

http://www.levelninesports.com/Rossignol-2014-Roc-Junior-Skis-Wxelium-70-Bindings

 

In my case to different suppliers.  The ski and binding are basically the same with different branding.  (My thought on the adjustable binding was that should her foot grow the binding can adjust with it and at a 7DIN top end, should easily cover her needs, as 7 is near the bottom of my DIN setting range).

 

Good enough to take her to the next level and for next few years (unless there is massive growth or development) without breaking the bank.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thank you everyone who has contributed to this thread.  I am getting closer to pulling the trigger.  I did stumble on a ridiculously good deal at a local store on last years' Rossignol Temptation 82s in a good length for my daughter.  Any comments on whether this would be too much ski for her....I know it has a wood core but the salesperson didn't think it would be a problem for her to initiate turns.  Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

post #11 of 11
What did you end up buying? I'm pretty close to the same situation.
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