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Ski recommendation for 6 year old? [Tahoe]

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi. I would like to get some advice on what skis to get for my son next season to possibly pick something up on sale as the season ends this year.

He will be 6 years old next season. He is currently a level 6 on the 9 level scale used by Vail resorts (we ski in Tahoe). He can go down most black groomed runs in control and he is inconsistently activating the edge.

Over the past two seasons I had been using the junior trade in program at the local ski shop. It was a great deal - for about $100 a season he trades in his old equipment to gets new (to him) boots, skis, and bindings. It had worked fine so far but with his progress I am starting to think whether I should get him better junior skis instead of whatever was available in the trade in program.

So my questions are the following.
1) For a 6 year old and relatively advanced (I think) skier, do skis matter or any generic ski will do at their age / development level?
2) How do I pick junior skis? Any recommendations? I want the skis to reinforce the skills that he needs to develop. For my own adult skis I have a 3 ski quiver for different conditions - i.e. I can ski with skinny skis in powder but why do it when I can have more fun with 115 under foot. But with my son I want him to build his fundamentals. Are there any junior skis that are particularly suited for that?
3) When I pick my skis, I considered length, sidecut shape, rocker/camber etc, width under foot. Do these matter for junior skis?

Thanks!
post #2 of 8
Do a seaon rental from a local ski shop, shops back here in the East do that for kids that age. They grow to fast to buy skis for them.

Tahoe...there must be someone from a shop in that area on here that can help you out...anyone seen Phil lately...?
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I currently do use a seasonal program but the ski shop is a chain that has entry level skis for kids. I am wondering if ski selection makes a difference at 6 years old and whether its worth getting better skis. Maybe it's time to find a better ski shop...
post #4 of 8

Oh boy! Time to get out the beer and chips.

post #5 of 8

What you get, assuming you do, is going to depend a great deal on what kind of skiing he does.  If he's in a race development program, then you would probably want junior race skis and should probably talk to the coach.  If he is as good as you say and not in a race program, he should be, unless he's tried it and hated it.  If he isn't racing for whatever reason, there's a flock of kids' skis on Skis.com:

http://www.skis.com/skis/100,default,sc.html?prefn1=Inv_Gender&prefv1=Boys%7cGirls&prefn2=Inv_SkillRange&prefv2=Adv%2e%20Intermediate%7cAdvanced  

 

But my experience with our son was that the particular ski didn't really matter too much when he was that age and he was in a race development program until he was about 8 or 9 and then quit.

post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by Galun View Post

Thanks. I currently do use a seasonal program but the ski shop is a chain that has entry level skis for kids. I am wondering if ski selection makes a difference at 6 years old and whether its worth getting better skis. Maybe it's time to find a better ski shop...

 

What will the new ski's let your son do that he isn't doing now?

 

Is he looking for: more float, better stability at speed, more edge grip, twin tip, etc...?

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the advice!

He is not in a race program. Right now he loves skiing and wants to go every weekend. I was worried that if I put him into a race program he might think of it as work. I really just wanted skiing to be fun family time and an outdoor sport that we can enjoy together. He will likely join the all mountain development program at our home mountain next year.

As for what his skis can't do now... He has trouble in powder and I am not sure if it is technique or equipment. Tahoe had no real powder until this weekend, and my son really started getting serious this season, so this weekend was his first exposure to deep powder. Also he is starting to activate the edge and I am wondering if better equipment (side cut?) can help him? Or maybe I should let him learn on generic equipment to build a solid foundation? Anyways, this all came up because it's season end and stuff is on sale.
post #8 of 8
Its hard to justify buying him boots that fit like ours do each year. But talk with him and see how the boots feel and how much slop he has in them. Does his toe just touch the front of the boot ? How much up/down movement in the toes, what about his heel....

I haven't been into kids skis for a long time. I do see Jr skis out there like the Jr Gotama. So they must be others too.


PM some of the shop guy's on here and ask them.

dawgcatcher, philpug, etc.
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