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?