So we have a 14 year old who's interested in racing, enrolled in a racing program for several years, and does not yet own skis. He rents slalom skis for the season.
He wants to know what skis to buy and how long they should be. He doesn't yet know much about the different properties of skis that are built into their design.
His mountain has no exciting off-piste runs so he stays on the groomers. He skis bumps some. He gets 32-40 days on snow during the season.
His goal is to learn to carve slalom sized turns better on piste, and to better his times in the gates. He's focused on clean carving.
He's got $1,000 to spend. He lives in New Zealand.
@ZacDaMan72, at my mountain, which serves as home to some serious race training programs for people like you, the race kids ski around the mountain on their slalom race skis all of the time when free-skiing. They learn to use those slalom boards on everything because that's what they are always on. My guess is that if you want better slalom times, you buy slalom skis and ski them all the time. Build your skills on those skis.
Do you own your own boots yet? If no, let's talk about spending some of that $$ on boots and buying used slalom race skis in your size. If yes, let's find out how those boots fit.
I bet others will have suggestions for you. This is summer, so there are not that many active folks reading. Be patient. You'll get good advice.
Calling all race coaches, @Jamt and everyone else, this guy needs advice.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 6/29/14 at 3:59pm