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Ski recommendations for a 14 yr old [Midwest father asking, also a trip out west]

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My son is 14 years old, 135 lbs and 5'10.   He has outgrown his old skis (Elan eFlex 6 @ 160cm). Aside from being too short they are not enough ski for his ability level.  I would like to get him some new skis but not sure what would be proper skis from his height, weight, ability and needs.

 

He is an aggressive advanced skier who likes to carve fast GS turns on the groomers but would also like to be able to use the skis in the side country on occassional powder days.  We live in the Midwest (ski about 10-12 days per year) and also take an annual trip out West (5-6 days).

 

I am looking for an all-mountain ski that would fit his needs.   I did see a good deal on 2014 Nordica Steadfast (178cm) but I am not sure if that is too much for his height/weight.

 

I would appreciate any advice or insight on options.  Thanks.

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First post! The steadfast is very stiff for a woodcore ski,but he should be able to handle it as an advanced skier. He might not be comfortable with it until he grows into it though.

Look at Salomon's Q90. Its definitely softer but it can still hold an edge. I'm 5'9" at 155 and I had no trouble with it at high speeds on firm snow. You should be able to get a great deal on them too.
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My son is 14 years old, 135 lbs and 5'10.  

 

He is an aggressive advanced skier who likes to carve fast GS turns on the groomers but would also like to be able to use the skis in the side country on occassional powder days.  We live in the Midwest (ski about 10-12 days per year) and also take an annual trip out West (5-6 days).

 

 

 

Your challenge here is that most skis that are the right length for someone 5' 10" will have a flex designed for a 185lb man, not a 135lb boy. I would say the Steadfasts would likely have that issue at 178cm, especially for someone who only skis 15 days a year. I wouldn't go there - that's my amateur opinion (albeit as someone who has a similarly proportioned kid and is a lightweight himself). So IMHO you want to be looking for skis that are on the less stiff side. Something like this 177cm Nordica Soul Rider would be fun if you want to err in the direction of something fat and playful that can still carve. I have not been on this ski myself but it has been very well received by many here and elsewhere (and won this year's "value" award from Ski magazine, for what that's worth).

 

If you are looking for something more groomer-oriented that would have more grip on those hard midwestern days, I'd be thinking of something more like the Burner (narrower Steadfast, if you will) in a shorter length. Start Haus still appears to have a blem in this ski @ $269 for the 170cm, which is nominally a bit short for his height, but as a groomer ski for a 135lb person in the mid west is just about spot on. 

 

In between those two would be something like a Blizzard Bushwacker, which is an easy-going ski that tons of people who are not big or hard-core skiers like as an all purpose ride for a variety of conditions that are neither rock-hard groomers nor deep pow. 

 

I'm sure others will come up with different ideas too. My basic perspective is that it would be a mistake to get him something that requires too much growing into, simply because he is what he is, not what he will be.

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Is he still growing a lot in height or do you think he's slowing down? qcanoe has very good suggestions, and I would add the Atomic Access in a 181 to the list, especially if he's still growing a bit. It's maybe a bit on the wide side, but both my tall and light teenagers ski this, and really enjoy it as an all-mountain ski. It's more a pow ski for my daughter, who now has the Blizzard Black Pearls -- same as Bushwackers -- for her everyday ski. So still in the same ballpark there.

 

When my son was that size, he was on a 177 Rossi S3, and then he went up to a 184 Blizzard the One and finally the 191 Access. I think the Sin 7 is the replacement for the S3, but I'm not sure, and don't know that much about it. But I think it's the same family. But I would definitely lean toward the longer and softer ski as opposed to a shorter and stiffer one. 

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I have a couple friends in the 145-lb range and maybe a couple inches shorter than your son who ski the Steadfast in a 170 length.
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Thanks everyone.  Great advice.  I will do some research on those options.

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