Placed 2nd in the ON provincials, even just one run, one week after learning to cross-block? WOW! I have to say I find that hard to believe. I've been at the U14 provincials last year and I assure you something like that could not happen. Is she racing div.1 rutted hardpack regularly?
Never been on a real GS course before - surprised by the speed? Seriously...
She's not supposed to be on a real GS course on SL skis. The problem is that at the higher speeds, these skis really bend and can cause all sorts of issues. Sure, experienced racers can survive a GS course on a SL ski, as they can "feather it" but it's not for everyone. Also, it will distort her understanding of the GS turn, as these skis would turn too short and cause her to just cruise between the turns.
155 vs 165 SL skis - the shorter skis are quicker to turn but you loose some stability. Men's FIS went up from 155 to 165 because of injuries: the tail was too short to support their weight when the skis shoot out in front - quite common on the short skis. Backward falls tend to mess up the ACLs.
I think 155-160 would be a good size for her - I bought a pair of Fischers 158 SL from Ottawa last year, from a 16 year old in the QC provincial team, around the same weight. 4-5 side edge - almost blew a knee before i figured out what the heck was hapenning :( my foot hurt for 2 weeks. Be careful if you buy race skis from high-level racers...
Many coaches think that GS represents the true form of skiing. Certainly, you can't learn technique properly without lots of GS. It gives you time between turns and those skis won't turn if you don't use them right, timing and all.
Make sure she has a good pair of GS skis. A longer Junior ski. Atomic has D2 in 171/19m or a 175/23m. Both very nice - perhaps the shorter one would be easier for her. You should find something around those sizes at a skis swap.
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This would be on the big side for her: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-Atomic-Redster-FIS-D2-GS-175cm-Junior-Ski-w-X16-Binding-/311097257754?pt=Skiing&hash=item486ed76f1a I have and are great but require good technique to work on a course.
This would be perfect: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-Atomic-Redster-FIS-D2-GS-171cm-Junior-Ski-w-X16-Binding-/311085062426?pt=Skiing&hash=item486e1d591a I have and are awesome - require a fair technique to work - at her weight, just decent technique.
Don't get the X16 bindings though - call them and ask nicely if they'd give you the X12 bindings instead. I will not comment on her DIN but X16 starts at 8 I believe, - ask her coach if it's ok for GS for her...?
P.S. For SL, I have this and can't get enough of it: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2014-Atomic-Redster-FIS-SL-158cm-Ski-w-Atomic-X16-Binding-/191336285133?pt=Skiing&hash=item2c8c8803cd
For SL you should definitely not get the X16 bindings though... this is an insane ski as well (yeah, have one too, older-kind'a spent though) http://www.ebay.com/itm/2014-Fischer-RC4-WorldCup-SL-WCP-158cm-Skis-w-Fischer-Z11-Bindings-/201166490298?pt=Skiing&hash=item2ed6750aba
I weight 145lbs, so thereabouts.
Mind you that Fischers and Atomics are not very forgiving - once you start turning, you better keep turning. Head are generally described as "more forgiving" - they have a bland forgiving nature until you really get on them and then they start popping. Rosigniols are inbetween.
P.S.2 - reading this thread backwards :) don't put her on the GS skis at the beginning of the season - let her build up some power and skill on the SL skis - all seasons plans are designed with GS training later in the season because of that.
P.S.3 - ok, I see you didn't mean the Alpine Provincial Championships - but highschool provincials of some kind - that adds up :) forget the rutted hardpack comment :)
For GS - maybe stick with a 165-170/17-18m, there are some nice Fischers if you dig around the store I sent you. In those leagues, she will probably have to ski a log of short GS sets and may struggle on the 20m and just won't make it on the 23m skis. A stiff, narrow, sandwich all mountain ski could be a choice as well - one that she can use off the course as well.
Edited by razie - 9/19/14 at 10:15pm