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My daughter is 13 and is ~5'2" and 120lbs. She is an intermediate skier who has no desire to go real fast.

She likes to be in control and skis on piste. Skis 5-10 times a year in the Mid Atlantic area. She is just looking to have fun and currently skis on ~130cm Volkl Tiger shark kids skis (for the last 3 years).

She is kind of in-between kids skis and soft women skis. I've seen a good deal on some 156 cm Head 2012 Mya No. 2 Women's Skis w/Tyrolia LR 9 Bindings.

Any thoughts?
post #2 of 19
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My daughter is 13 and is ~5'2" and 120lbs. She is an intermediate skier who has no desire to go real fast.

She likes to be in control and skis on piste. Skis 5-10 times a year in the Mid Atlantic area. She is just looking to have fun and currently skis on ~130cm Volkl Tiger shark kids skis (for the last 3 years).

She is kind of in-between kids skis and soft women skis. I've seen a good deal on some 156 cm Head 2012 Mya No. 2 Women's Skis w/Tyrolia LR 9 Bindings.

Any thoughts?


I moved my daughter to adult skis when she was 13.  By then, she was an advanced skier, a bit shorter and about the same weight as your daughter.  They were 149cm carvers from a few years ago mostly for skiing at Massanutten.  I bought them from a father on EpicSki who used them for his daughter for a year.  She also used them at Whiteface and they were okay.

 

Have you ever been to the ski swaps around DC/northern VA?  There is a list in the MidA thread.

post #3 of 19
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I did go to the ski swap down in DC a couple of weekends ago but didn't see anything that was a good fit. Most of the skis looked pretty old and beat up for $149 a pair. The 156 cm Head 2012 Mya No. 2 skis are new for $179. 156 may be a bit big though so I may keep on looking for something in the 140's.

At Ski Liberty or White Tail she will ski all of the blues and on occasion an easy black.
post #4 of 19
Have you looked at levelninesports.com? they have Head Mya 2, 3, and 4 in 140s lengths, with bindings, as low as $219. I have no knowledge about the Mya, just popped over there to see if they had some shorter, inexpensive stock.
post #5 of 19
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Yes, I did see those skis when I looked this morning. Seems like they would be a reasonable ski for someone in between juniors and adult skis. Also, Head appears to have a good lineup of soft women's skis.
post #6 of 19
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I did go to the ski swap down in DC a couple of weekends ago but didn't see anything that was a good fit. Most of the skis looked pretty old and beat up for $149 a pair. The 156 cm Head 2012 Mya No. 2 skis are new for $179. 156 may be a bit big though so I may keep on looking for something in the 140's.

At Ski Liberty or White Tail she will ski all of the blues and on occasion an easy black.


From your description and the fact that she's used to 130, sticking under 150 seems like a good idea to me.

post #7 of 19
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I agree. I did a bit more research and something under 150 is definitely a requirement.
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@mdskiman :  off-topic, but did you notice the thread about a Mid-A Gathering the weekend of Feb. 7-8 at Blue Knob?  There will be three tween girls, as well as a couple teen boys, coming with their fathers.

post #9 of 19
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@mdskiman :  off-topic, but did you notice the thread about a Mid-A Gathering the weekend of Feb. 7-8 at Blue Knob?  There will be three tween girls, as well as a couple teen boys, coming with their fathers.

I had not noticed the thread but just took a look.  I wasn't aware of this group.  We had belonged to SCWDC years ago.

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@mdskiman :  off-topic, but did you notice the thread about a Mid-A Gathering the weekend of Feb. 7-8 at Blue Knob?  There will be three tween girls, as well as a couple teen boys, coming with their fathers.

I had not noticed the thread but just took a look.  I wasn't aware of this group.  We had belonged to SCWDC years ago.


What is/was SCWDC?

 

The folks planning on going to the Mid-A Gathering are not really a "group" in any formal sense.  The folks in the Family House are from western PA, NC, DE, and NJ.  Others who usually join the fun are from western PA, WV, as well as the DC/Baltimore metro area including northern VA.  Usually it's held after Pres. Day weekend.  But for assorted reasons, it will be earlier this time.

post #11 of 19
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What is/was SCWDC?

 

The folks planning on going to the Mid-A Gathering are not really a "group" in any formal sense.  The folks in the Family House are from western PA, NC, DE, and NJ.  Others who usually join the fun are from western PA, WV, as well as the DC/Baltimore metro area including northern VA.  Usually it's held after Pres. Day weekend.  But for assorted reasons, it will be earlier this time.


SCWDC = Ski Club of Washington DC, scwdc.org

 

Thanks

post #12 of 19
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Have not decided yet but I have a list of skis I'm looking at:

 

  Head MYA No. 4 Women's Skis w/LRX 10 Bindings, 149 cm

  K2 Potion 72, ERP 10 Bindings, 146cm

  TecnoPro Safine Prestige Women's Skis w/ Tyrolia Railflex Lite 9 Bindings 146cm,  (never heard of TecnoPro but the price is right...)

  K2 SuperSweet 74 Skis, 146 cm

 

I think I'm pulling the trigger today or tomorrow.

 

149's are just above her chin and I just checked and found she is at 125 lb and about 5' 3.5".

 

Also, may get Atomic Live Fit Plus Women's Ski Boots.  Flex is around 60 .

post #13 of 19
In considering lengths, a Head 149 cm is not necessarily 3 cm longer than a K2 146 cm. Different manufacturers measure differently. With one ski, you could run a tape measure:
a) along the bottom from top to tail
b). along the top from top to tail
c). along the bottom but only measure the surface that will be on the snow if they were lying flat -
and get 3 different measurements.

I think K2 measures theirs more like (c).

I don't think it's anything to obsess over - just don't be surprised if whatever ski you get is not exactly the length you expected when it arrives. She has been on 130s so something in the mid to upper 140s should be fine.
post #14 of 19
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Thanks,  I just found some skis that are local, Rossignol Women's Temptation 74 at 146.  Brand new for 299 but I have an outstanding store credit that I need to use this year so it will take it down to 170ish...

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Thanks,  I just found some skis that are local, Rossignol Women's Temptation 74 at 146.  Brand new for 299 but I have an outstanding store credit that I need to use this year so it will take it down to 170ish...


I like the Temptation line.  Remember, I'm 5'0", 120 pounds, advanced skier, and haven't been a teen for a long time.  In general, I like Rossi skis.

 

I demo'd the Temptation 82 at 152cm at Massanutten last season.  They were quite fun.  The Temptation 74 is obviously even better suited for Mid-A conditions.

 

By the way, the dates for the Mnut Free Demo Weekend are Jan. 10-11, 2015.  Third year that Freestyle of Charlottesville has set up a tent at the base of Lift 6.

post #16 of 19
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Just bought them.  Nice skis for 239.  Plus I was able to use my store credit.  They also gave me a $40 credit to use on anything in the store in December.

 

Now I'm looking for a boot.  I think I'm going to point her towards the Atomic Live Fit line since she doesn't like any foot pain and her feet are a bit wider.  Probably a 60 or 70 flex.

post #17 of 19
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Just bought them.  Nice skis for 239.  Plus I was able to use my store credit.  They also gave me a $40 credit to use on anything in the store in December.

 

Now I'm looking for a boot.  I think I'm going to point her towards the Atomic Live Fit line since she doesn't like any foot pain and her feet are a bit wider.  Probably a 60 or 70 flex.


Is there a reason you aren't going to work with a boot fitter for her boots?

post #18 of 19
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Is there a reason you aren't going to work with a boot fitter for her boots?


Probably will work with the local boot fitter when we go back out to look at boots.  If they don't have something that works for her I may go back on-line but still may need to have them tweeked by a boot fitter.  The local store does have the boots I'm thinking about.

 

For my self, last year I had a real bad time with getting a boot to fit but hopefully I won't have to use that knowledge on this adventure.

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Is there a reason you aren't going to work with a boot fitter for her boots?


Probably will work with the local boot fitter when we go back out to look at boots.  If they don't have something that works for her I may go back on-line but still may need to have them tweeked by a boot fitter.  The local store does have the boots I'm thinking about.

 

For my self, last year I had a real bad time with getting a boot to fit but hopefully I won't have to use that knowledge on this adventure.


Sounds good.  My local boot fitter (central NC) was good about finding boots that could work for a couple seasons.  Didn't start buying "new old stock" during late season sales until my daughter was past the point of growing out of shoes every six months.  Usually easier to find boots for kids than adults.

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