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My son is joining his high school ski team. They had their first meeting tonight and the coaches said the kids could ski on whatever they wanted but race skis would make it easier. I think they were being politically correct and didn't want to pressure families to buy multiple pairs if they already had them. That said, I think my son would have more fun on a race ski. I'd like to get him a used SL ski. What I don't know is what size ski would be good for him because he's tall but weighs little. He's 6 ft tall and 135lb freshman. Can you recommend an appropriate length and possibly a couple of good skis to try? He also will likely gain 30 or 35 lbs and 2 inches while still on this race team over 4 yrs. Which probably means a ski change again in a couple of years.
post #2 of 9

How good of a skier is he? that's the most important question.

As far as skis if you want specific race skis at 6ft at least 155 SL and 175 GS.

post #3 of 9

Depending on the level of skier he already is, at 6' 135, I would suggest he goes with a 165cm SL ski and a 182-3 GS ski. If he is a strong skier you could look at the actual race ski (a.k.a. FIS ski) from several manufacturers that are better suited to lighter skiers such as a Dynastar or Rossignol. If he is an OK skier than any one of a number of "retail" versions of the SL and GS ski.

post #4 of 9

What type of course is he racing ? GS?SL? or both?

 

Where is he racing? What type of hill? How much training / racing?

 

For High School racing, a good condition used ski is a great option.

 

Next year he could be 6.3 and 170lbs

 

Keeps the cost down .

 

CJ

post #5 of 9
Most of the coaches in this area tell the kids that are starting HS racing without much if any race experience to get a SL race ski for the first two years and then add a GS ski their Jr. year.

Though in the light side, your son is tall so he can generate leverage. He should be able to handle a 165 SL but try to get a softer one or possible a citizen race ski. A new racer should be able to do well on an SL ski in SL and GS.

Ken
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Originally Posted by L&AirC View Post

Most of the coaches in this area tell the kids that are starting HS racing without much if any race experience to get a SL race ski for the first two years and then add a GS ski their Jr. year.

Though in the light side, your son is tall so he can generate leverage. He should be able to handle a 165 SL but try to get a softer one or possible a citizen race ski. A new racer should be able to do well on an SL ski in SL and GS.

Ken

To answer all the questions, he's a pretty strong recreational skier. Good athlete, 20 days a year for 10 yrs. however, he's never skied a gate in his life. He will be training at the Boreal training program in Tahoe. It's an hour away and they train 2-3 evenings per week. They did tell us start with SL only. I get the lighter ski but I have heard the term citizen ski. Can someone explain.
post #7 of 9

a SL ski that is not built to FIS race specs.
I would look into a a SL ski and maybe a used FIS GS ski in the 170+ range

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post #9 of 9
Non FIS SL to start with, then find a nice used beer league GS ski.
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