This forum has been a huge help as I look to get my daughter out of junior skis and into her first "real" ski...great info!!
Now, after a lot of looking for some specific guidance from the Joy gurus (trekchick, ssm949 et.al.)
I've narrowed it down to two choices that I feel would best suit her and really can't decide which way to go
Here are the stats on my daughter:
- 13 years old,
- 5'2" and about 100lbs
- Started skiing at 4, season pass holder and skis 20+ days a year a our local NH mountain and school breaks in VT.
- Not a racer and no interest in racing
- Athletic...she runs cross country, rock climbs, has good strength and endurance but not explosive "power" (skinny legs)
She skis very well technically, not afraid of ice, steeps, bumps, tree at all. Skis the whole mountain but always under control, even when she's skiing at speed...a bit conservative is the best way to describe her. She usually prefers short radius turns and can work a great rhythm down a fall line. She has the technique to push much harder but rarely skis to her limit, or the edge of control. Just who she is (and not at all like dad).
She has skied typical junior skis her whole life (Dynastar Starlet etc.) Two years ago she fancied some Volkl Pyra junior park skis (had to have the color) and used them all season. See likes them but found that she wasn't as confident on the steeps or at speed. I've also noticed that she seemed to plateau last season. She never goes into the park and the twin tips, soft flex and lack of camber forces her to slarve around instead of hard edging. I concluded, and she agrees, that she needs to go back to a traditional front-side ski.
So now, she needs a new ski that will get her back to a great confidence building frontside ski ski that she can take everywhere She's reached the age where she'll be in a women's ski (shes in a 138 now which she's outgrown). I've seen the Joy series at the shop and read anout them a lot and think they'd be perfect for her....lightweight, great performance, etc, etc.
So my questions is this: Super Joy or Absolute Joy?
I think the Super Joy would be the best fit since she's still perfecting her carving, almost always skis on East Coast groomers and likes short swing turns. 74mm underfoot seems to make sense. However, she's barely 100lbs and doesn't have a power build so I don't want her to be fighting to get her skis to turn.
The reviews of the Super Joy seem to indicate that they don't need to be pushed hard to ski well but I wanted to get some first-hand feedback from folks who have actually skied both.
While the Absolute is wider, from what I can gather it may be a bit softer flexing and forgiving.
So, what do you think?
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide this dad, it's greatly appreciated!!