I tried a search and didn't really find anything on this topic. If there is material, please point me to it.
For my daughter's first set of real skis (80 cm Volkl RTMs) there were limited options, so I just picked up what was available at a good price in the local shop.
These served her well, but are starting to get too short for her. They are not hindering her development or her fun, so I'm looking to figure out what to get her for next season.
There are a lot more options to work with in the larger sizes, my first question is are there real differences between the skis at this point, or is it really just top skin graphics? If there are differences, what would you recommend for east coast skiing.
My second question is, what length should I get? I have heard some suggestions that the tips should be about chin height, while the instructors that she has had that I asked suggested tips between her nose and forehead. I would like to have her on the ski for two seasons, so I expect that by the end of the second season the skis will probably be too short, and I'm ok with that.