I am thinking about new skis for my kids (Boy, 6; Girl, 10). We ski north tahoe (N*, Alpine, Sugar Bowl, Rose) which means lots of soft, 3D snow. The rare times it is truly icy, we just don't ski.
They've both been on traditional Volkl kids skis so far. But I've watched repeatedly as they hook an edge, get in the backseat, nosedive, etc in those skis (60-something waists. Meanwhile, I've made the transition to skis with tip and tail rocker, wide waist, moderate flex, and mounts much closer to center. I don't have to tell anybody here the results of that. But I am asking myself, will watching my kids struggle really make them "better" skiers?
My daughter in particular I am worried about, because last year she showed signs sometimes that she simply wasn't enjoying herself as she struggled through deep, soft conditions on stiff cambered toothpicks.
So I am thinking about looking for new skis for them. For my little guy, I've considered Elan's new "U-Flex" skis. They are basically jointed with soft flexing transverse sections throughout the tip and tail. Gets rave reviews. But they are not wide skis. So my first question is: What matters more, flex or width? I am leaning toward flex, especially because my son is super skinny. Might not make 40 lbs by next winter (yes, we feed him!). And at 67mm, they aren't THAT narrow, at least not for his size. But they also are not rockered, twinned, or progressive mount, which really makes a difference in deep snow.
For my daughter, I've looked at Elan Pinballs (81mm waist). She is pushing 90 lbs, but I am still worried about flex as she has shown no sign of being able to truly flex her Volkl Chicas (which are surprisingly stiff). Does anybody have experience with the flex of these or other wider kids skis (I think 80ish is fine at that weight). Preferably with rocker and forward mount as well.