Maybe I can provide some comparative data: Coaches of my U10 and U14 racers said they need rec skis, no more using the SL's or combi's, so on Epic's advice, got them each Volkl Gotama Jr's (80 mm waist, fully rockered just like the adult version). Their verdicts: Both carve them nicely, younger one likes his but thinks they're "too slow" and "no good" on ice. Older one is meh, says they're fun in terrain parks and bumps, but not awe inspiring on ice. He said they felt "slippery" running fast at lower edge angles. Have a hunch older one would not sign on again, younger one hard to say.
Draw your own conclusions, as I'm sure you will...
Yeah, I'm always curious how anyone can misspell a title. Unless Josh is back.
I can understand why the jr. got wouldn't be a particularly good wider free ski choice for the east, but it works quite well for our hill and program which is spent largely off piste, and I would think would be absolutely fine for Tahoe. Race kids in the area, and in general, don't expect their free skis/powder skis to hold as well as their race skis, nor should they.
Some of the kids out here that I've found helpful for kids I'm coaching AND improve their technique:
Gotama Jr., K2 Bad Seed or similar... IMHO, I don't like to see smaller, lighter kids on skis wider than 85'ish. It isn't necessary.
Slightly older/heavier kids, Head Ethan Two, Atomic Elysian, or similar (95'ish). For slightly larger 130-150 lbs kids, the Nordica Soul rider or similar work well (97). A couple of kids got great deals on Head Great Joys at the end of the season.. young women, roughly 110-120 lbs... I don't typically recommend skis over 100 underfoot... it's sort of overkill. I'd rather see them with a hard snow ski as a second pair, but for most families, a second pair of skis isn't in the discussion. The biggest issue for kids IMHexpereince is not to get a ski that or boot that is too stiff, or a ski that is too long.