I'm looking for skis for my 9 yr old daughter. She's a big kid for her age, at around 4'9'' (1.45m) and I think 85 pounds. She's fairly fit/active, i.e. bikes to school every day, and swims a couple of times/week thru winter.
She skis at an intermediate level. Comfortable on blues, not fully parallel but well on the way there. Last year we did about a dozen days, and this year it's looking like 15-20 so feels like time to make a purchase (she already has boots).
We did our first days of the season recently (at Kirkwood) and rented her skis from the resort. The person working at the ski rental place suggested 146, but it looked a little long to me so we went with a 136 (K2 AMP Strike jr) and that seemed to work out fine.
The priority is to get a ski that is great this season - if it's too small next season, then so be it. For length I was thinking about 140 but would appreciate input. Looking at some old threads, it seems like it's better to err on the short side if in doubt. Another question is the core - is it worth spending the extra $$$ for wood core at this level? And of course specific ski suggestions are most welcome. Thanks in advance!