Ok...I have three boys in the pipeline, ages 15, 14, and 12. The younger two have done well inheriting the older one's skis, and we've usually seasonally rented locally in the East and rented by the trip when we head out west.
We ski approximately 20 days per year, with 10 of those at a resort out west (Colorado, Utah, etc.) and the other 10 in the northeast.
I'm looking to get a real pair of skis for the older one, which I would intend to pass down over the next several years for the younger boys. They are remarkably identical in terms of height/weight by their age, and while I doubt that will continue, I assume that the ski lengths will be in the acceptable range as they stand closer to inheriting.
Price is not much of an object- I'll get the oldest child whatever the best fit for his style/height/weight/etc....I assume there will be 4-6 years of use through all of the boys, and since I'll save probaby $1k or so buy purchasing instead of continuing to rent I don't mind spending.
The reason I ask this question is mostly because I'm looking for an adult performance ski for the 15 year old, but want to know if the fact he's smaller and lighter than the typical adult would make certain skis more appropriate.
He's currently 5'7", 130 lbs. Very athletic. He's a strong intermediate/advanced skier. Handles all designations out east, handles anything on the front side out west fairly easily. Loves the trees, occasionally bumps, but generally screws around on the groomers. Not much park time, but will skid through it with friends.
I ski the Kastle MX88 and it's my favorite ski I've ever owned. A guy in the local ski shop told me to look at the MX83 for them, but is that too heavy for him? Someone else suggested the Heads....