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help with ski choice for 14 yr old daughter [northeast, aspiring intermediate]

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Not sure what skis to get my daughter.  She is 14 yrs old, 5'2" tall, 130 lbs, intermediate skier, medium speed skier.  She wants to be able to ski moguls and black diamonds which she currently struggles with.

 

We live in the Northeast, so mostly packed powder, sometimes icy, and rarely nice fluffy snow.  She mostly stays on the trails but if she got better I could see her venturing off in the trees.

 

I am her mom.  I am a slow skier who does intermediate trails.  I am willing to get her private lessons to help her improve.

 

Any suggestions on skis?  After some research, I thought maybe the Head Absolut Joy skis in size 153cm might be good for her, but I know next to nothing about ski equipment so really appreciate any advise.

 

Thanks,

Sarah

 

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Originally Posted by sarahski View Post
 

Not sure what skis to get my daughter.  She is 14 yrs old, 5'2" tall, 130 lbs, intermediate skier, medium speed skier.  She wants to be able to ski moguls and black diamonds which she currently struggles with.

 

We live in the Northeast, so mostly packed powder, sometimes icy, and rarely nice fluffy snow.  She mostly stays on the trails but if she got better I could see her venturing off in the trees.

 

I am her mom.  I am a slow skier who does intermediate trails.  I am willing to get her private lessons to help her improve.

 

Any suggestions on skis?  After some research, I thought maybe the Head Absolut Joy skis in size 153cm might be good for her, but I know next to nothing about ski equipment so really appreciate any advise.

 

Thanks,

Sarah


Welcome to EpicSki!  What to get a teen who isn't quite done growing yet is not an easy question.  You might also ask over on TheSkiDiva.com where you will find more moms who have been through the process.

 

What skis has she been using?  How long?

 

As for lessons, definitely a good idea.  How did she learn to ski?  I started my daughter at a small hill in the Mid-Atlantic with the help of ski school at age 4.  For her, group lessons were fine even after she was a tween.  Never really needed private lessons.  Although I did set up a couple semi-private lessons with her and friend that worked well after she was skiing harder terrain.  I do semi-private lessons with a friend or two during ski trips out west.  Has helped a lot as an advanced older skier now that I have the time to do longer ski trips.

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We have been renting skis for her since she started several years ago, so do not know the size or brand of her last skis as we returned them the end of last season

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We have been renting skis for her since she started several years ago, so do not know the size or brand of her last skis as we returned them the end of last season


Are you talking about a season lease?  Do you remember how high up on her face the skis seemed to be?  Chin, nose, forehead?

 

I suggest you read the basic EpicSki Articles about buying gear.  Look for First Run in the menu bar.  Or on the homepage of Ski Gear.  Start with this one about boots, which are far more important than skis.

 

 http://www.epicski.com/a/ski-boots-the-most-important-piece-of-gear-you-will-own

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I've been selling the Volkl Yumi to girls in that category for the past three weeks at our ski shop.  Every single one of them has come back with a smile to tell me how much they love it.

Ski Essentials has some of last years and this years at a helluva good price. 

 

*sorry I didn't check this thread earlier.  I don't have a lot to time to check in here since starting pugski.com and with the holiday season, I've been super busy at the ski shop. 

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I've been selling the Volkl Yumi to girls in that category for the past three weeks at our ski shop.  Every single one of them has come back with a smile to tell me how much they love it.

Ski Essentials has some of last years and this years at a helluva good price. 

 

*sorry I didn't check this thread earlier.  I don't have a lot to time to check in here since starting pugski.com and with the holiday season, I've been super busy at the ski shop. 

Thanks @Trekchick!  I'd have to agree.  I've sold a lot of Volkl Yumis in the past couple years and everyone has come back telling me how great they are.  It's one of those skis that kind of flies under the radar, with most Volkl hype going towards skis with metal, but the Yumi is a fantastic ski for lighter weight and less aggressive women.

 

The 2015 Yumis qualify for an automatic 10% off on our site right now.  If you're interested in pulling the trigger shoot us a PM on here and I can get you a coupon code for an additional 10% off.  I believe the ski itself would get under $250.  

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Given that the waist of the Volkl Yumi skis are only 83mm, do you think they still perform in powder conditions?
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