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Recommendation for Skis for a Small Dude [with Squaw pass]

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Hi All,

 

I'm looking into procuring some gear. I'm an advanced snowboarder, but recently, I put my 5 year old kid on skis, and watching him learn, I feel like I should give skiing a shot.

 

One big issue is that I'm exceptionally small: 5'1, 125 lbs.

 

I see a lot of youth skis in the 146-150cm range, and I'm thinking of heading down that route, but I'm not too sure of the quality of kid's skis.

 

I do see Rossignol Experience 74's in 146cm with bindings for $200, which seems like a steal. There are also Volkl RTM 150 cm's. Any thoughts on these?

 

I'm not looking to spend a lot of money, and my goals aren't very far fetched. I just hope to get eventually to the level where I can carve around blues. Though... in the long run, I think it would be awesome to do cross country and snow camping, but that's a whole 'nother topic.

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Hi All,

 

I'm looking into procuring some gear. I'm an advanced snowboarder, but recently, I put my 5 year old kid on skis, and watching him learn, I feel like I should give skiing a shot.

 

One big issue is that I'm exceptionally small: 5'1, 125 lbs.

 

I see a lot of youth skis in the 146-150cm range, and I'm thinking of heading down that route, but I'm not too sure of the quality of kid's skis.

 

I do see Rossignol Experience 74's in 146cm with bindings for $200, which seems like a steal. There are also Volkl RTM 150 cm's. Any thoughts on these?

 

I'm not looking to spend a lot of money, and my goals aren't very far fetched. I just hope to get eventually to the level where I can carve around blues. Though... in the long run, I think it would be awesome to do cross country and snow camping, but that's a whole 'nother topic.


Welcome to EpicSki!  It's great fun to be a parent when your little kid is learning to ski and having a great time.  Where are you likely to be sliding on snow the most?

 

While there may not be that many men your size, there are plenty of women.  I happen to be one of them at 5'0", 120 pounds.  Had no trouble finding skis as an intermediate when I got my daughter on skis at age 4 about 10 years ago.  There are plenty of options for skis that are designed for women that would work well.  Note that there are plenty of tall women who ski on "men's skis" because that's what are the right fit.  I doubt very much if youth skis are a good idea.

 

Have you read the EpicSki Articles under First Run about buying boots and skis?  As the title says, "Ski Boots -- the Most Important Piece of Gear You Will Ever Own" is an important introduction.

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Women's skis is what I would suggest also.  They are designed for lighter weight skiers.  

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Welcome to EpicSki!  It's great fun to be a parent when your little kid is learning to ski and having a great time.  Where are you likely to be sliding on snow the most?

 

While there may not be that many men your size, there are plenty of women.  I happen to be one of them at 5'0", 120 pounds.  Had no trouble finding skis as an intermediate when I got my daughter on skis at age 4 about 10 years ago.  There are plenty of options for skis that are designed for women that would work well.  Note that there are plenty of tall women who ski on "men's skis" because that's what are the right fit.  I doubt very much if youth skis are a good idea.

 

Have you read the EpicSki Articles under First Run about buying boots and skis?  As the title says, "Ski Boots -- the Most Important Piece of Gear You Will Ever Own" is an important introduction.

 

Thanks for the suggestion! Sure I'll look into women's skis.

 

I'm mostly in the Tahoe region, and this season I have the Squaw pass.

 

As for boots, yes, similar to snowboarding, I'm aware of the fact that a comfortable boot with the right stiffness is really important. That is something that I'll be looking carefully for. For some reason it's much easier to find a ski boot in my size than a set of skis. The hardest part is just finding a comfortable one...

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I'm mostly in the Tahoe region, and this season I have the Squaw pass.

 

As for boots, yes, similar to snowboarding, I'm aware of the fact that a comfortable boot with the right stiffness is really important. That is something that I'll be looking carefully for. For some reason it's much easier to find a ski boot in my size than a set of skis. The hardest part is just finding a comfortable one...

When it comes to ski boots, it's really best to start by finding a good boot fitter.  There are several good ones in north Tahoe.  For many first time buyers, when they get a "comfortable" ski boot on their own what they end up doing is buying boots that are 1 or 2 sizes too large.  New ski boots feel too snug initially but then fit correctly after the liner packs out a bit.  A good boot fitter makes adjustments for free (at least for a year if not lifetime) to get a really good fit.

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