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Relationship between ski length, boot stiffness and height (kids gear)

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I'm in the process of incrementing the gear setup for my daughter, who is 4'9" and ~85 lbs.

I bought some used Rossi Radical "Orange" boots (earlier post) for her that might be a little stiff for her - she said they were soft, but I'm not convinced. She can "kinda" flex in them at a standstill on the bare floor... from back in the day I remember the orange Rossi's being the racers' race boot... but I digress. She insists the boots are good. I'm looking at ski upgrades for her as well - she's currently in a 130 cm Fischer "girlie" ski with some rocker (can't remember if there was any camber or just flat rockered).

We hit the local hill (Ohio) and I can't help but notice that she is skiing a little too upright, with a little bit too much rotation in her turns. She's not in the backseat, and she's getting some flex out of the ski, but it's not exactly at where she was with her old boots. But more than the lack of flex in the boot, it just seems her skis are too short. I know shorter skis are the thing these days, but it seems that with a 130 rocker-ed ski, less 30 cm for the larger boot plate, you've got maybe 50 cm of ski on the snow in front of you... might as well be on snow blades. Also it would seem to me that trying to drive the knee forward on a ski that's too short means you don't get any leverage at the shovel to flex the ski or the boot. So you can either bomb the hill to build up the G's, or the turns end up all sidecut / rocker.

Just wondering what people think about this theory. And whether it would be better to to with a stiffer / longer ski to match the boot - if that will get her some leverage at the ankle to flex forward.

Or we could put rocks in her pockets I guess...
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Driving a rockered ski with tip pressure generally doesn't work well. Put em on edge, then bend them with pressure on the sole of boot.

If the boots are too stiff you can soften them.
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