Wanted to get some thoughts on a all mountain/freeski for a stronger junior racer.
My daughter 52" and 72lbs is a strong junior racer (currently top in her region), we ski out of Alberta so spend most of our mountain days in the Rocky Mountain area.
For next season we are getting her a separate pair of freeskis (this year her race skis did double duty; Fischer RC4 Superiors and she managed surprisingly well) given she's going to move to a SL ski with metal next season (and it's time given the terrain she's on, dropping cliffs, in the double black chutes, hitting kickers in the park, etc.).
Given she's used to a beefier ski, looking for something wood core and ideally full sandwich/sidewall construction. Tough to find in the 130cm length however.
So far it looks like the Head The Caddy Jr. would be a good option (sidewall/wood core, camber underfoot), of course softer than her race ski but reading it's still got some beef and pop to it. Wondering if 80mm underfoot is too wide for a kids all mountain ski....or too much of a difference between her 65mm underfoot race ski to it? e.g. 80mm to a 52" child is something like 100+mm for adult?
Or if going to something a bit narrower, perhaps something like the Vokl Step? Although cap construction vs. sidewall and full "rocker" with no camber....not sure I like the thought of something full rocker as they still end up on groomers when free-skiing. But that could just be my personal bias as my all mountain ski has camber which I prefer to full rocker skis....even my pow skis have "some" camber underfoot.
Basically looking for something with some beef, she's tried the more common cap/fiber "kids" ski and hated them (preferred using her race skis) as it was a noodle that she said herself was too soft/bendy.
Curious if anybody had some thoughts or suggestions. Most likely overthinking, but obviously want her to be in the most appropriate gear that isn't so drastically different that what she is already used to skiing.