Yes, I know its June but I am planning on a long holiday ski trip and I have to budget for newer skis for my tweener boy and new boots (custom fitted) and possibly new skis for my wife. And I love bargain hunting though its unlikely I will buy anything until Ski Bonkers in early September and his boots will be purchased or rented later.
My son will be 12.5 years old by our December trip. He currently weights 105 lbs and is 5 ft 3 in. Does soccer, cross country, track, flag football, starting to do long boarding, etc.
He has been skiing since 6 or 7. He had a short stint snowboarding but I encouraged him to master skiing before he becomes a boarder. He does blues (blasting down with the old man running behind), and powdery blacks, but if its icy he won't go near black runs after crashing and sliding down an entire hill head first (never mind he never hurt himself). On blues, he loves riding the middle or the sides through the trees, powder or the bumps, hitting small jumps, and popping out somewhere farther down a run. Towards the end of this season, I introduced him to moguls--which he loved and I hated (I am snowboarder). And I toke him down a number of black runs that were not icey and he loved them. We never got around to getting the extra qualification to go into the "park" (in our area you have to watch a video and sign extra paperwork) and it was never an issue as he was having lots of fun with blue/black runs or just blasting down a green run as fast he can go.
And on our last day skiing, he realized his skis where twin tip and started to ride switch (not particularly fast).
Currently, his cheap father(me), has him using Line El Mini Invaders 133. This is way too small and not well suited for him but I did not know any better when I bought them a few years ago and at the time our family budget was very tight.
So what skis would you recommend?
Volkl Mantra Jr
K2 Shreditor 85
Salomon Rocker 2
Nordica El Capo Shorty
Nordica Enforcer S Jr
Rossi Smash 7 (sized smaller)
Rossi Scratch Pro
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