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Skis for 7 year old

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My daughter will be 7 in the fall and is ready for her next pair of skis.  This will be her third year in season long lessons and she is a solid skier.  Her favorite terrain is bumps and trees.  She is currently on Head Junior Worldcup i.Race skis and they have served her very well.  I have received two distinct recommendations one from an instructor that she has worked with in the past, and one from an instructor in the program that she will be moving into this season.  The former suggested that she stick with something like the Heads she is skiing now.  The latter suggested a wider ski like the Volkl Gotama Jr. as they try to be off trail as much as possible.

 

What are your thoughts/experiences.

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My kids both had the Gotama Jr., one of them at 8 yrs, one at 10. Recommendation of an instructor and poster here at Epic. Both race. The 8 year old liked it in bumps and soft snow, thought it lacked grip on firm. But I suspect that's by comparison to junior racing models. The 10 year old loved his; he's a secret freestyler. 

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Only on Epic would I ask this question...at 8 and 10, were the Gotamas their only ski, or did they also have race skis?  And if they did have multiple pairs of skis, were the race skis strictly for race training and competition, or did they use them on groomer days?  As you know, there are some days when there just isn't any soft snow to be had.

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Only on Epic would I ask this question...at 8 and 10, were the Gotamas their only ski, or did they also have race skis?  And if they did have multiple pairs of skis, were the race skis strictly for race training and competition, or did they use them on groomer days?  As you know, there are some days when there just isn't any soft snow to be had.


You might PM the fathers who posted in these threads from 2010 or 2011.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/90912/size-for-gotama-jr-for-my-7-year-old

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/95300/volkl-gotama-jr-1-ski-quiver-do-i-need-a-second-ski

 

Here's what @epic said:

 

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 I just bought my 7 y.o. a pair of 118s today. She's a pretty accomplished skier and heavier than your daughter. The Volkl rep's son is on 128s and he's bigger still.
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 Update - she loves the mini-goats. Hasn't skied on anything else all season and doesn't want to. There is probably a pair of Fischer hole skis in her future for next season, but these are in the quiver to stay. She prefers them over her old skis in all conditions, and they don't seem to be creating any bad habits. In fact, I think they keep her out of the backseat. I saw her go back there once. With no tail to lean on, they gave her instant feedback not to do that again. On Friday she was skiing in a lesson on coral like frozen crud with an inch or so of new on top and seemed to make a convert out of her other classmates and her (rocker skeptic) instructor. The 12 yo kid said "she's not better than me, it's her skis"  and the instructor said "she could do things we couldn't do" on them.

btw - the ski is wood core if anyone was wondering.

 

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 I just bought my 7 y.o. a pair of 118s today. She's a pretty accomplished skier and heavier than your daughter. The Volkl rep's son is on 128s and he's bigger still.
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 Update - she loves the mini-goats. Hasn't skied on anything else all season and doesn't want to. There is probably a pair of Fischer hole skis in her future for next season, but these are in the quiver to stay. She prefers them over her old skis in all conditions, and they don't seem to be creating any bad habits. In fact, I think they keep her out of the backseat. I saw her go back there once. With no tail to lean on, they gave her instant feedback not to do that again. On Friday she was skiing in a lesson on coral like frozen crud with an inch or so of new on top and seemed to make a convert out of her other classmates and her (rocker skeptic) instructor. The 12 yo kid said "she's not better than me, it's her skis"  and the instructor said "she could do things we couldn't do" on them.

btw - the ski is wood core if anyone was wondering.

 

@hrspear - epic is an instructor at Stowe, so we're talking about the exact same terrain. 

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Just pulled the trigger, she'll be on the Goat jrs this season.
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Just pulled the trigger, she'll be on the Goat jrs this season.

 

Excellent. Make sure you label them. There are scads of goats outside Midway every day. I had two of my students trying to put on each other's goats last season. Took them a couple minutes to realize they were trying to put on the wrong skis. I just watched. Entertainment is where you find it sometimes. :popcorn

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