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Ski length for 14 year old girl...[tall, skis at Purgatory]

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Usually we do season rentals, but I think the time has come for my 14 yo daughter to get her own skis and I'm currently looking at 2015/16 closeouts. The problem is in selecting ski length. She is 6' and 117 pounds. She is skilled but timid. We usually get ~20 days in every year at Purgatory, CO and she skis all over the mountain. Any suggestions on length? It's an unusual situation, and I'm not sure what length is best??
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Usually we do season rentals, but I think the time has come for my 14 yo daughter to get her own skis and I'm currently looking at 2015/16 closeouts. The problem is in selecting ski length. She is 6' and 117 pounds. She is skilled but timid. We usually get ~20 days in every year at Purgatory, CO and she skis all over the mountain. Any suggestions on length? It's an unusual situation, and I'm not sure what length is best??


Welcome to EpicSki!  

 

What length skis was she using last season?  Are you looking at models with a fair amount of rocker?  Has she ever skied with skis that come to her forehead?  Reason I ask is that there were a few times I bought skis that were a bit long, knowing my daughter was still growing.  She was good enough to have little trouble with the longer skis so had a couple pairs last for two years each.

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Usually we do season rentals, but I think the time has come for my 14 yo daughter to get her own skis and I'm currently looking at 2015/16 closeouts. The problem is in selecting ski length. She is 6' and 117 pounds. She is skilled but timid. We usually get ~20 days in every year at Purgatory, CO and she skis all over the mountain. Any suggestions on length? It's an unusual situation, and I'm not sure what length is best??


Welcome to EpicSki!  

 

What length skis was she using last season?  Are you looking at models with a fair amount of rocker?  Has she ever skied with skis that come to her forehead?  Reason I ask is that there were a few times I bought skis that were a bit long, knowing my daughter was still growing.  She was good enough to have little trouble with the longer skis so had a couple pairs last for two years each.


Yeah, it's a puzzle, isn't it? She's tall, but light. A friend's daughter, 5' 10" and 110 lbs., had joined her school's race team, and she bought my son's (5' 5", 124 lbs.) 153 Blizzard SLRs and loved them.  

 

You're not looking for a race ski, though, obviously, and a bit more length would give your daughter a more stable ride. I assume you'd be looking for a more rockered ski, too, so that's going to mean a longer ski over all.  As marznc points out, forehead height is worth looking at, and in a rockered ski, forehead height might be functionally shorter than what she'd skied before.

 

Length & rocker aren't the only thing to look at, of course. You'll want a ski she finds easy to bend at her weight.

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Honestly, I can't remember what she skied last year. Going to guess her rental last season was 163-ish. I'm not sure she'll grow much more and I imagine she will eventually get heavier/stronger. Yes, I'd like to find her a rockered ski. Thanks, all, for your thoughts so far.
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That is a bit of a puzzle. With significant rocker, you could easily start looking at things in the high 170's. The problem will really be to find a ski in that length that she can bend. She has good leverage with long legs, but very little weight to go along with that height. I'm only 5'9" on a good morning, and my skis are in the 178-181 range... but I'm also almost 100 lbs heavier than your daughter. 

 

The tricky thing is, most women's skis don't go much past the low 170's. There will be a temptation to look at men's skis, which have the length. But I'd avoid that temptation, because men's skis are always stiffer than their women's counterparts, which will make it very difficult for a lightweight like your daughter to bend them. K2 offers the Fulluvit in a 177, that may be a good option. Rossignol has most of its 7 series in a 178, I'd probably suggest the Sky 7 for a girl that light. ON3P makes the Jessie 86, which comes in a 176. After doing a quick scan of the women's skis out there right now, those are the only three rockered women's skis that I can find that would be long enough for your daughter. 

 

Of the three skis I mentioned, I'd probably say ON3P first, Rossi, then K2. Being as light as she is, she will not need a ton of width to get plenty of float out of a ski that long. Fat skis are for fat people, like me. :cool

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Usually we do season rentals, but I think the time has come for my 14 yo daughter to get her own skis and I'm currently looking at 2015/16 closeouts. The problem is in selecting ski length. She is 6' and 117 pounds. She is skilled but timid. We usually get ~20 days in every year at Purgatory, CO and she skis all over the mountain. Any suggestions on length? It's an unusual situation, and I'm not sure what length is best??


Hi Mercedes.  I was asked to take a look at this thread by marznc. It sounds to me like she's do well on an Atomic Century or Salomon Lumen.  I would stick with something in the low 160's for length, because of her timidity and weight. 

 

 

  

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That is what my gut says, too. Low 160's. I want her to be able to navigate the moguls well because our family would ski them all day if we could, but they are not her fave. So light/soft/short would be good for her. She does not like to ski very fast. I had actually been looking at the Lumen so good to know that's a recommended ski.

 

She put on 5 pounds at summer camp LOL... But I'm sure it'll come off again once swim team starts in a few weeks! (Wish I had this problem!!)

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