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All-Mountain Skis for 15 year old [advanced at Crystal]

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I am looking to buy my son a pair of all-mountain skis. He's 15, 5'5", 115 pounds as of now. He outgrew his 145cm Élan Pinball Pros, which he loved. Probably needs about a 165 cm now, which puts him into adult sizes/prices. He's an advanced skier, skiing all types of terrain and conditions at Crystal Mountain. Any advice would be appreciated. Perhaps a 2015/16 model?
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I would get a model that's a couple years old online; they often just have different graphics and the same technology and free shipping. You should consider something with ~80mm waist, better in powder but still turns well on groomers and moguls. Something with a twin tip would be fun and good in powder. Also consider that skis marketed to beginners are often springy and can be just as fun for advanced skiers and they cost less.  Check out something like the K2 Wayback 88. It would be versatile and last him until he can buy his own. You might consider a 160 because of his low weight unless he really wants the longer one. 

post #3 of 10
My DD has about the same stats as your son, advanced skier, Canadian Rockies - she's on a junior boy's ski - the K2 shreditor and and she loves it. The shreditor comes in 75 and 85 underfoot versions, and it's twin tip. We got her the 75, and at her weight it's fine for up to a foot of pow for her. But you could certainly go up to the 85. It's great on ungroomed. And though it's a junior ski, it goes up to 160 length. The other junior ski that goes up to a 160 is the Volkl ledge Jr. Also a twin tip, narrower underfoot at 74 and a bit stiffer. I know his is probably the last year they can use junior ski before moving into the adult (and expensive) world of skis...
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What about a women's ski like the Völkl Yumi. It's 83 mm under foot, discretely rockered with camber under foot. Comes in 161 and 168. Really nice looking graphics too if that matters? Could be a good transition ski until he's heavier/stronger. My daughter has been on them as her free riders (we don't get too much powder here) and she's 115ish lbs. Ski them in 161 for the versatility, but 168 was better for high speed carving on hard groomers. I found them new dirt cheap last season. Came with a Marker Free 10 mounted...which is not to everyones liking. However I've found out from the great source of Epic Ski (@whiteroom) that the JR Marker Race bindings fits in the same drill holes so I'll probably do a swap.
Edited by Karlsson - 9/4/16 at 1:36am
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Heather Alisse View Post

I would get a model that's a couple years old online; they often just have different graphics and the same technology and free shipping. You should consider something with ~80mm waist, better in powder but still turns well on groomers and moguls. Something with a twin tip would be fun and good in powder. Also consider that skis marketed to beginners are often springy and can be just as fun for advanced skiers and they cost less.  Check out something like the K2 Wayback 88. It would be versatile and last him until he can buy his own. You might consider a 160 because of his low weight unless he really wants the longer one. 
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thank you to albertanskigirl, Heather, and Karlsson for your ski suggestions. I really appreciate it!
post #7 of 10

If you really mean all terrain and conditions at Crystal, I'd personally go wider than the other suggestions. Maybe something 100-ish or even wider. 

post #8 of 10
Get him on the new check out the K2 Shreditor or the Volkl Kink they have some smaller sizes runs for the inbetweeners... you're probably may be the bindings... check his weight again... you'll need to find a binding that has a minimum DIN setting that will work for his measurements or you will not be able to mount some adult bindings.
post #9 of 10
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Spindrift and RockerTwo100, thank you for your advice!
post #10 of 10
Agree with Spindrift on this one. If he's advanced and skiing all over Crystal, it helps to remember that for advanced skiers, most of Crystal is not groomed. If he's going anywhere near, say Northway or Chair 6 terrain, 95-100cm wide is good. He can get away with 90cm wide. Elan Ripstick 94 W has nice graphics and comes is shorter lengths than the men's Ripstick 96, either might be perfect.
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