My ten year old son has suddenly jumped to being able (and interested) in skiing steep glades, bowls and bumps and loving it. Until now he's always had whatever skis that I could find: good quality like Volkl AC Unlimited and Elan 'Race', but never chosen specifically for his style or ability. I feel like it's time for him to have a ski that will suit him and encourage his continued improvement.
He's 145cm (4'9") tall, 72 pounds, slight build and athletic. He's adventurous, moderately speedy, but methodical - no charging off out of control. Level 7? We ski coastal Pacific-NW mountains.
I'm thinking he's deserving of something a little more capable off-piste (he's only ever had carvers). Thus far, I've come across Rossignol Smash 7 and Volkl Mantra Jr.
Does anyone have an opinion on these, or have any alternative suggestions? Any general advice for length at this age and level would also be great.