Originally Posted by Alfonse
...She currently skis on Rossi Junior Bandits in 137 or so. I am considering moving her up to a fatter 150's type of board for next year. I believe she has real big mountain talent and I am looking at that type of ski for her. ...Line has some amazing junior skis next year which may be the way to go since they seem to be REAL skis unlike many juniors. ...
My 12 y.o. daughter (very light and very tall for her age - 85 lbs, 5'4") was on 137 K2 mini-Enemies until the early last season when I noticed that at her normal skiing speed, the tips were flapping, especially in cut up junk snow.
Thinking along the same lines as you, I got her a pair of 155 Line FX Carbon 7.3's. Flexing them by hand, they are much stiffer than her previous boards, but much softer and lighter (ie, the carbon) than adult womans' skis.
They seem very well made and certainly fixed the tip flapping problem. They turned out to great for high speed haulin', especially in crud, but a bit too stiff for general use until she puts on a few more pounds. The result of which is that she wound up muscling / skidding all her tight, low speed turns.
I find it pretty difficult to be a good judge of the flex on skis for kids since they all flex so much easier than adult skis, yet it is just as important to get the flex exactly right for them as it is for us.
Tom / PM
PS - BTW, with respect to skiing ability, my daughter is a decent skier, but less agressive / fast than yours. Mine has been skiing since she was 3 y.o., and used to be put in the highest level adult group lessons, but unfortunately has regressed a bit in the last couple of years because of competition for her time between skiing and other sports.