More info and responses
Hi all, and thanks for the messages.
The good news is that I think I have boots covered. I got him a pair of Atomic B9s (for $75 incl. shipping). His feet are about as big as mine, and haven't changed in over a year. I ski those boots and like 'em a lot -- they're reasonably easy to flex and fit our wide feet well. I think his feet have mostly stopped growing, but in the worst case, if he outgrows them, I've got a spare pair
I'd be happy to get him either new or used skis, and if I can get a season rental on a pair that will be good for him, that'd be OK as well. We season-rented the last 2 years, but I'm not satisfied that the equipment was right for him.
At the end of this season, he was skiing slowly on groomed easy intermediate slopes. We mostly ski at The Summit, Stevens Pass and Apex up in B.C.
More than anything else, I want a ski that will be easy for him to turn. If he spend half a season on them, skis out of them and needs something better, that's OK.
Yuki -- I agree with everything you say. And if I can get a sense of what skis he should be in, a season rental program will be great. Problem is that right now, I don't know some specific skis to look for, and I really don't know what length would be 'too long'.
Phil P -- As I said above, his feet may be done. And he doesn't seem to really have 'growth spurts'. He's been steadily near the top of his age group in height, and always 95 percentile or above he weight. He's not fat, just long-waisted, with broad shoulders and hips. Just like his dad actually
(I'm 6-2, 205)
Max -- I see a TenEighty and a Junior 1080. Are they the same except for length. I'm guessing I want to get him a ski in the 140 -- 160 range, and that appears to be about the break between Junior and Adult skis.
Manus -- From what I see of the PE, it seems like the ski he might like next year if he improves the way I hope this year. But for now, I think twin tips will just distract him from learning to ski.
Spendrift -- I live over in Kitsap -- those places are a bit of a haul. I've been meaning to go into Kitsap Sports -- their ski guys seem pretty knowledgeable. But I like to be a bit informed before I go talk to salesmen -- hence this thread
BTW, I totally agree about good equipment. My first year skiing I had wooden skis with screw-on metal edges, cable bindings and lace-up leather boots. Second year, I got some Head 360s and step-in bindings -- big difference. I actually started to carve a few turns. Third year, added buckle boots (still leather, but much more lateral stability). Huge difference!
Again, thanks to all of you. Feel free to add any specific ski and length recommendations.