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Little Guy Skis, Size & Brand

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Now that my wife and I have replaced our 1980’s skis with new ones, I guess we should think about our kids.

What size of ski should our 9-year-old son be on? He’s is 51 inches tall (4’ 3” or 129.5 cm) and weighs about 50 pounds. He’s still snow plowing for the most part on the greens but beginning to parallel on the bunny slopes.

post #2 of 6
DONT BUY ANYTHING!!!!! except a good helmet and warm gloves or mittens and thin ski socks (not tube socks).

Go to the local ski shop and do a seasonal lease. You can lease new or used stuff. Look at the used stuff first, often times it has never been used or used 1-2 times (not so with adult rentals). We leased use stuff that was so barely used the top sheets weren't even scratched!

My 9 year old daughter is 53" tall and 60 pounds. She started skiing two seasons ago. Last season AND this season we had to exchange the boots because she outgrew them mid-season. Skis...she started on 117's, last season 120's, this season 125's.

My point, unless he is an olympic protege, requiring the "best" gear to remain competitive, it is not worth buying. He will outgrow what ever you buy him so fast you will be throwing away money. Lease decent stuff and exchange it as he grows.

I mean no offense here, but at your sons skill level there is not going to be an issue with brand. Generally speaking the ski should come to his lower lip. The ski shop wil size him for boots and skis. Make sure, spend time in the store (bring a video game, magazine, etc...) to make sure the boots are comfy. Have him wear them for a while in the store to make sure they do not cause cramps or soreness. If his feet are not comfortable, he will not enjoy skiing...regardless of which ski you get him.

Good luck,
post #3 of 6
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How much would a typical lease be? With end of season deals we have located some packages for just a little over $100. I'm not sure that our local shops do leases; I guess I need to ask.

post #4 of 6
We lease in NY - $89.00 seasonal lease (used) for skis, poles, and boots. New lease I believe was $149.00. Even if I were to buy her equipment, midway through this season and last season, I would have had to buy her new boots. Kids their age grow too much to make it economical to buy gear.

post #5 of 6
Just like your skis .... replace the kids with models that have fully grown. You will save a ton of $$$$$$$$ on gear lost and gear outgrown.
post #6 of 6

on a serious note

What Scott K said is the best answer. As they grow or become more advanced, many shops will make changes in mid season.

As they get better, you can lease higher end gear for just a few dollars more.

I wish I knew about this when my kid was smaller. Not to mention the growing "stockpile" that too good to toss and not worth selling.

One trip at the start of the season and one trip at the end.
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