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Ski size for a 9 year old

post #1 of 13
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.

Thanks
post #2 of 13
Just so happens I just helped a girlfriend get skis for her 9 yr old daughter. She is a little aggressive and actually has her carve turns down pretty well. We got her a Volkl Jr Pro, 140 cm. we had some question about going with a 130.

If I were you, I'd think seriously about 130-140 ish in length.
post #3 of 13
I think the biggest mistake parents make is buying skis that are too long for their kids. Almost every ski I looked at for kids (and the ones I see kids using on the slopes) are usually too long for their ability level and the binding mounts are way too far back (especially considering kids have a tough time keeping their weight forward due to their physiology).

My strong recommendation is to go much shorter than will be typically suggested until the child has a firm grasp on parallel turns and how to use their edges properly. I'd also go with a more forward mount.

Please take a serious look at the Elan Spidy in 90cm. Your son may be nine, but at only 50 lbs. and about 130cm tall he would be much happier on skis that will allow him to progress at a much faster rate.

Here's link to these skis that includes an excellent easily adjustable Tyrolia binding (it can be adjusted further forward to improve the fore/aft positioning of boot): http://www.skiboards.com/skiboards/elan/spidy.html

Have fun!
post #4 of 13
Chin height.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Chin height.
For learning I agree with Phil.
post #6 of 13
I agree too. Chin height should be the max. It's better to be a little shorter than Chin height if you try to get a second season from them, than it is to have them too long for the first of the 2 seasons. If you are going to err, do so on the shorter side. The child will be happier on the shorter ski. Actually, those I see on the shorter skis (ones some here would consider too small for them) tend to do better and progress faster.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

110 cm instead of the 120 cm?????

So, my son’s chin is 44” or 111.8 cm and his nose is 46” or 116.8 cm from the floor, so dose this mean that we should go with the 110 cm instead of the 120 cm that the ski shop owner recommended? Even though the skis are a tad shorter than his chin.

Thanks as always you guys are great
post #8 of 13
I'd like to just say....this is why I love this forum. I had an uneducated opinion and there are people waaaaayyyyy smarter than I am who set it straight. The older I get the more I learn!
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Moving the bindings forward.

Thanks for the info on moving the bindings forward. How much forward would you suggest?
post #10 of 13
The length issue boils down to manueverability v. stability. I go for the shorter, easier to turn ski every time. Chin high is long enough.
post #11 of 13
My initial reaction on reading the original post was 110, possibly 120. Fifty pounds is light.

Of course, he'll probably have a huge growth spurt this summer, but that's the risk you take.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by wanting-to-ski
So, my son’s chin is 44” or 111.8 cm and his nose is 46” or 116.8 cm from the floor, so dose this mean that we should go with the 110 cm instead of the 120 cm that the ski shop owner recommended? Even though the skis are a tad shorter than his chin.

Thanks as always you guys are great
You can't go too short with today's equipment (110 max is good) especially when he's still in his earlier learning phase (and compounded with his light weight). He'll go a bit slower with a shorter ski but so what. Technique is the most important and he'll be good for his learning. When he's advanced to another level, then worry about the optimal length.

BTW, if you're thinking about boots too, make sure they are soft flex, again judging by his weight and skill level. Too stiff a boot (and binding too far back) will hinder his learning and will re-enforce a bad habit that all kids have (the potty position).
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by chanwmr
You can't go too short with today's equipment (110 max is good) especially when he's still in his earlier learning phase (and compounded with his light weight). He'll go a bit slower with a shorter ski but so what. Technique is the most important and he'll be good for his learning. When he's advanced to another level, then worry about the optimal length.

BTW, if you're thinking about boots too, make sure they are soft flex, again judging by his weight and skill level. Too stiff a boot (and binding too far back) will hinder his learning and will re-enforce a bad habit that all kids have (the potty position).
100% agreement.

In regards to the boot stiffness issue, I posted another thread about the Dolomite KID boots that I found. They're a nice 1 buckle front-entry that don't have a stiff plastic upper - small kids can actually flex them forward.
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