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post #31 of 47
Stache,
The experience I have with the school kids tells me it HAS to be as you described.
BUT I really think that one is no longer available.
Mental is one of the more prominent helmet cover producers and I don't see it on their web site
http://www.mentalgear.com/SearchResu...?CategoryID=12
Also Helmet Headz:
http://www.breckenridgehatcompany.co...tCat50944.ctlg

I will check at a few local shops to see if there's something in their stock, and let you know what I find out.

There is also this, somewhat new product line, but still no mouse.
http://www.crazeeheads.com/ezcart/plushList.cfm
post #32 of 47
I do not think you are spoiling your daughter. Spending 1000s of dollars on her own TV, latest XBOX 360 game, her own computer for her bedroom, and her very own cell phone, now that is a spoiled child. Used ski equipment to enjoy the great outdoors is never spoiling your child, when all the other kids are home with their TV, XBOX, and cell phones.

Its sad that many young kids today don't own insulated snow pants or any warm clothing to spend more than 30 minutes outside in the great outdoors. Parents just don't buy that stuff anymore. They buy computer games instead.
post #33 of 47
Stache, REI was running some good online sales on kids helmets earlier this year. But it sounds like your daughter is probably 12 or 13 by now, so she may well be in an adult helmet.

Sierratradingpost.com has been running some good deals, and you can probably wait for one of their sales. Steepandcheap.com also has helmets pretty regularly.

My suggestion is to measure her head properly and check online sales religiously.
post #34 of 47
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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
Sierratradingpost.com has been running some good deals, and you can probably wait for one of their sales.

Bern Brentwood
for $50, available in XS (19.75"-20.5"), and in gray to match the Luvs.
post #35 of 47
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Originally Posted by Stache View Post
Am I spoiling her????
No! Not even close!!
post #36 of 47
New pair Rossi Power 9s and Vokyl Racetigers for my 9 year old daughter this year, plus boots, is what I'm into so far this year. I don't think it's spoiling as it keeps her active, outdoors, and not in front of tv all the time. The first thing she wants to do when she's home from school is ride her bike but unfortunately the days are getting shorter for that. The point is she's active and has fun so how can that be spoiling her?

Nah, you're not spoiling her.
post #37 of 47
You were likely aware of the answer to your question when you posted it.

You know that you are not spoiling her.

That being said, be sure to avoid equating ski equipment with either:

A.) Fashion accessories

B.) Skill-level

With regard to the former, you run the risk of creating a "Hardgoods

Fashion Victim"- they exist everywhere in sports, the pages of Epicski, I

have seen, are not immune to their residence.

As to the latter: You might want to avoid equating her ski equipment to her skill level.

Sure, the equipment features must need improvement as her own skills evolve,

...but you run the risk of creating the mindset whereby a skier judges

themself and others by the equipment they ski on.

This syndrome, too, is evident even on Epicski at times.

Thank You

Hem
post #38 of 47
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the leads gang, and for your insight Hem.
REWARD for anyone finding a grey mouse helmet cover with pink ears.
Second choice a grey bunny with pink ears. But she Really wants the mouse and of course with there being one or two rare ones around she knows they exist(ed).
post #39 of 47
Stache:
Upon viewing your website, it appears we have associates in common.

I used to work with one of your examiners, Otto with his Swiss-American
Ski-tour company.

I helped to talk him in to embracing the PSIA many

years back.

I worked (weekends/some eves) with your old boss, Eddie, when he first

arrived from Europe, at

the School where his Older brother was Assistant Director in 1971.

I was an undergrad in Manhattan at the time.

You and I may have met

Hem
post #40 of 47
My son is 11 and has been skiing since he was 4. Last year he was on snow 45+ days.

He has 3 pair of Atomic Jr. race skis (with 2 new pair on order), Atomic race boots (with a new pair on order), a snowboard, boots, etc. , Karbon Equipe ski suit, Spyder race suit, Garneau race suit, Auclair race gloves, etc., etc, etc. I consider the cost of all of this the best money I can spend.

When we do first tracks on White Nitro at Sugarloaf USA (which he has been skiing since he was 8) I know this is the best money I can spend.
post #41 of 47
Thread Starter 
We knew this was coming but put it off as long as we could.
Picked up the rest of the now 12 year olds ensemble
New boots $150 (her ability and size preclude the cheap ones anymore)
New helmet $80 (should last four years head is almost full grown)
New poles $20 (why can't I glue back on the two inches we cut off last years new poles?)
Binding cal to the new Boots $20
add this to the previously mentioned skiis $333 and we are knocking on the door of the big G.

And YES, she is Worth it! Merit Roll 89.3 on her report card (missed Honor Roll by .2).
post #42 of 47
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Originally Posted by Stache View Post
We knew this was coming but put it off as long as we could.
Picked up the rest of the now 12 year olds ensemble
New boots $150 (her ability and size preclude the cheap ones anymore)
New helmet $80 (should last four years head is almost full grown)
New poles $20 (why can't I glue back on the two inches we cut off last years new poles?)
Binding cal to the new Boots $20
add this to the previously mentioned skiis $333 and we are knocking on the door of the big G.

And YES, she is Worth it! Merit Roll 89.3 on her report card (missed Honor Roll by .2).
My daughter is now 17 and has been skiing on and off since she was six. As she has grown I have constantly updated her gear. She now has three skis in her quiver so that we can ski similar kinds of terrain together, and I am actually looking to get her another pair this year, so you can always spend more. Skiing is something we enjoy doing together, and as your kids get into their teens they go in other directions unless you work at keeping things together. So I wouldn't view this as spoiling, I would view it as an investment in relationship building.
post #43 of 47
I just spent a lot of money at Green Mountain Orthotics lab having all three of my kids set up with new footbeds and haveng their boots fitted and aligned. Their footbeds list for afround $200, and the other services cost, too. Further, at a nearby ski shop we found a great buy on some leftover Salomon skis for my daughter, marked down from around $1125 to around $400. My youngest son is in new boots (around $300) this season, but appears finally to have stopped his foot growth. My daughter needed another ski jacket at around $150. My older son needed new ski pants (inexpensive becasue they don't make the good stuff in a real 3XL). I got a new round of helmets, taking advantage of closeouts. My daughter and older son have at least two pairs of skis available for each. my youngest son only has one pair becaus I am not sure I can pass down any of his equipment, as he is only 5'6" and 130 lbs.. This has in some ways been a less expensive year for equipment than some prior years when everyone needed a major piece of equipment.

I look at it this way- I want my kids to have a positive association with skiing, and good equipment makes skiing much better. Enjoy gettting your daughter a new set of equipment every year. Just one kid is not too expensive at all. You have just so much time to share with your daughter- make it as good as you can.
post #44 of 47
As one who has been where you are at with my own two kids I AM a SLOOOOW LEARNER cuz i 'm still practicing the "spoiling game" with my 4 grandkids

Best damn fun i've had in many a yr

Hey MAKING Memories is PRICELESS :thumbs up:
post #45 of 47
You will take pics when you get her on the new equipment, won't you?

We wanna see a trip report with 12 yo smiles and Daddy Pride!
post #46 of 47
Stache, I'm in the same boat as you. My 12 year old daughter got new boots and skis this year too. So did my 14 year old son. Add passes to that and I'm just about broke.: I could have been a lot worse if it hadn't been for the deals dawgcatching has.

My daughter definately earned it. She made the A/B honor roll. My son, OTOH, ...

We're finally getting cold enough to make snow in OH, we should get to ski soon.
post #47 of 47
stache,
as a previous poster mentioned, if your kid starts racing you will soon realize that you aint spoiling her.

To give you a frame of reference I have two sons that ski race. The oldest is now 15 and will be racing throughout the western US and Alaska. 4 new pair of skiis (OK, we only had to buy one of those), new Race suit (I bought him one for 350$ but he likes the $700 one better in his dreams). My youngest is 12 and he has some hand me down stuff and a new pr of slalom skiis.

My ex (his mom) tells me this is better than drug rehab and I agree. He did get a 4.0 last semester and will be skiing full time this winter, at least 5 days a week.

Good luck sounds like you are doing great!
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