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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I am trying to get information on children's skis and boots as I have to get new gear again this year for my kids. I have girl who is 11 years old, 111 pounds, 5'2" tall in her third full year of skiing. She mostly skis weekends with the Alta Youth Club (AYC) or with the family. AYC kids ski with the same children and instructor all year at Alta ski area in Utah. I also have a boy who is 8 years old, 60 pounds, 4'2" tall in his third full year who also skis mostly weekends with AYC or with the family. While I know a little and can find out a lot about adult ski gear, I have found that information on children's ski gear is non-existent or limited to basic, entry level packages for kids or race gear. I am trying to find out about all-mountain recreational gear for intermediate to advanced children. I also wonder if I should keep my daughter in kid's gear or if she should move up to women's specific skis and boots. My concern is that this gear might be too stiff or advanced for her.
post #2 of 14
Will she have the same instructor as last year? Maybe you can ask them. I take some of my students shopping around Columbus day to make sure they are in gear that is going to work for them.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
I did ask, but unfortunately, despite promises, never got an answer. I guess I can wait a little longer and hope to see them when they come back in the fall, but was hoping to buy their new gear during the summer/off-season sales.
post #4 of 14
Hi Zman,

A few questions;

How many seasons do you want the older child's gear to last?

Will you hand down the gear to the next sibling?

Are the kids into the terrain park & half pipe?

Will they be going into deep snow on a regular basis?

Cheers,

Michael
post #5 of 14
The Ski School director at our club gave me this general rule:
1) Start with nose height
2) Add 5cm-10cm for agressive, strong skiers or kids heavier than average for their height.
- conversely -
3) Deduct 5cm-10cm if they are inexperienced, tentative or skinny.

The other general rule I have been told by instructors is to go shorter than longer - it is easier for kids to develop confidence on skis. I followed this advice and my kids progressed very well last year.

The following Rossi Link also lists weights/heights and applicable lengths for childrens/junior race skis.

http://www.rossignol.com/racecenter/...duct_guide.pdf

Happy deal making.
post #6 of 14
I also have the same problem for my 9 year old daughter. I would like to upgrade her equipment but almost everything is either for beginners or racers. She skis the whole mountain. Loves powder and is learning to ski bumps. The two skis I have thought about are the Volkl Supersport Jr. and the K2 Apache Jr. Does anybody have kids that have used either one of these? She is currently on Atomic Girlie Girl skis. She really wants the Volkls because thats what dad skis and she wants to have the same gear as me. But I want to get her what will help her improve the most.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by UTpowder
I also have the same problem for my 9 year old daughter. I would like to upgrade her equipment but almost everything is either for beginners or racers. She skis the whole mountain. Loves powder and is learning to ski bumps. The two skis I have thought about are the Volkl Supersport Jr. and the K2 Apache Jr. Does anybody have kids that have used either one of these? She is currently on Atomic Girlie Girl skis. She really wants the Volkls because thats what dad skis and she wants to have the same gear as me. But I want to get her what will help her improve the most.
1) Keep in mind that a starter childrens racing ski, a 'girl' ski and a normal child's ski from the same manufacturer are often the same ski each with cosmetics that appeal to the childs interest. If you can get the widths/radius from the manufactureres web site, that gives you a clearer picture of whether there are real differences or not.

2) Not withstanding comment 1, I have seen some kids' all mountain type skis that have bigger radiuses than their recreation or more junior racing skis.

3) My family's experiences are in relatively flat, icey Ontario. All-mountain is an infrequent trip us.
post #8 of 14
Hello skiers!

Here it is August and we are already getting excited about this years ski season. Needless to say, I am going to have to purchase new skis for my son this year. By the time the ski season starts he will be 6 years old. His current height is 4 ft. and weighs 53 lbs. He just began sking last season and skied quite in NC. He also excelled fairly quickly on our trip to Vail/Beaver Creek last March, skiing mostly intermediate slopes.

I am confused on what size ski to purchase, either a 110 or a 120. The 110 would fall just at the tip of his nose and the 120 would be just an inch shorter than his overall height. Obviously it would be nice to get two seasons out of the skis. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.




TIA,
Sean
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by SCA
Hello skiers!

Here it is August and we are already getting excited about this years ski season. Needless to say, I am going to have to purchase new skis for my son this year. By the time the ski season starts he will be 6 years old. His current height is 4 ft. and weighs 53 lbs. He just began sking last season and skied quite in NC. He also excelled fairly quickly on our trip to Vail/Beaver Creek last March, skiing mostly intermediate slopes.

I am confused on what size ski to purchase, either a 110 or a 120. The 110 would fall just at the tip of his nose and the 120 would be just an inch shorter than his overall height. Obviously it would be nice to get two seasons out of the skis. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.




TIA,
Sean
Out of 110 or 120, I'd go 110. Even that may be a little much, but if you want two seasons, a 100 might not fly.
post #10 of 14
I have six-year-old twins, who were five during last season. At the start of the season, the shorter one was about 45" and the taller one 48". We put them on season-long rentals, the shorter on 100s and the taller on 110s. If we were buying, we might've gone the next size up, but if they needed to move up mid-season, we could do that for free, so it was a no-brainer.

They're now about an inch or two taller than they were. Their respective quivers for the coming year are 110 Volkl Vertigos and 119 K2 Juvys for the shorter one, and 120 Rossi Xis and 131 Fischer Riu Jrs for the taller. They actually broke in the Juvys and Rius over July 4th weekend, and they were a little long for them for the first couple of hours, but they settled in quickly; I think they'll be perfect for next year.

For comparison's sake, they started the season skiing blues, and ended it on single-blacks and some off-piste, all at Alpine Meadows except July 4th at Mammoth.
post #11 of 14
BTW, I should have stated that he began skiing on 80cm skis last season. Obviously, they were too short, but I had purchased them for him when he was 3 yrs. old. So...that is what I started him on.
post #12 of 14
Just FYI, REI.com has kid's skis at half off. There are several to choose from, especially for the bigger kids.
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Michael:
I've been gone.
I'd like to get 2 seasons out of the skis.
She has a younger brother (4 years younger)
Not much into park and pipe. She is more into steep and deep, but could be mnore aggressive.
If we have another good year at Alta, she'll be into the powder. Her goal is face shots off Baldy Chutes, but she's not there yet, but does Gunsight and others like that.
I've been looking at the K2 Apache Junior or Rossignol Bandit Jr for her.
Volkl Supersport Junior for him.
post #14 of 14
Sorry for continuing to beat a dead horse, but I can't say enough good things about the K2 Apache Jr. My 5'7", 69lb daughter started skiing the 136 in February and went from being one of the slowest on her team (noncompetitive, mainly sidecountry) to skiing next to her coach. And at $75 at REI.com, free delivery to any REI store, it's a no brainer.
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