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5 yr old: What size skis?

post #1 of 13
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Thanks for earlier posts. My son is 4 yrs old, and we're done skiing for this year. However plan to get skis and bindings used off ebay, yard sales, ski swaps, etc. Right now he is 43" tall and 40 lbs. I'm thinking 90cm maybe 100cm skis would be good, hoping he'll get two seasons out of them. He would be 6 then. Will either rent boots or buy beginning of season. To date makes turns, gets off left by himself and stops all on his own. No edge-wedgie. Is a ski in the 90-100cm the way to go?

Thanks
post #2 of 13
I have to say my dd just turned 6 and she's tall for her age (90th %). This year for Christmas we got her 90s. I think unless she sprouts some more she'll be good for them next year as well. She was able to give up her edgie wedgie as well first outing this year and is doing some almost parallel turns.

I was amazed at the difference between last year and this year! :

good luck!
post #3 of 13
My 5 year old is about the size of your son (42 lbs) and this is his first season. He skis on 90cm this year and is a level 5, able to ski blue trails, get on and off lifts and is transitioning to parellel.
post #4 of 13
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=51546

Here is a link to a thread re: my 4.5 year old. She did best on 80 cm skis, about 34 lbs, and 39-40 inches tall.
post #5 of 13
chin height. Do not plan on getting 2 seasons out of a ski, if you do, fine, but do not get a longer ski now, at that age you want to make it as easy as possible for him.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
chin height. Do not plan on getting 2 seasons out of a ski, if you do, fine, but do not get a longer ski now, at that age you want to make it as easy as possible for him.
Phil said it perfectly!
post #7 of 13
My lad's 5 and a half, 117cm (roughly 47") and has skied 100s this season. It was his first season, and he's taken everything in his stride. As an aside, he skied his first half pipe on Sunday, not once but six times - park rat in the making and he's already demanding twin-tips the cheeky so-and-so.

I expect him to be on 110s for next season, and if he's good he might just get a pair of 118 Dogen Jrs, 119 Juvys or similar for Christmas that he can grow into.
post #8 of 13
I agree with what Phil said. Chin height. Don't buy too long early to try to double up years. If you do try to get two years, buy the proper length for the first year and have him on a ski a little too short the second year. Do not buy too long and let him grow into them. If he's miserable on the too long skis the first year and ends up hating it, the 2nd year really doesn't matter does it?

My kids 5yo, just got bumped Level 5, 45lbs and 46" (or is it 46lbs and 45"). He's on 90cm. He handles them fine but he does get knocked around a tad when the snow is bumpy. Probably 100cm would be perfect for him now but it's end of season. Since I don't know how much he will grow over the summer, I'm probably not going to buy until fall as I won't know whether 100 or 110 will be better.

If you son is 43" tall, then 100s now would be a bit too long. They might be just right for next season if he grows 2+".
post #9 of 13
I would suggest if Jenny is un willign to change name the (s)he should get banned. but tath also leaves irul&ublo.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
chin height. Do not plan on getting 2 seasons out of a ski, if you do, fine, but do not get a longer ski now, at that age you want to make it as easy as possible for him.
That's a good point. I posted earlier that we've always gotten 2 years out of skis, but we never bought long for that purpose. The skis are probably eye/nose height the first season, and then somewhere between chin and shoulder by the end of the next.

Two ski seasons isn't really two full years (usually Thanksgiving to end of March for us, about 16 months), so it isn't really two years of their growth you need to worry about. The skis tend to be a tad short for the last month or two, but it's only a problem on powder days.

Then we go up 15 to 20 cm for the next year, and start over.
post #11 of 13
Learn2Turn, my son has been in PolarKids for the last 6 Sundays with his last lesson this Sunday. Has your little one been in lessons on Sundays also? My son is level 5 also. By the way, I am a Ranger at Wachusett.
post #12 of 13
mizzen44,

My 2 cents. The rule of thumb is the ski should be between the nose and chin when standing on end. To get 2 seasons, get one that is to the nose, so it may be to the chin the following year. Many shops offer a seasonal rental of skis and boots, which many familys find a nice way to go. That way, the equipment is sized for only one season and returned at the end of the season.

RW
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Learn2Turn, my son has been in PolarKids for the last 6 Sundays with his last lesson this Sunday. Has your little one been in lessons on Sundays also? My son is level 5 also. By the way, I am a Ranger at Wachusett.
I'll PM you so as not to bore the rest of the people on the thread.
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