Originally Posted by Max_501
Without seeing him skiing we can only guess. Some of the following with help turn the guess into a guestimate.
1) How many days of skiing per season?
2) How many seasons so far?
3) How many race seasons?
4) Does he carve his GS turns?
5) Does he carve (as much as possible) his SL turns?
When looking at used skis keep in mind that they do have a finite lifespan. I don't know how long the Solly's last, but if they are on their way out he will have a tough time holding an edge with them. How many days have the Solly's been used?
Thanks again to everyone.
My son has been skiing since he turned 4 years old (November 2003). I was a kid's ski instructor at a local midwest resort (though I've only started downhill skiing myself -- waterskier for many years and needed a winter activity) and he shadowed/joined every single lesson I taught for three seasons. He is extremely strong and athletic (I know, I'm his father, but it's accurate) and does things physically that just can't be taught. He was skiing in parallel, and carving/edging both skis by the middle of that season. He skies everything in sight, and is afraid of nothing (granted, his skiing is in the midwest, so consider that perspective). We went to Indianhead Resort in U.P. Michigan when he was 4, and his instructor had him skiing blacks all over. It freaked his mother out, but she wasn't with him every weekend teaching ski classes like I was. I said GREAT!
This season as a 7 year old was his fourth ski season, and his first race season. He competed in a 3-state midwest junior race league with 4 meets, and by the third event he was medaling (with bump-ups of other racers, of course). He even scored points for the team at the first meet. He did as well or better than third year racers who were in third grade (he's a Nov. kid, so only a first grader). For J6's returning in 2008, he'd be at or near the top for next year, and given his early success and competitive drive, I'm sure he'll do well.
How many days this season? Probably 30. In his life? In four seasons; probably over 100.
He definitely carves his turns in GS, though I'm sure some skidding comes into play frequently in SL, but generally he's carving, even in SL.
The Salomons I'm looking to buy can't even be measured in days skied, but runs. They were literally only used for SL races, two for a meet. Four meets plus Nastar Nationals for the girl who used them. I'm talking maybe 8-12 runs total. Not even the equivalent to one day of practice -- consider them new. However, he will use them for practice and events.
I can't say that "this girl used these skis this past season as a J6, so my son should be able to..." She is a freak of nature. I'm sure there's no one better than her in the country for her age. No exaggeration. She's probably been racing since she could walk. She's bigger than my son now, though he'll certainly grow by next season. But he would be stronger and more developed muscularly now and in 2008.