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My 12-year-old, about 85lbs and 5', has been skiing on seasonal rentals. This season he was on 140cm Fischer JFX. I would say he is becoming a solid intermediate, comfortable on blues in the Northeast (e.g., Stowe), some blacks at places like Sunapee, and just starting to show some interest in smaller moguls on blues. He is starting to try to carve more, but is mostly skidding. I wonder if his skis are holding him back. I don't know much about the JFX.

We're thinking of buying him some better skis for next year. Should I be looking at something like the RC4 Race Junior or RC4 Competition Junior or something more like the RXJ? I'd really like him to develop a nice slalom-ish style when on groomed runs.

Like all kids his age, he likes to duck off the run for those edge of run jumps, etc. Should I be considering something more all terrain? I basically grew up skiing on old-school slalom skis, so I really don't know much about this class of skis and how much they give up on piste.

I'm guessing about 150cm is right for him, but maybe that is too long? We would like him to get 2-3 years out of these skis if possible before handing them down.

--Lee
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FWIW, my 10 year's confidence and carves bumped up a notch when I tweaked his edge bevels to a 1:3. They soared when I put him on 10cm longer skis with more stability at higher speeds. At 4' 4" he's at a 128cm ski and I'm thinking he will be almost right for a 138 by next season. I would bet a 150 wouldn't be too long for your kid.

(FWIW, it went another level when he learned how to sharpen and polish his own ski edges.)

HTH
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He is starting to try to carve more, but is mostly skidding. I wonder if his skis are holding him back. I don't know much about the JFX.
What is his skill background? Self taught? Friend taught? Family taught? Or, ski/race school taught? Based on your information, I doubt the skidding is caused by his present skis unless they are straight.

As for equipment, an all-mountain jr or a multi-event "race" ski (such as the Fischer Competition that you mention) would probably work well for him. That way he can play in all kinds of terrains while nudging/leaping up his all around skills.
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