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post #31 of 46
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Originally Posted by Skiing-in-Jackson View Post
Only two people in this thread say adult skis. Make that three.

Cheers UT Powder for the Scratch BC pics. Great pics they are! My daughter 12 y/o, fine boned & not heavy skied a Scratch BC 150 last season for 100+ days here in JH and loved it. She skied it in all conditions and it worked great.

It was a little big last year, so she'll ski it again this year.

Lots of tweeners in this town both girls and boys) are skiing on women's gear. Weights and flex just seem to work out.
In the west.....
post #32 of 46
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Originally Posted by gtop View Post
She's 5'2"
About a 145 length +/-5. (Depends on the model) You need to check for length -- sometimes 140 is not 140.

I know the 140 Elan RCS does not contain metal. Don't worry about the 'racing' designation. It's a fine eastern ski.

You can also try the Nordica spitfire jr. they make both a 140 and 150 with wood cores, though I have no experience with this model. I'd go 150 here.

The Nordica SLJ without metal (141) could work well too. It has a plate, but no metal.

The problem with 150 in a race ski, is that they've all got metal and are plated. This would not be a good combination.

I'd lean towards 150, as I'd imagine she's going to grow -- however, sometimes and intermediate is not really an intermediate. What intermediate says is "not a beginner, and not advanced". Thas a pretty wide range, and tough to recommend a ski -- so 140 if closer to the low end and 150 if closer to the high end would be what I'd say. In either case, no metal.
post #33 of 46
Thread Starter 
She skis really fast on blues and easier blacks. Does a good job of getting her skis up on edge in turns. She does not ski moguls yet. But is always looking for that one lone mogul or jump on the side of the trail.
post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by BigE View Post
Junior skis for sure.

Know any 85 lb adults?
Of course there are, but they are looking for junior skis.
post #35 of 46
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Originally Posted by gtop View Post
Anybody familiar with the Fischer RC4 Competition JR? Seems to me like its just a notch down from a full blown race ski. Thanks for the replies and opinions, keep 'em coming.
The Competition is for targeted for race development but they are not race stock for sure. Certainly, you can free ski on them -- probably mostly on groomers though.
post #36 of 46
I've been thinking a little more about this. IMHO she would do just fine on the right Jr. or right adult ski. For the adult ski I would look for something on the softer side. The local Moutain may have a season rental program that will allow her to try differnt skis. By doing this you would be able to find out what will work best for her. I always thinks its best to have them on a ski that is just slightly ahead of their ability. This allows them to push it to the next level.
post #37 of 46
Thread Starter 
I came across leftover Apache Jr's. They're the ones with the black topsheet and the wood core. From the description it looks like they may be a great choice. Any opinions?
post #38 of 46
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Originally Posted by gtop View Post
I came across leftover Apache Jr's. They're the ones with the black topsheet and the wood core. From the description it looks like they may be a great choice. Any opinions?
Yes. Those are great skis. My son skied them as a 12-13 year old ... he was definitely bigger than 5'2" 85 lb at that time, and he took them everywhere.
post #39 of 46
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
I find it difficult to believe that a 13 year old 85 lb girl is in a 25.5 ski boot, with a good enough fit to use skis to their potential, or hers, for that matter.
Check her boots
Rare but they are out there (at least close to being that size). I shell fitted a 11/12 yo at our swap with similar height and weight in a pair of 25.5 with a half to one size to spare. The mom insisted that 26.5 was too tight and they were trying on 27.5s when I spotted them. After spending a bit more time with the kid, I speculated that she never had her old boots buckled like they were supposed to so her feet were sliding forwarded hitting the toes.

Now, no matter how soft the boots (even for big feet), flex is a big issue for a small/light body. Both ankle and cuff positions are going to be way high for them to be effective. A large jr. boot with soft flex (like the Rossi JR1) is probably the only way to go.
post #40 of 46
I'm a 25.5 now, and my feet haven't grown very much since I was 10 or 11. I believe I was about 5'4" at 11 years old, and maybe 90 lb. So I can believe that, easily.
post #41 of 46
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
I'm a 25.5 now, and my feet haven't grown very much since I was 10 or 11. I believe I was about 5'4" at 11 years old, and maybe 90 lb. So I can believe that, easily.
There's always and odd duck in the group.
post #42 of 46
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Originally Posted by gtop View Post
How well is a race ski going to perform/act when free skiimg?
The jr race skis work really well for free skiing too.

If your daughter isn't racing, she could go a bit longer for more all-round versatility: maybe 140 for a jr SL, 145 for a jr GS.

If she did want to race, at 85 lbs she would need a shorter ski to hold a clean edge in a race course.

At 13, I'd lean towards SL skis for better skill development.
post #43 of 46
Thread Starter 
thanks for all the replies and advice. I just ordered Apache Jr's (the older wood core models). They seem like a great ski for her.
post #44 of 46
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Originally Posted by COSkiGirl View Post
There's always and odd duck in the group.
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Exactly ... just letting them know it isn't unheard of.
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