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Ski choice for 4.5 year old

post #1 of 18
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I have two skis to choose from and I'm not sure which would be the better ski for him. They'll be used for hopefully two seasons. Skiier will be a 4.5 year old boy begginer.

He absolutely loves the mountains, snow, and skiing (so far). The only melt down he has all day is when we return the rental equipment. So I've decided to get him his own so all will be good.

The two I have to choose from are

Blizzard Spider Junior /w Marker Logic 2 bindings
K2 Escape Junior /w Marker M 450 bindings

Boots are a Nordica GP T2 if that makes any difference. I know K2 is a good brand but haven't heard much about Blizzard.

elp!
post #2 of 18
Skis for children don't have much in the way of performance, so it doesn't make any difference which one you choose in my opinion, as long as they are appropriate in length have a shaped sidecut. Blizzard is an Austrian ski company that's been around for a long time, and is making a comeback in the US.

Mike
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by mmckimson View Post
Skis for children don't have much in the way of performance, so it doesn't make any difference which one you choose in my opinion, as long as they are appropriate in length have a shaped sidecut. Blizzard is an Austrian ski company that's been around for a long time, and is making a comeback in the US.

Mike
Yep...agree with Mike..get the ones that look cooler.
post #4 of 18
Only issues we had with the little ones was that a lot of kid skis have the binding mounted back and the rear-entry boots didn't help either. I had noticed that my daughter was skiing from the back seat a lot but I didn't realize it was the equipment until their ski instructors pointed out that they were being hampered by the mount location and the boots. Once both of these items were changed the kids' skiing skills took off.
post #5 of 18
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Yep...agree with Mike..get the ones that look cooler.
Allow me to qualify what billy said. Let him get the ones that he thinks are cooler. It's that simple.

At his size and age, the only difference from one ski to the next is graphics and shape. Generally speaking, the later the model, the shapier the skis. Even the length offerings are pretty much the same. I've been told that ones from the same year's model all come off a handful of production lines.

Like S/S pointed out, pay some attention to boot size. Don't go way oversize (say over 1 mondo size) just to save a few bucks. IMHO, rear entry still works for this age and level. In a couple of years tho, you may want to going with a mid to front entry that has two to three buckles.

As for the mounting of the binding, just take them to a reputable shop. They will fix you up.
post #6 of 18
The Blizzard Spider Jr is not a ski that Blizzard makes at the moment. At least what I can see from their webb site. Found a link to a shop that sells such skis for 49USD + 25USD shipping and that is cheap as hell but skis also look kind of oldfashion and dull. The new children Blizzards look great. My kid has different skis but uses the Blizzards because of some sort of Pokeomon figure named that way. Most children skis are made in the same factory. Many anyway. Ski length is important. Chin length is good. 90cm is about as low as I would go. 110cm would be too long. Yes, bindings are usually too far back. I like to have raicer plates on my kids bindings.
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys.

Seems like I've done alright. His boots are a mid entry, and did get 1 mondo over. bindings were already mounted but may have them remounted if need be. The ski school put him in 80's and I got him some 88s. Felt like he might still be a little small for a 100 still.

They're a Christmas present so he can't really pick them out but he's looked at enough that I know what he would like. Went ahead and got the K2 Escape. Kinda a bright silver ski with Bright yellow graphics.
post #8 of 18
That's funny because I'm 21 and "santa" is bringing me some new skis as well! haha, hope he enjoys them.
post #9 of 18
Santa ROCKS!

post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Yeah, a lot like those

post #11 of 18
I coached 4, 5 & 6 year olds in a seasonal program for many years. Here are 2 things I recommend to parents. 1 - find a reputable shop and do a seasonal rental - should they grow, or improve during the season, you can trade up. 2 - heal lifts in the boots do wonders to help little ones stay forward.
post #12 of 18
I've had two sons start at the age of 4, and one started on Fischers in a 100, and the other in a Dynastar in a 90. A 90 is far safer and easier to turn, unless your child can really rip and likes speed (more stable). Oddly, both started with just the right skis in retrospect. In contrast, my 3.5 year old just started, and he skis on Head 77's, which are really small, but so is he, so they are working great. I'm sure he'll be on the 90s next season, even though he already turns with parallel skis after 3 times out, and skiing with no real assistance, other than throwing him on and off the chair. he's a little peanut (much smaller than the other ones).

As for the binding mount position, I'm not sure how much flexibility there is...I think all those little skis I mentioned have them seemingly back, but I'm pretty sure they are all mounted according to specs.

I also don't know a single little one who doesn't ski in the back seat. I taught for a number of years (including my sons who shadowed in the lessons), and they all sat in the back seat. I've got my little one with his hands out in front of him shooting guns, but they will only fire if he's pushing the front of his boots with his legs! But eben with all that, I just think the way theyare built and weighted puts them back. They eventually grow out of it.

The Nordica GP TJ is a nice boot. I've used it, but not until they were 6 or 7. Used Dalbello rear-entry boots prior to that (17.5 for the 4 year olds; 16.5 for the 3.5 year old).
post #13 of 18
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Yeah, a lot like those

Remember on Christmas Day!

We gotta see what his face looks like when he opens them!
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
It's the X-wife's year for Christmas eve and day. He'll open them on the 27th when we have "our" Christmas morning. Then off for 5 days in Winter Park on the 28th.

Hate splitting the holidays but at least I have custody, so time away from "home" for him is short.

I'm sure I'll have some pics.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by T-Square View Post
Remember on Christmas Day!

We gotta see what his face looks like when he opens them!
as per request...





new goggles and brain bucket too
post #16 of 18
OHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by catdaddyxx View Post
Nice length on those, I hate to see people go too long.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
Nice length on those, I hate to see people go too long.
Notice that the skis are longer than they seem with the stretch of the neck. How exciting for the kid!!!
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