The shop at my local hill had what appeared to be a really nice deal on some '08 junior race skis, SL and GS Volkl Racetigers and Nordica Dobermanns. My 9 year old daughter has expressed an interest in racing, so I was tempted to grab a pair before they were gone. Our local hill is in the NASTAR program and I've been trying to gather information on that...seemed to me that all the races of that kind I'd seen at our place were slalom, so I was thinking about SL instead of GS skis.
Thing is, she's never been on advanced skis, and definitely does not tend have a "quick turn" style of skiing at this point. I even catch her doing stem turns (think that's the right term) on occasion instead of staying parallel. She handles difficult terrain well when it's groomed, but needs to tighten her technique up...she's been resisting lessons fiercely, but I'm going to insist on a few before the season ends. I feel guilty for not pushing her more into lessons, but she literally cries about it...I don't know why, she had always loved them in the past.
I'm not sure if this is a good chance to expose her to a new type of skiing she'd love at a good price or a potentially huge mistake. I could try renting race stuff for her to try out, but that would really be a pretty fair percentage of the sale price I saw. I'm not sure if the shop would let her demo a pair and apply the cost of that to a sale.
Any thoughts? Are these skis going to throw her for a loop?