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Adult Vs. Junior skis for a short, beginner, adult female

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Hi!

I just went to buy a ski package for my wife, a beginner adult, 4'11" or so.  The smallest adult packages were a little to big for her (in height of ski), and roughly 2X's the price.

Since she's a beginner (and very timid overall...I don't ever see her skiing bumps or fast at all!.....)

Would it be OK to buy Junior ski's for her?  The ski length and boot sizes were more appropriate for her.  The ski-tech at the store said the Jr. skis had styrofoam cores that aren't suitable for adults.  The adult skis had wood cores that demanded the 2X price.


My 7 yr old daughter ski's 4X's as hard as the wife does (and ever will!) on size-appropriate Junior ski's with no problems.

The difference being, of course, the daughter is 1/3 the weight of the wife.



What do you think?

Go with tall Junior ski's, or the shortest possible adult women's ski's possible for a woman in her 30's who won't ever break 15 MPH unless its on the back of a snowmobile?
post #2 of 2
If you go about this properly, you will have a ski partner for life so view this response in that context rather than the "how can I get it cheap" context.

Buy her good boots from a boot fitter not a box store.
Get her good clothes that she likes.
Plan on investing in professional instruction (as much as it takes)
Rent a short "teaching" ski the first few times she takes lessons.
..................................OR...............................................
You can find adult skis as short as maybe 135 cm or so. That's short enough.

IF you buy short skis, consider them a disposable purchase and buy her longer/better ones when she needs them.

If you go cheap, your results will likely reflect your investment.

SJ
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