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ski length for my kiddo

post #1 of 15
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Last year he spent his first 7 days on skis and did well on a set of 88cm K2's that I picked up for him.  This year when I do the math his heighth and weight tell me he should be on a 100cm set.  Would he still be alright on the 88's since he's still very new to skiing or should I spring for the new sticks?  Was really hopping to get two seasons out of these.  As of now he is 5 years old, 45 pounds and 3' 8"  tall.
post #2 of 15
Since he's only 5, it's probably best to go shorter for the ease of turning. I would guess the 88cm measures to chest height.
post #3 of 15
No need to rush into longer skis.  If he was doing fine on them last year, continue his development with the same pair.  At that age & size, he could have even gone a bit shorter to facilitate development.
post #4 of 15
90 ish is fine, even for kids a little bigger if that's what they have..  My problem is that my 40 pound 7 year old with two days on 80s using edgie wedgies is wanting to go straight up to 100 cm on first chair this year.  Do I let him go for it (with a tip clip in my pocket just in case) or should I insist that he prove he can handle the 90s competently without the clips first before allowing him to move up to the 100s?  Either way, I'll bring both pair (AKA kid quiver).  Is there anybody here that would let him try the 100s first run?
post #5 of 15
crgildart, like mogulmuncher said, what's the rush? 40lbs is a tiny body and he needs to learn to do nice turns by himself first. So, you already know the answer if it was someone else. I know... It's much harder when it comes to making decisions for your own.
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crgildart, like mogulmuncher said, what's the rush? 40lbs is a tiny body and he needs to learn to do nice turns by himself first. So, you already know the answer if it was someone else. I know... It's much harder when it comes to making decisions for your own.
I do want him on the 90s for another day or two, but like the rest of us he wants to ski on the ones that are "cooler" even though they aren't quite ideal for the present conditions..  The 90s are a bit hacked up.  The 100s are, newer, and red! 

I think the 90s WITHOUT the edgie wedgies will be the compromise deal I offer up.
post #7 of 15

My two kids started on 70cm skis at age 2, skied them for 2 seasons, then moved up to 80cm skis for the next two seasons.  (Same two pairs of skis...got great mileage out of those ones!)

 

A "season" is a relative term of course.  At 2 it meant about 10 days, no more than an hour on skis, sometimes another half hour playing in the snow.  By 5 a day was 2 hours before lunch, maybe 1.5 hours after.

With this background, the jump to 100cm and then 120cm was pretty comfortable.  I didn't bother starting the season with the previous year's shorter skis, just started right off with the new ones.  Terrain was chosen to help the adjustment, and the hill was pretty familiar by then which also helped.

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I do want him on the 90s for another day or two, but like the rest of us he wants to ski on the ones that are "cooler" even though they aren't quite ideal for the present conditions..  The 90s are a bit hacked up.  The 100s are, newer, and red! 

I think the 90s WITHOUT the edgie wedgies will be the compromise deal I offer up.
 
crgildart, Let him make his 90cm skis "cooler", get a spray can and let him at it, unless you have to sell them or something.Not taking any responsibility here for creating a future graffiti artist.
post #9 of 15
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crgildart, Let him make his 90cm skis "cooler", get a spray can and let him at it, unless you have to sell them or something.Not taking any responsibility here for creating a future graffiti artist.
 
Nice idea, but he shares them with his sister (a year younger but same size kid).  I only take one kid at a time right now so they share the quiver.  The girl currently only wants to go on overnighters when lodge mom also goes.  But she might decide to try a day trip after the boy comes home talking about how much fin he had.

I'm not opposed to renting gear for them on full family trips if need be, gear is  usually included with ski wee programs anyway.  I really thing it is the edgie wedgie clips glued to the tips he dislikes about the 90s since he wants to try skiing without the straps.

Also, he is begging for poles!
post #10 of 15
How about just tell him the minute he can turn nicely on his old skis (80s or 90s without the tip straps), he can go for his new cool skis? That way, your reward to him is actually your objective. If he does it, you know he's ready then move up. If he doesn't, you know he shouldn't be on the longer skis anyway. At least he will know (but may not accept) why and it gives him something to work on for the beginning of the season after.
post #11 of 15
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How about just tell him the minute he can turn nicely on his old skis (80s or 90s without the tip straps), he can go for his new cool skis?
That is the approach I am taking-listed in earlier post, but I asked "is there anybody that would let him step in to the 100s for the first run this year"?  The consensus is overwhelmingly NO!"
post #12 of 15
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Back again this year.  He's now 6 years old, 48" tall, 45 pounds, very muscled and athletic, and about to start his third year on skis.  Several lessons and several days with me.  Hasn't used edgie wedgies since year #1. he's linking turns but no carving yet.  He's mostly parallel now with a wedge to initiate turns some still.  He's still using a wedge for speed control more that I'd like but making a good bit of headway in using turns for speed control.  He can ski greens in control but hasn't atempted blues yet.  Little bugger started catching air on small kickers last year (show off).  Even though I get in trouble for skiing switch.  lol   He's having an absolute ball on the snow.

Not to mention BEGGING for poles that i've refused to give him.   He spends too much time in the back seat and thought some poles might help him drive is hands forward, but that's a whole other bag of worms.

 

Ok, back to the topic.  I pulled his skis out and they're 78 cm tip to tail.  Not 88 like I thought.  He measures 107 cm at the mouth and due for a growth spurt.

Would he be alright in a pair of 110's to give him some growing room.  I'd really like to get two years out of them. 

post #13 of 15
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Back again this year.  He's now 6 years old, 48" tall, 45 pounds, very muscled and athletic, and about to start his third year on skis.  Several lessons and several days with me.  Hasn't used edgie wedgies since year #1. he's linking turns but no carving yet.  He's mostly parallel now with a wedge to initiate turns some still.  He's still using a wedge for speed control more that I'd like but making a good bit of headway in using turns for speed control.  He can ski greens in control but hasn't atempted blues yet.  Little bugger started catching air on small kickers last year (show off).  Even though I get in trouble for skiing switch.  lol   He's having an absolute ball on the snow.

Not to mention BEGGING for poles that i've refused to give him.   He spends too much time in the back seat and thought some poles might help him drive is hands forward, but that's a whole other bag of worms.

 

Ok, back to the topic.  I pulled his skis out and they're 78 cm tip to tail.  Not 88 like I thought.  He measures 107 cm at the mouth and due for a growth spurt.

Would he be alright in a pair of 110's to give him some growing room.  I'd really like to get two years out of them. 


One of my daughters is about to turn 6 and is about 7-8 lbs lighter and few inches shorter.  She was on 100's all of last season and will be moving up to 110's this year.  She skis a lot more than your kid (40-60 days a year since age 2)  though so maybe not comparable but she handles the length just fine.    My older daughter is 8 and she went to 126's in the middle of last year because she was overpowering the 110's easily.   She's only 50ish lbs...

 

 

just some data points...

post #14 of 15
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Ok, back to the topic.  I pulled his skis out and they're 78 cm tip to tail.  Not 88 like I thought.  He measures 107 cm at the mouth and due for a growth spurt.

Would he be alright in a pair of 110's to give him some growing room.  I'd really like to get two years out of them. 


How about getting a pair of good condition 100cm at a swap and then sell them off when he gets his 110cm (or whatever will fit him) for next year?

post #15 of 15
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Yeah, that's what I ended up doing.  Decided to just err on the side of caution and got him a set of K2 apache in a 100.  Then if I have to replace them next year, I will.

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