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My 7 yr old daughter is becoming quite the little ripper. She's parallel and not stemming turns anymore, except on pretty steep pitches; she's pole planting properly...can ski pretty tough stuff under control, carving more and more and skidding less and less. She seems like a natural (or at least this proud father likes to see it that way!) Most important, she loves it.

Anyway, one thing holding her back a bit is that she doesn't seem to be able to flex her boots much so she gets in the backseat. Until recently I just wrote that off as legacy of the snowplow. But she really cannot flex the boots. They are quite soft junior boots (Rossignol J3), so I'm not sure if the problem is boot stiffness or anatomy/stance/alignment that gives her little leverage (I suspect the latter). And I'm sure all kids this size (she's only 47" and 43 lbs) have some of this issue. But even her little 4.5 yr old brother who is quite a bit smaller and not nearly as good a skier yet has a much better stance/posture over his skis and can flex his boots (which is why I suspect her issue is a fore-aft alignment issue more than a mere stiffness of the boot issue).

So, I'm wondering if anyone out there has good knowledge of the kids boots out there -- she's only a size 18.5, maybe about ready to go to 19.5. I know we need to have her try on a few things that have different ramp angles, cuff heights etc and maybe even see a good fitter to find something that works for her anatomy. But maybe there are a few kids models that are known to be more well designed than others that should be at the top of the list so I can find dealers that carry them? Are there any experts on fitting and alignment for young kids? Seems like the whole industry just kind of views kids this age/size as not needing sophisticated or performance-oriented gear, no doubt b/c very few parents see it otherwise, know enough to care, or have young kids who can really ski well enough for it to matter.

Anyway, any guidance is much appreciated.

post #2 of 3
 Start with making sure she really is in the right size boot. Then make sure it is a quality boot. Even in Jr boots, there are differences. When my kids were in those size boots (actually on still is) we had good luck with the Lange T-Kid 40.
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There are some great Jr boots, for skilled skiers. Flex of Jr boots is a problem, getting the kids to get up, and over the boot, It is an easy fix. Check with a good boot fitter. Cut the shell, heel lifts, check stance, go to as small of a boot as you can get on thier foot, check upper cuff ( want tight fit ) use pads, or The Eliminator Custom Tongue.
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