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post #1 of 9
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My daughter (12 1/2 yrs old) has been skiing for a few years and we rented K2Luvbug (30 ungroom 70% groom).  She is growing like a weed and is currently 5' 5' and 86 lbs and her skis go up to her shoulders.

I ski Recons which are 50/50% all mountain skis and love em.  Should I keep her in the same type of ski (that she loves) and just get a longer size or try to move her up to at 40/60 or even 50/50 ski that is longer.

thanks
post #2 of 9
Thread Starter 
Let me rephrase this question.  What happens if your skis are to small vs too long?
post #3 of 9
I have a similarly sized child ... just turned 12, and she's a couple of inches shorter and 10 lb lighter than yours. Look into the Roxy lineup, they make some "tweener" skis for girls who are not heavy enough for full adult skis but need more than a kids ski. I just ordered some Roxy Hocus Pocus skis from Buckman's, with bindings, for less than $300.

Other possibilities are the Volkl Pearl and other soft and flexy park skis. I wouldn't worry too much about percentage of groomed/ungroomed. Good luck.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post

I have a similarly sized child ... just turned 12, and she's a couple of inches shorter and 10 lb lighter than yours. Look into the Roxy lineup, they make some "tweener" skis for girls who are not heavy enough for full adult skis but need more than a kids ski. I just ordered some Roxy Hocus Pocus skis from Buckman's, with bindings, for less than $300.

Other possibilities are the Volkl Pearl and other soft and flexy park skis. I wouldn't worry too much about percentage of groomed/ungroomed. Good luck.

Ditto to the tee!

Edit: I'd be inclined to go with a ski that will be at about eye level, they should last 2-3 years on her.
Edited by Jag - 3/13/10 at 5:19pm
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks,
I know she loves the K2 and she never tried the roxy's.  We are off to Snowbird next month, hopefully they have those types of skis in a size that will fit her so she can try it out.
post #6 of 9
Hey Mark,

First time poster,  newbee member.  I hope I am not breaking any rules by suggesting this. I have a pair of K2 Luv Bugs with Rossi Jr bindings. Length is 136.  Purchased at REI two years ago.  Skied gently five times.  Setup for boot size 274mm. They are in perfect condition.  Bases are mint.  Could send pics if you want.
post #7 of 9
i don't disagree with any of the above, being that she's quite light it seems good advise.   However, depending on her ski skills, other ski's may be an option.  in earnest, i have 3 girls, 2 older that have skied for years and for whatever reason, kids seem to adapt very quickly to a ski where-as adults seem very picky on feel.  this of course is only my opinion, but my daughters have adapted to a large range of skis from simple introductory skies to atomic kid race skis.  my 14 yr old took to some women's black elans (pearls?) last yr and loved them after a yr of Atomic race 8 skis.  she's actually been told by two instructors out west that shes very good (ok, i'm bragging on her skills to make up for mine) but the overall thought is, as long as they're in the range of skill, any may do and seek out a decent deal on a model a couple of the resort shops recommend.

anyhow, i do think the Roxy's are nice.  My middle daughter more in line at weight with yours loved a pair of Head Lite Thangs with a rail flex binding.  that may be one consideration as she can ski it several seasons even if her foot grows and i need to get another boot with alternate plate lenght.  This too was true of the elans...

so, if she's growing and decent and comfortable with a longer ski, then a adj binding (railflex is only one name) may offer another yr if the boot changes.
post #8 of 9
I think I jumped the gun.  If your daughter is 5'5' then these skis are too small.  Big points for Pete,  very tactful and courteous explanation.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
thanks...that is the same size my daughter has
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