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I just booked a day up at Chicago Ridge Snowcats for my family. It occurred to me that I don't know what to do about skis for my 12-year-old daughter ... they rent Bandit XXX's and Coombas up there, but that won't work for her. She's 5'3" but 75 lb -- normally skis on 143 Line Celebrity Minis, which are 80 underfoot. That width is probably okay, but she needs longer for a cat ski day.

Christy's up at Copper (where we'll be staying) has a few shorter women's skis to demo, but at $55 a pop, and they aren't really optimal for powder skiing anyway -- just longer than her current skis, about the same width. She will need new skis next year as it is, so I'd rather put the money toward that.

So ... I started shopping. I found a good deal on a 150 Roxy Shazam, which is 90 wide. It is described as being very lightweight with a wood core, two things that I like, but I'm worried about an adult ski for such a lightweight skier. (Hopefully by next season, she will have gained some weight. ...) Is this one of Roxy's tweener skis? Or regular adult skis? It's really hard to find info on it, besides marketing pablum.

Also interested in the 158 Gotama, but I'm not sure she will cotton to the graphics. (Roxy graphics >>>> black ski with gold buddha if you are 12-y-o girl, no?)  Not sure I can find one, either. It seems like a big jump in size, but it's a rocker, and she is that tall right now, so I imagine another couple of inches by the time 10/11 season begins.

Any other suggestions? What did you do, if you've ever taken a (much) smaller person cat or heli skiing?
post #2 of 12
Don't know if this helps, but my 4'11" 115lb daughter is skiing on these in 150+cm this year and like them quite a bit. 85mm underfoot and it's available in 168cm (too long?). I assume your 12yo is at least an advanced skier.

I'd like to pass this along because it's only $326+S/H with binding today at STP.
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/4275,1711H_Roxy-Broomstix-Alpine-Skis-with-Bindings-For-Women.html
post #3 of 12
Can't help you with ski choice, but I purchased ski for my teen daughters this past year and their main concern was the graphics, how they looked, rather than the type of ski. 
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Don't know if this helps, but my 4'11" 115lb daughter is skiing on these in 150+cm this year and like them quite a bit. 85mm underfoot and it's available in 168cm (too long?). I assume your 12yo is at least an advanced skier.

I'd like to pass this along because it's only $326+S/H with binding today at STP.
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/4275,1711H_Roxy-Broomstix-Alpine-Skis-with-Bindings-For-Women.html
 

Thanks -- I looked at those, too, but wasn't sure about stiffness. She's definitely an advanced skier, but the weight is a big issue, as I think adult skis are for 100 lb and up. After getting feedback from a few shops and the Ski Divas, I ran across the Roxy Hocus Pocus, which according to the Roxy site is the same category as the Broomstix, but a step down on the burly scale. We ordered a 158, which should do her well on the cat trip this season and then transition into a regular ski next season, when she grows a couple more inches (and hopefully gains a few pounds -- I swear she's healthy and very fit, even if she sounds emaciated). I figured longer and softer would be better for her than shorter and stiffer. 80 mm should still be fine.
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Can't help you with ski choice, but I purchased ski for my teen daughters this past year and their main concern was the graphics, how they looked, rather than the type of ski. 

That's why I'm doing the shopping for her. ;-) No, I have been impressed with the Roxy lineup for that reason. They are addressing this -- the full range of performance, but with "cute" graphics.

Actually DD was (to my mild surprise) okay with the Gotama graphics, pronouncing them pretty cool except "We just studied that guy in school, and I don't like him on my skis." And then she asked if they were good skis -- we almost bought them, but I think the ones we got will be more versatile in the end. 
post #6 of 12
They don't rent anything small for a women?  Every time i've been cat/heli skiing the operators had something down in the 150 range for smaller people.

If you buy her something new, let her get out and ski on it for a day or two to get used to the new ski.
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but with "cute" graphics.
 

Hope that is not how you described the new skis to her. I think the last thing your teenager want is a pair of "cute" skis.
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Hope that is not how you described the new skis to her. I think the last thing your teenager want is a pair of "cute" skis.
LOL, she just turned 12, so cute is still okay.
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They don't rent anything small for a women?  Every time i've been cat/heli skiing the operators had something down in the 150 range for smaller people.

If you buy her something new, let her get out and ski on it for a day or two to get used to the new ski.
She said they had Coombas and XXXs for the cats.  I asked about my daughter, and she said she could rent something else at the rental shop (ie, a regular ski).  But I don't want her struggling with an adult ski that is too much ski for her.

We will be skiing all that week (cat trip is toward end of week), so I definitely plan on putting her on the new skis beforehand. We will also take her current skis with in the cat, just in case. It isn't as if she hasn't skied deep snow with them before. But they are only about chin height now.
post #10 of 12
Knowing the rippers your kids are and how much they get out to ski, I'm sure she'll benefit from buying something adequate for the cat trip, long after the cat trip is over. 

I really don't know a bunch about the Roxy line, sorry I'm not more help.
Don't forget to post pics!
post #11 of 12
If her current skis are chin height then that might still be ok until she grows some more. Powder cat skiing on tree runs and cranking lots of turns in deep snow might actually be better with a short ski especially for a very light weight skier.
post #12 of 12

have a great time.  good plan with letting her break em in and still taking the older ones ... very smart.  Given her age, it's a safe bet she'll get her use out of them....

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