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my sons advancing faster than I imagined..........

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My son is 13 .  He has been skiing for about 8 yrs but not challenging his skis that much .
He is 5'6" and 155 lbs .  I bought him a left over pair of Olins this fall thinking that even though
outdated they would work fine.  Well...  He started racing on his Jr. High ski team this year
and has been skiing about twice a week all winter. 3 weeks ago I took him to Alta for 5 days
( Truly Epic....) he and I skiid every chute, face and bowl we could find .It is painfully obvious
that I am going to have to shell out some cash for next year !

What do I get (and what size) for a 13 y.o that is growing and advancing at such a rapid pace on a limited budget ??
I'm more concerned with the all mountain skiing than his racing (that may require a seperate pair).
He loves steep deep and bumps .

Thanks
post #2 of 7
I'd personally focus on the race skis.  If he's in the course and pushing it, find him appropriate race skis.  Talk to his coaches.  He could find skis from guys just up from him that are moving into new equipment.  Find him good all-mountain skis used.  That's good enough as well.  Just my two cents...
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Originally Posted by dmoney24 View Post

I'd personally focus on the race skis.  If he's in the course and pushing it, find him appropriate race skis.  Talk to his coaches.  He could find skis from guys just up from him that are moving into new equipment.  Find him good all-mountain skis used.  That's good enough as well.  Just my two cents...
He said they are concerned about the freeskiing though. Did you miss that part?

To the OP, there are literally TONS of good skis on sale at the moment. Check out the reviews here and on TGR. I'm sure you can find something within your sons size range for a song. I've gone from having few options due to wanting to save money to to many options because everything is on sale right now.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input .   II think we will focus on the freeskiing 1st because although he loves the competition of the racing , in all reallity it's hard to hammer the groomers today due to the masses of spodes infesting the slopes...lol (.On race day the course is closed) I understand that he will need a set of race skiis , but like you said "they are easy to pick up " .Besides , the Jr High league is not all that competitive (ie.. little coaching at all) and there is no way I can afford the  $3000+ per year to enter him into the local "non-profit" racing team ! 
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164 BROs.  They're on sale from PM Gear for another three days.  He will become an excellent skier on those.
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164 BROs.  They're on sale from PM Gear for another three days.  He will become an excellent skier on those.

He will become a Rock Star on those!
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If he is light enough to use Jr race skis, there are almost always tons of good deals on the internet.  If he needs adult race skis, there are not as many deals, but still some out there.

As for the all-mountain, get used skis -- he is not done growing, so figure it is only for a year or two.
I was in a similar situation, and got my son used Rossi B2's in 166 (162? I forget). That is ancient history now, of course, but without checking I'll bet there are tons of fairly cheap 2 year old all mountain skis in 160-ish lengths out there.

My son got 2 years out of the B2's, plus a third where they were really too small.  I bought his first new, adult skis at the end of last season for use this season.  I think he is mostly done growing.

On the other hand, we replaced the Jr race skis with used adult slalom skis (which we both use sometimes) after only one year..

Racing, even not-very-competitive school teams, is an amazing way to get much better at skiing.  It's why my son is now a better skier than me (in most ways -- I think I still have him in a few criteria).
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