I could use some advice from those who have been there and done that already. I know these forums are full of people with tons of knowledge and expertise. So, once again, I'm going to the well...
Like many of us, I'm thinking ahead to the 2010-2011 ski season. I'm trying to figure out what boots to get for my little girls, 4 and 7. I'll most likely be buying sight-unseen over the internet, as there's very little in stores in their sizes, and I can't really trust their feedback on fit anyway. My plan is to take advantage of off-season deals and spend around $50 per pair.
A little background is in order. I basically did the same thing last year with good success. My girls are quite small for their ages and have tiny feet. The younger one ended up in the Head RX 5 in mondo 14.5. Last season was her first and she progressed from zero to being able to turn both ways and stop using a wedge and go straight parallel.
My older daughter is now a level 6+ skier, according to Squaw Kids. Last year she wore pink Alpina Zoom boots in 16.5 mondo. She made a lot of progress in one season using those boots. Next season she'll be working on edging and poles.
So, of course, they grew. Luckily for me, they don't do this particularly quickly. I expect to be able to buy boots that will last all season. And if I need to buy some larger boots because of a growth spurt, so be it. Any boots I buy will likely be used by both girls.
For my four year old, I'm considering the Dolomite Kid http://www.snowshack.com/detail/SNW+DO%2D00889+160_Dolomite+Junior+Series+Kid+Ski+Boot in mondo 15. I measured her feet last night at 14.5 cm. I figure 15.0 is the smallest I should go. I want to get her out of rear-entry boots and I like the idea of the soft flex of this boot. She weighs only 30 lbs and stands only 3'3".
My seven year old's feet measure at 17.0 cm. I was going to aim for mondo 17.5 boots, as I don't see many 18.0 boots available. Even though we were happy with the Alpina boots, I'm planning on the Dalbello Gaia 1 boot http://www.porterstahoe.com/istar.asp?a=6&id=945708!DAL this year. I sense that this is a bit more serious boot and may be more appropriate for her level. She weighs 35 lbs and stands 3'8". She has slender calves.
I'd like to get some feedback on my plans, especially suggestions based on experience with similar situations. I see a number of difficulties. First, availability is rather sparse. Perhaps that's a seasonal thing. Second, most models come only in whole-size increments. With feet this small, a whole centimeter is a big difference.
I've not really considered the Roces boots due to how their size ranges line up.
Thanks in advance.