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skis for 13 yr old girl

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

With all the ski swaps and shows coming up this month I thought I would get your opinion.

 

My 13 daughter has outgrown her boots but I am not sure about her skis.

 

She is about 5' 6" and weighs about 107 lbs. Last year she skied on k2 LuvBug 136, but she has grown quite a bit since then.

 

This is her 3rd skiing and is a solid beginner but loves to do moguls (figure that out).  She skis in control and at normal speeds (not fast).

 

thanks

post #2 of 9

I'm thinking 10cm up would work for her next ski. make sure they are tuned appropriately for what she is doing (what tune I'm not sure, but a degree off on the base anyhow)

I'm thinking back at the skis my kid had for comparison. I think he had atomic 922 in a 146 (roughly), smaller kid but a boy so similar.

post #3 of 9

 I went through this last season ... my daughter will be 13 in January, currently about 5'4" and 85 lb, advanced+ skier ...She was on 143 Line Mini Celebrities the previous two seasons, and we moved up to a Roxy Hocus Pocus in 158 at the end of last year. They seemed kind of long, and they were mostly for next/this season anyway, but she loved, loved, loved the extra length. Check out the Roxy line, they make some nice things for young teen girls. You could definitely go around 150 or 155 on a lighter, softer ski. I like these Roxys for my daughter since they are long enough for stability but light and soft enough for her (lack of ) weight. Also check out the Volkl Pearl, Head Sure One ($149 at levelninesports.com), Roxy Sugah, Rossi S1s or Trixies, anything twin tip/park but also all-mountain oriented. That's what we did, at least, worked for us. :-)

post #4 of 9
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I am wondering if a female ski really necessary.  My niece purchased a closeout on rental skis and doesn't have a problem with it but she is much more athletic than my daughter who is extremely thin and not muscular.

 

How long would she be on these skis, I am thinking she should get maybe 2 to 3 seasons out of them as she is still growing.  I think she will be at least 5' 10" if not taller by the time she is done growing.

 

She skis around 15 - 20 times per season

post #5 of 9

Well, no, "female" skis are unnecessary. But I find that for tall lightweights, they are kind of nice as you can go a little longer for balance/stability, but lighter/softer for response, than you could with a heavier ski. Graphics are a bonus for some, not important for function. 

 

If you go 155 -160, I would think you could get at least 2 seasons out of them, easily. The third, they might be a tad short, but skiable. 

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

There is a ski show coming up in 2 weeks that I will check out. I didn't have much luck at the ski swap in ellicottville.  If I can find a package for under $300 I might jump at it compare to renting for the season for $200.  I like your advice of getting something in the 155 range that she would be able to get multiple season. 

 

She did get a chance to try on some boots last night and looks like 27 to 27.5 will be the new size (up from 25.5 from last season).  I am not too sure on boot manufacturers though. I have diablos (sp) and I am happy for the most part with them even though I was told they are a low end recreational boot.

post #7 of 9

Hey segbrown, did you ever determine the height/weight range for the Roxy Hocus Pocus 158's? My daughter is 5'3" 90lb (11.5 yrs / advanced) and I'm giving serious thought to your suggestion of a flexible twin-tip/all-mountain ski. Being twin tips I'm wondering if they ski more like 150's in a traditional ski which would probably be a better length for her currently. She's coming out of 138cm Bandit Jrs.

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Originally Posted by Chadman View Post

Hey segbrown, did you ever determine the height/weight range for the Roxy Hocus Pocus 158's? My daughter is 5'3" 90lb (11.5 yrs / advanced) and I'm giving serious thought to your suggestion of a flexible twin-tip/all-mountain ski. Being twin tips I'm wondering if they ski more like 150's in a traditional ski which would probably be a better length for her currently. She's coming out of 138cm Bandit Jrs.

Well, not really, but my daughter does like them. I'm not sure how much shorter they ski -- with all the rockered stuff out there now, twin tips look very mild. I'd say maybe up to 5 cm shorter? That's a guess.

 

By now, my daughter is about 5'5" (or 165 cm), so the 158s are shorter than she is. They seem to be working well.
 

post #9 of 9

Thanks. I went with the Hocus Pocus 158s with Salomon LZ 9 bindings and they are working out great for her. I was concerned about the length but she did fine with them on her first day out on a variety of snow conditions ranging from hardpack to a a foot of heavy powder. Like you my first reaction was that they seemed long but their flexibility combined with the twin-tip seems to make that not a big concern.

 

 

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