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Each year, ski parents everywhere wonder how to set their kids up for success on the mountain. Should they rent skis for another season? Should they spring for a cheap pair of hand-me-downs? Or is it time to invest in big-kids gear?
We don't claim to know everything about parenting. But we do know about skis. Parents: here's your cheat sheet.
Is your child a true beginner, or an advancing intermediate? Is she on the cusp of dominating blues and moving on to black diamonds? Does your child seem like she will be a beginner for a while? Keep in mind that a shorter ski will feel easier at first for a beginner, but a longer ski will be more stable once he starts carrying more speed down the hill.
Typically, lighter skiers prefer shorter skis. If your child is sprouting up, however, it might be a good idea to buy a longer ski than he will need right now. We don't recommend going more than 10cm longer than the appropriate length at present. If he is already at the top of the bindings' DIN range, you may want to purchase a set of bindings where they are in the middle of the range.
If your kid is a little shredder in the park and pipe, twin tips are a must. If your child is getting into racing, having a flat tail is going to help her develop the fundamentals. Your child might really want twin tips, but she may be better off with terrific all-mountain ski that has a lifted tail but not necessarily the kind of tail you'll find on a park ski.
Some kids won't ski on a ski that looks too girly or mannish or ugly or icky, and only they will be able to tell you when each term is in play. If you have a picky child, keep his preferences in mind- believe us, it will save you from frustration in the future. Kids' skis are essentially unisex, so don't worry about the ski's designated gender.
You may want to buy the perfect size skis for your kids. Or you can buy skis that they can grow into. If your child is competing in racing or freestyle skiing, it is probably wise to pick the size they fit in now.
If there's one thing we love to do, it's recommend skis! So, please feel free to give us a call at 303-237-7547 and we can help you find the perfect skis for your little one.
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