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Kids Ski Buying Guide

Kids Ski Buying Guide

Hello parents here are some handy tips for selecting the right ski for your aspiring young skiers. Here at Snowride we fit out a lot of families each winter, and I have 4 children of my own so if you need more info or want to talk to an expert please give me a call 0800 766 97433. 
Richard (owner Snowride Sports)

At Snowride we have a great range of new kids skis and secondhand kids skis plus our kids ski buy back scheme is great for the ever growing child.

Making sure that kids are using the correct pair of skis for their size, ability, and intended skiing conditions will help young athletes develop their skills faster. There is no such thing as the best brand, but there is such a thing as the best ski for an individual. The information below should aid you in selecting the best kid’s skis for your child.
1 Types of Kids Skis:
There are different types of kids skis for the various ‘disciplines’ of alpine skiing. Most kids skis are considered All Mountain Skis. All Mountain skis are available with and with out bindings and some are even twin tips. There are also twin tips for freestyle and powder applications. Junior Race Skis are also available for younger kids who are interested in ski racing. Determining which style of skis your child needs is the first step in choosing the best skis for them.

All Mountain Kids Skis designed for children weighing less than 50 Kgs. Most Kids Skis come with Bindings which are pre-selected by us or the manufacturers to be the best compatible binding. In most instances the bindings are attached on a track system these skis are sometimes called System Skis or Skis with Integrated Binding Systems. 

Kids Twin Tip Skis: Twin Tips are the cool new thing with teenagers and now many of the ski manufactures are making kids versions too. There are some models of twin tips which are very similar to All Mountain Skis, the difference being that the tail of the skis are flared upwards to create that twin tip shape. Other models of twin tip skis are designed for freestyle (terrain park) or powder applications. The freestyle and powder skis are typically more expensive and designed for advanced to pro level skiers. It is important to check the product specifications on the product page for the skill level and recommended use.

Waist Width 

Waist Width is becoming an increasingly popular topic of conversation, especially in adult skis. The Kids Skis with Bindings or the Kids Skis without Bindings are designed for All Mountain Skiing; most of them have similar waist width dimensions (about 65mm). The twin tips are available in different waist widths. The narrower waist widths are great for skiing on groomed trails as it is easier to transition from edge to edge, while the wider skis are better for powder.
Some Kids Twin Tip Skis are available in the 72-80mm range for waist width offer versatility for kids who will be skiing in all types of snow conditions. The skis of this width perform better in varied snow conditions but aren’t too wide to ski groomed trails easily too. Most of the Kids Freestyle Twin Tips fall into this range as greater surface area provides a more stable landing while doing tricks.
There are a few models of Kids Powder Skis with waist widths up to about 105mm wide. These skis are designed for skiing in powder. These skis are aimed at advanced to expert level kids. These skis typically aren’t available in sizes smaller than 140cm in length.
 2    Determining Skier Skill Level:
Skiers of different skill levels have different requirements for their ski equipment. Beginners need soft flexing skis which are forgiving to technical errors in their body positioning as they learn to advance their skills. Skis for expert level skiers are typically stiffer flexing than most beginner and intermediate level skis; they are also very rigid torsionally to allow for better energy transfer and precision though out the turn.

Beginner: This is level for skiers who are just beginning their skiing career. The skier has either never skied before or has skied only a few times. Beginner skiers are characterised as making wedge turns (pizza) on groomed, mellow terrain.
Advanced Beginner: When a skier is comfortable on the green runs (beginner runs) and is beginning to ski on some blue runs. Advanced Beginners are starting to incorporate parallel positioning into the completion phase of their turns. The Advanced Beginner may make wedge turns and traverse the fall line with their skis parallel.
Intermediate: The comfort level is on groomed blue runs that can be skied with relative ease. The intermediate skier is working toward making completely parallel turns. The Intermediate skier may use a small wedge before the turn to control their speed, while the completion of the turn and traverse to the next turn is made in a parallel position. The Intermediate skier often retreats to the wedge position when on steeper or variable terrain.
Advanced Intermediate: The skier is comfortable on all blues and is capable of skiing some black diamonds and varied terrain. The Advanced Intermediate skier is capable of making skidded parallel turns on most terrain at moderate to higher speeds. Advanced Intermediate skiers are also using pole plants .
Advanced: Advanced skiers are comfortable skiing black diamonds and varied terrain. Advanced skiers are capable of making long and short radius carved turns at higher speeds on advanced terrain. Advanced skiers also use pole plants to help maintain proper timing and body positioning.
Expert: Expert skiers are comfortable skiing at high speeds on all terrain including groomers, tracked powder, powder, moguls, etc. Expert skiers are capable of making long and short radius carved turns at all speeds on advanced terrain in any snow conditions. Expert skiers also use pole plants to help maintain proper  body positioning.
Kids Ski Size Guide All Mountain Skis
Ski Length (cm) Weight (Kg)
67 - 70 up to 16
80 - 89 up to 19
90 - 99 15 - 20
100 - 109 18 - 25
110 - 119 20 - 27
120 - 129 25- 35
130 - 139 31 - 41
140 - 149 36 - 45
150+ 40 - 50
Kids Twin Tips-  
** Remember the design of twin tip skis reduces the length of the effective edge and there for will ski slightly shorter than traditional skis of the same length. If your child is between sizes it is ok to get the longer pair.
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