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Advice needed Which ski length for my 6yr old??

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Melskius, Feb 9, 2020.

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106 or 100cm

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  1. Melskius

    Melskius One of Us

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    Hi all,
    Hubby and I are debating which ski to take for 6yr old for this years trip to Japan in 2 weeks. So we'd love some more experienced eyes to help decide.
    Background - he's 127cm tall, skiied the last 2 August's with full week at Thredbo ski school (i think they had him level 5 or 6 in kids club in 2019). He has also skiied a week at Naeba last feb, going on every slope we did. We have 100cm skis which he has used every trip, or should we put him in the 106cm skis, he has yet to ski. (The kid has had a growth spurt, hes in bigger boots too). See pic for ski height agaist body. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    He’s 6, it really won’t matter. More importantly which colour does he prefer?
     
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  3. Moondog55

    Moondog55 One of Us

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    Ask him if he wants to ski faster??
     
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  4. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I know nothing about kid's skis but a few random (and probably obvious) thoughts
    Do you already own the 106s? If you don't and he is growing quick then holding off may let you jump straight to next size up
    Kids on short skis won't be so hard to catch up with if you need to
    Kids on short skis will have more trouble if they stray off the groom
     
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  5. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Chin height is perfect.
     
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  6. Melskius

    Melskius One of Us

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    Not sure that we want him skiing faster. He already like to bomb the hill. :)
     
  7. Melskius

    Melskius One of Us

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    Yep own them all.
     
  8. Bogong

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    What length? At his age "rental length" might be best because he will grow so fast that the skis will only last a few seasons before they're too short. So unless he skis for a month each year, or you can afford to really dislike going to rental places, just rent the skis. That way he will have the best size skis for him every year rather than being on skis that are too big for him this year and too small for him in a couple of years time.
     
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  9. Melskius

    Melskius One of Us

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    Understand your logic, and thanks for the feedback. But we already own 100, 106, 120, 125 and 130 between him and his older sister. Just trying to choose whether his old 100s or yet to be skiied by him 106cm will be best for him in Japan
     
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  10. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The longer ones. Thats a happy kid.
     
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  11. Melskius

    Melskius One of Us

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    He's going skiing. Loves it big time.
     
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  12. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    Go the 106’s. He will have a ball! You may find by the end of the trip he’s ready to move up to the 120s!!
     
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    106.
     
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  14. silva

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    106s and I'm with Lady Penelope - by the end of the trip he could be ready for the 120s (If you had 110s I would probably say go with them).
     
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  15. Melskius

    Melskius One of Us

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    Thanks for all the replies. The 106s are in the bag, ready to have storage wax scraped before final pack. Even going to take some poles for him to try this trip. Thanks again.
     
  16. Jonkl

    Jonkl Early Days

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    I have a little Shredder as well but both myself and my wife are boarders.
    I like to know what's the benefit of using the poles? Is it mainly For when they need traversing?
    My understanding is using poles too early could hinder their learning.
     
  17. Melskius

    Melskius One of Us

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    I don't have full knowledge of this either. He's skiied without them up til now. In August his ski school said he's ready for poles, they would be using them if he moved up a class.
    Up til now we have just used our poles to pull him along if needed on traverses. We will give them a go, but happy to remove them if they hinder.
     
  18. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Turns are initiated with a pole plant. That is the sole reason we ski with poles. Kids shouldn’t have them until they are parallel skiing.
     
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  19. Melskius

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    Thanks Chicski, you jolted my "of course thats right, I remember learning that way back" Its just second nature to us now, forget about how they are taught. He was starting/doing parallels in his last lot of lessons.
     
  20. Annabuzzy

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    I don’t disagree with that, but some ski schools take a different approach. In Japan my daughter skied with poles in ski school long before she was parallel. Then in Oz she didn’t get them until she was ski school Level 5 (of 8). Given skiing with poles was such an important perceived right of passage to her, taking them away from her when she went back to Oz was a slight hit to her ego (she coped). She’s now graduated to poles wherever she goes so no more of that “Indian giving”.
     
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  21. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    But what did she do with them? Just carry them around? That’s more of a hindrance than anything. I see beginner adult skiers snow ploughing around with their poles clutched to their chest, like they will save them from something. Much better to ski without poles until you can actually put them to their intended use. Teaches better balance.