Ski for my 16yo son -- 5'6", 115lbs

VT_SkierVT_Skier Posts: 3 New Baller
I'm looking for advice on a slalom ski for my son. He's 5'6", 115 lbs and still growing. He is just getting into the course and has good form so far -- ski's at 28-29mph and can make 2-3 balls. Any advice on a ski that would work for him? Thank you.


  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,113 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I would say to grab him a used D3....I say used because at that age you will likely be going through skis fairly often.
    @Bruce_Butterfield can give you more specific advice about size and what models to consider.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,801 Mega Baller
    edited March 18
    i Would say something in the wider family like a Radar Senate, Union or Katana even in probably a 67 given he is going to grow.

    The other thing is to slow the boat way down. He should be going no faster than 24 mph to start maybe even 22. That will get him to get around more buoys. 28 or 29 is way to fast to start out. Having enough support to get around buoys without sinking is important.
    Mark Shaffer
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,417 Mega Baller
    edited March 18
    Chef beat me, but he’s on track, especially with slowing down.

    I think you can pick a few year old D3 or Radar in the 66-67” range. Size is more important than model at this stage.

    Spend time freeskiing and practice getting even with the boat on both sides. When trying the course ignore the gates and pull out as wide as he can on 1 ball and turn it tight and start the course from there. After he can consistently make all 6, then start the gates but cheat on them by at least 5 feet and gradually get closer. Most importantly slow the boat down. With the right size ski, probably 24-25 mph to start.
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