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Best slalom ski for 5 year old

My 4 year old child is currently learning to slalom on an old pair of Obrien Jr Amigos and doing well. By 5 years old, she should be ready for a new slalom ski. Does any one have any recommendations on what ski to buy or what size of ski she should use?

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  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,962 Mega Baller
    I would leave her on the Jr. Amigo for a year it should be plenty for a 5 year old. Stability will be key at that age.
    Mark Shaffer
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,005 Mega Baller
    I've seen a 8 year old take the Amigo through the course in tournament.
  • southernextremesouthernextreme Posts: 9 New Baller
    edited October 2013
    I am glad to hear we are on the right track with the Obrien Jr Amigos. We are only borrowing these skis and they are no longer available to buy. Does anyone know where I can either buy some used Obrien Jr Amigo skis or can anyone recommend another similar ski that is available?
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,532 Mega Baller
    Try this or google. http://www.wateroutfitters.com/O'Brien-Jr.-Amigo-Junior-Combo-Water-Skis-With-Bindings/41721P,default,pd.html

    I would strongly recommend keeping her on 2 and running the course instead of pushing slalom too soon. She can start at 10mph and go up to 18 or so, then the transition to running the course on 1 will be very easy. She can stay on a single Amigo all the way up to 25 mph (I saw a G1 run 25 at a nationals on a wide slalom). She will learn to run a lot of passes that way!
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
  • RLWRLW Posts: 68 Baller
    All 3 of my sons slalomed with a Jr. Amigo until they could run the course at about 23-25 mph. It's a great ski for learning. I put a Wileys junior rubber binding on it and it worked great for them.
  • GregDavisGregDavis Posts: 274 Solid Baller
    I witnessed a young girl skiing in the Regionals. Girls 1, ( on two skies), I think she started at 16 MPH or so, well she made about 6 passed, ( in the Regionals, on two skies). I was thinking, that was really neat. The basics are the same, one ski or two. Then the following year, I looked at the regional results, and guess who won Girls one. Yep, same little Girl, however that year she was on one ski.
  • southernextremesouthernextreme Posts: 9 New Baller
    Great advice! Thank you!
  • skihartskihart Posts: 500 Solid Baller
    I bought a great ski for my 8 year old. They are on special at Overton's and Gander mountain. The O'Brien JR Elite for $199 with bindings!
    Not sure how long they will last.
    http://www.overtons.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=OBrien-Jr-Elite-Slalom-Ski-With-X-9-Binding-Rear-Toe-Plate&i=756534
  • buskibuski Posts: 114 Baller
    Two skis at long line? Is a junior line worth it?
  • RLWRLW Posts: 68 Baller
    My sons skied the course initially with 2 skis until they learned to slalom. They skied long line until about 28-30 mph, then switched to 15 off. And finally, the lighter junior line is great for the young ones who don't weigh much because a regular rope seems to drop in the water when they turn around balls. My seven and nine year old still used the junior line this year.
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,532 Mega Baller
    The normal 80 strand ropes will drag in the water and catch the wakes, especially at slow speeds. You can either get a 60 strand kid rope or go to Home Depot, buy 100' of 1/4" nylon rope, cut to 70' and attach a normal handle. You can easily splice in 15, 22, and 28 off loops when the time comes.

    My 11 yo son just switched from the Home Depot line this year.
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
  • WishWish Posts: 7,857 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Wish they had the thinner line when mine was younger. Traditional tournament ropes caught the water all the time.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • JohnNJohnN Posts: 122 Baller
    Thumbs up on the Jr Amigo and a lightweight line. The key to Jr Amigo happiness when they're small is to move the toe loop up closer to the front binding so the kid isn't doing the splits.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,962 Mega Baller
    @JohnN good advice on the toe loop. I forgot I had done that with my kids when they were small. It was always a struggle to get their feet close enough together.
    Mark Shaffer
  • southernextremesouthernextreme Posts: 9 New Baller
    Does anyone have Obrien Jr Amigos for sale? They are discontinued. Is the Obrien Jr Vortex a good alternative?
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,962 Mega Baller
    From the picture I could find I think the Jr. Vortex would be good.
    Mark Shaffer
  • davemacdavemac Posts: 450 Baller
    Both my daughters learned on the Jr Vortex. Their friends (and small adults) have also had a really easy time learning on them. I added some tail weights to assist w/ the starts. My older daughter began slalom deep water starts on the Jr Vortex around 8 or 9yo (w/ help of a deep vee handle). She was a big kid and I found the ski was only good up to about 18mph. After that, it looked like it wanted to "speed wobble"...probably due to the plastic fin.
    I quickly got her on a dedicated slalom ski.
  • madcityskiermadcityskier Posts: 112 Baller
    I used to ski with a great young skier whowas small for his age. He rode an O'Brien Amigo, but it was very different than the Amigo shaped combos I see now. I could be way off but it seems like these would be tough to use as a slalom for anything more than learning to cross the wake. Are there other skis I'm missing? Found my daughter a good condition used HO Revolt years ago. Nice ski and got a decent trade on it when she was done with it.
  • southernextremesouthernextreme Posts: 9 New Baller
    I love all the advice! Thank you. Not in a million years could I have figured this out by myself:)
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