In order to enjoy your day skiing you need quality gear and equipment.
If you want your child to have fun this winter you’ll want one of the best skis for kids. In this post I’ll show you everything you need to know when making your purchase and my top picks for both boys and girls.
How To Choose The Right Skis
There’s a couple things you need to consider when selecting your child’s skis and here’s the most important:
- Get the right size
- Consider their skill level
The first thing you need to get right is the size of the ski and this requires measuring your child’s height and weight. Here’s a chart that’ll help once you have that information:
Next, you need to think about skill level and this will effect sizing too. If your boy or girl is a novice and just learning to ski, you’ll want a product on the shorter end – between the chin and chest. Also, if your kid is light for their weight you’ll want a shorter ski.
If your child is a strong skier and has been doing it for a while you can go a little longer (closer to the nose and eyes). This will give them a little boost in performance. If your kid is heavier for their weight you can go a little longer too.
Here’s a good video that’ll help you when picking a ski:
Pretty simple, right?
Now that you know what to look for, let’s take a look at my top picks for boys. Girls are directly after.
Best Skis For Boys:
K2 Poacher Junior With Fasttrak 2 Bindings
The first skis on the list come from a very reputable and well known company – K2. When you purchase from them you know you’re getting quality, durable and safe equipment. This applies to their Poacher’s.
These skis are best suited for children that already have a little skill. Your boy doesn’t need to be a professional to wear them but at least an intermediate. They’ll probably be a little overwhelming for an absolute beginners. Some features I know you’ll like include:
- All terrain rocker and ski profile makes this product useful in all snow conditions from powder to hard packed
- Lightweight Aspen core is easy to maneuver and eats up vibrations
- Forgiving and easy to handle will leave your kid in control at all times
- 1 year warranty and the Poacher’s will last longer than that
This piece of equipment isn’t overly expensive either and your little one can rock them for a reasonable price. This is an especially great value once you consider the Fasttrak bindings that come with these skis. They’re very high quality bindings and will ensure a safe day on the slopes.
Lastly, there’s several sizes from you to choose from. This means they’ll fit kids of all sizes, weights and skill levels.
Volkl Wall Junior Skis
Some skis are designed to face any part of the mountain – both on trail and off trail. That’s not the case with the Volkl Wall junior skis. This product is meant to stay on the frontside of the mountain where there’s groomed trails. They’re style is meant to assist in carving through hard packed snow.
The Wall’s are good for a wide range of skiers too and work well from absolute beginners to advanced intermediates. This is good because you won’t have to get new skis right away as your child progresses in skill. They’ll be able to use these for quite some time. They also come with:
- Sensor Wood core makes this product extra stable and strong
- Power construction ensures these skis are easy to handle and won’t put your boy in any danger
- 1 year warranty
The price for the Wall’s are excellent too. Anyone that’s had to buy skis before knows that’s a good price for new, quality skis.
You also get the option of getting them with bindings and without. If you’d like to look at the price differences of no bindings and bindings (and the different sizes offered), click below:
Salomon QST Max Jr. With Ski Bindings
Salomon is another company that makes quality equipment and you’ll see their gear all over the slopes. You child will be lucky to have skis made by them.
Their QST Max Jr. is a product that really should only be worn by novices and people just starting out. If your boy is already pretty skillful they’ll want skis that are higher performing. The QST Max Jr.’s are made to learn with and will help beginners stay in control and prevent them from crashing hard.
You’ll also like that they have an:
- All terrain rocker and ski profile ensures easy turning and carving
- Monocoque core keeps this product lightweight and maneuverable
- Reinforcements in all the right spots extend the life of these skis
- Easy feel technology makes this equipment soft and lessens rigidity
This is another set of skis that works best on groomed trails too (beginners wouldn’t really want to start out in the backcountry anyway).
How much will the QST Max Jr.’s cost? Not too much. That’s an excellent deal when you factor in the bindings that come with it. The EZY 7 bindings are perfect for beginners and will add a little extra safety to your kid’s day.
They come in several different sizes as well.
Volkl Mantra Junior Skis
The Volkl Mantra’s are actually my top choice for adult men this skis season and the Mantra Jr.’s are on the same level. It’s important to note that these are made for advanced skiers, not novices or mellow intermediates. If your child can pretty much handle anything on the mountain you should definitely consider these skis.
This product is meant to perform and must be worn by someone who can handle that. They also excel in all snow conditions too. Your boy can slash through hard packed snow or float over the soft powder in the glades. Some other awesome features include:
- Full rocker ski profile helps your child explore all trails (on and off) with ease and improves maneuverability
- Full Sensor Woodcore enhances responsiveness and energy transfer – this results in quick carves and cuts
- Power construction will lessen vibrations and add some stability at fast speeds
Plus they have a slick design that your child is absolutely going to love showing off. The price isn’t too horrible either and you can purchase the Mantra’s for an affordable price. That’s a good price for top of the line skis.
Like I said before, though, don’t buy these for beginners. They’ll be too much for them to control.
K2 Shreditor 85 With Bindings
The K2 Shreditor 85’s have a cool retro look to them. This is the type of skis that are going to get your kid some compliments and attention. I’m sure a parent or two might even ask where you got them from.
But what really matters is how they perform, right? You’ll be happy to know these ski perform well and are perfectly suited for all intermediate to advanced skiers. Any person in that skill range will like the stability and feel of the Shreditor’s. Some other nice features include:
- All terrain rocker means your little one can ski in all snow conditions including fresh powder and groomed trails
- Aspen core dampens vibrations and makes this product easy to control
- Lightweight sidewall construction won’t slow your kid down unnecessarily
- Ultra responsive and responds to your child’s needs
These K2 skis come with the same Fasttrak bindings as K2 Poacher’s mentioned just before. They’re an excellent set of bindings and one your kid will love.
The Shreditor’s are one of the more expensive skis on this list. Do I think they’re worth that? Definitely. This piece of equipment is high quality and one that delivers on all parts of the mountain.
If you decide on them I’m sure your boy will agree.
Armada ARV 84 Junior Skis
Here we have a product that’ll work for a wide variety of skiers all the way from an absolute beginner to strong intermediates. Because of this you’ll save some money on the Armada ARV 84’s. As your child gets better you won’t need to go out and get higher performing skis – these will work just fine.
The ski profile is pretty standard and this makes it perfect for people that like to stay on trail where it’s groomed. If your kid likes to go off trail or through the glades you may want to purchase different skis.
You’ll like that these come with:
- Medium flex that’s good for intermediate skiers and won’t be too much to handle for your youngster
- Pop-Lite core is sturdy and lightweight
- Cap construction on the sidewalls adds a little in the durability department
- S7 Base works well when your child picks up their speed a bit
The ARV 84’s are a little pricey but nothing too crazy. The only type of skier that won’t love these skis are the really skilled. If your child is a prodigy on the slopes you’ll probably want to go with the Volkl Mantra’s.
Any recreational skier will appreciate what this product offers, though.
Blizzard Cochise Junior Skis
The Blizzard Cochise junior skis is an extremely versatile product and one that your boy can take on any part of the mountain. If they like groomed trails these skis will work well there. If they like to have a little fun on the backside of the mountain it’ll work well there too.
This is because of the ski profile that makes use of rocker tips and camber in the center. This ensures you can surf over fluffy, fresh powder and rip it through hard packed trails. Some other cool features include:
- Sandwich sidewall construction ensures you get maximum stability and grip
- Poplar wood core dampens vibrations and creates a smooth ride no matter what terrain you’re on
- 1 year warranty and you’ll definitely get more than that
I personally wouldn’t purchase these skis unless your kid has some skill already. The Cochise’s require some ability to handle properly and novices may feel a little out of control with them on their feet.
This product is pretty expensive too and are one of the few skis on this list that costs a little extra. Quality costs more, though, and this is especially true for ski gear. This piece of equipment is very high quality.
Best Skis For Girls:
K2 Remedy Jr. Skis With Bindings
The first skis for girls come from a brand that I already mentioned as being trustworthy and high quality, K2. Their Remedy Jr. skis are a product that requires your daughter to be at least an intermediate. An absolute beginner should probably look else where.
This is because the Remedy’s are made for someone that can tackle various terrains on and off trail. It’s narrow enough that it grips groomed trails well and has a twin tipped rocker ski profile which allows it to float over the soft stuff in the glades or backside.
It also comes with:
- Medium flex is ideal for people that want a little performance without going overboard
- Wood core will have your child feeling safe at faster speeds
- All terrain rocker eats up bumps and vibrations and ensures a nice ski experience
- Cap construction takes away some weight and prevents you from being unnecessarily slowed down
Plus, they have a really cool design your little girl will want to ski with. The price is right where you’d except it to be for a quality piece of gear like the Remedy.
This is a good price for what you’re getting and the amount of use you’ll get out of it. This product can stand up to the rigors of this ski season and skis season to come.
Not to mention you get the Fasttrak bindings that are found on many K2 skis.
Rossignol Terrain With Bindings
Rossignol is one of my favorite ski companies and I purchase their gear whenever I get the chance. In fact, I’ll be skiing with Rossignol skis this year.
Their Terrain’s are the perfect product for any girl learning how to ski. These are easy enough to handle that people new to this activity will feel in control and won’t go overly fast. This is because the construction is specifically designed for maneuverability. You’ll also be happy to know it has an:
- Auto Turn Rocker ensures your little girl can tackle different types of snow and won’t be burdened with distracting vibrations
- Created with Terrain Based Learning Program ensures it’s ski friendly to novices
- Adjustable binding system that’s perfect for any growing child
- Sturdy and will provide a safe skiing experience
- A nice design that your kid will love
One thing you’ll really like about the Terrain’s is their low price. This is an excellent price for what you’re getting.
I would avoid, however, if your daughter is already a strong skier. This piece of equipment isn’t meant to go too fast and won’t give the performance skilled skiers desire.
Volkl Chica Girls Skis With Bindings
The Volkl Chica’s is another piece of equipment that skilled skiers should stay away from. This product is a great learning tool because it has such a soft flex. This means your child’s turns and carves will be slow and wide – your little girl won’t be flying down the mountain, crashing at fast speeds.
The Chica’s are designed to stay on the frontside too which makes sense. A novice should start off on groomed trails where there isn’t as many hazards and injury risks.
Some features your daughter will enjoy include:
- Alpine tip camber is what makes these skis so easy to handle and turn
- Power construction ensures a comfortable ski experience
- 3Motion binding plate ensures an effortless learning experience
- 1 year warranty and you’ll definitely get more than that out of them
The price is very fair too, which is expected for beginner gear. You really recognize the value of this price when you consider the bindings that come with it.
If you need a dependable pair of skis to teach your child on this season I would definitely think about these. They won’t the break the bank and the’ll make sure your little girl has fun.
Armada ARW 84
You’ve already seen the Armada ARV’s for boys and now it’s time to look at the ARW’s for girls. This product is not made for someone that likes to hop off trail and explore the untamed backside and glades – it’s designed to stay on trail and excel in those situations.
You can also take them through the park with good success too. I personally wouldn’t get these for someone new to skiing. With the amount of energy transfer and performance you get I would leave it for fairly skilled skiers.
That’s because it comes with a:
- Traditional camber design grips groomed trails well and can cut through crud and hard packed snow
- Pop-Lite Core ensures you get good response and cuts back on weight
- Cap construction provides strength and makes these skis last all season long and for seasons in the future
- Will stay stable at fast speeds and this builds confidence in your child to push their limits in a safe way
- Features an easy to maintain base
How much do they cost? Not as much as the most expensive products on this list. This is a good price as long as you get it for the right skier. Those who venture into ungroomed territory won’t be happy with this product but someone who likes groomed conditions will fall in love with the ARW’s.
K2 Luv Bug 112 With Bindings
The K2 Luv Bug’s come with the same Fasttrak bindings as all the other K2 products on this list. As I’ve mentioned before these are an excellent pair of bindings and your child would be lucky to be able to ski with them.
How about the skis? You’ll be happy to know they perform on the slopes too. However, they’re more geared towards beginners and people still learning. Competent skiers will want a product that gives them a little more speed and performance.
Some nice features include:
- Catch Free Rocker ensures safe turns which is perfect for all novices
- Cap construction means it’ll be a little less heavy and puts reinforcements in all the right places
- Cool design your daughter will be excited to wear this season
Despite being paired with quality bindings and being an overall quality ski, you can pick this piece of equipment up for pretty affordable.
This is a good price for beginner ski gear and will make life much easier for you if you decide on the Luv Bug’s. When you have good skis to learn on your girl will like the sport and will want to stick with it. These are definitely good skis.
Atomic Backland Girl III
The Atomic Backland’s are a versatile ski that can let your daughter explore the entire mountain – even where the trail ends. Because of this you should only purchase these for someone who has confidence in their ability and some skill.
If you get it for an absolute beginner they’ll find these too fast and you’ll be picking them up off the snow a lot.
You and your daughter will like that these have an:
- All mountain rocker lets you grip snow and surf over stacked up powder
- Bend X technology makes turning simple and is key for skiers that are on the lighter side
- Densolite Core eats up vibrations and keeps things smooth when going down rough terrain
- Steel in the right spots to ensure there’s no breakdown
The Backland’s are one of the best priced skis on this list too. This price is even better when you consider the fact it has a 2 year warranty. Most skis will last multiple seasons but usually only have a 1 year warranty. The fact these come with 2 shows how much Atomic believes in their gear.
You know for a fact if you buy this piece of equipment you’ll be getting something that’s durable and going to last.
Blizzard Sheeva Girls Skis With Bindings
Last on the list is a nicely designed product from Blizzard. The Sheeva’s are meant to be used as a learning tool and shouldn’t be on the feet of skilled skiers or high performers.
This is a beginner’s dream and that’s due to the composite core. This core makes these skis lightweight and easy to turn and handle. Your daughter won’t have carves that are too sharp and this will keep them on their feet – extremely important for confidence!
Some other features include:
- Full camber profile ensures this product will excel on groomed trails with dense snow
- Soft flex makes for an easy and comfortable skiing experience
- Binding system isn’t drilled in which means you adjust them as your child’s feet grow
I personally wouldn’t take these skis off trail at any point either. Everything about the Sheeva’s is meant for the frontside of the mountain.
They’re priced at around $259 which isn’t too bad. It’s important to have good gear when you’re starting to ski, though. If you go low quality it can frustrate your kid and make them want to stay off the slopes. This isn’t what you want to happen and it won’t if you decide on these skis.
Make Sure Kid Skis With One Of These Skis!
Skiing is my favorite winter activity and I’ve been doing it ever since I was 7 years old – I still remember my first day on the slopes. If you want your child to love skiing you have to make sure you get them the right equipment. There’s a few must haves like a good helmet, comfortable ski boots and of course a nice set of skis.
No matter your budget or the skill level and needs of your boy or girl, you’ll find a quality set of skis on this list.
If you have any questions you can comment below and I’ll make sure to respond as fast as possible. You can search around the ski section up top for more gear reviews and tips for the ski season.
How excited are you to see your little one skiing with their new skis?