Volkl Mantra Junior Ski:
Should the biggest kids and adults have the coolest skis for ripping powder? Not any more thanks to the kid-specific Mantra Junior Ski. Volkl is one of the few ski manufacturers to address the need for smaller powder skis for young advanced skiers, and the Mantra Junior won't disappoint. Like the adult-proportioned Mantra, this smaller ski has a tip-to-tail Sensorwood core and wood sidewalls for flex. Volkl balanced the Mantra Junior's agile core profile with their Power Construction design for confidence-inspiring control without the dumbed-down, beginner features that take away the fun. Like the larger Mantra, the Mantra Jr. remains great for crud, but even the 80-mm. waist won't carve as well for kids as some of the slimmer and trimmer youth carving skis out there, so consider weather patterns and terrain before you buy. Still, if it dumps during your ski vacation, the Mantra Jr. is perfect for first tracks after a storm at the resort. Keep in mind that this version doesn't include bindings. If you're looking for binding suggestions, Volkl pairs their skis with Marker bindings.