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My two 5 year old neices are heading out to the alps on their 1st holiday this year also parents 1st ski holiday. They girls have done a few blocks of lessons at a indoor and seem to enjoy it.

Question. Does it make sense to buy their own ski and boots? Forget ski carriage that doesn't matter. I was eyeing up rossignol skis at £110 new for a xmas present and would possibly get 3 seasons (2 years) so at least 3 holidays but could be up to 6 and a odd day in Scotland. Boots could be another story maybe 1 year two seasons before out growing. Then probably easily sold when finished?

Or forget owning and hire?
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Do you have your own gear?
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Bit of a short response from me there. ..

Only reason I ask, is if you have your own gear, it's one less thing you have to do going and getting their kit

My little one has always had his own gear and gets approx 2 years out of skis and boots tops.

It's worth it for me as I wait for the sales and pick up his skis at circa 8
80 and boots at 40. When I sell on ebay I get about half that so for 60 for 2 years use isn't bad at all. He skis in snowdomes most weeks too so well worth it.

No idea what hire prices are like but I suspect itll be worth buying
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Might be worth asking your local ski shop whether they do some sort of buy back scheme on kids boots. Some do.
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@WASHOUT, ours have always had their own stuff but you have to enjoy the regular buying and selling. We've done a mixture of buying second hand and new. I also service all the kit myself. It's definitely been worth it financially. And I quite enjoy trying to find stuff.

In my recent selling of skis I have found Facebook Market Place to work well.
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Be aware that if you buy skis "to last" up to 3 seasons they could well be too big now - and it really hampers little beginner kids who are starting to ski to have skis higher than chest height. Maybe buy them some pretty helmets instead? Or other ski wear. And several pairs of good mittens (one pair is never enough).
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My attempt to get two seasons out of a pair of boots for eldest failed miserably. We bought in april this year, I have just bought her a pair two mondo size points bigger as over the summer her feet grew that much!

However she is now 12 and until then her feet had been growing very slowly, so maybe I wait too long?

Also given Ellie’s feet are now as long as mine I expect those boots to last her until she is an adult and ready for adult boots.

Her skis that we also bought in April will be fine this season but sure They won’t the season after. However I have just replaced my 154’s which are a beginner ski so nice and soft, with a pair of 160’s, so I am sure they will suit her next year (she was 152cm tall last time I measured her and apparently half the year behind her at school are taller than her so she is due a height growth spurt).

If you are happy servicing your own gear and happy with the baggage side, look for good deals (Snowtrax had children’s ski boots at around £60 in Black Friday sale and we can try them in there as it is close), look around for good second hand buys where sometimes it has only seen a couple of weeks on snow before being outgrown, go for it.
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Get Roces or Full Tilt adjustable boots, they will then last 3 years as their feet grow.
I wouldn’t bother with skis, unless you are going to change them every season, as they will need a different length every year as they grow and improve.
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PaulC1984 wrote:
Do you have your own gear?


Good question, because if you don’t then you have the hassle of going to the ski hire shop anyway and may as well get everyone’s.

My son needed new boots each season, but as mentioned above our local ski shop sells and buys back second hand boots so they maybe cost us £30 net. I bought him new skis each year at the end of the season (for the next season) and selling the old pair it costs me maybe £50 net. We ski 3 weeks and some weekends, so having our own stuff is definately worth it.
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@doddsie, +1. Age 3-5 mine used the roces boots for a couple of seasons each with huge success. Thereafter Lange boots (we have every size from 17-26 now!) bought for about £50 from ekosport.
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@snowdave, another big plus for thr Roces boots, my 11 year old still uses them
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