Atomic Pro Race 6.20 Jr.
Though designed as a "package" ski, the 6.20 was a favorite and a "best buy." It performed well everywhere¿even in the air-space above the terrain park. Hot, racy graphics belie its soft flex and forgiving nature. Rebecca did well in icy slalom gates. Younger, lighter kids found it easy to tame. "This ski turns on a dime," said Lisa. And given the ski's attractive price, she'll have plenty of dimes to turn on.
Fischer RC4 Supercarve Jr.
The Supercarve Jr. is another versatile "package" ski. "I could carve it all the way across the hill," said Spencer. Testers forgave a slight lack of quickness in exchange for ease and stability in tough conditions.
Head Cyber 15
Fun, fast and forgiving. Even the smallest testers were starting to get great arcs. Matt raved about the Cyber 15's edgehold and quickness. And Cassidy bestowed rare praise: "I would definitely recommend it to other kids." In testament to its versatility: Even the older testers had fun linking turns on it.
Völkl P40 RC Racing Jr.
Testers of all sizes and abilities pushed the P40 into all kinds of conditions, and found it invariably easy to ski. Jacob reported rock-solid edgehold. And Spencer felt he was in the driver's seat at all times. The RC is a little lighter and softer than the F1 RC, yet Trevor liked its speed and stability. In his words: "It didn't go out to lunch on me."
Rossignol Bandit Jr. II
Designed for recreational cruisers, the Bandit II worked well for developing racers and more aggressive skiers, as well. Testers loved its true arcs and easy turn initiation, and praised it both for bumps and gates. Parks compared it to a sharp knife blade. All agreed it was light and friendly.
Dynastar Team Speed SX
The SX, which has a little less sidecut than the SF, is deceiving: It looks like the full race models but is far softer and more forgiving¿great for the lighter-weight junior. Molly liked the rebound, not surprising given its wood-core construction. Cassidy liked its lightness. Jessica liked everything about it. "It's a dream," she said. "I have next year's skis picked out."