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The 10 Best Kids' Skis of 2022-2023

By: Jordan Sunshine: Ski Buyer | September 22, 2022

 

Buying kids' skis presents a unique challenge. Every parent wants to see their child fall in love with the activities that they enjoy, so good gear that makes skiing fun is essential. But kids grow fast, so investing in expensive skis that might not even fit them for a full season is a real concern. And kids have their own style preferences, so it can be challenging to find skis that they think are “cool.” Luckily, this list of the best kids' skis makes that easy.

New This Year:


Kids' skis are better than ever before. More and more brands are realizing that many kids are skiing at a very high level, even at a young age. So they’re giving them the tools to do that with skis that mimic their adult counterparts in construction and design. No more flimsy foam cores and generic shapes. This crop of the best kids' skis features wood cores and rocker profiles that mimic their longer counterparts. And, as the cherry on top, more and more kids' skis feature the same graphic sensibilities as the adult versions. So your kid doesn’t have to feel pandered to, instead, they can ride the same skis you do!

Line Sir Francis Bacon Shorty

Line Sir Francis Bacon Shorty

By now, the Sir Francis Bacon needs no introduction. These skis have inspired generations of fun-loving all-mountain freestyle skis, and generations of fun-loving all-mountain skiers. They feature a silky smooth flex pattern that's just stiff enough to hold up to explosive resort skiing and just soft enough to absolutely butter the popcorn out of. But for riders that are a bit too small to find their size in the standard Bacon, the Line Skis Sir Francis Bacon Shorty Skis provide all that playful all-mountain goodness in a smaller package. If your kids have freestyle aspirations and love to ski in all conditions, the Sir Francis Bacon Shorty will hold up to the challenge.

CoreWaist WidthOriginal Price
Aspen107 mm$419.95

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Black Crows Junius

Black Crows Junius

The Black Crows Junius Skis are the perfect learning tools for new skiers. These little, lightweight skis feature a soft flex, plenty of catch-free rocker in the tip and tails, and a nice short turn radius for easy carving. They encourage having fun, trying new things, falling and getting back up, and trying and having fun all over again. Also available with a pink topsheet under the name Junius Birdie. Black Crows' design and ride feel are legendary for good reason, and now your kids can experience the same magic.

CoreWaist WidthOriginal Price
Foam85 mm$259.95

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K2 Mindbender Team Jr

K2 Mindbender Team Jr

For the junior senders who like to roll with the big dogs, the K2 Mindbender Team Jr Skis are your ticket to shred town. With a responsive Aspen Veneer core and versatile All-Terrain Rocker, they are made to last through rugged freeride terrain. Coming in at 98mm underfoot, these skis are geared up to be the do-it-all, smack the lip, carve through crud kind of ski that fosters progression from opening day till the end of the season. Time to bust it down and tear it up. These skis are perfect for kids who love to go fast and take chances.

CoreWaist WidthOriginal Price
Aspen98 mm$399.95

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Volkl Revolt Jr

Volkl Revolt Jr

Turn the world on its ear (or have your kids do it) with the Völkl Revolt Jr Skis + vMotion 7.0 GW Bindings. They're made to crush in all conditions and offer the perfect blend of all-mountain performance and park-ready freeride style for modern young riders on their way up. A genuine Full Sensor Woodcore and Power Shell cap construction bring big-time performance to the pint-sized set, and the graphic reflects the Revolt heritage. This package gives your kids everything they need to fall in love with skiing.

CoreWaist WidthOriginal Price
Woodcore74 mm$399.99

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Atomic Bent Jr

Atomic Bent Jr

Shred in style with the Atomic Bent Jr Skis + L 6 GW Bindings. Made with a lightweight Densolite foam core and a partial twin tip design, your kiddo will be progressing from bunny hill to baby park in no time. Teach them to ski switch, carve like a pro, and grow into the best skier on the mountain. Bright graphics and easy maneuverability make the Atomic Bent Jr. an obvious choice for young riders with big dreams. They’re a great first step into a lifetime of skiing.

CoreWaist WidthOriginal Price
Foam82 mm$279.95

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Faction Prodigy 0X Jr

Faction Prodigy 0X Jr

A light and forgiving way to get your grom up and skiing in a hurry, the Faction Prodigy 0X JR Skis are a beginner's treat with their light Polyfly Core and 82mm waist. There's nothing like a cool ski that makes learning easy to keep it fun. These playful skis are perfect for aspiring park rats.

CoreWaist WidthOriginal Price
Foam82 mm$279.00

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Atomic Maven

Atomic Maven

Get ready for adorable pictures and fun days out on the slopes. The Atomic Maven Girl Skis + C 5 GW Bindings are made with a lightweight foam core for easy maneuverability, tough Duracap sidewalls that stand up to anything, and fun swirly graphics that any vibrant kiddo will love. Put on their tutu and get out there! These skis are a surefire tool to get your girls stoked on skiing.

CoreWaist WidthOriginal Price
Foam65 mm$239.95

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Elan Maxx

Elan Maxx

Get your kiddos stoked to learn the ropes with the learner-oriented and super cool Elan Starr Skis + EL 4.5 Bindings. Now with a softer flex and specialized kids binding plate, learning to turn has never been so easy. Early rise rocker makes it a breeze to master the basics, and a lightweight foam core makes them easy to maneuver. Whether they're pizza-ing all the way down or just practicing their upright position, the Elan Starr skis are sure to earn their place in any kiddo's quiver. From first turns to first black diamonds, these skis can handle it all.

CoreWaist WidthOriginal Price
Composite69 mm$239.99

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K2 Luv Bug

K2 Luv Bug

The K2 Luv Bug Skis + FDT 7.0 Bindings are designed to be a young rider's very first pair of skis. Sized down and super forgiving for small humans, these skis make progression a breeze. They're soft, lightweight, and shaped with a catch-free rocker profile that makes learning and turning easy as (pizza) pie. These skis make those first few days on the bunny hill so much fun, and then hold up as your kid progresses.

CoreWaist WidthOriginal Price
Composite70 mm$249.95

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Volkl Deacon Jr

Volkl Deacon Jr

The Völkl Deacon Junior Skis + 4.5 vMotion Jr Bindings are a great way to introduce your young ripper to the slopes and save yourself the hassle of standing in the rental line week after week. Fun, forgiving, and durable are keywords that are all appropriate ways to describe this composite cored ski with Power Shell construction. These skis rip, just like your kid will after a season on them.

CoreWaist WidthOriginal Price
Composite69 mm$249.99

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The Selection Process:

Our ski buyers have an endless amount of knowledge on all things skiing stemming from years of experience in the ski industry in tandem with their countless hours spent on slopes everywhere from groomers to the remote backcountry around the world. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jordan Sunshine

I was born and raised in northern Vermont and moved west as soon as I turned 18. I bounced around the PNW for a while eventually following evo’s store openings to Denver where I have called home since and although I will always take even the wettest of pow days, have come to appreciate any day skiing in the sun, be it with friends or my kids.

I have been skiing since I was 2 and started working in a ski shop when I was 14, which was way more fun than washing dishes. Over the years I have worked as a ski tech, boot fitter, liftie, product copywriter, and eventually came to manage evo’s Portland and Denver stores. Now I am the Ski Buyer, overseeing ski hardgoods and backcountry accessories.