For youngsters getting into the sport of cross country skiing, the Alpina Kids' Control Jr Touring Ski is an excellent choice. Wider than Alpina's race models and narrower than its backcountry models, the aptly named Control is ideal for providing young skiers with easy gliding stability and control. The Control Jr features a poplar wood core for supple, fluid, and easy flex, which means that a developing skier won't have to fight the ski to get optimal performance. A cut waxless base allows the ski to glide freely while still maintaining balanced control. Unlike Alpina's backcountry models, the Control doesn't have metal edges, which cuts down on weight. A polyethylene topsheet adds a layer of tough durability for many years of use.