Equipment

Equipment  

 

Different athletes have different
needs.  Equipment used by older or higher-level
athletes may not be necessary for younger
athletes. Talk with the coaches before you buy any equipment.   Make sure that all equipment and clothing is labeled with the athlete’s name and home ski area.  
 

 

In-Club Equipment Sales

 

There is always used equipment for
sale within the club.  This gear is
usually affordable and in good shape. 

 

Skis

 

When making your selection be sure that the model is a RACE model of skis and not a recreational or ‘bump’ ski.  Dynastar, Head, Rossignol, and Volkl seem to be prevalent in Age Class races throughout the region, and are committed to ski racing by joining the US SkiTeam Equipment Pool. Talk to coaches for recommendations.   

 

U10 Age Clasathletes might
have one pair for Slalom, one pair for Giant Slalom, and one pair for Terrain skiing (rock Skis).  At the U10 level, one pair of combi skis , such as the Rossignol Hero Pro, is acceptable.  SL skis should come approx. to athlete’s chin. Combi Skis approx. to their nose, GS skis somewhere between nose and a bit above their head.

 

U12 Age Class athletes should have one pair for Slalom, one pair for Giant Slalom, and one pair for Terrain skiing. One pair of Combi skis is still acceptable. Some parents choose to purchase two pairs of each racing discipline , one for training and one for racing.  This is not mandatory. GS skis are suitable for SG training and Camps. “Next year’s” GS ski (a length longer), can be used  for SG this season.

 

U14
Age Class
athletes
should have one pair for Slalom, one pair for Giant Slalom, one pair for Super G (again, a longer GS ski or
current GS ski is appropriate), and one pair for Terrain skiing.  Athletes may choose to purchase two pairs of
each discipline ski. This is not mandatory for success.

 

 

 

U16
Age Class
athletes
should have one pair for Slalom, one pair for Giant Slalom, one pair for Super G (again, a longer GS ski or
current GS ski is appropriate), and one pair for Terrain skiing.  Athletes may choose to purchase two pairs of
each discipline ski, one for training
and one for racing.  This is not
mandatory. GS skis can be used on SG race days for slipping and warming up.

 

 

 

 Ski Bindings

 

Most race ski come with a riser
plate and matching binding. Consult the DIN chart to see if your bindings will
be appropriate for the weight of your athlete. It is the sole responsibility of
the individual athlete and their parents to designate the appropriate settings
and maintain these settings. Generally, an aggressive racer will need a higher
DIN setting as well as slightly more forward pressure.

 

Boots

 

Besides a helmet, boots are the most important piece of equipment for a ski racer.  A quality 4-buckle junior racing boot with the proper flex is crucial. Lange RSJ and Rossignol Hero and Jr65,  are hands-down the best Junior boots available. Athletes should be able to buckle all the buckles tightly and still flex the boot forward. They should not have to loosen the top buckle to get ankle flexion.

 

Sizing is very important.  Shell sizing is critical.  To shell size, remove the liner from the shell, and carefully put their foot in the shell. They then slide their feet forward so that their toes are touching the front of the shell.Peer into the heel pocket of the shell and determine how much space exists between the athlete’s heel and the shell.  It is often necessary to ask the athlete to flex their knees forward in order to see behind their lower leg. If there is between one and two adult index finger widths of space, the boots are the appropriate size. Work with coaches or an experienced boot fitter for a race fit.

 

Socks are also an important factor.  Thinner ski-specific socks are actually
warmer than thicker socks. 

 

Poles

 

Athletes competing in the age class
races will need a pair of curved poles for GS and Super G, and a separate pair
of straight poles with hand guards for SL. Pole guards (Slalom hand guards) are
mandatory for alpine athletes in the U10 age class programs and higher.

For sizing, use the 90 degree rule
as a starting point.  To size, flip the
pole upside down and have the athlete grasp the pole UNDER the basket.  There should be approximately a 90 degree bend in the elbow.  If between sizes, order big and the poles can be cut to size.

Helmets 2016

 

Helmets designed for ski racing are
required for all athletes participating in a SWSC program for all events. 
GS and
SG helmets must have Hard Ears that are part of the shell of the helmet.
Athletes in the age class programs and older may have a chin guard attachment or mouth guard for SL training and racing. The guard cannot be worn for GS or SG events. U14 and older must have a “fis2013” approved helmet for GS and faster events with this sticker attached on the outside of the helmet:

 

 

Speed Suits

 

Suits are not required for racing
or training but are recommended. You may talk to members about used suites
which athletes usually out grow before they wear out.

 

 

 

Uniforms

 

Jackets

 

Team Jackets are available for
purchase. Please ask any board member or coach for details

 

Pants / Shorts

 

Athletes skiing in a speed suits
should select pants that have full-length zippers down each leg.  This will allow the pants to be removed
without removing boots. Slalom shorts allow them to train without their shin
guards bunching up their warm-up pants, and gates scaring the fabric.

 

Backpacks

 

Athletes should have a backpack to
carry extra gear, clothing, water, lunches and healthy snacks. 

 

Water and Sunscreen

 

Water is critical during training
and racing.  It is very easy to get
dehydrated in the alpine environment.  If athletes are complaining of headaches
after skiing, it is a sure sign that they did not get enough fluid during the day.  Athletes should bring a water bottle every day.  A water bladder can also be used with a backpack. 

As you know the sun is very intense in the mountain climate.  Make sure that athletes apply sunscreen every day before getting
on the first lift.
Accessories

Athletes
may also need some of the following accessories.
  

 

Shin Guards – For SL, athletes must have a pair of shin guards.  These are hard plastic guards that protect the athlete’s shins from the SL gate. Age Class athletes only. 

 

 

 

Pole Guards: Age class athletes must have SL poles fitted with pole, or Hand , guards. They should not be used for GS. 

 

Chin Guard – For SL, athletes will need a chin guard attachment for their helmet, or have a mouth guard. A chin guard cannot be worn in GS or SG Age Class athletes only.  

 

Gloves – Make sure a quality set of gloves is chosen which will keep the athlete dry and warm.

 

Neck Gator – A micro fleece neck gator is important to keep athletes warm and improves comfort with the helmet strap.  They also protect against frostbite on those
very windy days.

 

Goggles – All athletes should have a pair of goggles that fit over the helmet.  Double lenses are helpful for preventing fogging.  A second clear or blue lens may be desired for low light days.

Watches – All athletes should wear a watch to training and on race days so that they know when to meet and do not miss their
race start.

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