Smithers Ski Club

Equipment Required




Skiers must wear an Alpine Ski racing Specific helmet with hard plastic covering the ears.

Snowboarders are required to wear a snow-ssport specific helmet. They are not required to have a helmet with hard plastic covering the ears.

GOGGLES: Ensure the lenses are as free from scratches as possible.
TO STAY WARM: Hand warmer packs & neck warmer: Have on hand for those frosty days/Base layer: merino wool or synthetic fitted top and bottom base layer next to the skin to manage moisture. Please no jeans under ski/sb pants! / Mid layer: fleece / Long socks – Socks should reach above ski/snowboard boot.
SNACKS: Pocket snacks, lunch, water/drink, small change (hot chocolate) *Please send well-balanced lunches and healthy snacks.

SKI & SNOWBOARD BOOTS– Boots should fit snugly around child’s leg so that snow does not get in the boot and so the child has adequate support. 
POLES– Hold poles upside down, underneath the basket. Look for a 90 degree angle in the arm. * Take into account your child will be taller standing in ski boots and on skis/bindings.
BINDINGS – Please check with a professional that bindings are in good condition and fit your child’s ski boots. Some bindings are only made to fit a very small boot, and will be unsafe for your child if his/her boots are too big. Make sure the stance (angle) on the snowboard is correct. 
SKIS & SNOWBOARDS– U10 children need only 1 pair of skis and one snowboard.  If you are unsure of ski/snowboard length, it is safer to go shorter than longer. If equipment is too long, children will have difficulty turning in the off-piste trails, powder, cruddy conditions or in obstacle courses and gate training. Skiers recommendation is to purchase one pair of giant slalom skis. Go to Club night at Local Supply Co for info!

TUNING EQUIPMENT: Athletes will learn the basics of ski  & board tuning and should have some of their own tuning equipment.  All athletes should have access to wax and a waxing iron.


1 pair slalom skis and 1 pair of giant slalom if possible.

or 1 pair of multi-event skis

*Optional protection gear: pole guards, shin guards, mouth guard or helmet chin guard, padded stealth top or padded speed suit, back protector(optional)* for Ski-X.(The club has some spares I think for loan)
*Optional speed/racing suit (again the club has a small selection for loan)

U14 - U18 SKIERS:

Full zip-off ski pants. Zip-off training shorts (optional)
Protection: pole/hand guards, shin guards, padded stealth top or padded speed suit

Speed /racing suit

Optional: mouth guard or helmet chin guard, back protector(optional)* for Ski-X.

1 pair each of slalom and giant slalom skis

U12 and older SNOWBOARDERS:

Recommended that each rider has two snowboards.

1: Stiff flexed cambered board for SBX, gates, and all-mountain riding

2: Soft flex rocker or flat based board for park riding