WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
- Helmet - Alpine ski racing specific, hard plastic covering the ears, (ears covered with soft material is not adequate while training with any club in Canada)
U6,8, 10 and 12 skiers & Snowboarders:
Goggles – Ensure the lenses are as free from scratches as possible.
Hand warmer packs & neck warmer – Have on hand for those frosty days
Long underwear – No jeans or regular pants under ski pants. Layer is the word!
Long ski socks – Socks should reach above ski/snowboard boot.
Food & Drink - 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 & Boards– U10 & U12 kids need only 1 pair of skis. 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.
U14, U16 & U18 Athletes:
Full zip-off ski pants. Zip-off training shorts (optional)
Protection: Helmet, pole guards, shin guards, mouth guard or helmet chin guard, padded stealth top or padded speed suit, back protector(optional)* for Ski-X.
Speed suit(optional) for GS. SkiX does not allow a speed suit.
Skis: Novice U14 athletes should have 1 pair of multi-event skis to use for free-skiiing, powder, slalom, giant slalom and Ski-X.
Competitive U14's, U16's & U18's it's recommended to have 1 pair of Powder/Free ski & 1 pair of SkiX/GS skis.
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.
*Shin and hand guards & padded stealths are absolutely not necessary for U14-18 athletes. However, they will lessen chance for injury as well as reduce the pain inflicted with attacking the gates in a course. SSSC do have a few shin and hand protectors to lend out if necessary.