What Equipment Athletes Need for the Season

Knowing what equipment to get can be confusing and as athletes grow into more competitive classes, equipment needs will change. We tried to make it easy for parents to know what's needed for the season and for racing. This is a starting guide and there are many equipment options to consider.

Ski Race Team

  • Helmet - Hard sided helmet FIS approved, must have a FIS sticker on the back.
  • Goggles - Good quality goggles.
  • Boots - U10-U14 soft boots appropriate to age group, 60 flex and under. U16 and older flex depends on athlete strength but no more than 130 flex. See coach for recommendation.
  • Skis - U10-U12 one pair of junior GS or SL race skis preferred, stiff flex race skis not needed. U14 and older one pair of GS and one pair of SL skis.
  • Gloves or Mitts - warm, high quality gloves or mitts.
  • Socks - thin to medium thickness compression socks.
  • Body Protection - U10-U12 not necessary but recommended. U14 and older highly recommended.
  • Back protection - Highly recommended,
  • Poles - Poles with guards recommended.
  • Race Suit - Nice but not necessary.

Ski Development Team

  • Helmet - Hard sided helmet preferred.
  • Goggles - Good quality goggles.
  • Boots - Soft flexible ski boots athlete can easily flex, not race boots.
  • Skis - Skis should be an easy flex junior ski, race skis are not necessary.
  • Gloves or Mitts - warm, high quality gloves or mitts.
  • Socks - thin to medium thickness compression socks.
  • Poles - Poles with guards recommended.

Snowboard Race Team

  • Helmet - Hard sided helmet FIS approved, must have sticker on back recommended.
  • Goggles - Good quality goggles.
  • Boots - Hard boot preferred but soft boots will work for new racers.
  • Snowboard - Race board preferred but standard board will work for new racers.
  • Gloves or Mitts - warm, high quality gloves or mitts.
  • Socks - thin to medium thickness compression socks.

Ski and Snowboard Freestyle Team

  • Helmet - Hard sided helmet preferred.
  • Goggles - Good quality goggles.
  • Freestyle Skiers - Soft flexible ski boots, freestyle skis, poles optional.
  • Freestyle Snowboarders - Snowboard boots and snowboard.
  • Gloves or Mitts - warm, high quality gloves or mitts.
  • Socks - thin to medium thickness compression socks.

Ski and Snowboard Freestyle Development Team

  • Helmet - Hard sided helmet preferred.
  • Goggles - Good quality goggles.
  • Boots - Comfortable snowboard boots.
  • Snowboard - Flexible snowboard.
  • Gloves or Mitts - warm, high quality gloves or mitts.
  • Socks - thin to medium thickness compression socks.
  • Poles - Poles with guards recommended.