Ski Buyer’s Guide

Depending on the program and the age group, the types and the number of pairs of skis varies. The general recommendation for appropriate skis are as follows. Consult the coach of your racer for the best advise.

Forerunners

A general purpose entry-level ski will be adequate. At this age, skis should be soft and be no taller than chest to chin length. Skis that are too long will impede proper turning and other critical fundamental techniques.

Gatebusters

A general purpose carving ski will be adequate. Skis should be at around chin height. The weight of the racer should also be taken into consideration when determining ski stiffness and length.

U12/10

A single pair of junior dual-event or slalom race skis will suffice for these entry level racers (make sure you get a ski that is appropriate for racing). In general, the skis should be between nose and the height of the racer. The weight of the racer should also be taken into consideration when determining ski stiffness and length.

U14

Starting at this level, the racer should have dedicated race skis for SL and GS. Super G skis will also be required. Make sure you check with the coaching staff and other club members for potential availability of used and loaner pairs.

SL skis are made for making tight turns. In general, they are about chin to nose height. GS skis are made for speed and they run from forehead to above racer height. Also at this level, they are introduced to Super G, where the skis will extend far above their height. Here, the ability and the weight of the racer should be taken into consideration when determining ski stiffness and length. Started in 2014-2015 season, ski lengths may be regulated by USSA.

U16

Starting at this level, in addition to ability and weight, USSA regulations and personal preference for length and stiffness of SL and GS skis also comes in play. Furthermore, Super G racers are recommended to have a dedicated pair of SG skis used in that event. Make sure you check with the coaching staff and other club members for potential availability of used and loaner pairs.

U18/21

The requirements for ski equipment at these levels are strictly dictated by USSA and FIS regulations based on genders. See the coaching staff for specified requirements and recommendations.

 

Use the following selector as a general guide (take caution for U12 and younger).

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