Here are some general guidelines for the type of equipment typically required for young skiers in the Nancy Greene Ski League:
- Skis: Skis for young racers are typically designed for their specific age and skill level. They are shorter and have a narrower waist compared to regular alpine skis. A junior multievent ski is suggested however, at this age any all-mountain ski will work.
- Ski Boots: There are many different options available for racing ski boots but any boot that provides a snug fit will work.
- Ski Helmet: Ski helmets are mandatory in Nancy Greene. Both soft or hard ear helmets are acceptable.
- Ski Goggles: Goggles are strongly recommended but not required.
- Ski Poles: Poles are not required for Nancy Greene however, most athletes start to use poles around 7 years old.
The Table Mountain Ski Club typically holds a ski swap at the beginning of November which is a great place to get gear and speak to some club members who can help with gear selection.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information about the ski swap.
As the athletes move into the older age categories there are more racing options available to them each requiring some specific gear.
- Skis: Race-specific skis are designed for speed and precision. Slalom skis are a shorter length with a shorter turning radius while Giant Slalom/Ski Cross skis are a little long with a longer turning radius. Within Saskatchewan, we typically focus on slalom but we are seeing more Giant Slalom and Ski Cross races available to our athletes. If your athlete is only going to have one set of skis they will typically want a slalom ski.
- Ski Boots: Racing boots are stiffer than recreational boots to provide better control and power transmission. Make sure the boots fit your athlete’s feet well and provide good ankle support.
- Poles: Slalom poles are straight and the 12 year old + athletes should also have pole guards. Giant slalom racing poles will have a slight bend in them to make them more aerodynamic. If your athlete is only going to have one set of poles they will typically want a slalom pole as these can also work for Giant Slalom and Ski Cross. Make sure to get poles that are the right length for your child’s height.
- Race Suit: A ski racing suit is designed to reduce air resistance and help your child move more aerodynamically. It’s not just for style; it can make a difference in their performance. Race suits are not a requirement but are typically worn by the more experienced athletes
- Protective Gear: Athletes must wear a helmet during all training and races. Soft ear helmets can be worn for Slalom but athletes must have hard ear helmets if they choose to race Giant Slalom or Ski Cross. Athletes should also have shin guards, pole guards, and a chin guard when racing Slalom. A back protector is required when racing Giant Slalom or Ski Cross.
Ski length guide