Where to Buy

Entry Level (9 years old and younger)

  • Skis of appropriate length. Race skis aren’t necessary and twin tips seem to be the all-around Nelson young ripper ski of choice.
  • Boots that fit properly. Young skiers are happier and ski longer with boots that fit well.
  • Ski poles of correct length.
  • Ski helmets are mandatory with a hard shell covering of the ears.

Provincial Racing

There are sizing charts below too!

Please discuss details with your age specific head coach. This list sets out guidelines but do not let it deter you!    You can wait until U14 to get GS skis and poles if you prefer.

  • Ski Race HelmetFIS approved No Exceptions! – See photo with FIS sticker (must have hard covered ears and screw holes for chin guard). Non FIS, and slalom helmets can be used in Slalom but with chin guard.
  • Removable chin guard (Chin guard for Sl only, not permitted in GS training and racing as can cause neck injury)
  • Speed suit
  • Zip off warm up pants or shorts (for use at races and training over suit)
  • Shin protection
  • Back Protection for Speed Training and Racing. U14 and up: GS and Speed Events back protection mandatory starting in 2018/19 season!!!!
  • Pole guards
  • Slalom poles (straight) with guards and GS poles (or regular poles without guards), also powder poles with bigger baskets recommended.
  • Slalom skis –see sizing chart below
  • Giant slalom skis (a nice to have but not required until U14)
  • Powder skis! Same length as GS skis!
  • Performance 4 buckle boots. Approximate Stiffness: 70 maximum for U12, 90 for U14, 100-120 for U16, 130 and up for U18
  • Boot bag to carry all this gear every day.
  • Athletes own Screw driver for removing chin guard etc.
  • Basic ski tuning gear including:   Scraper, File guide and file, Diamond Stone, Waxes, Brake elastics, Brushes. One nylon, one nylon brass combo, Iron, Folding table, Vices, Tool box for gear while travelling
  • Mouth guard (like hockey players wear – for concussion prevention)
  • Ski pass on lanyard (around neck so that racers can strip down into their suits and be wearing their pass)
  • Running shoes for Dryland and for warm up at away races.
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip protection

Basic Ski Sizing

Boys Slalom (cm) Giant Slalom (cm)
U12 (10, 11yrs) 135 155
U14 (12, 13yrs) 145-155 175-185
U16 (14, 15yrs)

155 FIS womens flex (stiff), or if softer (masters) then up to 165

180-188 25m Radius

U18, U21, Masters 165 FIS mens flex Mens FIS length and radius


Girls Slalom (cm) Giant Slalom (cm)
U12 (10, 11yrs) 130 150
U14 (12, 13yrs) 140-150 165-180
U16 (14, 15yrs)

150 womens flex (stiff) or 155 if softer (masters) flex

175-185 23-25m radius

U18, U21, Masters

155 FIS

Womens FIS length and radius

Ski Boot Flex

All boots should be a 4 buckle with powerstrap.  There is no standard flex system so there this will vary between brands.  In order to see if there is enough flex the athlete should be able to have some back and forth movement and be able to use the ankles while jumping vertically.

  Approx. Flex
U12 (10, 11yrs) 70
U14 (12, 13yrs) 70-100
U16 (14, 15yrs) 100-130
U18, U21, Masters 120 and up

Ski Pole Sizing