Equipment

Where to Buy

Entry Level

  • 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

  • Helmet with hard ear covering.
  • Removable chin guard.
  • Speed suit optional, but most racers wear one.
  • Zip-off warm up pants or shorts (for use at races over suit).
  • Shin protection.
  • Pole guards for slalom racing.
  • Slalom skis.
  • Giant slalom skis.
  • Powder skis!
  • Basic ski-tuning gear.
  • 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).

Basic Ski Sizing

BoysSlalom (cm)Giant Slalom (cm)
U12 (10, 11yrs)135155
U14 (12, 13yrs)145165
U16 (14, 15yrs)155175
GirlsSlalom (cm)Giant Slalom (cm)
U12 (10, 11yrs)130150
U14 (12, 13yrs)140160
U16 (14, 15yrs)150170