Below is a list of equipment used by the team. The only required items are a helmet and goggles, skis, boots, poles and warm clothes. Some optional equipment is listed for informational purposes. Coaches can be of assistance in recommending ski and boot sizes and flexes. Generally, the brand of equipment is less important than making sure it is the proper type and properly sized for the athlete.
All team members are required to wear a ski helmet at all times during on snow activity. Race team participants are required to wear a hard sided FIS style helmet similar to the helmet shown here.
All skiers should have ski goggles. It is recommended to have tinted lenses for day practices and races and clear lenses for night time practices. Double lens goggles are preferred due to their anti-fogging properties.
A four buckle boot is recommended. As athletes progress a race geared boot is preferred. Flex is an important factor when choosing a boot. A boot that is too stiff can inhibit an athletes development. Team members should have access to their own equipment. If just starting out, it is possible to get a season rental from Snowstar.
A pair of medium to light weight wool ski ski socks is recommended. Cotton socks, multiple layers of socks or socks that are too thick will not keep feet warm and will negatively affect performance and comfort.
Parka and Ski Pants
A good ski parka and ski pants are recommended. Team uniforms may be purchased from Arctica.com.
Team members should have access to their own skis. If purchasing new (or used) skis, a pair of slalom race skis is recommended. As an athlete's skills develop they may want to add a pair of Giant Slalom race skis to their quiver. Many manufacturers make a combination Slalom/Giant Slalom ski. These are not recommended. If just starting out, it is possible to get a season rental from Snowstar.
Forearm and shin guards, pole guards, helmet chin guards, mouth guard, etc. As an athletes skills progress these may become desirable. They may be recommended by coaches as an athlete's skills progress. These are optional and purchasing this equipment is best delayed until and athlete is clearing gates.
Many athletes may wear a race suit for racing and training. Most race suits provide some padding which can be helpful when running gates. Race suits are not required and many athletes will go their entire racing career without putting one on. Team race suits may be purchased at Arctica.com.
Team members will need ski poles. Poles are integral for developing the proper technique. Initially, the type of poles is less important than the size. As athletes progress, different styles and protection may become desirable.
Bern Hofmann - SST President
Austin Huyten - SST Head Coach