Cold Lake Blizzards Alpine Racing Team

Equipment 


Ski Boots

Consider purchasing a Children’s Race Series boot with 3-4 buckle overlap
Boot Fitting: Remove the boot liner and slip your foot in. You should be able to slip one finger behind your heel when your toes are at the front.
Mach 1 Sports offers a boot fitting clinic each year with reps from Technica and Blizzard. They will teach you about fitting boots and offer a significant discount for boots purchases there. Pacesetter Sports and Sundance ski shops in Edmonton, Alberta also offer boot fitting clinics. Please visit their websites for more information on specific dates (see websites and store information posted below)

Bindings

The most important consideration in terms of bindings is safety.
Bindings fix the boot at the toe and heel. In some bindings, to reduce injury the boot can release in case of a fall. The boot is released by the binding if a certain amount of torque is applied, usually created by the weight of a falling skier. The torque required is adjustable, according to the weight, foot size, and skiing style. A snow brake prevents the ski from moving while it is not attached to a boot.
All bindings currently on the market are safe if they are mounted on the skis and adjusted by a certified technician.

Helmet

Ski racing approved helmet specifically designed for Alpine Ski Racing
Ski racing helmets are designed to protect racers while gate training and racing. Race ski helmets undergo extensive safety testing to insure optimal comfort, performance and safety. Most ski racing helmets utilize a traditional full shell design with a hard plastic outer shell that covers the ears and a liner of softer expanded polystyrene (EPS) which has good penetration resistance and energy distribution properties.
Soft sided helmets are NOT permitted. Please note: ALL athletes racing at a U12 or higher competition, MUST be wearing a FIS approved helmet.

Speed Suits

Are permitted at all NGSL Division and U12 events, but not required. The Club has some suits available for use.

Mouth and Back Protectors

The use of these protectors are specifically designed for Alpine Ski Racing and are strongly recommended for all competitors.


Ski Poles

Sizing poles is easy. Ideally, your arm should be parallel to the ground when you grasp the pole (with the tip up) below the basket. Typically for a racer, you should size down 2 inches.

Skis

In general, a good all mountain ski is perfect for our younger racers. Junior race skis will be better suited to the more skilled children.
Ski Sizing/Type: Specific racing skis vary due to skill and weight/height ratio of the skier. Below you will find general guidelines for selecting ski equipment for entry level participants. There is no bias toward a particular manufacturer as all suppliers produce good products. If you plan to purchase your skis from a local retailer, you will likely find a ski size chart to use at that facility. Most of the online providers also provide these charts to allow you to successfully choose the right skis for your particular needs.
The following is a basic guide:

*Sizing considerations: size to weight ratio and skier skill/performance

Important things to consider when selecting skis are:

Sidecut: The difference between the width of the ski between the waist and the tip/tail. Younger children to do not need skis with too much side cut
Torsional stiffness: The ability of the ski to twist along its length. In general, younger skiers do not require skis with tortional stiffness.
Flex pattern: The ability for the ski to bend to full flex at the waist with the tip and tail secured. Entry level skiers do not require a stiff flex pattern.
Camber: The natural arc or curvature built into the ski when laying flat. More camber generally means a stiffer ski.

Winter temperatures can vary greatly. Always send warm clothes, dry mittens/gloves, face warmer, and goggles. Hand warmers and toe warmers are often great items to have on-hand particularly when being outside for several hours on a cold day.


“Ski like you stole ‘em”