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Equipment Recommendations

We recommend that everyone has a ski racing helmet with an RH rating. This is required for U14 and older athletes.

We recommend U16 and older have a mouthguard.

U14 and older we recommend arm guards and back protectors. Also, a chin bar and shin guards are recommended for SL.

U12 and down: Skier age 7-11. We recommend an SL race ski or all MT ski. No twin tips or powder skis.

Skier Height All MT or SL Ski Length
4’ or smaller 125 cm
4’ 4” 130 cm
4’7” 135 cm
4’ 8” 140 cm
4’10” 145 cm
5’ or taller 150 cm
More aggressive skier Add 5-10 cm
Less aggressive Skier Subtract 5 cm

We recommend using an SL ski over a GS ski until you are a U14 (ages 12 and 13 yrs. old) then you should have both SL and GS skis. U14s can use GS skis for SG.

Recommendations based on age groups:

U14 W SL 135-145cm 9-13m radius GS 165-175cm 17-24m radius SG 175-185cm 17-30m radius

U14 M SL 140-150cm 10-14m radius GS 165-175cm 17-25m radius SG 175-190cm 17-30m radius

U16 W SL 145-155cm 11-14m raduis GS 175-185cm 17-25m radius SG/DH 180-200cm 30/40m radius

U16 M SL 155-165cm 11-14m GS 180-190cm 18-25m radius SG/DH 180-200cm 40/50m radius

FIS W SL 155cm GS 183+cm 30m radius SG 200+cm 40m radius DH 205+cm 50m radius

FIS M SL 165cm GS 188+cm 30m radius SG 205+cm 45m radius DH 213+cm 50m radius

SL and GS ski to athlete height general guidelines are Slalom skis: chin to forehead height. GS Skis: over the head.

FIS and USSA have equipment regulations, links are here:




You should be able to flex the ankle with the boot fully buckled. Boots will always be softer in the shop than on the snow. You can move up or down the flex index depending on your mobility and strength. We recommend working with a professional boot fitter to get the best fit and flex. This guide is general and may not work for all athletes. Removing and adding pins to the back of boots can adjust the flex. Not all flex indexes’ are equal across brands.

Skier Waight Boot Flex
50lb 50 or less
60lb 50
75lb 60
85lb 65
100lb 70
115lb 80
125lb 90
150lb 110

If you need further assistance or have other equipment questions please contact us.