Equipment

Recommendations

The following table summarizes the ski equipment USSA and BSSEF recommend for participants in Alpine programs. Required items are indicated with an asterisk (*).

YSL
U8 - U12
Buddy Werner
U10 - U12
Buddy Werner
U14
Devo
U16 - U21
Hard-ear Helmet*Hard-ear Helmet*Hard-ear Helmet*Hard-ear Helmet*
Multi-event Jr Race Skis
Free Skis
SL Jr Race Skis
GS Jr Race Skis
Free Skis
SL Race Skis
GS Race Skis
SG Race Skis
Free Skis
SL Race Skis
GS Race Skis
SG Race Skis
DH Race Skis
Free Skis
Fitted PolesSL Poles
GS Poles
SL Poles
GS Poles
SL Poles
GS Poles
4-buckle BootJr Race BootJr Race BootRace Boot
Shin GuardsShin Guards
Back Protector
Shin Guards
Back Protector

BSSEF Alpine program participants must have a full-coverage, hard-ear ski helmet.  Make sure the helmet fits correctly and conforms to USSA and/or FIS certification requirements!

Junior Multi-event Race Skis

A multi-event Junior race ski is less expensive than event-specific skis but still offers the stability and maneuverability required to participate in YSL-level slalom, giant slalom, and kombi events.

A four-buckle boot offers the fit and support your athlete will need for all-mountain skiing and racing. Be careful not to get a boot that is too big or too stiff.

Slalom Pole and Shin Guards

More advanced athletes will need slalom poles that incorporate protective pole guards as well as shin guards.

Used Gear

You don't need us to tell you how quickly kids grow through ski gear. That challenge also gives rise to a thriving market in good, second-hand equipment and clothing. Before you plunk down the big bucks for a brand new speed suit, check out the Montana Ski Racing Classifieds on Facebook.

Montana Ski Racing Classifieds

Retailers

If you need new gear, our sponsors Grizzly Outfitters and Lone Mountain Sports can help you with skis, poles, boots, bindings, and most apparel:

Lone Mountain Sports
Lone Mountain Sports is a dedicated alpine ski shop located directly at the base of Big Sky’s slopes in the Arrowhead Mall.
Grizzly Outfitters
Whether you are skiing or snowboarding at Big Sky Resort, The Yellowstone Club, or venturing into the Montana backcountry, Grizzly Outfitters is the choice for ski & snowboard rental, gear, clothing, and information.

Specialty ski racing items can be purchased from several online retailers, including RaceWerks, Race Place, and Tognar Toolworks.