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Recommended Equipment

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

YSL
U8 - U12
Buddy Werner
Enduro
Buddy Werner
U10
Buddy Werner
U12
Buddy Werner
U14
Devo
U16 - U21
Hard-ear Helmet*Hard-ear Helmet*Hard-ear Helmet*Hard-ear Helmet*Hard-ear Helmet*Hard-ear Helmet*
Multi-event Jr Race Skis
Free Skis
Multi-event Jr Race Skis
Free Skis
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 PolesFitted PolesFitted PolesSL Poles
GS Poles
SL Poles
GS Poles
SL Poles
GS Poles
4-buckle BootJr Race BootJr Race 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.

Our sponsors, Grizzly Outfitters and Lone Mountain Sports, can help you with skis, poles, boots, bindings, and most apparel:

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.

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.

Specialty ski racing items can be purchased from several online retailers, including: