RIO TINTO ALCAN Nancy Greene Ski League ATHLETES
Please make sure your children are prepared for a day on the slopes. Cold, wet skiers are not happy skiers and unhappy skiers are poor learners. Please ensure that kids/athletes have good water resistant clothing, and please put an extra sweater, gloves and face warmer in their packs in case it gets colder or wetter through the day.
Helmets are mandatory!
Equipment has evolved very quickly in the last few seasons making the skiing progression occur much faster and making skiing way more FUN! Please look for ski’s that are soft, short and shapely. Boots should be easily flexed (soft) and fitted by a true boot fitter (real ski shop). If in doubt please feel free to talk to coaches as they are an awesome resource. Our entry level skiers do not use poles customarily. Until your child becomes a parallel skier poles are not necessary. If your child wants poles, or expresses and interest in using poles – be sure to ask their coach who can help to determine whether they are ready. This is usually at the age of 6-7 at the earliest.
K-Stars are encouraged to have a newer set of junior race or coach suggested ski’s. Please follow coach’s guidelines about equipment they know best. In general, ski’s should be kept short, shapely and soft. Boots should have soft forward flex and be stiffer laterally and aft. Binding retention and performance is becoming more important than release. Protective gear is not very important at this level, athletes gate training will mainly be focused in stubbies and marker gates, such equipment allows the athletes to become accustomed to skiing properly as opposed to hitting gates.
Kinder (K1 and K2) ATHLETES
For many parents and Kinder athletes, the question of ski gear is at the top of the list. Most of our athletes in the Kinder programs are committed to racing and want to maximize their performance. The Ski Trip Packing List below will give you an idea about the ski gear required at this level. For those athletes that are trying ski racing for the first time or for those parents not wanting to invest in all the gear at one time, we have noted the ski gear items that are not mandatory (nm) at this level. We recommend speaking with other parents and the coaches to determine what would be most suitable for your athlete.
Buy and Sell
Looking for great deals on ski gear? Check out the Buy and Sell section on the MWSC website and look for the buy and sell night held in the fall, usually at or around the same time as the Racer Night. Skis, poles, boots, racer suits are always needed, and our members have these for sale!
Ski Tak Hut Racer Day
Each year in October Ski Tak Hut hosts a racer level day where coaches and ski reps attend to provide athlete evaluation and equipment can be ordered for the year.