Equipment Lists

It is the parents responsibility to provide their children with the appropriate equipment for skiing.

To make this as easy as possible, FAST holds a used ski equipment sale in Fernie every November.  Check the calendar for the next Ski Swap held at the Fernie Community Centre.  You can buy or sell used gear at this events.  FAST volunteers organize this event for all FAST families and the greater Fernie community.

Detailed equipment lists for each program are available in the tabs below.  Click on  the appropriate age group for specific details of their program.

U8 - Ages 4 to 7

Helmets – All E1 athletes are required to wear full over-the -ear hard shell alpine ski racing helmets.

Skis – There are no special ski requirements.

It is the PARENT’S RESPONSIBILITY to ensure that their child has properly fitting and properly functioning equipment.

U10 and U12

Helmets:  All U10 & U12 athletes are required to wear over-the-ear hardshell fully certified alpine race helmets.

Skis: Any type of skis will do as long as they are in good condition and have properly suited and adjusted bindings.  A pair of junior racing/carving skis is ideal but not mandatory.


It is the PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY to ensure their child has properly fitting and properly functioning equipment.

New U12 Equipment List Pic

U14

Helmets – A certified race helmet is mandatory.  These helmets include a full hardcover shell over the ears.  Racers will not be allowed to race without it. As well athletes need a detachable face guard for slalom.

Mouth Guards – Either custom or “Boil & Bite” mouthguards are mandatory for training and racing.

Cross Blockers – These attach to the poles and protect the hands when skiing slalom.

Shinners – Shinners are worn over the ski pants or speed suits to protect the shins and knees when skiing slalom.

Speed Suits – Speed suits are not mandatory however most U14 athletes are using them.  Padded speed suits are strongly recommended.

Stealth – This padded vest or shirt is recommended for extra protection.  It can be worn under a speed suit while racing or without the suit while training.

Forearm Pads – These are NOT recommended for U14 athletes as they promote bad habits for athletes just learning clearing techniques.  These bad habits can be unsafe and difficult to correct.

Skis – U14 athletes will compete in 3 types of races. Slalomn (SL), Giant Slalom (GS) and Ski Cross (SX). Two paris of skis are recommended ; GS skis for GS and Ski Cross and Slalom skis for SL races.  If only one pair of skis is possible, it is best to choose GS skis for safety concerns.

New U14 Equipment List Pic
It is the PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY to ensure their child has properly fitting and properly functioning equipment.

 

U16

Helmet -A certified race helmet is mandatory. As well athletes need a detachable face guard for slalom.

Mouthguards – Mouthguards are mandatory for training and racing to avoid dental injuries and concussions.  “Boil & Bite” mouthguards can be purchased at most drug stores and sporting good stores.  Custom mouthguards can be purchased through your personal dentist.

Cross Blockers – These attach to the poles and protect the hands when skiing slalom.

Shinners – These are worn over the ski pants or speed suits to protect the shins and knees when skiing slalom.

Speed Suits – Speed suits are not mandatory however most U16 athletes are using them.

Skis – U16 athletes will compete in 4 types of races. Slalom (SL), Giant Slalom (GS), Ski Cross (SX) and Super G (SG).  At this stage, U16 athletes need a pair of slalom skis Slalom and GS skis for GS and Ski Cross. Super G are often rented for SG events.

It is the PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY to ensure their child has properly fitting and properly functioning equipment.

 

U18 and FIS

Helmet -A certified race helmet is mandatory. As well, a detachable face guard for slalom is Mandatory.

Mouth Guards – Custom or Boil & Bite mouthguards are mandatory.

Cross Blockers – These attach to the poles and protect the hands when skiing slalom.

Shinners – These are worn over the ski pants or speed suits to protect the shins and knees when skiing slalom.

Speed Suits – Speed suits are mandatory.

Skis – FIS athletes will compete in 4 types of races. Slalom, Giant Slalom (GS) Ski Cross (SX) and Super G (SG).  At this stage athletes need a pair of slalom skis for  Slalom and GS skis for GS and Ski Cross.  Skis for Super G events can be rented or bought.

It is the PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY to ensure their child has properly fitting and properly functioning equipment.