Sundance Ski Team - Equipment Seminar
Basics - Head to Snow
1) Helmets - Race Specific Helmet is required for both training and racing. No exceptions. U14 and older must have a FIS Sticker on their helmets.
2) Goggles - Good pair of goggles go a long way.
3) Jacket and layers - Come dressed to the conditions. No cotton.
4) Pants - Full Zip Off pants are strongly suggested
5) Race Suit - Strongly suggested but not mandatory. We have a custom team suit that everyone wants.
6) Thin pair of socks - never double layer or cotton
7) Boots - Most important piece of equipment, do not skimp, ‘grow in to’, or rent. • Must fit this criteria: Correct fit (they will be ‘tight’), not too stiff, not worn out (look at toes and heels and liner).
9) Skis - Most important thing about skis? Must be tuned and waxed WEEKLY.
Why? A pair of slalom and GS skis are highly encouraged for U12’s and mandatory for U14+. The Sundance Ski Team tuition is designed to be relatively cheaper so that athletes can save money to get the required equipment and have more opportunities to learn and progress. Fat skis are also crucial to this as well since we spend the majority of our time free skiing powder, crud, moguls, trees, etc. This teaches the athletes all of the fundamentals required for racing, plus it’s way more fun than just drill after drill and course after course. As we continue to grow, this is going to be extremely important to meet our philosophy of creating strong skiers first, racers second, and competitor’s of all. Race Vs. Recreational - Get the race ski. Don’t get a ‘Recreational Carver’.
No rentals. Please.
So… what should my athlete get?
This is dependent on each athlete, but here are our suggestions:
These will apply to Mavericks as well.
Sizes will vary; consult with your coach for which size to get.
Not everyone will need the “All in Packages” those are there for those that do.
Used is often a GREAT way to go for park and fat skis, not always for race skis, but sometimes you can get lucky.
All in Package:
*If only one race ski is the option, then get a longer slalom ski (about forehead height, so they can use it as a GS and Sl ski this year, then next year get a GS ski, so then they’ll have both. Or buy the SL ski new, and get a used pair of GS skis the same year if possible.
*These can be used if picked up in good condition. Send pictures of used skis to Tyson if you’re unsure. A good way to check a used ski is to put them together, bases flat, and see if they have any camber to them. If the entire bases of each ski are touching each other, they are a dead ski and will feel like a limp noodle. Scratches and dings in the bases can be fixed. Also check how much edge is left. Compare it to the base edge side of a new ski to see how much they’ve tuned it.