Learn to race at Falls Creek

Equipment Guidelines

Holiday Warriors U8 + U10

  • FCRC Uniform Jacket
  • Helmet
  • All mountain skis NOT TWIN-TIPS (see Ski Guidelines)
  • Correctly fitting ski boots (see Boot Fitting tips)
  • Gloves/Goggles/Pants/Face Protection
  • Ski Socks (correctly fitting in thin merino, not nylon or polypro)
  • Sunscreen
  • All apparel items should be of good quality and in good repair, comfortable children with gear that is easy to manage and effective make for happy skiers.

 

Alpine U12/U14/U16

  • FCRC Uniform Jacket
  • Black Pants
  • FIS Compliant Hard Ear Helmet
  • GS Skis
  • Slalom Skis
  • Twin Tip/Free Skis optional
  • GS poles and SL poles with guards
  • Chin Guard
  • Shin Guards
  • Back Protector
  • Ski Boots (see Boot Fitting Tips)
  • Gloves/Goggles/Face Protection
  • Ski Socks (correctly fitting in thin merino, not nylon or polypro)
  • Sunscreen
  • All apparel items should be of good quality and in good repair, comfortable athletes with gear that is easy to manage and effective make for happy skiers.

 

FIS

  • FCRC Uniform Jacket
  • Black Pants
  • FIS Compliant Hard Ear Helmet
  • GS Skis (see FIS website for regulations)
  • SL Skis (see FIS website for regulations)
  • Twin Tip/Free Skis optional
  • GS poles and SL poles with guards
  • Chin Guard
  • Shin Guards
  • Back Protector
  • Ski Boots (see Boot Fitting Tips)
  • Gloves/Goggles/Face Protection
  • Ski Socks (correctly fitting in thin merino, not nylon or polypro)
  • Sunscreen
  • All apparel items should be of good quality and in good repair, comfortable athletes with gear that is easy to manage and effective make for happy skiers.

 

Snowboard Programs

  • FCRC Uniform Jacket
  • Black Pants
  • Helmet
  • Back Protector
  • Wrist guards optional
  • Snowboard boots correctly fitted.
  • Snowboard
  • Gloves/Goggles/Face Protection

 

Mogul Program

  • FCRC Uniform Jacket
  • Black Pants
  • Helmet
  • Back Protector
  • Ski Boots (see Boot Fitting Tips)
  • Gloves/Goggles/Face Protection
  • Ski Socks (correctly fitting in thin, merino, not nylon or polypro)
  • Mogul Skis (twin-tips not recommended)
  • GS Skis
  • Poles

 

All Mountain Programs

  • FCRC Uniform Jacket
  • Black Pants
  • Helmet
  • Back Protector
  • Ski Boots (see Boot Fitting Tips)
  • Gloves/Goggles/Face Protection
  • Ski socks (correctly fitting in thin, merino, not nylon or polypro)
  • GS, Twin or All Mountain skis
  • Poles

 

NOTE – With the expense of having athletes in FCRC and the efforts put towards the program by parents, coaches and athletes it is important that their equipment and apparel are suitable. Athletes should be warm and dry as possible and safely equipped.

 

A few tips –

  1. Merino thermals preferable, polypro if not. Keeps them warm. Thermals should not be tucked into their boots.
  2. Several thin layers under their jackets and pants not bulky thick layers.
  3. Face Protection. On good days it should be in their pocket in case of weather change.
  4. Socks! Good, thin merino ski socks make an average fitting boot feel good. Polypro and nylon cause rubs, general soreness and sweating which leads to cold feet.

Boot Fitting Tips

  • Ski and snowboard boots are the most important items any skier or rider will own. They should be sized and fitted by a professional. Small children should not be fitted for “growth”. This can lead to lack of ski control, soreness, feet issues and risk of injury particularly lower leg. Please see a reputable bootfitter if in doubt, they will be happy to check the boots that you have for your child.
  • Toes and Heels should be in good condition. As these wear the interface with the ski in compromise, there can be movement in the binding making the skiers efforts less effective. Damaged toes and heels can also lead to issues in binding release.
  • As the ability and age increase, the boot flex and fit should head towards higher performance. However, if the boot is “too good” for the skier then their progression will be hindered. See a boot fitter.
  • All athletes beginning to achieve a higher level of performance should be skiing and boarding with foot beds in their boots.
  • After each day the liners should be removed and placed in drying room, shells should be buckled and left in normal room.
  • High level racers, mogul and free skiers should all have a comprehensive boot fitting consultation to check that they are not missing a link in their performance through fit, flex, canting or lack of neutrality in the boot.

 

Ski Guidelines

  • The ski or board should be in good repair and tuned at all times. It is difficult to get the most out of the sessions if the equipment is letting the athlete down and they can’t execute what they are attempting to do.
  • GS and SL Skis – If in doubt shorter is better, too long and progression is hindered.
  • New skis are not necessary, good condition second hand skis and boards in good repair will be sufficient.
  • Two pairs of race skis are not necessary for most groups. We do recommend fulltime alpine u14 – FIS have two pairs of GS particularly if skiing northern hemisphere also.
  • Twin-tips, unless specified by your coach, are not recommended. A GS ski or all mountain ski is ideal for progression. Many ski companies also make a multi sport ski which is junior race construction but softer tip and more side cut than a GS ski and they are available quite small. For U8 and U10 a good all mountain rental ski is perfect.

 

More Advice

On Opening Weekend 2017 we will have a person to answer equipment questions at the club from 11am until 1 pm Saturday and Sunday, alternatively email president@FCRC.com.au with your questions. During the season please consult directly with your coach.

 

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