New to ski racing? It can be daunting getting into racing. This section of the site is meant as a primer to give you a general idea of what you will need to start and progress in the sport. Skiing is expensive, but with the advice of your coach and your local shop, you can avoided buying equipment you do not need or buying the wrong equipment. Local shops and clubs often have used equipment, and other team members and clubs sometimes have equipment you can use or purchase. Check out the ski swap info on this site—one of the best way to get outfitted at the best prices while supporting your local team or club.

Your coach is the best person to recommend what equipment you need, and your local shop is the best place to help outfit you for skiing. I do believe it is essential you have a good relationship with a local ski shop. I can’t tell you how many times a racer breaks equipment the night before an event and the local ski shop goes above and beyond to help the racer have equipment suitable to compete on. Try getting that service by mail order!