ATS Equipment- Phase 4

Equipment Selection and Preparation: Adhere to USSA rules for all equipment selection.

Skis: Skier should have separate pairs of skis for slalom, GS and super G.

Boots: Proper boot fit and flex are critical for performance. Boot flexes and responds as it interacts with the ski and plate. This is perhaps the most difficult phase for boots as early in the growth spurt, the feet will grow rapidly. However, selecting boots that the athlete will grow into is the worst possible decision at this point. Much is changing for the athlete in this phase. During the growth spurt, coordination is disrupted, and the skier can lose their feel for the ski and snow. Boots that don't fit properly make this problem worse. A good boot fitter has many ways to make a boot fit a growing foot, but there is no way to make a boot fit that is too big.

Protection: Head, arm, hand, shoulder, back teeth and shin protection recommended based on event.

Poles: GS-standard length. SL- pole guard for blocking and protection, pole may be slightly shorter. Should have separate poles for SL and GS/SG at this phase.

Ski preparation recommendations:

Base bevel: 1/2 degree all disciplines
Side bevel: 3 degrees all disciplines

Waxing: Start use of flourinated waxes as conditions warrant. Never use high-flouro waxes for general base prep, training wax should be low-flouro or basic wax. Skis should be waxed and scraped daily for training. Take proper safety precautions when using flourinated waxes (read more here).

The athlete should take on responsibilities for equipment preparation and maintenance at this phase. Being able to relate how their equipment prep translates to their ski performance becomes an important skill.


Boot Fitting Recommendations

Watch this video to help select the right pair of boots.


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