All athletes need to have their own skis, boots, poles, helmet and goggles. These items are not provided by the club. Helmets are mandatory, all of the time, for both Mountain Team and Racing Team members. If you arrive at the mountain and do not have your helmet, you are not allowed to ski with the club. Racing Team members, please see specific helmet requirements below.
We ski in all types of weather, so please be prepared and dress accordingly each day. Don't forget that often the mountain temperatures and wind are much different than they are in the valleys! It's best to have more clothes and not need them, than to not have enough to wear.
iPods or other music devices with headphones should stay at home. Sunglasses are not allowed during training (goggles must be worn.)
Always put your name on everything! A lot of equipment and apparel looks the same and can be easily mixed up in the lodge or out on the rack. Use a permanent marker to label everything you have!
Helmet: If you are on the Racing Team, your helmet will need to have hard plastic covering your ears. Helmets with soft padding on the outside of the ears are not allowed for Racing Team members, but are OK for Mountain Team.
Skis and Boots: Please consult your coach to help you with your selection of skis and boots, since racing equipment can be very specific. Older athletes may need multiple pairs of skis that will be suitable for each competitive discipline.
Protective Gear: Helmets are mandatory, but other protective gear is optional. These items may include shin guards, pole guards, back guards and padded clothing. Speed suits are optional, but popular at most levels. Remember, if you use a speed suit, you will want to have pants that zip-off completely without requiring you to remove your boots. Please consult with your coaches for the specific protection requirements for your age level.
The Middlebury Ski Club
The mission of the Middlebury Ski Club is to promote alpine skiing and to support the development of ski racers of all ages and abilities.
The Middlebury Ski Club is a non-profit organization based in Middlebury, Vermont, USA.