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 every athlete and coach. If you arrive at the mountain and do not have your helmet, you are not allowed to ski with the club.
For athletes intending to participate in races, 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 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!
Athletes participating in RACING:
Helmet: If you intend to race, your helmet will need to have hard plastic covering your ears. Helmets with soft padding on the outside of the ears are not allowed at many races, but are OK for all other athletes in the alpine program. - At the U14 and older ages there are specific helmet requirements (i.e. helmets for Giant Slalom and speed events must be FIS Certified).
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.
Youth athletes grow quickly. It can be a challenge to find equipment that fits well and is appropriate for the type of skiing that an athlete is interested in. Our families take a lot of different approaches to sourcing their equipment. Here are a few resources:
Many of our athletes elect to rent/lease equipment for the season through the Middlebury College Snow Bowl Ski Shop Ski Shop. The lease runs from the beginning of the season until the Snow Bowl closes for the season.
Ski and Snow Board Packages are:
- $120.00 for Kids (ages 10 and under)
- $160.00 for Juniors (ages 11-13)
- $200.00 for Adult equipment (ages 14 and up).
The price includes skis, boots, bindings and poles.
There are large number of ski shops in the region. Most shops cater to recreational skiers. For race skis, boots and helmets Peak Performance in Killington is a great place to start.
Ski Maven has posted a list of upcoming Ski and Snowboard sales in the region:
- 09/25 - South Burlington High School Ski and Snowboard Swap
- 10/1&2 - Colchester Ski & Skate Sale
- 10/1-3 - Pico Ski Club's Ski and Snowboard Sale
- 10/9&10 - Killington Ski & Snowboard Swap
- 10/9&10 - Smuggs Ski and Snowboard Sale
- 11/5-7 - Cochran's Ski and Ride Sale
- 11/13&14 - Waitsfield Elementary School Ski and Skate Sale
- 11/19-21 - Okemo Mountain School Ski Sale
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.