Extra Things To Wear When Ski Racing

10 Feb

When people on the U.S. Ski Team race there are things that they use. For every event you will need a helmet, poles, skis, a GS suit. For Giant Slalom you will need: a GS suit (GS suits help racers go faster. They are made out of the same materials that is used for wet suits). Arm guards, (arm guards are used to hit the gate on your arm while you are in a Giant Slalom course). For Slalom: Pole guards (these help you hit the gates and protect your hands). Shin guards, (these are used to protect your shins and hit the gates in slalom). Chin bar, (a chin bar protects your chin in slalom because sometimes if you hit a slalom gate the wrong way it hits your head, so it keeps it from knocking out your teeth). For Super G: You basically need the same things as in Giant Slalom but you may need longer skis, about 10 CM longer to go faster! Also you may need an back protecter, these are so you don’t hurt your back. For Downhill you will need the same things as Giant Slalom and Super G but your skis should be at lease 25 CM, longer that your Giant Slalom skis!

GS Suit







Arm guards


Pole guards


Shin Guards

Shin guards


Chin guard


Back protector


Posted by on February 10, 2012 in Uncategorized


11 responses to “Extra Things To Wear When Ski Racing

  1. emmap25

    February 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Awesome post Sam!
    Funny that I am working on a post on mountain biking gear and you just did a post on racing gear!

    • samc6

      February 15, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Thanks Emma!

  2. beab3

    February 15, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Cool post! I like how you explained what everything does. I didn’t know you needed a chin guard! How much does all of this cost?

    • samc6

      February 15, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Thanks Bea! All of this gear cost in total is about $2,000 to $4,000!

  3. graceab4

    February 15, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Great post. I thought that GS suits had built in padding. Do they? Also, how much does all of this cost, because I know that Poc helmets are pretty pricey. I didn’t know that GS suits were made out of the same material as wet suits! I thought they were thin light cross country ski suits. I liked how you showed all the things that you need, instead of just saying what they are, and not posting pictures.

    • samc6

      February 15, 2012 at 11:42 am

      GS suits do have built in padding but for Super G and Downhill the padding is not enough. Poc Helmets are pricey that one in the picture is about $500. Alpine skiing GS suits are not as thin as Cross Country suit because the skiers have to be on top of the mountain the the freezing cold and I think if they were the same I think that every Alpine ski racer would be always cold! All of those products cost about $2,000 if they are on sale but if they are not all the products would cost about $4,000.

  4. carterh10

    February 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

    That was a very well explained post because you told us what everything was for. I think you should explain why the poles are bent. Great post Sam!

  5. Mr. H

    February 20, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I like how you explained the necessity of the arm guards, pole guards, shin guards, etc. I recall recently watching a race, and noticing how hard the competitors where hitting the gates.

    Good job.

    Mr. H

    • samc6

      February 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Mr. H,
      I racers hit the gates to get a better line. If the gate is in the racers way they most likely my hit it VERY hard!

  6. leviw27

    March 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I didn’t know you needed so much stuff for a Giant Slalom. How do the longer skis make you go faster? Just wondering.

    • samc6

      March 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Longer skis makes you go faster because of the friction. Say you have a 150 cm. skis for GS and then you some how grow 3 feet and get 200cm skis you will go 50% faster with the 200 cm’s.


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