Remember: When buying ski equipment from a store, be sure to mention you are a high school skier! You usually get 10-15% off.
Combi boots/skate & classic boots: These should be sized by a ski shop professional (once you know the size, you could look on Craigslist or hit a ski swap)- boots are in European sizes like “36”
Skis and poles: These can be from the school, former skiers, ski swaps, ski shops, Craigslist, eBay, etc.
Ski Bag: If you get skis from the school you will likely get a ski bag too.
Winter workout clothes: This is important both for skiing and for running during the beginning of the season when there's no snow. It is crucial to have:
Ski pants or something similar
Digital watch with stopwatch
Where to Find Equipment:
Ski Swaps: Most ski shops in the metro area have ski swaps some time in November each year. This is a great way to get good equipment at an affordable price.
Information About Equipment:
Skis (classic and skate + Bindings)
Skis are fitted to weight.
Bindings are either “NNN” or “SNS”. If you have NNN boots, they won’t work with SNS bindings and vice-versa. Bring your boots when you buy used skis to make sure they work together.
Combi boots are a good way to save money. However, combi skis are significantly worse than separate skate and classic skis and should be avoided if possible.
Poles (different heights for classic and skate)
These are fitted to your height.
Most skiers who are new to the sport should be using a classic pole height that comes up to their armpits/shoulder and skate pole height somewhere between the chin and eyes. The height needs to be considered as if the skier is standing in boots on snow.
Your classic pole height cannot be more than 83% or your height in the Minnesota high school league.
Velcro grips are better than just loops you stick your hands into because the skiers should “fling” the poles away from them as they pole forward.
Ski Boots (classic and skate or “combi" boots which can be used for both)
Your boots must match the type of bindings you have on your skis. SNS bindings do not work with NNN skis and visa versa, see the bottom of this page to learn the difference between SNS and NNN boots.
Many skiers enjoy using a “Superfeet” insert to make their ski boots more comfortable (available at sporting goods stores, REI, Hoigaards, etc).
Do to COVID-19 we will not be waxing as a team this year, so individual skiers will be responsible for waxing their own skis. We are currently exploring some possibilities to help those without the means to wax their skis get them waxed.
Kick Wax: This is the stuff that makes your classic skis grip the snow. Ask for a starter set of kick wax (wax + cork for applying it) when you get your skis so your skier can start to assemble their own “wax box”. Different waxes are needed for different temperatures and different ski conditions. Your coaches and captains will help teach you how to apply the kick wax. You MUST have your kick wax on you when classic skiing because there will be no sharing of wax this year due to COVID-19! You dont want to stuck without any kick!
Winter Workout Clothes
You can get basic, decent quality sweat wicking "base layers" at Target, and you can find many fleece products, windproof shells, hats, and sometimes even ski pants at stores like Marshalls or Midwest Mountaineering.
For higher prices, you can get high-quality base layers from any ski shop. They will last longer, feel better, and be warmer –but they do cost more.
Look for ¾ zip necks to help you regulate heat without having to remove a layer.
Windproof (test them by blowing through the fabric) shells and pants are great for warmth.
Winter biking gear can also be used for skiing. Multiple light layers work better (they trap air) than big bulky down jackets, which will become very warm, very quickly).
Gloves (rather than mittens) work best. Make sure they fit through your skier’s hand grips on their poles.
Hoigaards has cheap canvas bags or you can look for used ones online. This is critical for keeping track of and protecting your equipment.