- All athletes need to have their own skis, boots, poles, helmet, and goggles.
- Helmets are mandatory, all of the time, for both training and racing. If an athlete does not have their helmet, they are not allowed to train or race. Helmets and skis must comply with USSS regulations. Please refer to the Equipment Guide below for more details.
- We ski in all types of weather, so please be prepared and dress accordingly each day. Don't forget that the mountain temperatures and conditions can fluctuate greatly throughout the day. It's best to have more clothes and not need them, than to not have enough to wear.
- Music devices with headphones should stay at home.
- Sunglasses are not allowed during training (goggles must be worn.)
- SL chin guards must be removed from helmets for GS gates.
- SL pole guards are not allowed on ski poles for GS gates.
- 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!
When getting started in ski racing, the selection of race equipment can be overwhelming and intimidating. There is no need to rush out and get every piece of equipment at the get go. If your child already skis, they have all the equipment they need to get started. Your child's equipment needs will change as their racing ability improves. The following is a guide to what your child will need for ski racing. If you have any questions about equipment, check with your child's coaches.
All kids need them all the time and they should be hard shelled helmets (no soft ear flaps). There are USSS certification requirements for helmets at all USSS races. Please refer to the USSS “Alpine Competition Guide” for a complete listing of the ski helmet regulations. Here are a few of the key regulations:
- Helmets must cover the ears
- Helmets with spoilers or edges that stick out are not permitted
- Soft ear protection is only permitted for helmets used in SL
- Helmet mounted cameras are not permitted for training or competition
- An athlete in a USSA non-FIS event is allowed to personalize their helmet with the application of bling, stickers, helmet camera mounts, etc…
- Certified Race Helmet
- All Mountain Ski (1-Pair of Skis for GS and SL)
- Ski Poles
- Regular Ski Wear (Coat and Warm-ups)
Advanced SL Gear
- Speed Suit
- SL Specific Race Skis
- Straight Ski Poles with Pole Guards
- Certified Race Helmet with Chin Bar
- Shin Guards
- Back Protector
Advanced GS Gear
- Speed Suit
- GS Specific Race Skis
- GS Bent Poles
- Padded clothing
- Arm Guards
- Back Protector
WPRC purchases team uniforms every 3 years. Team uniforms are not required, but many of the kids have them. When new uniforms are purchased, orders and checks are collected in March at the year-end banquet. Uniforms are delivered the following fall and are available for pick-up at the start of the ski season. For years when an order is not being placed, the best source for a team uniform is to purchase a used uniform from an existing member. The club sometimes has a few extra unused uniforms. Inquiries can be made to the Club President.
Orders for the next set of uniforms is scheduled for March 2019.
Uniform selection is a committee process and approved by the Board of Directors. If you are interested in participating in the uniform selection committee, please contact the Club President.
WPRC runs an equipment swap for members during the social gathering after the fall Membership meeting.
WPRC members looking to buy or sell equipment at any point in the year may post messages to the WPRC Facebook page.
Western Pennsylvania Race Club (WPRC) is a successfully run ski program based at Seven Springs. The club has been in operation since 1962. WPRC promotes the development of youth athletics through alpine ski racing.