How should a SPAC racer go about getting a sponsorship?
How do I know what equipment to get for my athlete?
General equipment guidelines are defined in the SPAC Athlete and Family Handbook. However, if a parent is interested in purchasing new equipment for their athlete (skis and boots), they should consult with the Program Director for recommendations on length, brand, etc. Mighty Mites, in general, have 1 to 2 pairs of skis, particularly in the younger classes of racers (U8 and U10) they use the same ski for skiing and training slalom and giant slalom. Older Mighty Mites may elect to have a separate pair of skis for slalom and giant slalom. In the Junior levels, skiers often have 1-2 pairs of skis per discipline and use one pair as a training pair and the other as a racing pair. All skiers also need a helmet.
In addition, racers use gloves or mittens typically designed for ski racing (as they have extra padding and protection). All racers are encouraged to train in a ski racing suit, and there are usually a number of used ones available for purchase at the end of every season if a family does not want to get a new one. Lastly, ski racing pants and shorts are needed particularly on race days as they have “zip off” sides so that racer can easily remove them at the start of a race course and strip down to their race suit.
What is the helmet requirement for SPAC racers?
SPAC Helmet Requirements
Full Helmets manufactured for ski racing are required for all SPAC athletes in gate training and races. Mouth protection is highly recommended. For slalom a bar on the helmet, or a mouth guard, or both. A mouth guard is highly recommended when training or competing in giant slalom, super G, and downhill.