Alpine skiing 101: Equipment



Bindings secure boots to the skis. They are designed to release their hold in the event of a fall.


Ski goggles, which come in a variety of lens colors, protect the eyes against weather, glare and the effects of speed on the eyes. 


Helmets protect the head and ears. In slalom events, a chin guard is attached to the helmet to protect skiers from getting hit in the face by gates. 


Poles are used for balance and steering. There are different types of poles for the speed and technical events. 


Suits are usually skintight to reduce air resistance. Skiers are also allowed to wear padding for protection. 


A substance applied to the base of skis to increase control, glide and speed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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