Equipment Rules

Sections:

Skis Limitations – FIS (Under 18 and older)

All skis used in FIS events must conform to their rules.  A summary of the main requirements for the skis are listed below.  Please check all equipment conforms to the rules before the start of the season.

FIS Male Category – Season 2012and Southern Hemisphere 2013 (till November 2013)

SlalomGiant SlalomSuper G
Length (minimum)165 cm185 cm*205 cm*
Radius (minimum)-27 m33 m
Width under binding>= 63 mm>= 65 mm>= 65 mm
Standing Height (maximum)50 mm50 mm50 mm

* with a +/- 5 cm tolerance only at standard FIS and Entry Level Races, not Continental Cup.

 

FIS Ladies Category – Season 2012 and Southern Hemisphere 2013 (till November 2013)

SlalomGiant SlalomSuper G
Length (minimum)155 cm180 cm*200 cm*
Radius (minimum)-23 m33 m
Width under binding>= 63 mm>= 65 mm>= 65 mm
Standing Height (maximum)50 mm50 mm50 mm

* with a +/- 5 cm tolerance only at standard FIS and Entry Level Races, not Continental Cup.

 

FIS Male Category – Season 2013 (from November)

SlalomGiant SlalomSuper G
Length (minimum)165 cm *195 cm **210 cm **
Radius (minimum)-35 m45 m
Width under binding>= 63 mm<= 65 mm<= 65 mm
Width at tip-<= 98 mm<= 95 mm
Standing Height (maximum)50 mm50 mm50 mm

Skis which conform to these rules are valid for all events in 2012/2013.
* Men U18 (Junior I) -10 cm tolerance for FIS.
** -5 cm tolerance for FIS.

 

FIS Ladies Category – Season 2013 (from november)

SlalomGiant SlalomSuper G
Length (minimum)155 cm188 cm **205 cm **
Radius (minimum)-30 m40 m
Width under binding>= 63 mm<= 65 mm<= 65 mm
Width at tip-<= 103 mm<= 95 mm
Standing Height (maximum)50 mm50 mm50 mm

Skis which conform to these rules are valid for all events in 2012/2013.
** -5 cm tolerance for FIS.

 

 

Skis Limitations – Children (Under 16 and younger)

Children International Rules

SlalomGiant SlalomSuper G (U16 Only)
Length (minimum)130 cm130 cm175 cm
Radius (minimum)-17 m
(14m for U14)
27 m
Width under binding>= 60 mm>= 60 mm>= 60 mm
Standing Height (maximum)50 mm50 mm50 mm

FIS recommendation for children younger than 11 years:
For children younger than 11 years: Use only one pair of skis in all events if the ski length is shorter than 130 cm.

 

Boots

The maximum height allowed between the base of the boot and the top of the sole inside the boot is 43mm.  This includes both hard and soft material.

 

Suits

Competition suits and clothing worn underneath, such as underwear, etc., may not be plasticised or treated by any chemical means (gaseous, liquid or solid) and must have a minimum permeability of 30 litres per m2/sec. Seams may only exist in order to join the portions of the suit. Outer tucks
and darts are not allowed. The suits must be equally porous in all parts, both from the outside in and from the inside out. Minimum air permeability is established whereby the unstretched fabric must show a medium air permeability of a minimum of 30 litres per m2/sec under 10 mm of water pressure.

 

Helmets

The use of crash helmets is compulsory for all events. Only helmets are permitted whose shell and padding cover the head and ears.  They must also have no spoilers or protruding parts.

For alpine Giant Slalom, Super G and Downhill events the helmets must fulfil the following specific additional requirement:

  • Fulfil and to be certified under both ASTM 2040 and EN 1077 (class A).
  • In addition Helmet model to pass an additional specific test under EN 1077
    test procedure but at higher test speed of 6.8m/s.
  • Fulfilment of requirements is to be attested by a specific standardised conformity label affixed in a non removable way at the back of the helmet in a location which is and shall remain visible. The label shall in particular not be covered by the goggle strap. The conformity label is shown in the attachment. It shall include the following text: «Racing helmet conform to FIS specifications 2013». Labels affixed by manufacturers shall comply with the specifications set forth in the attachment.

For alpine Slalom evens the helmets must fulfil the following specific requirements:

  • Helmet model to be certified under EN 1077 (class B) or ASTM 2040 as
    minimum standards (high standards as for GS/SG/DH are allowed).
  • Soft ear padding is allowed.

In FIS level races, the helmets fulfilling the requirements valid in 2012/13 may
still be used during season 2013/14.  Compliance with the above requirements is attested by the corresponding certification label (e.g. CE label) and/or by the conformity label.

Protection

In Downhill, protectors may not be integrated into the competition suit itself.  In all events these protectors must be worn underneath the plombed racing suit. (Exception forearm protection used in SG, GS and SL and shin protection used in SL).  Protectors must fulfil the 30 litre permeability rule with the exception of the shoulder, scapular region, chest, arms and legs. The anatomical body shape may not be changed.

The back protector must adapt to the anatomical bend of the athlete’s spine and lie flat against the body. The top edge of the back protector must be situated in the area of the spinal column and may not go above the 7th cervical vertebrae (C7). The maximum thickness must be in the middle part and may not exceed 45 mm; the thickness reduces at the edges of the back protector. Designs with the view to improve aerodynamic properties are forbidden. The back protector must be worn underneath the competition suit.

 

References

http://www.fis-ski.com/data/document/competition-equipment_1213_aug12.pdf
http://www.fis-ski.com/data/document/121107-helmet-rule-final.pdf
http://www.fis-ski.com/data/document/equipment-specifications-edition-december-1.pdf