Even new skiers need the right equipment. Weston Ski Track has a season rental program for our club with an excellent combi-ski package. If you plan to buy your equipment, please talk to a coach first.

There are two main decisions for obtaining ski equipment:
1. Lease or buy?
2. Combi skis or dedicated skate and classic skis?

Below is information to help you in these decisions. If you are unsure, please contact the club’s equipment coordinator, Alex Appleby.

Lease or buy skis?

The decision to lease or buy is entirely up to you. Many of our families with multiple children find buying a better option, and pass equipment down from child to child. Others decide to rent until their kids take to the sport. Many new families begin at our club’s used gear list, where you can find a great deal on equipment loved by other kids (and adults) in previous seasons.

Combi skis or dedicated skate and classic? 

We teach both skate and classic techniques in all of our programs. A combi ski can serve as either a skate or classic ski depending on how it is waxed. Having separate skis for skating and classic makes a big difference in performance for young skiers who know the basics (the differences between the ski shapes are significant). You will also save a lot of time and effort waxing skis if you have dedicated skis. Combi skis may need to be rewaxed as often as every week when we change technique from skate to classic and back. We recommend using dedicated skis for each technique if you are able.

At a minimum, your child will need:

  • One pair of combi skis
  • One pair of combi boots
  • Two pairs of poles: (1 for skate, 1 for classic)

For most kids, we recommend:

  • One pair of skate skis
  • One pair of classic skis
  • One pair of boots
  • Two pairs of poles: (1 for skate, 1 for classic)

More important guidance on skis, boots, poles, and bindings is available on the Sizing and Tips page.

Avoid putting your child in the wrong equipment.

If a child is 6 or older, he or she should have waxable skis. Do not get no-wax skis (commonly called fish-scale skis) which have two problems. Because the grip is so good, the skier never learns proper classic technique and won’t learn how to ski well. Because of the fish-scales, the skis are slow, can’t be used for skating and will hold back any fast classic skiing.

Also, do not get “round basket” or “touring” style poles. The round basket makes it impossible to have good angled pole plant in either classic or skating technique. It is essential for your skier to have poles with racing-style baskets (which extend behind but not in front of the pole).

The skier needs to have boots with the flexibility for classical skiing and the support for skate skiing. Do not get touring-style junior boots – you need to get combi boots. Also do not get 3-pin type bindings, they cannot be used for the skating technique.

Kid’s rental equipment at cross-country centers almost always falls into the “what not to get” category. The Weston lease package is an exception that has been designed for Bill Koch ski clubs and are perfectly fine for novices and intermediates. For this reason, purchasing used kids rental equipment from end-of-year sales at cross-country centers is not recommended.