Masters Equipment & Rules
The full rules and details can be found in the respective Competition Guides:
Starting with the 2020-2021 season, FIS and U.S. Ski & Snowboard have prohibited wax products containing fluorocarbons from use in all sanctioned competitions. Initial testing if any for Masters would be testing for a threshold, as it is understood that existing equipment may already have fluorocarbon wax exposure.
For more information on the ban see usskiandsnowboard.org/fluorocarbon-wax-ban
Starting 2020-2021 it is REQUIRED that Masters use helmets that meet the FIS standards for FIS Masters GS and SG competitions.
It is RECOMMENDED that Masters use helmets that meet the FIS standards for all U.S. Ski & Snowboard GS, SG and DH competitions.
Helmets which meet the FIS standard have a sticker affixed by the manufacturer that states “Conforms to FIS Specification RH 2013”.
The helmet MUST bear a “CE” mark and conform to one or more of the following helmet standards: CEH.Din 1077, ASTM F2040, SNELL S98 or RS98.
The race jury may exclude racers from competition for lack of appropriate helmet.
- Helmets must cover the head and ears.
- Helmets with spoilers or edges that stick out are not permitted.
- Protective features integral to the event being contested, such as chin guards on SL helmets are permitted.
- Soft ear protection is only permitted for helmets used in SL.
- Helmet mounted cameras are not allowed on helmets in official training or competition.
CAUTION: Age and use affect the protective qualities of all safety helmets. Some older helmets and any helmets that have been damaged either in a racing fall or from other impact may no longer provide sufficient protection – even if there are no visible indications of damage.
Masters equipment rules conform to the FIS Masters equipment rules. U.S. Ski & Snowboard recommends that competitors in Masters events compete on equipment designed for the particular discipline (DH, SL, GS and SG) but does not make any recommendations in regard to ski length or shape. Race stock skis are not a requirement.
The race jury may exclude racers from competition for lack of physical and/or technical ability or lack of appropriate equipment.
Typical Ski Dimensions by Discipline
Men: 165 cm
Ladies: 155 cm
Men: 180-185 cm, Radius 27 m
Ladies: 175-180, Radius 23 m
Men: 185 cm Radius 27 m
Ladies: 180 cm Radius 23 m
Ski Racing Article by Lisa Densmore: What's the Right Ski for Masters Racing?
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