Gear Guide: USSA Guidelines
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USSA Alpine Director Patrick Riml on ski length and radius regulations:
Change is always difficult and it requires a lot of adjustment,” said USSA Alpine Director Patrick Riml. “Especially for the young kids because you have to get a little bit stronger to handle those kinds of skis. The old skis allowed less precise skiing, technique and position than the new skis require. … The old skis allowed sloppy skiing. For me, it’s good.
There’s no recommendation from our side (USSA’s). It’s basically the FIS rules,” said Riml. “I would say that if there is an athlete on an elite track who wants to go into FIS competition, the sooner he (or she) goes on the new regulations, the better he (or she) will be able to handle them. … For a young skier who is mainly focused on USSA competitions, it may be a little bit of a challenge if they have a great year and all of sudden they want to race FIS.
On the higher level, there were not too many injuries last year compared to the years before. I would say it wasn’t just because of the skis; it’s also because of the preparation. I think we have to give it a couple years to see why FIS made the changes.