Olympic alpine skis are designed for maximum speed and carve turning. They very in size depending on the discipline. Downhill skis are the largest with minimum lengths of 218 centimeters (86 inches) for men and 210 cm (83 in.) for women. Slalom skis are the smallest with minimum lengths of 165 cm (65 in.) for men and 155 cm (61 in.) for women.
Bindings secure boots to the skis. They are designed to release their hold in the event of a fall.
Poles are used for balance and steering. There are different types of poles for the speed and technical events.
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.
Ski goggles, which come in a variety of lens colors, protect the eyes against weather, glare and the effects of speed on the eyes.
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.