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How to Choose a Ski Length

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It would be nice to have a magic formula for choosing a ski length. However, there are a lot of factors that come into play when choosing the right length ski for you.

Height:
There is a basic rule of thumb to measure how long your skis should be. A beginner should see the tip of the ski falls between his or her chin and mouth with the back tip on the ground. An intermediate skier’s skis should fall between the mouth and eyes. Any advanced skier’s ski would fall between their eyes and the top of the head. Here is a sizing chart that will give you a general idea of ski size range you should be looking at.

Snow Ski Sizing Chart:

Skiing Style:
If you turn a lot to maintain speed (as a beginner would do) or like doing tricks, a shorter ski is more your style. However, if you are an aggressive skier and like creating a lot of speed and traverse less frequently, a longer ski would be better.

Type of Terrain:
A long ski would be great for an experienced skier on steeps, but not great for tree skiing. Consider a pair of fatties in slushy snow or for tree skiing, especially if you are less skilled.

Remember, length is only one facet of a ski. Skis come in different shapes, widths as well as flexes according to their function. For more info, feel free to chat with one of our associates at www.sunandski.com.



3 Comments on “How to Choose a Ski Length”

  1. #1 RG
    on May 2nd, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Nobody seems to make it clear if your height should be measured while you’re in your skis, or barefooted, or ???

    Please clarify.

  2. #2 Scott Blair
    on May 4th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    RG, It’s based on your height barefoot… as if you were going to the doctor. However, the height measurement is an approximation. For instance, let’s say you are 5’10″… that would mean for most skiers that a ski length of 165-185 would be the right fit.

    The high and low end of the range comes into play based on your experience and/or skiing style. The more advanced you are, the longer the ski, unless you enjoy a slower and more carving type skiing style. If wide carving is your game, then a shorter ski is best because it’s much easier to turn.

  3. #3 George
    on Nov 27th, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Due to camber, side-cut, wieght differences within heights, you are still doing it by height…?

    (I am a ski coach, instructor, and racer, and am very surprised…).

    Should be by weight, first, then go from there…

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