Lengths for X-Country Ski Poles

Lengths for X-Country Ski Poles
Cross-country skiing is one of the best forms of aerobic exercise and a great way to get out and explore snow-covered trails. Choosing the best-fitting poles will make it easier to enjoy those cross-country ski adventures this winter.


Ski poles are essential for cross-country skiing. Poles help propel the skier forward in the classic diagonal stride and also aid in balance.


Classic styled cross-country pole sizing is determined primarily by your height. With tips on the ground, the poles should reach comfortably up to armpit height.


Casual cross-country skiers might want to have a slightly shorter pole, perhaps fitting loosely under the arms. Faster, more experienced skiers can benefit from slightly longer poles.


If you plan on skiing off trail, consider purchasing poles with a larger basket; these will ensure that your poles do not sink too far into the snow. Also consider weight when purchasing ski poles. Lighter poles will be more expensive but well worth the cost.

Expert Insight

Consider telescoping poles that allow you to adjust their height. With adjustable poles, you can shorten them to climb easier and then lengthen poles for descents.


Article Written By Wren Mcilroy

Based out of Salt Lake City, Wren Mcilroy has been writing outdoor recreation and travel-related articles for 3 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology from Winona State University in Minnesota.

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