How to Measure Cross Country Skis

How to Measure Cross Country Skis
Cross country skiing has been around long before the invention of the ski lift. It can be a lot easier to do than downhill skiing and gives you an excellent aerobic workout, and you get to enjoy the outdoors and the snow. What length of cross country skis you use will depend on a number of factors and will require you to have both your height and weight measurements handy.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Measuring tape
  • Weighing Scales
  • Manufacturer's Sizing Chart
Step 1
Determine the type of cross country skiing you'll be doing, such as touring or skating. Most people start out using touring skis, which are shorter and wider than the classic cross country ski.
Step 2
Measure your height in inches. The general rule is that your height in inches x 2.6 + 15 equals the recommended ski length in centimeters.
Step 3
Step on weighing scales to get an accurate weight. Touring skis are sized according to weight. Generally, the heavier you are, the longer the ski. Other types of skis like the classic ski or the skate also require the user to factor in weight.
Step 4
Consult manufacturers sizing chart for suggested ski length. Ask ski shop employee for assistance if you are unsure of how to use the chart.
Step 5
Decide on the width of the ski. Narrow skis are good for on and off trail use while wider skis are better in deep snow.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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