How to Size Cross Country Ski Poles

How to Size Cross Country Ski Poles
Cross country skiing, which is the original form of skiing, is less flashy than its alpine cousin, but is a great form of exercise and a good way to get out and avoid the winter blahs. Cross country skiing has evolved into multiple disciplines, including race skiing, skate skiing, recreational skiing, and backcountry touring. Sizing your ski poles depends largely on what type of skiing you are pursuing.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Decide what the primary focus of your skiing will be.
Step 2
Pick out a pair of poles and hold them against your body.
Step 3
Size recreational cross country poles, for skiing in tracks, to just under your armpit.
Step 4
Size performance and racing poles so that they reach your collarbone.
Step 5
Size skate skiing poles to between your chin and lower lip. Some skaters prefer longer poles, about the height of their nose. This is largely personal preference. Longer poles help with the stride, but shorter poles are more maneuverable.
Step 6
Choose adjustable length poles for backcountry touring, so that you can lengthen them for uphill travel and shorten them for downhill travel.

Article Written By Candace Horgan

Candace Horgan has worked as a freelance journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Denver Post" and "Mix." Horgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and history.

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