How to Size Snow Skis

How to Size Snow Skis
Downhill skiing is a fun and exhilarating winter sport for people of all ages. In addition to proper weather conditions and terrain, skiers must have the proper equipment. And each piece must be the appropriate size. Sizing snow skis is essential to ensuring the highest possible level of comfort and maneuverability. Improperly fitted skis can lead to discomfort and, therefore, potential injuries.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Ski boots Tape measure or measuring stick Ski sizing chart Skis Ski poles
  • Ski boots
  • Tape measure or measuring stick
  • Ski sizing chart
  • Skis
  • Ski poles
Step 1
Select a properly fitted ski boot. A properly fitting boot should fit snugly around the foot but should not crowd the toes. Ski boots should always be worn with socks.
Step 2
Use a tape measure or measuring stick to determine your height in inches.
Step 3
Consult a ski sizing chart. Ski sizing charts give guidelines for the appropriate ski length in centimeters based on a skier's skill level and height in inches. Ski sizing charts can be found in any ski rental facility or online.
Step 4
Select the appropriate length of ski based on the recommendation of the ski sizing chart. For example, a 6-foot tall individual who is new to skiing should select skis between 160 and 165 centimeters long.
Step 5
Consider making adjustments to the selected skis based on the type of skiing you would like to do. If you are an intermediate or advanced skier who would like added speed, consider selecting a slightly longer ski. If you are a beginner, consider a slightly shorter ski for added maneuverability and control.
Step 6
Select poles of the appropriate length. Stand a ski pole upside down so that its grip handle is touching the floor. Bend your elbow at a 90-degree angle at your side and grip the pole under the basket. If holding the pole in this fashion keeps your forearm parallel to the floor, the pole is the proper length.

Tips & Warnings

 
Rent or purchase skis from a store that specializes in winter sports. Employees should be able to offer additional assistance in selecting the proper ski. Skiers with a small stature for their heights may want to choose slightly shorter skis than what is recommended while skiers with a large stature for their heights may want to choose skis that are slightly longer than what is recommended.
 
Rent or purchase skis from a store that specializes in winter sports. Employees should be able to offer additional assistance in selecting the proper ski.
 
Skiers with a small stature for their heights may want to choose slightly shorter skis than what is recommended while skiers with a large stature for their heights may want to choose skis that are slightly longer than what is recommended.

Article Written By Beth Culp

Based in New Orleans, Beth Culp has been a freelance writer and producer since 2004. She enjoys researching and writing about a variety of topics, including travel and outdoor adventure. Culp holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and sociology from Loyola University New Orleans.

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