How to Size Cross-Country Skis

How to Size Cross-Country Skis
Cross-country skiing is a wonderful way to see nature, all the while getting in an incredible low-impact aerobic workout. Depending on what you plan on doing with your cross-country skis, you will have to use a different formula for measuring, but there's more than one way to figure out what size skis are best for you.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Cloth measuring tape
Step 1
Measure your height. It's best to have someone help you with this task. You should measure from the base of your heel to the top of your head.
Step 2
Do a basic conversion. How tall you are will determine how long your skis need to be. For someone 5 feet tall, cross country ski size would be 180 centimeters. For every two inches of height about 5 feet adjust the ski length by 5 centimeters.
Step 3
Compensate for the type of ski. Whether you are going to use the skis for traditional cross-country skiing or for skating across the snow will make a difference in ski size. Typically you'll want to reduce your length by 10 centimeters if you're going to be using the skis for skating.
Step 4
Adjust for your weight. The more you weigh, the harder it is going to be to keep your skis on top of the snow. To keep from digging down, you should add an extra 25 centimeters to your ski length if you weight more than 200 pounds.
Step 5
Seek expert advice. Ski shops are great resources to rely on. If there's any doubt as to how you are planning on using the skis or variations in length based on new ski technology, you may want to consult a ski technician for help.

Tips & Warnings

After you've sized your skis, make sure you also properly size your boots. Boots are vital to having an enjoyable experience on the snow.

Article Written By Patrick Cameron

Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.

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