How to Measure Skis

How to Measure Skis
When it's time to start shopping for a new pair of skis, one of the things to discuss with a shop technician is the length and width of various skis. You'll not only need to discuss the length, but also the various widths of the skis at their tip, waist and tail.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Metric metal or fabric tape measure Ski ratings from magazines
  • Metric metal or fabric tape measure
  • Ski ratings from magazines
Step 1
Use a fabric or metal metric tape measure to measure the ski lengthwise, from its tip to end. If necessary, ask for assistance by someone in the shop.
Step 2
Measure the width of the ski's shovel--the area near the tip of the ski.
Step 3
Measure the width of the ski's waist, or the area directly underneath the boot.
Step 4
Measure the width of the tail at the rear end of the ski.

Tips & Warnings

 
Before you go shopping, determine what type of skier you are--a skier who likes to make tight turns or a skier who enjoys going fast. If you enjoy making tighter turns, choose a smaller turning radius. If you enjoy going fast, choose a wider turning radius. Always "try before you buy" whenever possible. Most good ski shops will let you take demo skis out for a spin. Experiment with different lengths of the same ski.
 
Before you go shopping, determine what type of skier you are--a skier who likes to make tight turns or a skier who enjoys going fast.
 
If you enjoy making tighter turns, choose a smaller turning radius.
 
If you enjoy going fast, choose a wider turning radius.
 
Always "try before you buy" whenever possible. Most good ski shops will let you take demo skis out for a spin.
 
Experiment with different lengths of the same ski.
 
Never buy a ski because it was on sale or a "good deal."

Article Written By Allen Smith

Allen Smith is an award-winning freelance writer living in Vail, Colo. He writes about health, fitness and outdoor sports. Smith has a master's degree in exercise physiology and an exercise specialist certification with the American College of Sports Medicine at San Diego State University.

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