Ski Size Chart - HOW TO SIZE YOUR SKIS
Determining the right ski length is not as simple as plugging in your height and weight. Although these are great factors to provide a starting point, there are other factors such as snow conditions, preferred terrain, ski category, and personal preference that should also be taken into account.
The general rule is for your skis to measure somewhere between your chin and the top of your head. With expert level skiers often choosing skis slightly above their head. See image below:
Once you have determined your recommended ski size range, now you need to decide if you prefer a longer ski or a shorter ski. In general shorter skis will be easier to maneuver while longer skis will be more stable.
Narrower carving skis with smaller turn radiuses and full camber can be skied shorter, while wider all mountain and freeski skis with more rocker can be skied longer. Rockered skis have a shorter contact length with the snow which makes it easier to pivot and steer, however we recommend sizing up skis with a lot of rocker in order to maintain stability.
Below are several reasons to help you make this decision.
GO SHORTER, CLOSER TO YOUR CHIN IF:
- You are a beginner-intermediate level skier
- You prefer making shorter/quicker turns
- You are looking for a carving ski
- You weigh less than average for your height
GO LONGER, CLOSER TO THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD IF:
- You are an advanced-expert level skier
- You like skiing fast and making longer turns
- You mostly ski off trial
- You are looking at a ski with a lot of rocker
- You weigh more than average for your height
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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SKI SIZE FOR YOUR CHILD
The right size ski for your child is best calculated by their height and weight.
The general rule for junior skis is that they should measure somewhere between the child's chest and nose.
Follow these simple steps to make the right selection:
- Determine your child's height and weight.
- Find your child's height on the below chart.
- If your child's height is between two of the listed heights, find their weight and proceed as follows:
- • If child is light for their height, use the shorter height. (This will result in a shorter ski recommendation)
- • If child is heavy for their height, use the taller height. (This will result in a longer ski recommendation)
- Once the correct height has been determined, follow that row across to the suggested ski length column. 5) Within the suggested ski length range there are several reasons to size up or down. See below chart for recommendations in making this decision.
SIZE SHORTER, CLOSER TO CHEST IF:
- Child’s weight is less than average for their height.
- Child is a novice level and/or cautious skier.
- Child likes to make quick short turns.
- Child is still developing turning skills.
SIZE LONGER, CLOSER TO THE NOSE IF:
- Child’s weight is more than average for their height.
- Child’s ability level is advanced.
- Child likes to ski fast.
- You are looking at a ski with early rise or powder rocker.
- You are looking to have “room to grow”. We do not recommend going longer than your child’s suggested size range.
A overview of Skier Experience levels:
A beginner is a first time skier or someone very new to skiing that will be cautious and is still learning basic control.
An intermediate skier has a little more experience learning the basics of controlling their skis. Intermediate skiers are still cautious on more challenging runs and are comfortable at moderate speeds. Athletic beginners will also benefit from skis designed for intermediate skiers.
An advanced intermediate skier is a more seasoned skier that has good basic technique and is either starting to explore off trail terrain, freestyle terrain, or wants to develop strong carving and technical skills. An advanced intermediate is comfortable skiing at moderate speeds on intermediate trails in most snow conditions or at moderate speeds on advanced trails in optimal snow conditions.
An advanced skier is capable of maintaining solid technique on advanced terrain in most snow conditions. These skiers are able to ski in control at higher speeds, but don’t always ski aggressively.
An expert skier is capable of skiing safely at high speeds on any terrain regardless of snow conditions. Expert skiers have strong technique and prefer to ski aggressively.
Groomers are maintained trails, typically found on the front side of the mountain. Frontside Skis range from beginner to expert skill levels. These skis are narrower skis optimized for groomed and hard packed snow conditions.
All Mountain conditions include hard packed snow, tracked out crud, or hopefully a little fresh snow. All Mountain Skis are designed to be very consistent feeling, well rounded skis; performing best on trails and in the bumps or trees you find on the front side of the mountain.
Skis for the All Mountain/Powder skier fall into the All Mountain Wide Skis category on Skis.com. Skis in this group are 91 - 110mm wide under the foot. They are best suited for the skier that likes to hit the back bowls early and finish up the day with a few laps under the lift before checking their skis and getting ready for après ski activities.
Skis suited for Backcountry terrain include skis in both our Alpine Touring and Powder Categories. Powder Skis are designed to be soft snow specialists. Usually shaped with larger amounts of rocker, powder skis will float no matter how deep the snow is. Alpine Touring Skis are designed to be lightweight for skinning and climbing while retaining high performance for skiing off the beaten trail.
FreestyleSkis are designed to fit the needs of ‘new school’ skiers. Built with the terrain park in mind, these skis are focused on being lightweight and durable for jumping and jibbing.
Once you have added or subtracted the factors for your ability level, skiing style, and terrain you now have a good idea of what size ski you should be using. Depending on which models of skis you are looking at purchasing the sizing might not come out exactly at this chart determines. It is ok to be off by a few centimeters.