How to Choose the Ideal Ski Length / Size

Most skiers choose skis which, when stood on end, come between shoulder height and 15cm above their head height.  As a starting point, choose skis which come up to your nose then make adjustments according to the factors described below.  The more factors applicable to you, the more adjustments you should make. 

Pick Skis Below Nose Height If:

● You are a beginner or improving skier

● You are lighter than average for your height

● You like to make short, quick turns and rarely ski really fast

● You want a pure carving ski with no rocker.

● You ski on dry slopes or in snowdomes.

Pick Skis Above Nose Height If:

● You like to ski fast and aggressively

● You are heavier than average for your height

● You plan to do a lot of off piste skiing

● You plan to use a twin-tip ski or plan to hit a lot of big kickers

● You want a ski that has a lot of rocker

● You are an advanced skier

Men's Ski Size Chart

 Skier Weight
kg<4950-5960-6970-7980-8990-9595+
stone< 77.1-9.49.5-1010-12.512.6-1414.1-1515.1+
ft< 108108-130131-152153-174175-196197-209210+
< 5'
<152
115-130
125-140
130-145
135-150
140-155
145-160
160+
5'1-5'6
154-168
135-150
145-155
150-160
155-165
160-170
165-175
175+
5'7-6'0
168-182
150-160
155-165
160-170
165-175
170-180
175-185
185+
6'1-6'5
182-195
160-165
165-170
170-175
175-180
180-185
185-190
190+
6'6+
195+
170-175
175-180
180-185
185-190
190-195
195-200
200+

 

Women's Ski Size Chart

 Skier Weight
kg<4950-5960-6970-7980-8990-9595+
stone< 77.1-9.49.5-1010-12.512.6-1414.1-1515.1+
ft< 108108-130131-152153-174175-196197-209210+
< 5'
<152
135-137
137-139
138-140
139-141
140-142
141-143
144+
5'1-5'6
154-168
138-152
140-154
142-156
145-158
148-161
151-164
166+
5'7-6'0
168-182
154-166
157-169
160-172
163-175
165-177
167-179
180+


Women's can use men's skis but female specific skis are designed to suit a woman's stature and lower centre of gravity, with softer flex patterns and generally thinner waist widths, giving a better response and feel for most female skiers. 

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