When shopping for skis, you’re likely to encounter formulas and suggestions as to what size ski is perfect for you. In the end, you’ll likely end up with a ski that could fall anywhere between your chin and the top of your head. But even that rule isn’t hard and fast when it comes to more advanced skiers. In reality, there isn’t one perfect size for every skier.
While your height is the usual measurement for selecting skis, weight is a more significant factor. Each ski will have a weight range where it’s designed to perform at its best. But this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t select a ski outside of that range. If you’re lighter than average for your height, you’ll likely have a ski that’s closer to your chin. If you weigh more than average for your height, you’ll probably have a ski that’s closer to the top of your head.
What you plan to do on your skis will also factor into what size skis you select. If you plan to spend most of your time in the park or pipe, or want a ski that turns much more quickly, a shorter ski will be preferred. A shorter ski will also have a lower swing weight if you plan on spinning in the air.
If you plan to spend most of your time carving down the hill or riding in powder, or you want to ski faster and more aggressively, a longer ski will be preferred. A longer ski will have more edge to hold higher speed turns. And longer skis will offer more float in powder.
Shorter skis will typically appeal to newer skiers as they’re easier to turn. More experienced skiers may go with skis that are shorter or longer than the norm based on what they want from that ski, whether it’s quick turns or longer turns that are more stable at higher speeds.
The above chart is a generic chart that works for most standard skis. Please make sure to refer to the manufacturer size chart for specific sizing on the skis you are interested in.
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