July 4, 2022

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How long should all mountain skis be?

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Asked by: Mary Couture

Recap on how to choose the length of your alpine ski:

Skiing style Level Ski length
All-mountain ski Beginner-Intermediate 5 to -10cm (-2 to -4 inches)
All-mountain ski Intermediate-Advanced = your height or 5cm (2″) under
All-mountain ski Advanced-Expert = your height or a few cm (1-2inches) over

What length all-mountain skis do I need?

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. SIZE SHORTER, CLOSER TO CHEST IF: Child’s weight is less than average for their height.

How long should my skis be chart?

Ski Sizing Chart

Skier Height (ft) Skier Height (cm) Suggested Ski Lengths (cm)
5’2″ 158 145-165
5’4″ 163 150-170
5’6″ 168 155-175
5’8″ 173 160-180

Is it better to have longer skis or shorter?

As a rule of thumb, beginner-level skiers should ride a ski no longer than the top of their chests. Shorter and softer flexing skis are easier to control, making turning easier and gaining speed less intimidating.

How do you choose all-mountain skis?

And for a look at our top picks, see our article on the best all-mountain skis.

  1. What Type of Terrain Do You Ski? …
  2. Select the Ideal Waist Width. …
  3. Ability Level and Ski Flex. …
  4. Picking the Right Ski Size/Length. …
  5. Understanding Rocker/Camber Profile. …
  6. Turn Radius (Sidecut) …
  7. Ski Cores and Laminates: What to Look For.

What happens if skis are too short?

Having skis that are too short to support your weight will have a lack of control, lack of response or rebound, and will not absorb the vibration when at a higher speed.

What size skis for 5’9 man?

Your height will be the mid-point of a 30-centimeter range of ski lengths. For example, a 5-foot 9-inch person is about 175 centimeters tall. Assuming nothing else, that individual should probably be seeking a ski somewhere in between 160 centimeters and 190 centimeters long.

What length skis do I need calculator?

Ski Size Chart

Skier Height in Feet and Inches Skier Height in Centimeters Beginner to Intermediate Length (cm)
5’8″ 172 157-164
5’10” 177 163-173
6’0″ 182 165-175
6’2″ 187 170-179

Should older skiers use shorter skis?

The older you are the shorter your skis should be. Not because you are older but because there is a correlation between age and a general decline in strength, fitness level, durability and reflex speed. If you are more interested in balance and speed control than you are in speed you want to consider a shorter ski.

What are all mountain skis?

All-mountain skis are designed to handle almost all on-piste conditions plus some off-piste conditions as well. These models often have a rocker in the tip which makes it easy to initiate the turn. They’re designed to handle equally well on ice, groomed runs, and in light powder snow.

Do I need all-mountain skis?

All-mountain skis are best if you want a more versatile pair of skis. You’ll be able to try different sizes of skis to fit the type of skiing you want to do. All-mountain skis have sidecuts that allow them to carve down groomed snow. They also have rockered tips that can help you learn how to ski off-piste.

Can you carve on all-mountain skis?

You don’t need to buy new skis just to learn how to carve. If you’re considering new skis anyway, though, all-mountain skis offer a nice sidecut radius for carving. They also have enough camber to allow you to flex the skis and hold the edges.

Can all-mountain skis be used for backcountry?

Technically, you can use most any ski for backcountry touring as long as you have boots and bindings that allow you to lift your heels to walk (“skin”) uphill (with the help of climbing skins) and then to lock them back into the bindings for the descent.

What length skis for ski touring?

10 to 20cm under your height is about right. In general, tall or big skiers will have skis arouns 160cm, shorter skiers will stick with 150cm lengths. If you like climbing on the side of groomed slopes, you can add a few centimeters in order to gain comfort and stability on the downhill.

How long should my skis be for touring?

These skis both cover any and all terrain in a wide variety of conditions, but they would require different lengths if the same skier were to buy a pair of each. Touring skis should be 5-15cm less than the skier’s height.

What does it mean when a ski is playful?

In terms of a ski being “playful,” we use that word to describe skis that are (1) easy to release from a turn / slarve, (2) that produce energy when you lean into them, (3) are easy to flick around in the air, (4) feel balanced in the air (often due to a more forward mount point), (5) and / or ski switch well.

What is ski forgiveness?

A “forgiving” ski simply allows for grosser body movements without instantaneous reactions. Say you regularly let your hips fall behind your feet; a forgiving ski will give you time to regain your balance without repercussions, while an unforgiving ski will dump you unceremoniously on your rump.

What does POW mean in skiing?

fresh POWDER

Pow Pow is the slang term for the crème de la crème of skiing, fresh POWDER. Fine, dry, fluffy and lightweight; powder is the Holy Grail for snow sport enthusiasts. Large amounts of fresh snow make for epic conditions and give you the feeling of ‘floating’ on the surface.

What does ti mean in skis?


In a lot of cases, manufacturers offer a given model in a carbon version (C or Ca) for intermediate skiers and in a Titanal version (Ti) for expert skiers.

Are all mountain skis good for powder?

All-mountain skis with 85mm–95mm are best for a mix of groomed and powder. Many all-mountain skis have deep sidecuts and rockered tips to make them easy to turn. They hold an edge on groomed routes and hard snow, and high-end models can satisfy performance expectations of expert-class skiers.

What does C mean in skis?

C: Charge / Charger

Used in reference to a type of skiing style or a type of ski with the idea revolving around skiing fast and stable. A ski that can charge means that it’s able to bust through variable conditions with ease; the faster one can ski through those conditions makes it more of a charger.

Do powder skis make a difference?

Powder skis make a dramatic difference in fresh snow. They can plane on top of the snow at slower speeds because of their rockered profile and wide waist width. Narrower skis with less rocker need more speed to plane in fresh snow.

Are fatter skis easier?

(1) In many conditions, fatter, rockered skis are easier to ski than conventionally shaped, skinnier skis (think waist widths of 65-85mm). This fact leads directly to the second point. (2) These skis are easier to ski because they are easier to control, and improved control means safer skiing.

Is it easier to ski with wider skis?

They Are Easier

Bigger skis provide more stability at higher speeds, which makes them safer — and great for beginner and intermediate skiers.

Why are skis so wide now?

Manufacturers are now making bindings specifically designed for wide skis. These bindings are wider and more rigid laterally making it easier to roll the ski edge to edge and more compact allowing the ski to have more flex. They also raise the skier higher off the snow allowing for more leverage to engage the ski.

Are wide skis bad for knees?

The use of wider skis or, in particular, skis with a large waist width, on a hard or frozen surface, could unfavourably bring the knee joint closer to the end of range of motion in transversal and frontal planes as well as may potentially increase the risk of degenerative knee injuries.

Are shorter skis easier on the knees?

In saying that yes shorter skis will be easier on your knees as there’ll be less leverage on them when turning. However you may find it less satisfying & have more trouble controlling them at speed as shorted skis are less statisfying.

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