Sizing Guide for Race Skis
By Steve Kopitz
Ski Racing is all about being as precise as possible at every turn in the course to get to the bottom faster than the competition. That being said sizing Race Skis can be a little tricky as every racer wants to have the skis which give them the best advantage to win.
If you or your athlete will be racing in USSA or FIS competitions, depending on age group there may be strict rules about Race Skis. Please check the FIS and USSA Equipment Rules to ensure that the equipment you are selecting complies with the requirements for you or your racer’s age group.
Athletes opting not to compete in FIS or USSA sanctioned events will have the liberty to choose skis based on their height, weight, and ability… not just their age.
Below are guidelines on which sizes of equipment to pick based on a skiers weight. If a racer is confident in their abilities and utilizes proper racing techniques to initiate each turn easily they may want to consider skis which are a bit longer. Longer skis are more stable at higher speeds and have more surface area which makes them glide faster. Shorter skis are easier to turn.
For kids under age 15 and weighing less than 145 pounds this chart makes selecting the right size simple.
Junior Race Skis Sizing Chart
|Slalom Ski Length
||GS Ski Length (cm)
For teenagers and adults the sizing gets a bit more complicated. Use the guidelines below for selecting the right size skis based on weight, ability, and terrain.
Adult Race Skis – (Over 130 lbs.) If you are NOT following FIS regulations please use the following guidelines to help you select the correct size skis. If you have a coach you can consult to help you determine which size is best for you as an athlete that is always best; as they know your racing skills, style, and terrain best.
Women- All aggressive, confident, experienced female racers weighing more than 135 pounds can use the Women’s Length of the FIS Approved Race Skis.
Women- Less experienced / aggressive female racers, lighter weight athletes, or those skiing at small resorts with flat terrain should consider cheater skis which will be easier to flex and initiate turns.
- 170 – 175 cm Giant Slalom
Men – All aggressive, confident, experienced male racers weighing more than 165 pounds can use the Men’s Length of the FIS Approved Race Skis.
Men- Aggressive, confident, and experienced male racers who are lighter weight (130-155 lbs.) , still developing to physical maturity, or skiing smaller resorts with flatter terrain should consider using the women’s length of the FIS Approved Race Skis.
Men - Less experienced / aggressive male racers, lighter weight athletes (120-150 lbs.) , or those skiing at small resorts with flat terrain should consider cheater skis which will be easier to flex and initiate turns.
FIS / USSA Race Skis – If you are racing FIS or USSA please consult the following link.
For size charts for men's, women's and kid's skis please click here.