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A Better Way To Size Your Skis

To correctly size a ski your initial length should be based on your weight. From there the additional factors of ability level, skiing style, and your preferred terrain help to dial in the best length.

Men's Ski Sizing

Weight (lb) Starting Length (cm)
110-119 147
120-129 150
130-139 154
140-149 159
150-159 164
160-169 169
170-179 174
180-219 176
220 + 180

If height is greater than 6'2" and weight is less than 170lbs start with a base length of 174cm

Ability Modification

Beginner minus 3
Intermediate no change
Advanced Intermediate plus 3
Advanced Expert plus 6

Skiing Style Modification

Cautious minus 3
Average no change
Aggressive plus 3

Skiing style compares to others in your same ability level. Experts can be cautious, while beginners who like to ski fast would be considered aggressive.

Terrain Modification

Groomers no change
All Mountain plus 3
All Mountain / Powder plus 6
Backcountry plus 9
Freestyle plus 6

Once you have your base size any ski 3 cm shorter or longer falls into your ideal ski length range. For example if your final size is 177cm, 174-180 cm is your ideal range.

Women's Ski Size Chart

Weight (lb) Starting Length (cm)
100-109 143
110-119 147
120-129 150
130-139 154
140-149 159
150-169 164
170-179+ 169

If height is less than 5'2" and weight is greater than 150lbs start with a base length of 159cm

Ability Modification

Beginner minus 3
Intermediate no change
Advanced Intermediate plus 3
Advanced Expert plus 6

Skiing Style Modification

Cautious minus 3
Average no change
Aggressive plus 3

Skiing style compares to others in your same ability level. Experts can be cautious, while beginners who like to ski fast would be considered aggressive.

Terrain Modification

Groomers no change
All Mountain plus 3
All Mountain / Powder plus 6
Backcountry plus 9
Freestyle plus 6

Once you have your base size any ski 3 cm shorter or longer falls into your ideal ski length range. For example if your final size is 177cm, 174-180 cm is your ideal range.

Kid's Ski Size Chart

Weight (lb) Starting Length (cm)
> 35 70
35-39 75
40-44 85
45-49 95
50-59 105
60-69 115
70-79 125
80-89 135
90-99 145
100+ 150

Ability Modification

Beginner minus 3
Intermediate no change
Advanced Intermediate plus 3
Advanced Expert plus 6

Skiing Style Modification

Cautious minus 3
Average no change
Aggressive plus 3

Skiing style compares to others in your same ability level. Experts can be cautious, while beginners who like to ski fast would be considered aggressive.

Terrain Modification

Groomers no change
All Mountain plus 3
All Mountain / Powder plus 6
Backcountry plus 6
Freestyle plus 6

Once you have your base size any ski 3 cm shorter or longer falls into your ideal ski length range. For example if your final size is 177cm, 174-180 cm is your ideal range.

Why We Size On Weight

While most people have been taught to size skis based on height this is not the most accurate way to size a ski. People of equal height can vary greatly in weight which changes how they can control and drive a ski. As we like to say here, “A ski can’t see how tall you are but it can feel how much you weight.” By starting with skier weight and making small modifications based on how you are going to interact with the ski we can dial in the perfect length for an individual.

Help Selecting My Ability:

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.

Help Selecting My Skiing Style:

A cautious skier prefers to ski in a controlled and reserved manner all the time. Cautious skiers are not limited to beginners and typically prefer short turns at slows speeds so they are always in full control.

An average skier is someone who will ski aggressively in situations where they are very confident but will be quick to dial things back when pushing the boundaries of their comfort zone. This category represents the vast majority of skiers from beginner to advanced.

An aggressive skier is someone who prefers ski at the top end of their comfort zone. While this can apply to everyone from beginners to experts, aggressive skiers are more commonly the advanced to expert.

Help Selecting My Preferred Terrain:

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.

Freestyle Skis 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.

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