The ski pole is often an underrated piece of equipment and although important can take a backseat to the skis, boots and more. But a good set of ski poles can make or break your day on the slopes and to have these poles sized correctly is also very important. A correctly sized set of ski poles will not only make skiing much easier but will ensure you have the correct stance while skiing, help time turns efficiently and will offer great balance.
Let’s start by finding all the supplies you will need!
To correctly size a ski pole you will only need a few supplies:
- Measuring Tape
- A Friend (Another person makes this much easier)
Now let’s find your correct ski pole size from the comfort of your own home!
Taking the size measurement for ski poles:
You can take this size with or without your ski boots on. If you take measurement without ski boots add 1 ½ inch to 2 inches height.
- Bend your arm at a 90 degree angle and hold to your side as if gripping an imaginary ski pole.
- Use your other arm to measure from your thumb to the floor. Or have a friend measure this distance. You can also use a pencil to make a mark on a wall to measure this distance.
- The measurement you have from step #2 is your ski pole height measurement. If you were wearing your ski boots while measuring this will be accurate but if not add 1 ½ inches to 2 inches for proper measure.
Video: How to Size a Ski Pole:
Measuring differently for various types of skiing
Traditional Ski Pole Sizing
The traditional ski pole sizing metric is to take the measure 90 degrees from the elbow and the measurement is taken below the basket on the poles. This measure will allow correct fit and form for most skiers who ski traditional all mountain skiing. This measurement is found when you follow the above steps to find your ski pole size.
Shorter Pole Sizing
Having a shorter ski pole has become a choice of some skiers who may find themselves more forward on their skis more often. For mogul skiers and for those skiing more aggressively knowing they will be leaning more forward while they ski. As these are measured slightly less than a 90 degree angle bend in the elbow simply size the poles 1 to 2 inches shorter than the 90 degree measure from the steps above.