How to Size Skis
Need to know how to size skis? If you are planning a skiing trip and are wondering how to size skis, you will need to consider several factors. Your weight will help determine a base ski length. You will then need to consider your own skiing ability and the type of skiing that you like to do.
To size skis, you will need:
- Access to different size skis
- A manufacturer's size chart
- Check the manufacturer's size chart for the type of ski you're interested in buying. Look on the size chart for your weight. This will help determine the right ski length for you.
- Consider your own skiing ability. Are you a beginner, or do you typically ski the more difficult black diamond runs?
- If you are a beginning skier, deduct ten centimeters from the suggested ski length. If you are an intermediate skier who regularly skis blue and green runs, deduct ten centimeters from the suggested ski length. If you are able to ski the black diamond runs in good conditions then you do not need to make any deductions.
- If you are an expert skier who can ski on all runs at high speeds, then you will need to add five centimeters to the suggested ski length. If you consistently ski on difficult runs in all weather conditions, then you will need to add ten centimeters to the suggested ski length.
- Consider the type of skiing you typically do. If you do a lot of back country skiing, add five centimeters to the ski length, which will help with your stability. If you do skiing that requires more maneuverability, deduct ten centimeters from your ski length.
- If possible, rent a pair of skis before buying them, so you really know how they feel on the slopes. Some companies will even deduct the cost of the rental from the price of the skis.