I think ski length should be selected according to one's weight. What the ski "feels" is your weight not your height but, if you are a beginner, choosing a shorter ski will facilitate learning. Once you have mastered parallel skiing you can start selecting a more specific lenght and sidecut. As long as you stay on gentle slopes, short and soft skis will work well enough, as soon as you go to the steeper and harder ones you'll feel the need for a different, more advanced ski.
Excuse my poor english, I'm from Argentina, South America, I hope what I wrote above will be useful to some beginner fighting to maneuver his too long skis.
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Jorge, Thank you for your comments. I just started skiing again after 15 yrs. I was an advanced beginner then. A friend suggested a short ski to start. I did well with them, but i found that when i went fast on a steeper hill, i was out of control. I agree with you, because i am 6''2" and weigh over 230lbs. I am now going to try a longer ski that will give me the stability. Thank you and your English is great.
i am pretty good skier:)) am trying to buy the skis rossignol S2. am 172cm hight and am interested what lenghth is the best size for me.
Well, skis require your height not weight, since the weight is calculated based on your height. Having shorter skis could be good tool for new skiers, but having longer will improve your skills and have better control on the slope.
Skis height equal to your nose height is good to maintain for the first year then you can get longer to your forehead.
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I weigh 160 lbs and bought shaped skis 2 years ago that are 175 cm. On steeper slopes and in deeper snow, I feel slightly out of control most of the time, though I still have fun. In talking to someone recently they suggested a shorter shaped ski, perhaps 160cm based on my weight. I consider myself an intermdiate skier and am looking for advice. Would 160cm be better for my weight? How much of a control difference is their between 160 and 175cm?
Thanks in advance
@Matt: Yes, 160cm should suit you much better. As an example, I am 180 lbs. and ski on 170cm skis. My brother is ~230 lbs. and skis on 190''s. The primary factor is indeed weight, not height as others have suggested.
Height used to be the primary determination of ski length, but when shaped skis came out almost 20 years ago, that concept changed to a more accurate measure of one''s ability to flex the ski ... i.e., weight. In fact, when shaped skis were first released they didn''t even have cm lengths on them, rather they had "power ratings" which were correlated to weight. This didn''t go over well with long time ski buyers, so it was quickly replaced by putting ski lengths back on in cm. This is when skis stopped coming in only 5 cm increments and started being all kinds of odd measurements. Why, because they are designed for a specific weight range and the length is then measured secondarily.
It is true that height is a good first indicator, but it will only tell you to ski something that falls between your chin and the top of your head. You actual weight will tell you more the appropriate size, but even that will be different depending on the type of ski, your style and ability.
Hi, I am considering purchasing new skis. I am a female advanced skiier. I can ski any terrain, preferring to ski moguls, steeps and bowls (when there is powder). Though advanced, I am moderately aggressive. I weigh 108 lbs and am 5''1". Any recommendations on an appropriate length (and better yet, model?). Many thanks!
Base on your skill level as well as your height, the appropriate ski length for you would be 146-150 cm.
I am a beginner and really enjoy the sport. I think i am a quick learner and have picked it up quite nicely. I am really looking to build my skills in the sport. I am 175cm tall and weigh 63kg-65kg. Based on the above: What ski length would you suggest? Also any other comments would be much appreciated :)
The right length for the ski is important and you want to pick on that matches you.