- SIZING GEAR
Within your suggested ski size range there are several reasons to choose a shorter or longer ski. A shorter ski will be easier to turn but not as stable as a longer ski. A carving ski with a skinnier waist and a smaller turn radius can be skied at a shorter length than an all-mountain or freeride ski with a larger turn radius and fatter waist width. Rockered skis are easier to pivot between turns and can be skied slightly longer than comparable camber skis.
Reasons to size your skis shorter, closer to your chin:
- You are a beginner or intermediate skier.
- You weigh less than average for your height.
- You like to make short, quick turns, and seldom ski fast.
- You want a carving ski with only camber, no rocker.
- You are skiing fast and aggressively.
- You weigh more than average for your height.
- You plan to do the majority of your skiing off the trail.
- You plan to ski a twin-tip ski.
- You want a ski that has a lot of rocker.
Different ski brands don’t always measure length in the same way; so it's possible that a ski size from one brand may be a slightly longer or shorter than the same size in another brand.
For sizing kids’ skis, see our YOUTH SIZING GUIDE
There are many factors that contribute to the way a ski feels and performs. These three elements of ski shape play a big role in determining a ski's suitability for a given skier or use: width, turning radius and rocker type.