Ski size chart and calculator

Forty years ago, there was only one way to measure skis: to have them raise their arms above their heads and if they could take the ski spatula with the palm of their hand, that is, was a perfect fit. Of course, that also meant they couldn’t turn or stop, but that didn’t matter. Fortunately, things have changed and our ski size calculator will help you determine which ski size to buy.

Today’s contoured ski technology has evolved dramatically into a new way of adjusting skis. Taking into account the size of the skier and their level of skiing, there are basically three lengths to choose from: chin, nose or forehead. Beginner skiers are generally geared towards easy-to-turn skis and should reach from the ground to their chin – somewhere between 140cm and 150cm, depending on their height. Intermediate skis have a bit more stability at higher speeds and extend from the ground to the skier’s nose – around 155cm and more, depending on height. More advanced or aggressive skiers who prefer skis that follow well at high speeds, often gravitate towards skis that go from the ground to their third eye or eyebrow, typically in the range 166cm to 180cm.

One interesting thing to note is that the amount of rocker (reverse camber) in the ski tip will determine the effective amount of edge (the length of the edge of the ski that comes in contact with the snow). Therefore, some people cut with a considerably rocker ski tip (often found in freeride or powder skis) because the ski will ski shorter due to a less efficient edge, while still benefiting from a larger surface area to flotation and stability at speed.

Ski size chart

height in feet-inches

height in centimeters

suggested ski lengths

4’4 ″

132

115-130

4’6 ″

137

125-140

4’8 ″

142

130-145

4’10 “

147

135-150

5’0 ″

152

135-155

5’2 ″

158

145-165

5’4 ″

163

150-170

5’6 ″

168

155-175

5’8 ″

173

160-180

5’10 “

178

165-185

6’0 ″

183

170-190

6’2 ″

188

175-195

6’4 ″

193

180-200

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