Ski and Snowboards come in various styles, widths, and shapes. Choosing the correct ski or board for your activity is important.
Today we are going to give you a pointer of how to choose the length of ski or board for your height and ability.
A rule of thumb that is easy to go by is by measuring or putting the ski or board up to you.
You will want the length with the ski or board standing on end to come between your chin and your eyes. Known as the sweet spot.
Yes, the days of long skis towering over your head are gone.
Beginners: You are going to want a less aggressive Board or Ski and a length that is closer to your chin. This will allow you to turn your skis and board much easier.
Going to short will cause you to have less control so make sure you don’t go below your chin.
Intermediate/Advanced: You are going to want a ski that is a little longer to provide more control at higher speeds. No, you don’t need a ski or board that is over your head.
Most people are just fine with a ski and board that is at the level of their eyes.
Those that ski or board in powder or race are going to want a ski or board that is even longer and more aggressive to provide a larger surface to stay on top of the snow.
This may be closer to your overall height.
There are other ways to judge the size of skis or snowboard you need for your ability. These can be done by weight and ability. For these you can go to a local ski or board shop to get sized and fitted.
Below is a chart to refer to for height and size.
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Height in feet & inches Skier/Boarders Height
Suggested Ski and Board Lengths (cm)
4’4″ 115-130 cm
4’6″ 125-140 cm
4’8″ 130-145 cm
4’10” 135-150 cm
5′ 135-155 cm
5’2″ 145-165 cm
5’4″ 150-170 cm
5’6″ 155-175 cm
5’8″ 160-180 cm
5’10” 165-185 cm
6′ 170-190 cm
6’2″ 175-195 cm
6’4″ 180-200 >190 cm