Forty years ago there was only one way to fit a client for skis: have them raise their arm over their head and if they could cup the tip of the ski with the palm of their hand, it was a perfect fit. Of course, it also meant that they wouldn't be able to turn or stop, but that was irrelevant. Thankfully, things have changed and our Ski Size Calculator will help you determine what size skis to purchase.

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

Today's shaped ski technology has dramatically evolved into a new way of fitting skis. Regardless of the skier's size or skiing ability, there are basically three lengths to choose from: chin, nose or brow. Beginning skiers are given skis that are easy to turn, and should reach from the floor to their chin - about 140cm depending on their height. Intermediate skis have a little more stability at faster speeds and reach from the floor to their nose - approximately 155 to 160cm. More advanced or aggressive skiers who prefer skis that track well at high speeds, get skis that reach from the floor to their eyebrows - about 176 to 180cm.

Shaped skis have wide shovels, reasonably narrow waists and moderately wide tails. The result is the same total surface area contacting the snow as the longer, more traditional skis. Someone who learned how to ski on a 210cm traditional ski can now comfortably ski and turn easier on a 170 to 180cm without compromising stability at high speeds. Shaped skis have made skiing fun again!