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Another ski length question

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

Before this year I last skied nearly 30 years ago.

 

Back then the longer the ski the more gooder.  

 

After about 30 times out this season I'm now skiing nearly as well as I did in my youth(except for the bumps, but it's coming back). 

 

I rented my equipment for the season, and the Skis are 160's.  I'm 5-10 180 pounds nearly 50 YO in good condition.  

 

How does one determine the length of the ski necessary.  Is longer better?  Is it determined by the radius, width under foot, ability, weight,....  I liked the sport more when there were fewer choices!  LOL

 

Thanks in advance.....

post #2 of 4

Determine length by weight, turn size and speed, and make minor adjustment by height.

 

For SL shaped skis, made to arc sharp turns under 30 mph, go with 165 cm.

For GS skis, made to arc not so sharp turns from 25 to 55 mph go with 185 cm.

A good compromise would be 170 to 180 depending on your personal tastes and preferred speed range. 

 

With a top of the line ski,  there is no need for extra length to provide stability in the ski itself, but extra length does make it easier for the skier to handle fore-aft balance issues when speeding through rough terrain.  This feature must be weighed against the ease with which a shorter ski can be made to go sideways through tight places.

 

You used to need longer skis for float, but float is a function of surface area and length must be considered with respect to width.  Longer will give you more float, but may not be needed, depending on width and shape (tip rocker).

post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thanks.

 

Big chore to figure out what I need.  Some days I like to cream and other days I like to get busy with a lot of turns.

post #4 of 4

In general if you ski a lot of powder go longer.  If you ski fast, go longer. 

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