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Ski length is too long! What to do..

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone!


I recently received a pair of skis and boots from a good friend as a gift. As i'm reading through different articles/posts/websites on the correct ski length, I noticed that the ones I received are too long.


I am 5'10 and 130 lbs. I know i'm tall and skinny redface.gif.. The ski length is 170cm and from what I'm reading, it should be around 155cm-165 depending on my ability to ski. I am a beginner and I have only skied a few times before. The problem is, we cant return it because I already used it once and there are scratches on it. I am still doing research on skis and everything about it.


I am mainly here to ask for advice and tips on what to do with a ski length that is longer than me based on my ability. Other than buying a new pair :). We are kind of on a tight budget. 


Thank you everyone in advanced! 

post #2 of 19

Dont worry about it.  Enjoy them and have fun.

post #3 of 19

Agreed.  Maybe they're a little long for you now, maybe.  But you'll likely grow into them as you improve, or possibly grow out of them and want a more advance pair anyway, depending on what you got.

post #4 of 19

I'd just keep using them.

post #5 of 19

I would just keep them.  My wife is about 2" taller than you and little bit heavier, and she is skiing on a pair that I handed down to her that are 179cm. She is a beginner and doing quite well on them for now, but I told her we will start looking at new skis for her when she gets out of the Timber Creek (learning) area at Kirkwood. Motivation! biggrin.gif

post #6 of 19

Don't sweat it.  170 is ok.  The type of ski is more important than the length (ie. beginner/intermediate level ski would be best).


Google your ski and see what it is.

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 

thanks for the reply everyone! I was getting a little bummed out because I thought that it would be impossible for me to get better with these. But thanks to you guys I am more motivated to use them. Btw, I did look up my skis and they were made for beginners. Thanks again everyone :)

post #8 of 19

Good advice above.Also keep in mind that ski length is not an absolute--depending on model of ski and it's intended use the same skier might ski different skis in different lengths. A ski that is too long will be hard to turn, but if a long ski is soft it may still be easy enough to turn. Since you already own the ski you figure out if the length is right by skiing it, not by reading about it.  

post #9 of 19

no way are they long!

post #10 of 19

As others have said your fine with that ski. It might be a hair long then ideal but I'm the same height and about 20 pounds heavier and use skis that vary from 165(slalom ski)-183(powder ski)


All depends on what your doing and personal preference. Also pointed out the design of the ski is way more important then length, a 155 fis slalom ski would be way more detrimental then a 170 beginner ski..

post #11 of 19

I wish I had friends as generous as that! Now, go ski and have fun.

post #12 of 19

As a beginner, you can first try out your new skis.  

If you really are having trouble with them, due to them being beyond your skill; it is not the end of the world.


You can Rent more forgiving beginner/intermediate skis to help you improve your skiing even though you have your own skis.  The benefit is that these usually are not too expensive to rent.


However, this also takes your commitment to self-study or get lessons, and come to the slopes knowing what you want to practice and what drills you want to do, so you can improve fast as possible to graduate to using your more advanced skis, as every rental day is more fees.  


Sokeep in mind, every day on the mountain with skis that are too advanced that you are not using successfully, is also wasted money especially if you're not having fun on them.  If paying to rent intermediate skis for 1 day gets you the same skill improvement that would have taken 2days with your other skis, that's a win.



Many people even though they know they are going to invest in the sport, rent skis to progess their skill before purchasing a set of more advanced skis.  You are just ahead of the game with skis in the bank.


You should post exactly what ski you are concerned about.

post #13 of 19
Try to be aggressive and straight line the last portion of the hill before the runoff...that way u can get used to a larger ski busting through the slop like an SUV. I'm 5'8 138lbs and on a pair of 181 scott p4's and yeah they feel a little big except in powder.
post #14 of 19

Buy a $10 hacksaw......smile.gif

post #15 of 19

Sounds like they are too long, but not that much too long.   Just ski faster, er, when there is nobody in your way that is.smile.gif

PS when I was 135 lbs I was skiing skis that ranged between 208 and 220 cm. Now I have skis from 165 to 208.

post #16 of 19

Just ski them, and as long as you're improving even a little bit, they'll feel like they were made specifically for you before long.

In the big, wide universe of things to worry about it, the length of these skis should rate toward the very bottom.

post #17 of 19

Most people here including myself learned on long skis,  170's are NOT long ski's.    You will be just fine.  

post #18 of 19
I personally like shorter skis, but I wouldn't sweat this.

The difference between a 160cm ski and a 170cm ski is (just) less than 4 inches. Excluding present company of course, the average skier on your mountain probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference if you swapped their 160s for 170s while they were out eating lunch... or vice versa.

If you were skiing something over 180 I might suggest renting shorter for a while, but a 170? Just go ski it, learn, have fun, and don't worry about it! smile.gif
post #19 of 19

For someboay 5' 10", even with the weight, a 170 ski is just fine.


For a first time, low beginner skier, a 150 ski may be the ticket, but how many people in that ability range are buying equipment? Pretty much none, and you can expect to progress quickly to a point where a 170 ski is perfect.


I have 3 inches in height on you (and about 90 lbs, but that's a different story). Every ski I use is in the 200cm range. I can't ski shorter than a 185 without running into major technique problems because I don't have enough ski in front of me to get forward on.


I've lost count of the times ski shop people have told me I should be skiing a shorter ski, even though pretty much every manufacturer recommends 190+ skis for my height, weight, and ability.  I think it is because they are too used to selling 175's to expert skiers that are short and skinny, or are terrified of skiing the ski length that they should be on...

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