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Hi I'm a male beginner at 5'11, 136 lbs. It was my first time skiing last years. I skied four times at resorts, had two lessons, and can make parallel turns down most green slopes although not very smooth. Since I plan to ski most weekends (on-piste at resorts) this coming season, I'm shopping for my very first pair of skis. Can somebody suggest what's the ideal ski length range for me? From what I found online I should get skis around 170cm according to my height, but around 160cm according to my weight:confused 

 

The skis I'm considering are basic entry-level ones like rossignol experience 74/76, elan morpheo 6, etc. Btw I've already got my boots (rossignol alias sensor 100).  Any advice is greatly appreciated!! 

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Hi I'm a male beginner at 5'11, 136 lbs. It was my first time skiing last years. I skied four times at resorts, had two lessons, and can make parallel turns down most green slopes although not very smooth. Since I plan to ski most weekends (on-piste at resorts) this coming season, I'm shopping for my very first pair of skis. Can somebody suggest what's the ideal ski length range for me? From what I found online I should get skis around 170cm according to my height, but around 160cm according to my weight:confused 

 

The skis I'm considering are basic entry-level ones like rossignol experience 74/76, elan morpheo 6, etc. Btw I've already got my boots (rossignol alias sensor 100).  Any advice is greatly appreciated!! 


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Thanks for the reply! I'll be mainly skiing at lower VT resorts (mount snow/stratton, etc.), 100% on-piste. I did look at the articles "Choosing A Ski Length", according to which I should get 155cm(131~150lbs)+10cm(all-mountain:confused, not sure about this) =165cm(or 155cm??). From other websites I see quite a large range (163cm~173cm) based on my height. Also I've seen articles suggesting a few more centimeters if the ski has rocker tip/tail, which makes it more confusing to me:(

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Another annoying thing is that many skis has two consecutive size choices at 158&166, 160&168, etc. Say my "ideal" size is 163cm, should I go with the shorter side or longer? 

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Thanks for the reply! I'll be mainly skiing at lower VT resorts (mount snow/stratton, etc.), 100% on-piste. I did look at the articles "Choosing A Ski Length", according to which I should get 155cm(131~150lbs)+10cm(all-mountain:confused, not sure about this) =165cm(or 155cm??). From other websites I see quite a large range (163cm~173cm) based on my height. Also I've seen articles suggesting a few more centimeters if the ski has rocker tip/tail, which makes it more confusing to me:(

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Hi I'm a male beginner at 5'11, 136 lbs. It was my first time skiing last years. I skied four times at resorts, had two lessons, and can make parallel turns down most green slopes although not very smooth. Since I plan to ski most weekends (on-piste at resorts) this coming season, I'm shopping for my very first pair of skis. Can somebody suggest what's the ideal ski length range for me? From what I found online I should get skis around 170cm according to my height, but around 160cm according to my weight:confused 

 

The skis I'm considering are basic entry-level ones like rossignol experience 74/76, elan morpheo 6, etc. Btw I've already got my boots (rossignol alias sensor 100).  Any advice is greatly appreciated!! 

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Another annoying thing is that many skis has two consecutive size choices at 158&166, 160&168, etc. Say my "ideal" size is 163cm, should I go with the shorter side or longer? 

Do you remember what length skis you rented last season?  What other sport do you play that involves equipment?  Tennis?  Golf?  The difference between 163cm and 166cm is really not that much.  Whether to go longer or shorter depends on skiing ability and personality as much as the design of a ski.  For example, my daughter was fine using skis that were on the long side (up to her forehead) when she was an improving from advanced beginner to intermediate since we skied a small mountain and she had lessons regularly, especially during the first part of the season.  That way she kept skis for two seasons as she grew (ages 7-12).

 

Where did you buy the boots?  A ski shop or a sports store?

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Do you remember what length skis you rented last season?  What other sport do you play that involves equipment?  Tennis?  Golf?  The difference between 163cm and 166cm is really not that much.  Whether to go longer or shorter depends on skiing ability and personality as much as the design of a ski.  For example, my daughter was fine using skis that were on the long side (up to her forehead) when she was an improving from advanced beginner to intermediate since we skied a small mountain and she had lessons regularly, especially during the first part of the season.  That way she kept skis for two seasons as she grew (ages 7-12).

 

Where did you buy the boots?  A ski shop or a sports store?

Thanks marznc! I remember getting 166cm once, and it was just fine. Yes tennis two to three times a weeks, but other than that I'm not an athletic type person. I tend to get aggressive and fast at sports, but at my current skiing ability I ski most of the time slowly and cautiously. I'm leaning towards used skis for this season, and want to know my targets when shopping around, so when I saw two equally nice deals at 160cm and 168cm, I knew which one to get. If getting new ski, I hope they can leave some room for my improvement so I can keep them for at least two seasons. 

 

I was particularly unhappy (painful!!!) about my rental boots last season, so I bought a new pair at a ski shop. 

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