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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hello I need some help from you guys. It had been about 4 years since I ski. Back then the new shape ski is new, I always use a traditional ski. Now I see shape ski everywhere. I have question about the height of the ski I should use. Back then, I use 191 or 189 cm ski (I am 170 cm tall). Now, what height should I be using when using the shape ski? Is it alot better than traditional ski? Do they still make any traditional ski? Thank you
post #2 of 8
Hey, newbie! Welcome! The answers to your questions:

(a) Traditional skis are not made now, but many unused traditional skis are available for purchase, and they are inexpensve. However, you would be better served to get modern shaped skis. It does make a huge difference.

(b) You refer to the "height" of the ski - but today, we call it the "length" of the ski. The length of a modern shaped ski which will be good for you depends partly on your weight - the heavier you are, the longer ski you can use. However, modern skis are all different from each other. For example, I ski on a "shorty slalom" ski which is 160 cm long, a wide all mountain ski which is 167 cm long, and I have learned that the Rossignol Bandit X skis are best for me when they are 177 cm long. However, I also tried a "shorty slalom" ski made by Atomic in 160 cm and it was too long! I hope this has not confused you. The truth is, however, that different skis reqire different lengths. I am 145 pounds, 5'8", sixty years old, and a very average skier. I hope that others also will give you some answers to your questions. Also, I think that after you see the information posted here in answer to your questions, you should talk to some ski shop sales people and get their views.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 03, 2002 05:55 PM: Message edited 1 time, by oboe ]</font>
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
thank you
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by oboe:
the heavier you are, the longer ski you can use. .<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Why is that?
Another thing, how does the length go up by? 5 cm apart? What's the standard spread?
post #4 of 8
Usually, in any one model of ski, the longer the ski is, the stiffer it is and harder to bend. The increments in ski length vary from model to model. For example, the Salomon Scream Pilot 10 goes from 170 cm length to 180 cm length. My Rossignol shorty slalom is 160 cm, and the next longer length is 167 cm. Some ski lengths increase in 5 cm increments. Some models of skis increase in VARYING increments. The word "standard" has been discarded. It's a new ski world out there!
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thank you.
So with this ski shape generation. Do most people ski with ski shorter than thier height? or just a little longer? Or around thier height
post #6 of 8
Except for speciality needs (SG, DH racing, some backcountry, etc) - in general everybody is skiing skis shorter than they are these days.

There is no hard and fast rule though, you really need to demo different models in different lengths and make up your own mind.

People will make strong arguments to you about which models, what lengths and etc. But its somewhat like arguing religion/politics - you better just look around and make up your own mind!

Enjoy, testing and picking skis is a hell of a lot of fun too!
post #7 of 8
Nowadays, it's mostly about weight. You choose a shaped ski length by how much you weigh and make minor +/- adjustments for skill and aggression. (Your height doesn't matter as much as it used to.)

The weight vs. ski length matrix varies a bit between manufacturers and ski models. You can't assume you're the same length for all brands and ski models. It's a good idea to check the manufacturers' charts.

This thread has some helpful weight vs. ski length links at the bottom:
post #8 of 8
I think weight determines ski length more than height.

Best idea is to demo, and going as much as 20 cm. shorter than your previous skis would not be unusual.

So what does weight and ski length mean in height. It means the ski could be as long as you are tall, if you weigh a lot then taller than you are, or lighter in weight, drop another 5 cm. in length.

Both the Women and Men on the World Cup who ski the slalom courses do so on specially built 150-155cm skis, regardless of height and weight.
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