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# Measuring skis- Dumb question?

How are ski lengths measured? I have two different brands' 152's side by side and one is longer than the other. Is it by the section that touches the snow excluding the tip?
Not a dumb question at all. Different manufacturers measure skis different ways, running length, cord length, or God forbid...actual length
madbee, Phil is (as always) right. But, given that you may not understand some of what he's saying, let me expand a bit...

Running length is the length of the ski that is on the snow when it is flat on it.

Cord (chord?) length is the length of a string stretched from the tip of the ski straight to the tail.

Actual length is the linear distance from the tail to the tip (that is, if you place the tail on the floor and measure at 90 degree to the floor to the tip).

Of course, some manufacturers just estimate and slap a number on the ski!

As long as both skis of a pair are the same length, you're good.

Now, more importantly, when are you getting up and going skiing?!
I've been to Loveland four times already including yesterday and today! Used the shorter 152s. Great snow for us former New Englanders. I have flowers on my helmet and am usually acccompanied by a tall bearded snowboarder.
Phil I was thinking the measuring thing was something arbitrary like that. Thanks for the explanation.
You go girl! I'll see you one of these times, I hope...
This thread has been around for one day and no one has make a joke about measuring lengths?
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 Originally Posted by ssh Actual length is the linear distance from the tail to the tip (that is, if you place the tail on the floor and measure at 90 degree to the floor to the tip).
Another variant of "actual" length: forget the bit about 90 degrees to the floor. Just run a soft tape measure flush against the surface from the tail to the tip.

That's the method specified for compliance with FIS and USSA length restrictions, subject (next year) to a not-entirely-comprehensible caveat: "When a ski tip different from the main ski part is used, the measurement will only be taken into account to the extent it covers a surface corresponding to the natural shape of the ski. The manufacturer has to mark the tip showing the limit of the natural shape and therefore allow an easy measurement. For the avoidance of doubt, specific designs of the ski tips as part of the main body of the skis are allowed."
sjj, what's up with that? Pretty strange!
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 Originally Posted by sjjohnston Another variant of "actual" length: forget the bit about 90 degrees to the floor. Just run a soft tape measure flush against the surface from the tail to the tip. That's the method specified for compliance with FIS and USSA length restrictions, subject (next year) to a not-entirely-comprehensible caveat: "When a ski tip different from the main ski part is used, the measurement will only be taken into account to the extent it covers a surface corresponding to the natural shape of the ski. The manufacturer has to mark the tip showing the limit of the natural shape and therefore allow an easy measurement. For the avoidance of doubt, specific designs of the ski tips as part of the main body of the skis are allowed."
I'm fairly sure that's the method Elan uses for all of their skis (I checked about 5 different models in the shop).
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