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?
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11/6/05 at 8:03pm
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).
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."