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Yet another ski length question thread.

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However this thread is more a general type of question.

I realize that one's weight combined with skill level and skiing goals are the major factors to consider along with the design of the particular ski when chosing the right length.

But what about one's height? I have a friend who is 6' and weighs 160lbs. I am 5'7" and weigh 165. All other things being equal, I suspect he should be on a longer board than I (actually he is).

For groomers, I have heard that one's ski should be chin length for a beginner, nose for an intermediate, eye level or forehead length for an advanced. So I am a little confused about this factor. Any opinions?

Oh yea: are we talking "nose level" when barefoot, in street shoes or....?
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Originally Posted by SNPete View Post
For groomers, I have heard that one's ski should be chin length for a beginner, nose for an intermediate, eye level or forehead length for an advanced. So I am a little confused about this factor. Any opinions?
My *opinion* is that the idea of measuring ski length to your height is just a cast off from the straighter ski days. I'd allow a factor for height, but not as much as for weight. Your skis don't react to the height of someone on them but the weight pushing down on them. So, I'd say that at the most he would be on the same length as you, but possibly a bit shorter.
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Height still a factor

Except that height (shorter/taller) moves the COG up/down, therefore changing leverage. With this in mind, it's definetely a factor.
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Nose height for an average build advanced skier, maybe. I'm 6', 205#, ski the whole mountain but not the fastest, and I'm on 170s. I've demoed high level 165s, and those are fine. I tried my wife's intermediate Head i.XRC800, 156 cm., and WOW do those skis hold an edge for me.

So, I feel that skier weight, skier energy level, and ski design are the most important factors. A taller skier may like one size longer, and might not--how many skiers have the skill to really use their center of mass to work the ski? Note that some skis are very different between their longest model and the rest of that line. The longest model is made for the strongest, heaviest skier.


Ken
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it all depends on the skis too. Look at all the 200lbs+ wc guys on thier 165 sl skis. I think a lot of it has too do with the amount of force you can exert on a ski. A more aggressive stronger skier or taller (more leverage?) or hevier skier can exert more force on a ski than a smaller less aggressive skier. Also ski construction influences the length factor too, someone on 195 B3s who likes them may be completely unhappy on a ski like 194 b-squad or a titan pro, despite the similar lengths.

To those smarter than me: did any of my discombobulated ramblings make sense?
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it all depends on the skis too. Look at all the 200lbs+ wc guys on thier 165 sl skis. I think a lot of it has too do with the amount of force you can exert on a ski. A more aggressive stronger skier or taller (more leverage?) or hevier skier can exert more force on a ski than a smaller less aggressive skier. Also ski construction influences the length factor too, someone on 195 B3s who likes them may be completely unhappy on a ski like 194 b-squad or a titan pro, despite the similar lengths.

To those smarter than me: did any of my discombobulated ramblings make sense?
Not to worry. I'm lookin' for opinions. Info. That kinda stuff. Knowledge is power. Keep it comin'.
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