This is an after-the-fact question, but when researching telemark skis to purchase, I learned that recommended ski lengths are generally longer than alpine skis. For example, I'm 5'10", 160 lb. My recommended alpine ski length is about 165-170, while my recommended tele ski length is about 175. This is consistent for every ski manufacturer I've seen.....K2 - 174, Black Diamond - 175, G3 - 175, Karhu - 175.

On top of this, the length gradients for tele skis are larger than alpine skis. For example, a particular ski will come in lengths of 165 and 175. But an alpine ski, in the same length range, will come in lengths of 165, 170, and 175.

Why is this? I'm curious.

On top of this, the length gradients for tele skis are larger than alpine skis. For example, a particular ski will come in lengths of 165 and 175. But an alpine ski, in the same length range, will come in lengths of 165, 170, and 175.

Why is this? I'm curious.