Slalom Ski Size
Slalom Ski Size
>Can someone give me some tips on choosing the right size
There are a number of factors involved in choosing the right size ski.
Weight is the predominant factor, but skiing speed may also be important.
For recreational skiers there may also be factors such as boat horsepower.
A table in the 1994 HO sports ski catalog provides most of the information
you might need as a general guide to ski size selection. It is always best to
check the information provided for the actual ski you are considering buying
for the most accurate size selection.
How much you weigh plays an important role. Many manufacturers use weight alone as the guide for ski length. A typical average is something
like over 175lbs=67" under 175lbs=65". But of course this varies depending on the model of the ski. For example a ski designed for women might be rated
rated at over 125lbs=67" and under 125lbs=65" as long as the ski was
specifically designed for women. Many manufacturers make larger or smaller skis
for larger or smaller skiers. For example, a 190lb skier might consider a
69" or 70" ski instead.
- Skiing Speed
How fast you ski also plays a role in ski size
selection. If you are a recreational skier that skis at 26-30mph you
might consider a longer ski. If you are a slalom course skier running
36mph then you would consider a smaller ski (and you probably wouldn't be
reading this either!).
- Other Factors
There are many other factors that can affect
your decision about ski size. For example if you
have a very low powered boat or weigh in pretty heavy (200lbs+) you might
consider a very long ski such as a 72 inch to help you get up easier
and ski easier.
Slalom Sizing Guide (weight in lbs, speed in mph)
Speed-> 26-30 30-34 34-36
80-110 63-64" 62-64" -----
95-120 65-66" 63-64" 63-64"
115-140 65-66" 65-66" 63-64"
135-160 67-68" 65-66" 65-66"
155-180 69" 67-68" 67-68"
175-200 69" 69" 67-78"
195-220 72" 69" 69"
215-up 72" 72" 72"
Combination sets (two skis) are not usually sized in this manner.
A typical combination set of skis is usually around 67", but you can
also purchase smaller (63" or 65") sets for junior skiers and you can
hunt and find larger sets for BIG skiers. Really big skiers might consider
using a pair of jump skis for combo skis. Jump skis are very large,
very wide, and provide big lift to get a large skier out of
the water. Jump skis are also BIG dollars!