There isn’t any magic formula for choosing the right length for the skis. The optimal length depends on multiple factors such as ski category, snow type, terrain and personal preference in addition to your height and weight. The easiest way to find the right length skis is to use AUGMENT ski fitting service.
The general rule is to pick a length for piste and all-mountain skis somewhere between your chin and the top of your head. Advanced and expert skiers may choose skis that are slightly longer than head height.
At simplest, a purpose or even rules dictate the ski length; here’s Claudio, 169cm tall, with his slalom 165cm and giant slalom 193cm. In addition to the obvious length, the skis have many other very different characteristics, turning radius being the most significant between the two shown skis (165cm/12.5m, 193cm/30m).
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As rule of thumb if you are not an experienced ski tourer, take your height and minus 10cm. This ski length will guarantee a comfortable feeling while ascending, with enough stability and power on the downhill section.
Experienced skiers usually go for longer skis up to body length +10cm. On the other hand, uphill and ski mountaineering oriented skiers will choose shorter skis, which end at the height of the chin.