Ski length is determined by several factors, including height, weight, ability level, and snow conditions. Below are basic guidelines for selecting ski length based on the height of the skier.
Selecting an Optimal Ski Waist Width
Waist width is how wide skis are underfoot - directly under the binding at their narrowest point.
84mm and Narrower
For skiers who primarily ski groomed trails and rarely ski ungroomed trails.
Mixed Snow East
For skiers who ski a mix of groomed/ungroomed trails in moderate snowfall regions. Often for East Coast skiers.
Mixed Snow West
For skiers who ski a mix of groomed/ungroomed trails in high snowfall regions. Often for Western skiers.
For skiers who primarily ski ungroomed trails in high snowfall regions.
112mm and Wider
For skiers who want a dedicated ski for soft snow and powder days.
New or Demo
What is the difference between a new and demo ski?
A demo ski is a used ski that comes with a mounted binding that can be adjusted to any boot size. Demo skis typically come from demo fleets or programs, whether on the mountain, in a mountain town shop, or from the manufacturer.
A new ski is brand new and has never been on snow. New skis can come either with or without bindings. If a ski is referred to as "flat" it means the ski does not come with bindings.
With or without bindings
Some skis are paired with bindings while others are not. If a ski does not come with bindings, they must be purchased separately, as bindings are required to use a ski. We have a large selection of bindings available. When you select a ski you will see compatible bindings.
If a ski is referred to as "flat" it means the ski does not come with bindings.
What is a twintip ski?
Skis have a few different types of tails that can generally be classified as twintip, semi-twintip, or flat tail.
A twintip ski has an upturned tail that looks similar, and in many cases is identical to, the front of the ski. Twintips are primarily used in the terrain park or big mountain freeskiing, where skiing backwards and landing jumps backward is common. Twintips are still a viable option for those who aren not skiing or landing jumps backward: they can be a bit easier going, allowing you to disengage from turns at will.
A semi-twintip has a slightly upturned tail that makes it possible to ski backwards (but not land jumps backwards) and also allows the skier to easily disengage from turns.
Skis with flat tails tend to lock a skier into a turn and are often found in skis that are primarily for carving and use on groomed trails of the mountain.