The correct ski size for you

Recommendations from experts

ski size recommendation by terrain and ski model

Piste         All Mountain Piste         All Mountain Freeride         Tour         Kids

What is important when choosing the ski length

Not only the correct ski but also the right ski length is vital for you to perform perfectly carved turns in the snow. However, finding the ideal ski length is not all that simple, particularly for skiers with less experience or for beginners.

Type of ski
The correct ski size is determined by the relationship between height and ability, plus the type of ski. Giant slalom, all-mountain or freeride skis for example are normally somewhat longer while shorter skis are better suited for slalom skis to handle the tight turns. First, you need to consider which category and which ski model is the right one for you.

Your ski ability
Then you need to assess your ski ability. If you are the beginning of your “ski career,” you will be better served with a shorter ski. Shorter skis are easier to handle and offer the needed safety and maneuverability at low speeds. If you already have more experience, you could move toward longer skis. The advantage here is that longer skis also ensure less chatter and more stability at higher speeds.

  • Beginner
    You are just starting to ski or you only ski occasionally. You can turn and stop, but you are still very careful and not secure. 
  • Intermediate
    You like blue and red runs, and you can link parallel turns when at moderate speeds. 
  • Advanced
    You can also ski black runs. You are comfortable at high speeds and challenging conditions. You focus on your technique. 
  • Expert
    Your technique is at the highest level. You ski any kind of terrain and can manage difficult conditions without a problem. 

Your body height
Finally, use your height to help guide you to the correct ski size for you. That’s because the ski length should always have a certain relationship to a skier’s body height. The following chart has our recommendations for the different categories related to ski ability. These recommendations stem from years of experience selling skis and advising customers on their purchase. Nevertheless, the recommendations aren’t a must for everybody. Rather, they are a good reference point particularly for less experienced skiers. If you are still not sure which ski length is right for you, feel free to contact us at any time here. Our experts are standing by to offer you advice!

 

For Piste

100% on groomed runs | Prefer turns on perfectly groomed slopes 

Skis for short turns:
Laser CX / Laser SL / Laser SL Fis

  • Beginner: Body size -15cm
  • Intermedieate: Body size -15cm
  • Advanced: Body size -15cm
  • Expert: Body size -15cm

Skis for mostly short turns:
Laser MX / Laser SC / Laser SC Orea / Laser WRT ST

  • Beginner: Body size -15cm
  • Intermediate: Body size -10cm
  • Advanced: Body size -7cm
  • Expert: Body size -7cm

Skis for mostly long turns:
Laser SX / Laser GS

  • Beginner: Body size -15cm
  • Intermediate: Body size -10cm
  • Advanced: Body size -5cm
  • Expert: Body size

For All Mountain Piste

70% on groomed runs and 30% off-piste | Any terrain. Often on groomed and choppy runs with spontaneous detours in powder 

Skis: Laser AX / Laser AR / Stormrider 88 / Nela 80 / Nela 88

  • Beginner: Body size -15cm
  • Intermediate: Body size -10cm
  • Advanced: Body size -5cm
  • Expert: Body size

For All Mountain Freeride

30% on groomed runs and 70% off-piste | Backcountry powder adventures, occasionally a few turns on groomed slopes

Ski: Nela 96 / Stormrider 95 / Stormrider 102

  • Beginner: Body size -10cm
  • Intermedieate: Body size -5cm
  • Advanced: Body size 5cm
  • Expert: Body size 5cm

For Tour

10% on groomed runs and 90% off-piste | Backcountry ski touring. Approaches are also usually under your own power and with skins

Skis: Edge 88 / Edge FT

  • Beginner: Body size -10cm
  • Intermedieate: Body size -5cm
  • Advanced: Body size
  • Expert: Body size

For Kids

Race Team / WRT Team / X Team

  • Beginner: Body size -30cm
  • Intermedieate: Body size -20cm
  • Advanced: Body size -20cm
  • Expert: Body size -20cm

Stormrider Team

  • Beginner: Body size -30cm
  • Intermedieate: Body size -20cm
  • Advanced: Body size -20cm (-10cm for off-piste)
  • Expert: Body size -20cm (body size for off-piste)