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How To Choose the Right Length Skis for Women?

The truth is that there is no perfect size ski for one height and weight - the right size skis for women depends on many other factors including ability and ski style. The general rule is to pick a ski length that is going to land somewhere between your chin and the top of your head. Advanced and expert women skiers may choose skis that are slightly taller than their height. Within your size range, there are multiple reasons to choose a shorter or longer women’s ski.

Reasons to Size Your Skis Shorter, Closer to Your Chin:

  • You are a beginner or an intermediate skier.
  • Your weight is lighter than average for your height.
  • You like to make short, quick turns.

Reasons to Size Your Skis Longer, Closer to the Top of Your Head:

  • You are skiing fast and aggressively.
  • You weigh more than average for your height.
  • You plan to do the majority of your skiing off the trail.
  • You are purchasing a ski with significant rocker in the tip.

A shorter ski will be easier to turn yet not as stable as a longer ski. A carving ski with a skinnier waist and a smaller turn radius can be skied at a shorter length than an all mountain or a freeride ski with a longer turn radius and fatter waist width.

Women's Specific Skis

Skis designed specifically for women are typically lighter, softer, and shorter than skis designed for men. This is because women usually have a lower center of gravity and less body mass than men of the same height and therefore exert less leverage and force on their skis. Women’s skis require less force to power and turn; this is accomplished by using thinner, softer cores and less laminate layers in the construction. Also, to tailor the performance to women, mounting positions are often a centimeter or so further forward on these skis. There are plenty of hard-charging skis built for women these days and the graphics often feature fewer trucks, skulls, and blood than men’s graphics. Of course, there is no reason a female skier cannot ski well on a men’s ski and vice versa.
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