Ski & Boot Sizing Guide

confused about what ski size and boot size you need

What Size Skis and Boots Should I Be Using?

Here are some tips and tricks from our shop pros for finding the right size skis and boots to enjoy a day on the slopes.

There is no ideal formula for determining the perfect length of ski for every skier. An excellent starting point is using factors such as height and weight – then consider other factors such as snow type, terrain and personal preference. The general rule is to pick a ski length that is somewhere between your chin and the top of your head. Advanced and expert skiers may choose skis that are slightly longer than head height.

CHOOSE WISELY…

NOTE: If the ski or board size you choose is unavailable, please choose a slightly larger or smaller size.
SKIER HEIGHT (ft/cm)SKI SIZES
4'4" - 4'6" (132-137)130 - 139 cm
4'8" - 4'10" (142-147)140 - 149 cm
5' - 5'2" (152-158)150 - 159 cm
5'4" - 5'6" (163-168)160 - 169 cm
5'8" - 5'10" (173-178)170 - 179 cm
6' - 6'2" (183-188)180 - 189 cm
6'2" - 6'4" (183-188)>190 cm

Reasons to Choose SHORTER Skis (Closer to Your Chin)

* You’re a beginner or intermediate skier.
* You weigh less than your average height.
* You like to make short, quick turns, and seldom ski fast
* You want a carving ski with only camber, no rocker.

Reasons to Choose LONGER Skis (Closer to the Top of Your Head)

* You like skiing fast and aggressively
* You weigh more than your average height
* You plan to do the majority of your skiing off trail
* You plan to ski a twin-tip ski
* You want a ski that has a lot of rocker

BOOT SIZING CHART

Determining Your Ski Boot Size

For ski boots, pick a size that is closest to your street/dress shoe size, and NOT your athletic shoe size (if that is different for you). Our rental boots are sized by boot shell size. Ski boot shells come in whole sizes.

NOTE: The half size in retail boots are accomplished only by adding a thicker liner, which usually compress after use, changing the size of the boot to the shell size. Snowboard boots are fabric and thus available in half sizes.

 

Common Questions…

IS BIGGER...BETTER?

The worst ski boot problem is often getting boots that are TOO BIG. The reason? People often notice their toes touch the end of the boot and feel this means the boot is TOO SMALL. What this usually means is the skier hasn’t given their heel a chance to get into the heel pocket. WHAT DO YOU DO? Give the heel pocket time to develop. Put the boots on and loosely buckle them. Then stand and occasionally flex your knee forward. This helps slide your foot back into the heel pocket naturally. You should leave the boots on for 10 to 15 minutes. Keep in mind, if you stand straight up, (knees straight) your foot will slide out of the pocket and forward (but this is not how you ski).

WHAT SOCKS SHOULD I WEAR?

Too often skiers choose the wrong ski socks. Ski socks make a huge difference in comfort. Ski boots should always be worn and tried on with the proper ski socks for the best fit. Ski and snowboard socks are shaped to the contour of your feet alleviating extra material that can create wrinkles. Sock wrinkles in a boot can cut off circulation which will make your feet cold and uncomfortable. What about cotton socks for the slopes you ask? Cotton absorbs moisture which make your feet damp. Damp feet equals cold feet! If you want warm feet, you should not wear cotton socks. What about sock thickness? Usually, novice to intermediates should have a medium to heavy weight sock. Advance to experts like close fitting boots and they usually have a light to mid weight sock. Will 2 pairs of socks make my feet warmer? You may think 2 pairs of socks would keep your feet warmer but what happens are two things. First, 2 pairs of socks make your feet bigger and your boots then fit snugger cutting off circulation. Second, 2 pairs of socks don’t allow your feet to breathe making them damp which makes them cold.

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