Ski Size Chart: How To Choose Skis

Ski Length Guide

Welcome to Suburban's Ski Length Guide – your go-to resource for finding the perfect ski length! As skiing enthusiasts ourselves, we understand the importance of choosing skis that align with your height and skill level.  Choosing the right pair of skis is crucial and mostly comes down to height and ability level. Generally, the correct ski length is somewhere between your chin and the top of your head.

Please Note: This guide serves as a general recommendation. Skiing preferences vary among individuals, and additional factors like weight, age and type of ski may influence the optimal ski length for each person.

Skier Height Skier Ability Level
Ski Length Guide Beginner Ski Length Intermediate Ski Length Expert Ski Length
Below 4'6"     |     138cm 120-130 cm 130-140 cm 140-150 cm
4'6" - 5'2"     |     138cm - 158cm 130-140 cm 140-150 cm 150-160 cm
5'2" - 5'4"     |     158cm - 163cm 140-145 cm 145-155 cm 155-165 cm
5'4" - 5'6"     |     163cm - 168cm 145-150 cm 150-160 cm 160-170 cm
5'6" - 5'8"     |     168cm - 173cm 150-155 cm 155-165 cm 165-175 cm
5'8" - 5'10"    |    173cm - 178cm 155-160 cm 160-170 cm 170-180 cm
5'10" - 6'0"    |    178cm - 183cm 160-165 cm 165-175 cm 175-185 cm
Above 6'0"     |    183cm + 165-170 cm 170-180 cm 180-190 cm


Ski Width Guide

Ski Waist Width

The width of a ski is measured at the waist, referred to as the waist width. This measurement is expressed in millimeters and represents the distance between the edges on the middle section of the ski. The width is crucial in determining the ski's performance characteristics and suitability for specific conditions.


70-79mm: Ideal for carving on groomed slopes, these narrow skis offer quick edge-to-edge transitions and exceptional precision. Perfect for skiers who prioritize speed and agility.

80-89mm: Versatile all-mountain skis that provide a good balance between groomed runs and light powder. Suitable for skiers who enjoy exploring various terrains with stability and control.

90-99mm: All-mountain skis with enhanced powder performance. The wider waist provides better floatation in softer snow while maintaining versatility on groomed slopes. Great for skiers who want a well-rounded experience.

100-109mm: Designed for on and off-piste adventures, these skis excel in deeper snow conditions. The wider platform offers superior floatation and stability, making them an excellent choice for powder enthusiasts.

110-119mm: Powder-specific skis built for deep snow conditions. The wide waist and rockered profile ensure maximum floatation, making them perfect for those seeking fresh tracks in untouched powder.

120mm and above: Big mountain and powder skis designed for serious powder hounds. With an ultra-wide profile, these skis provide unparalleled floatation in deep snow, offering an exhilarating experience for advanced skiers in challenging conditions.