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How to choose the right skis

If you’re getting into downhill skiing, get the right size skis and poles to feel comfortable and progress in the sport. There are a few factors to keep in mind when finding the right size. Follow our guide for the best tips!

Finding the right length skis and poles is your first step to enjoying a successful introduction to downhill skiing. You’ll feel more comfortable and confident on the slopes if you know the right fit.

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Something to consider when you pick your skis is what level of expertise you have. 

Downhill skiing: If you enjoy making quick turns, pick up shorter skis. If you want to ski fast, choose a longer pair of skis. Beginners: Shorter skis are preferable as they offer more maneuverability and can be ideal for those new to the sport.

Body weight is another factor to consider.
Avid skiers: with a higher body weight should opt for slightly longer skis.
Experienced skiers: may prefer longer skis that offer more glide and stability.

The size of your skis will also depend on the type of skiing you are doing.
Downhill: -5 to -15 cm
Mixed: your height -10 cm
Freeride: -5 to +10 cm
Freestyle: your height up to -10cm

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Finding the right size ski poles is easier because it simply depends on your height. Advanced skiers may play with the size according to their style of skiing (shorter poles allow for sharper turns); but this is not of great concern for beginners.

Here are the steps to follow to find the size for you:
1. Hold the pole vertically.
2. Turn the pole upside down and hold it just under the basket with the other end touching the floor.
3. Does your elbow form a right angle (90°)?
4. If so, you’ve found the right size.
5. If not, adjust accordingly.

Note: When you are testing the size of your ski poles it is best to wear ski boots if possible, and to stand with your knees slightly bent, as this replicates the position you will be in while skiing.

How to pick the right size skis and poles


Several types and pairs of downhill skis exist to suit every skier's needs and preferences.

On-piste skis: are the most common and are suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers looking to improve their technique and speed on groomed runs.
Off-piste skis: are wide and more flexible, making them ideal for skiing off-piste and in deep snow conditions.
Freestyle skis: have a wider and more flexible shape, which allows them to perform jumps and tricks in the snow park.
Touring skis: are equipped with skins under the sole, which allows them to climb snowy slopes outside the ski lifts.

Each style of skis has advantages and disadvantages, and the one you choose should suit your skiing style and personal preferences.

How to pick the right size skis and poles


Canada is a country for downhill skiing, with many ski resorts across different regions. Explore the Canadian Rockies, and choose one of the most popular ski resorts like Banff, Lake Louise and Sunshine, which offer slopes for all levels and breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains. 

In Western Canada, Whistler Blackcomb is one of the most famous ski resorts in the country, with a wide variety of runs and modern facilities to welcome skiers from all over the world. Visit the Laurentians and give Mont-Tremblant a try. Another popular resort located in Quebec, with runs for skiers of all levels and activities for the whole family. 

In summary, Canada offers a wide range of options for downhill ski enthusiasts, whatever their level of skiing.

How to pick the right size skis and poles


Downhill ski professionals are top athletes who compete in downhill ski competitions worldwide. These competitions can include events: slalom, giant slalom, super-G and downhill, which showcase different skiing skills and techniques. 

Downhill ski professionals train hard all year round to achieve exceptional physical conditions and refine their skiing techniques. These ski professionals are often sponsored by ski and sportswear brands, allowing them to focus on their athletic performance.

With the right size skis and ski poles, you will be ready to hit the slopes. Don’t forget to wear protective gear for your head and eyes, and have a great time out there!

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