Alpine Race Skis
Slalom ski tips should be between chin and nose. It’s better to err on the side of being too short than too long.
GS ski tips should be from top of head to 5 cm above. GS skis are usually ~20 cm longer than a racer’s SL skis.
Tips of multi-event skis for younger racers (U10 and U12) should come to about their nose.
Recreational Alpine Skis
Ski tips should be between skier’s chin and eyes.
Turn pole upside down, place on floor, and grasp directly under basket. Arm should be bent at a 90 degree angle. If measuring, pole length is 5 cm more than the distance from floor to top of fist.
Your weight is the most important factor in determining board length. Having a board that cooperates with your body weight will allow you to ride your best and not have to worry about losing control. If a heavier rider gets a board that is too short, the board tends to get loose and less controllable at higher speeds. A board that is too soft and short can also result in over-flexing and possible wipe-outs. It can go the other way as well. A lighter rider who gets too long of a deck will have a tough time maneuvering and flexing the board.
There are some cases when riding style comes into play where it is acceptable to size down your board for a lighter setup and added mobility to help throw down those cool tricks. Freestyle riders who spend most of their time in the park or in the street tend to use sized-down boards for a more skate-inspired style and feel.
If you’re on the heavier side, or looking to just ride powder, or both, scaling your board up a bit may also be appropriate. A slightly longer board will help you keep that nose above the snow line, allowing you to float across the fluff at faster speeds. A longer board will also provide a stiffer board response for added stability.
Boot Size Conversion
Extrapolate half sizes accordingly. Alpine boots are often 0.5 to 1 size smaller than shoe size for a more snug fit.