How to choose ski poles of appropriate length?
Ski poles are a necessary piece of equipment for every skier. They are utilized in many ski styles including freeride, skicross, freestyle and regular downhill. This important piece of skiing equipment is used mainly for keeping balance and to a smaller degree, propulsion.
The appropriate length of alpine ski poles can be calculated by multiplying your height by 0.7 .
HOW TO CHOOSE ALPINE SKI POLES OF APPROPRIATE LENGTH
1. Turn the pole upside down (handle down, spike up), grasp the pole just below the spike basket so that it is touching your hand.
2. Assume the skiing position (knees slightly bent with torso slightly leaning forward) and place the ski pole just in front of your foot. Ensure your arms are also in a skiing position.
3. in this position your elbow should form a 90o angle. If it does not form a right angle then choose a different pole.
HOW TO CHOOSE CROSS-COUNTRY SKI POLES OF APRROPRIATE LENGTH
How long should a cross-country ski pole be?
How long should a cross-country ski pole be based on your skiing style?
Cross-country ski poles of the correct length will ensure that you will be comofrtable during your run without feeling any arm pain or fatigue.
This chart is only to be used for approximating the appropriate ski pole length.
The correct pole length will depend on your individual ski style and the type of terrain you are going to be skiing in.