Alpine Fit Guide

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.

Alpine Poles

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

Rider WeightSnowboard Size
<80 lbs90-135 cm
80-110 lbs135-146 cm
110-120 lbs142-148 cm
110-120 lbs144-149 cm
130-140 lbs146-152 cm
140-150 lbs148-154 cm
150-160 lbs151-156 cm
160-170 lbs152-158 cm
170-180 lbs153-159 cm
180-190 lbs155-161 cm
190-200 lbs157-163 cm
200-210 lbs158-165 cm
>210 lbs159-168 cm

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.

Kids 81525
Kids 91626
Kids 101727
Kids 1117.528
Kids 1218.529
Kids 1319.530.5
Kids 13.52031