Sizing Guide for Cross Country Skis

There are three main types of cross country skis; traditional, skating, and back country cross country skiing. Each style of skiing requires different sizing. Please note the type of skis you're are looking to purchase before checking this general sizing guide. In most cases, body weight is the main factor that will determine the length of the ski you should choose.If you are between size ranges, go shorter if you're less experienced because they are easier to handle and for more experienced skiers go longer. For more information on the different styles and sizing of cross country skis, check out Ski-O-Pedia or REI.

 

SKIER WEIGHT CLASSIC SKI LENGTH SKATE SKI LENGTH
 
100 - 110 lbs 180 - 190 cm 170-180 cm
110 - 120 lbs 182 - 192 cm 172-182 cm
120 - 130 lbs 185 - 195 cm 175-185 cm
130 - 140 lbs 187 - 200 cm 177-187 cm
140 - 150 lbs 190 - 205 cm 180-190 cm
150 - 160 lbs 195 - 210 cm 185-195 cm
160 - 180 lbs 200 - 210 cm 190-200 cm
>180 lbs 205 - 210 cm 190-200 cm

 

Most of the skis that we carry are Compact Touring Cross Country Skis and follow the size guide below.

Compact Touring Cross Country Ski Sizing

SKI SIZE SKIERS WEIGHT (LBS)
Small (160-165cm) <140
Medium (170-175cm) 132-185
Large (180-185cm) 176-209
X-Large (185-195cm) >209

 

Skating Cross Country Ski Sizing

TAKE YOUR INFORMATION AND INPUT IT IN THE EQUATION BELOW TO FIND YOUR SIZE IN A SKATING CROSS COUNTRY SKI
Your Height in Inches X 2.6 + 5 = Approximate Skate Ski Size

 

Backcountry Cross Country Ski Sizing

FOR BACKCOUNTRY CROSS COUNTRY SKIING TAKE YOUR HEIGHT AND +/- 5 TO 15 CM DEPENDING ON YOUR SPECIFIC USE AND THE SKIS YOU ARE LOOKING INTO

 

Waxable vs. Waxless Ski Bases

Another thing to consider when choosing cross country skis is whether they are waxable or waxless. To grip the snow when climbing hills or striding on flat terrain (better known as the "kick and glide") cross country skis need a manufactured texture pattern or wax on the bottom of the ski to gain this traction. 

Waxless skis are the most popular choice because they are more convenient, less work, and provide grip in a variety of snow conditions. Waxless skis have a textured patter in the middle third of each ski that grips the snow. Despite the name, they tend to perform better when a glide wax is applied to the tips and tails. 

Waxable skis require more work, but they can outperform waxles skis if their wax is  matched to snow conditions. They gain their traction from rub-on kick wax that’s applied to the middle third of each ski. In consistent temperatures above or below freezing, well-waxed skis will glide better than waxless skis while still providing excellent grip, wheras erratic or right at the freezing point, waxing is difficult and waxless skis may be a better choice.

 

Size Guide for Cross Country Ski Boots

 

 
US Mens Shoe Size US Womens Shoe Size US Kids Size Euro Size Mondo Point Size (mm)
- 4 4 35 223
- 4-1/2 4-1/2 35-1/2 225
4 5 5 36 230
4-1/3 5-1/3 5-1/2 36-1/2 233
4-1/2 5-1/2 6 37 235
5 6 6-1/2 37-1/2 240
5-1/2 6-1/2 7 38 245
5-2/3 6-2/3 7-1/2 38-1/2 248
6 7 8 39 250
6-1/2 7-1/2 - 39-1/2 253
7 8 - 40 255
7-1/2 8-1/2 - 40-1/2 260
8 9 - 41 265
8-1/3 9-1/3 - 41-1/2 268
8-1/2 9-1/2 - 42 270
9 10 - 42-1/2 273
9-1/2 10-1/2 - 43 275
9-2/3 10-2/3 - 43-1/2 280
10 11 - 44 283
10-1/2 11-1/2 - 44-1/2 285
11 12 - 45 290
11-1/2 12-1/2 - 45-1/2 295
12 13 - 46 297
12-1/3 - - 46-1/2 300
12-1/2 - - 47 305
13 - - 47-1/2 308
13-1/2 - - 48 310

                                                                                                                                     Courtesy of Skis.com

Depending on the type of skis you have, classic, skate, etc., can impact the type of boots and bindings you use. Classic skiing requires a good amount of flex so they tend to be softer than skate ski boots, which are stiff and use a plastic or carbon cuff for ankle support to create a more powerful platfrom to push off from when skate skiing. There are four main styles of classic cross country ski boots (pictured below); NNN Boots, NNBC Boots, 75 MM/3 Pin Boots, and SNS Boots. It is important to note that boots are only compatable with the same binding system. To learn more visit skis.com or Back Country.

Types of Cross Country Ski Boots

 

Size Guide for Cross Country Ski Poles 

Having the correct size in cross country ski poles is important to performance and comfort while skiing. Each type of cross country ski has a slightly different recommended pole length. 

 
 
 
Skier Height Classic Length (cm) Skate Length (cm) Touring Length (cm)
5'0" 125 135 120
5'1" 125 135 125
5'2" 130 140 125
5'3" 130 140 130
5'4" 135 145 130
5'5" 135 145 135
5'6" 140 150 140
5'7" 140 150 140
5'8" 145 155 140
5'9" 145 155 145
5'10" 150 160 145
5'11" 150 160 150
6'0" 155 165 150
6'1" 155 165 155
6'2" 160 170 155
6'3" 160 170 160
6'4" 165 175 160
6'5" 165 175 165
6'6" 175 175 165

 

Youth Cross Country Ski Poles Sizing Chart

 

Skier Height Classic Length (cm) Skate Length (cm) Touring Length (cm)
3'6" 85 95 85
3'9" 90 100 90
4'0" 95 105 95
4'3" 100 110 100
4'6" 105 115 105
4'7" 110 120 110
4'8" 115 125 110
4'9" 115 125 115
4'10" 120 130 115
4'11" 120 130 120
5'0" 125 135 120
 

Size Guide for Alpine Skis

For an accurate Alpine Ski sizing calculator visit Powder 7.

     

Skier Height in Feet and Inches Skier Height in Centimeters Beginner to Intermendiate Length (cm) Advanced to Expert Length (cm)
4'4" 132 115-125 125-133
4'6" 137 125-132 132-137
4'8" 142 130-139 137-143
4'10" 147 137-142 142-148
5'0" 152 139-145 145-153
5'2" 157 145-152 152-157
5'4" 162 147-153 153-162
5'6" 167 153-160 160-167
5'8" 172 157-164 164-173
5'10" 177 163-173 170-178
6'0" 182 165-175 175-183
6'2" 187 170-179 179-188
6'4" 192 177-185 185-193

 

Size Guide for Alpine Ski Boots 

 

US SIZE JUNIOR/YOUTH
(US)
WOMEN
(US)
WOMEN
(AU)
MEN
(US)
MEN
(AU)
BOOT SOLE
LENGTH MM
14.0/14.5 7 - - - - 195
15.0/15.5 8 - - - - 195
16.0/16.5 9 - - - - 210
17.0/17.5 10-11 - - - - 220
18.0/18.5 12/12.5 - - - - 230
19.0/19.5 13 - - - - 240
20.0/20.5 13.5/1 - - - - 250
21.0/21.5 2-3 - - - - 255
22.0/22.5 4/4.5 5/5.5 5/5.5 - - 265
23.0/23.5 5/5.5 6/6.5 6/6.5 - - 275
24.0/24.5 6/6.5 7/7.5 7/7.5 - - 285
25.0/25.5 7/7.5 8/8.5 8/8.5 7/7.5 6/6.5 295
26.0/26.5 - 9/9.5 9/9.5 8/8.5 7/7.5 305
27.0/27.5 - 10/10.5 10/10.5 9/9.5 8/8.5 315
28.0/28.5 - 11/11.5 11/11.5 10.0/10.5 9/9.5 325
29.0/29.5 - 12 11/11.5 11.0/11.5 10/10.5 335
30.0/30.5 - - - 12.0/12.5 11/11.5 345
31.0/31.5 - - - 13.0/13.5 12.0/12.5 355
32.0/32.5 - - - 14.0/14.5 13.0/13.5 365

 

Size Guide for Alpine Ski Poles 

 

Skier Height

Pole Length Inches

Pole Length Centimeters

6'7" + 56 140
6'4" - 6'6" 54 135
6'1" - 6'3" 52 130
5'10" - 6'0" 49 125
5'7" - 5'9" 48 120
5'4" - 5'6" 46 115
5'1" - 5'3" 44 110
4'9" - 5'0" 42 105
4'5" - 4'8" 40 100
4'1" - 4'4" 38 95
3'9" - 4'0" 36 90
3'5" - 3'8" 34 85
< 3'4" 32 80

                                                                          (Courtesy of Evo)

 

Size Guide for Snowshoes

 

Snowshoe size is a key factor in getting the right amount of flotation and generally, the heavier the person or the lighter and drier the snow, the more snowshoe surface area is required. Men's snowshoes accomodate larger boots and heavier weights, whereas women's snowshoes tend to have narrower frame designs and fit women's footwear.

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Youth Snowshoes

 
For Children under 50 lbs., 16" snowshoes are recommended. For children 50-90 lbs., 17-19" snowshoes should be used and any child over 90 lbs. should wear a women's snowshoe. 
 

Size Guide for Bauer Hockey Skates

 

Bauer Senior Skate Sizing
Bauer Skate Size Men's Shoe Size
U.S. Euro U.K.
6.0 7.5 40.5 6.5
6.5 8.0 41 7.0
7.0 8.5 42 7.5
7.5 9.0 42.5 8.0
8.0 9.5 43 8.5
8.5 10.0 44 9.0
9.0 10.5 44.5 9.5
9.5 11.0 45 10.0
10.0 11.5 45.5 10.5
10.5 12.0 46 11.0
11.0 12.5 47 11.5
11.5 13.0 47.5 12.0
12.0 13.5 48 12.5
12.5 14.0 48.5 13.0
13.0 14 49 13.5
14.0 15 50 14.5
15.0 16 51 15.5
Bauer Junior Skate Sizing
Bauer Skate Size Boys' Shoe Size
U.S. Euro U.K.
1.0 2.0 33.5 1.5
1.5 2.5 34 2.0
2.0 3.0 35 2.5
2.5 3.5 35.5 3.0
3.0 4.0 36 3.5
3.5 4.5 36.5 4.0
4.0 5.0 37.5 4.5
4.5 5.5 38 5.0
5.0 6.0 38.5 5.5
5.5 6.5 39 6.0
Bauer Youth Skate Sizing
Bauer Skate Size Kids' Shoe Size
U.S. Euro U.K.
6.0 7.0 23.5 6.5
7.0 8.0 25 7.5
8.0 9.0 26 8.5
8.5 9.5 26.5 9.0
9.0 10.0 27 9.5
9.5 10.5 27.5 10.0
10.0 11.0 28 10.5
10.5 11.5 28.5 11.0
11.0 12.0 29.5 11.5
11.5 12.5 30 12.0
12.0 13.0 31 12.5
12.5 13.5 31.5 13.0
13.0 1.0 32 13.5
13.5 1.5 33 1
 
The difference between men's shoes and women's shoes is 1.5 to 2 sizes. So, if you wear size 9 women's shoes, that translates to a men's size 7.5 or 7.0, which would put you in a size 6 senior hockey skate. Go 3 sizes down from your women's shoe size in order to find your hockey skate size.