Alpine ski for children and adults

How to choose alpine ski for kids and adults

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Theoretically you can buy skis for any taste, but successful use and satisfaction from skiing depends on the right selection of skis according to your needs and skills.

Buying alpine ski is not just about choosing the first one you come across, but it is important to consider a number of factors. The choice of ski to choose depends on several key factors, including your experience level, skiing style, fitness and preference.

Choosing skis is an individual process, and the right decision depends on your preferences and skiing conditions. It's best to consult a professional or experienced skier for advice tailored to your needs.

It's important to note that choosing the right ski length can affect your enjoyment and safety while skiing. It is recommended that you consult with experienced skiers or professionals to find the ski that best suits your needs and skills.

Selecting and buy skis according to height is an important factor in ensuring comfort, control and safety of skiing.


Recommendations on how to select alpine skis based on length and height

► Height and physical fitness of the skier

The general rule is that the length of your skis should be approximately equal to your height.

Your height and fitness are also important in choosing the correct ski length and stiffness. The general rule is that the length of your skis should be approximately equal to your height. However, there are some variations for different riding styles.

Beginner skiers are advised to choose alpine ski whose length is within or slightly below your height. This will provide greater stability and control.

► Skier weight

In addition to height, weight can also influence the choice of skis

Skis have an optimal user weight range, and this can lead to differences in alpine ski length and flex selection.

Ski length

There is a general formula for determining the approximate length of skis: ski level in centimeters:

  • for example, for beginners 160 cm

  • for experienced 170 cm

  • or from 10 to 20 cm less than the height of the skier

The ideal alpine ski length depends on the level of skiing, style, preferences and physical parameters of the skier. But it is still better to consult with a salesperson in a specialized store who can take into account individual characteristics.

► Ski geometry

The width and shape of ski geometry can also vary depending on height and skiing level

Typically, for beginners and children, a wider geometry is recommended for better stability, especially on plastic.

For more experienced skiers and piste skiers, alpine ski can have a narrower geometry, which provides better control and turnability.

► Skier experience level

Beginner skiers may prefer skis that are lightweight and stable for ease of control and safety.

If you are physically fit and have good skiing technique, you may want to consider skis that are a little longer.

► Riding style

Different types of skiing (piste skiing, freeride, alpine skiing, snowboarding, etc.) require different ski characteristics. For example, piste skis are usually narrower and lighter.

If you prefer more maneuverability and ski in turns, then short skis may be preferable. For more stable skiing at high speeds, longer skis may be suitable.

Different types of skiing require different ski lengths. For example, for freeride (off-piste skiing) skis may be shorter than for piste skiing.

► Features and Budget

Different models and brands may offer different ski length recommendations, different technologies and characteristics such as shape, geometry, stiffness and structure.

Different brands and models may have different ski length recommendations. Check the manufacturer's recommendations. The price of skis can vary greatly. Determine your budget and look for skis that suit your needs.

It is important to understand that these recommendations are general guidelines and not hard and fast rules. Individual preferences, skiing style, skills and physical abilities are also important when choosing skis. Therefore, it is better to contact specialists in sports stores to get more accurate recommendations taking into account your individual characteristics and needs.

Alpine children's skis and adult skis differ in several aspects, which we describe below.

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Top rules - Choose children's skis by height and age

smiley Length of children's skis

According to the rules, depending on the height and age of the child, you should pay attention to different types of alpine skiing. Children's skis are age appropriate:

  • children aged 3 to 6 years should buy short models.

  • children aged 6 years and older should choose alpine ski according to the formula: child height - (minus) 15-20 cm=ski length.

  • older children require a certain calculation; when buying children's skis, be guided by the formula: child's height - (minus) 10-15 cm=ski length.

The length of children's skis should only slightly exceed their height.

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smiley Children's ski size

Children's alpine skis usually have a shorter length to provide better control and maneuverability for the child. Adult alpine ski can be significantly longer to provide stability at higher speeds and maximum power in turns.

It is important to choose skis that match the child’s height and weight. Stores usually offer a range of sizes for different age groups, so it's important to decide on the right size for your child.

smiley Geometry of children's alpine skis

Correct alpine ski geometry is important for maximum skiing efficiency. For holidays with children it is necessary to choose and buy skis of certain models for beginners - it is recommended to choose skis with a wide geometry, as they are easier to control and provide more stability. The flexibility of the ski is also important and must match the skills and weight of the child.

Kids skis have a wider geometry to provide better stability and control, especially for beginner kids. Adult skis can have different geometries depending on their purpose - for carving, piste skiing or freeride.

smiley Stiffness of children's skis

Alpine skis can be of different hardness depending on the skiing experience and preferences of the skier. Children's skis are usually softer and more forgiving to make it easier for children to control and roll off turns. Adult skis may be stiffer to provide more power and precision in turns.

smiley Weight of children's skis

Children weigh less, so the rigidity, geometry and flexibility of children's skis are selected based on this factor. Adult skis are designed for higher weights and provide adequate stability and support.

smiley Design and graphics of children's skis

Children's skis often have bright and attractive designs that attract children. Adult skis may have graphics and designs that are more classic or functional.


It is strongly recommended that if in doubt, consult with sales staff at sports and hiking equipment and ski equipment stores who can provide professional advice.

And although in general terms children's and adult skis have some differences, each category can also have its own variation depending on the specific model and manufacturer. Therefore, when choosing skis, it is important to take into account the individual characteristics and needs of each skier, regardless of age.

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