Calculating length for classic cross-country skis vs. skating skis
The correct ski length means that the cross-country ski is neither too short nor too long. Great advice, don't you think? That's right, there's definitely more to it! First of all, the distinction between classic cross-country skis and skating skis: basically, the first one is longer.
What is the best length for classic cross-country skis?
In classic cross-country skiing, you ski on the loipe in flowing movements; your arms and legs swing diagonally to each other. The body weight is shifted evenly, alternating from one leg to the other. Basically, the classic style is very similar to normal walking and therefore perfect for cross-country beginners.
A special feature of classic cross-country skis is the climbing zone. To move forward, you need good grip, especially when ascending. Therefore, the climbing zone needs to interlock with the snow so you can walk uphill. Your body weight is crucial for pressing the skis into the snow. A simple formula for length calculation would be: Body size (cm) + 20-30 cm = ski length
Whether you use 20, 25, 30 cm or something in between in this formula depends on your level of experience. If you are just starting out with cross-country skiing, the ski may well be chosen a bit shorter. For advanced skiers, longer models are suitable.
If you prefer an exact length for your skis, have a look at our Product Finder. After entering your exact weight, we will calculate the best length for you depending on the model you’ve chosen. If several lengths are given, the longer length always applies to the more experienced skier while the shorter length is better for a less experienced skier.
What length is best for skating skis?
Cross-country skating is perfect for people approaching cross-country skiing with an extra portion of sporting ambition. Similar to inline skating, the running style is sporty and dynamic. A certain level of fitness is definitely advised when skating, since it is more exhausting than classic cross-country skiing. By the way, one usually skates in a particular skating track.
The skating ski itself has no climbing zone and is much stiffer than a classic cross-country ski. As far as the length is concerned, you can take the following formula as a rule of thumb:
Bodz size (cm) + 10-15 cm = ski length
Instead of adding 10 cm absolute skating beginners can also get started using skis only 8 cm longer than their body size. When entering your personal info into our Product Finder, you can also find additional help for skating. This will help you find out which length you need for a model!