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  Learn Center » Gear Sizing Charts » Ski Equipment » How To Size Ski Poles
How To Size Ski Poles
Skier Height Skier Height (cm) Pole Size (in)
3'4" or shorter 101cm or shorter 32" or shorter
3'5"-3'8" 104-112cm 34"
3'9"-4' 114-122cm 36"
4'1"-4'4" 124-132cm 38"
4'5"-4'8" 134-142cm 40"
4'9"-5' 145-152cm 42"
5'1"-5'3" 155-160cm 44"
5'4"-5'6" 162-168cm 46"
5'7"-5'9" 170-175cm 48"
5'10"-6' 177-183cm 50"
6'1"-6'3" 185-190.5cm 52"
6'4"+ 193cm+ 54"+

Ski Pole Basics

Ski poles are your friends. They help you maintain proper form and balance, as well as help you get across the flat spots. The only people that shouldn't use poles are kids that cannot parallel yet, true beginners, snowboarders, and park skiers that desperately need to look like snowboarders. So if you aren't one of these categories, you should be using poles.

Sizing poles is easy. Just use the ski pole Sizing chart to give you a good estimate of what length of poles you should be using.
Ideally, your arm should be parallel to the ground when you grasp the pole (with the tip up) below the basket.

There are cases when you can go longer or shorter than what the chart recommends:

If you are a bump skier, you should size down 2-8 inches.
If you want an aggressive stance for steeps and higher speed skiing, size down 2 inches.
If you are doing a lot of park skiing, size down 2-6 inches
If you Telemark, size down 2-6 inches
If you are powder skiing a lot, size up 2 inches.
If you are ski jousting, size up 4-12 inches ;P