Kids Alpine Ski Size Guide (3 - 10 years)
For kids who are beginners, we recommend choosing a ski length that goes up to the child's chest. With skis of this length, it will be easier for the child to control when skiing.
The example below illustrates the ski length for a first-time skier (height minus 40 cm or 15.75 in):
Always base the length of a child's ski on their skill level and height. Use this chart as a guide:
|Skill Level||Ski Length|
|First-timer||Height in cm minus 40 cm
Height in inches minus 15.75 in
|Beginner||Height in cm minus 35 cm
Height in inches minus 13.78 in
|Intermediate||Height in cm minus 30 cm
Height in inches minus11.81 in
|Advanced||Height in cm minus 15 cm
Height in inches minus 5.91 in
|Expert||Height in cm minus5 cm
Height in inches minus 1.97 in
|Page 1 of 2|
Good to know
Calculate your DIN number for your ski binding setting right here - based on your weight, height, skill level and age. If you order skis and bindings at SkatePro then you will naturally enco...
Getting the right pair of skis for your kids will allow them to progress and most importantly have fun. You want to choose skis that are suitable for on-piste because that is where your chi...
The Advantages of Buying Kids Skis
Buying skis for your children has a number of advantages that can make their time on the slopes even better. Rather than leaving it up to the rental shops that can get very busy at times, you have control of the quality of skis you purchase. Your child also has time to become familiar with their own equipment, which improves their confidence.
Different Types of Kids Skis
Buying kids skis with bindings is an easy option, as they are adjustable to fit different sizes of ski boots. If you choose children’s skis that don’t have bindings, then you must select bindings to fit the skis. Kids skis fall into five categories, which are almost a direct reflection of the adults skis. They are piste skis, all mountain skis, twin tip skis, freeride skis and race skis. Kids skis differ from adults skis as they come in shorter ski lengths and are made with lighter and softer materials. There are no specific girls skis or boys skis, but some classic colours are used to appeal to each gender.
Other Ski Gear for Kids
There are other pieces of equipment that are essential for children when skiing. With safety in mind, a helmet is strongly recommended and is compulsory in most ski schools. A snug and well ventilated pair of goggles will help your child see even on the snowy days. And finally, ski boots and ski poles are great purchases for your child.
Our guide Buying Skis for Kids includes more general information about skis for toddlers and children. You can also find instructions on how to choose the right ski size from the guide.