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How To Choose The Right Length Ski Poles & Ski Pole Size Chart

Ski poles serve two main purposes - balance and mobility. Sometimes gravity isn’t enough to get you where you need to go on skis, from flat lift lines to mellow-pitched catwalks so you need the extra push. Ski poles also help you to balance while you’re skiing, or just waiting in the lift line. This is why pole planting has evolved as key piece of skiing technique, helping skiers to set up their turns and stay in rhythm. We all know we need them, but how long should your ski poles be?

How to Choose the Right Length Ski Poles?

The traditional method of choosing the correct length ski poles is to turn the ski poles upside down and hold them underneath the basket. In this position, your arms should be at a 90 degree angle when your upper arms are at your sides. Some skiers may prefer to use longer or shorter poles. See our ski poles size chart for an approximation of ski pole length by height.

Ski Pole Size Chart


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

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