Finding the correct ski size is initially based on your weight. However, various factors such as preferred terrain, skiing style, and ability level contribute to determining the proper ski size for each person.
* For men taller than 6’ who weigh less than 170 pounds, start at 170 pounds or a base ski size of 159cm.
A beginner is a first time skier or someone very new to skiing that will be cautious and is still learning basic control.
An intermediate skier has a little more experience learning the basics of controlling their skis. Intermediate skiers are still cautious on more challenging runs and are comfortable at moderate speeds. Athletic beginners will also benefit from skis designed for intermediate skiers.
An advanced intermediate skier is a more seasoned skier that has good basic technique and is either starting to explore off trail terrain, freestyle terrain, or wants to develop strong carving and technical skills. An advanced intermediate is comfortable skiing at moderate speeds on intermediate trails in most snow conditions or at moderate speeds on advanced trails in optimal snow conditions.
An advanced skier is capable of maintaining solid technique on advanced terrain in most snow conditions. These skiers are able to ski in control at higher speeds, but don’t always ski aggressively.
An expert skier is capable of skiing safely at high speeds on any terrain regardless of snow conditions. Expert skiers have strong technique and prefer to ski aggressively.
* Skiing style compares to others in your same ability level. Experts can be cautious, while beginners who like to ski fast would be considered aggressive.
Groomers are maintained trails, typically found on the front side of the mountain. Frontside Skis range from beginner to expert skill levels. These skis are narrower skis optimized for groomed and hard packed snow conditions.
All Mountain conditions include hard packed snow, tracked out crud, or hopefully a little fresh snow. All Mountain Skis are designed to be very consistent feeling, well rounded skis; performing best on trails and in the bumps or trees you find on the front side of the mountain.
Skis for the All Mountain/Powder skier fall into the All Mountain Wide skis category on Skis.com. Skis in this group are 91 - 110mm wide under the foot. They are best suited for the skier that likes to hit the back bowls early and finish up the day with a few laps under the lift before checking their skis and getting ready for après ski activities.
Skis suited for Backcountry terrain include skis in both our Alpine Touring and Powder Categories. Powder Skis are designed to be soft snow specialists. Usually shaped with larger amounts of rocker, powder skis will float no matter how deep the snow is. Alpine Touring Skis are designed to be lightweight for skinning and climbing while retaining high performance for skiing off the beaten trail.
Freestyle Skis are designed to fit the needs of ‘new school’ skiers. Built with the terrain park in mind, these skis are focused on being lightweight and durable for jumping and jibbing.
Once you have added or subtracted the factors for your ability level, skiing style, and terrain you now have a good idea of what size ski you should be using. Depending on which models of skis you are looking at purchasing the sizing might not come out exactly. It is ok to be off by a few centimeters. With our sizing refinements you can easily choose two different size ranges and see all skis in that range.
Adult Race Skis – (Over 130 lbs.) If you are NOT following FIS regulations please use the following guidelines to help you select the correct size skis. If you have a coach you can consult to help you determine which size is best for you as an athlete that is always best; as they know your racing skills, style, and terrain best.
Women - All aggressive, confident, experienced female racers weighing more than 135 pounds can use the Women’s Length of the FIS Approved Race Skis.
Women - Less experienced / aggressive female racers, lighter weight athletes, or those skiing at small resorts with flat terrain should consider cheater skis which will be easier to flex and initiate turns.
Men - All aggressive, confident, experienced male racers weighing more than 165 pounds can use the Men’s Length of the FIS Approved Race Skis.
Men - Aggressive, confident, and experienced male racers who are lighter weight (130-155 lbs.) , still developing to physical maturity, or skiing smaller resorts with flatter terrain should consider using the women’s length of the FIS Approved Race Skis.
Men - Less experienced / aggressive male racers, lighter weight athletes (120-150 lbs.) , or those skiing at small resorts with flat terrain should consider cheater skis which will be easier to flex and initiate turns.
* For women shorter than 5’2 who weigh more than 150 pounds, start at 150 pounds or a base ski size of 151cm.
** If your child is taller than average for their weight it is acceptable to go up one ski size.
Tween Twin Tips - Designed for advanced kids and tweens weighing no more than 125 lbs. These Skis are available in larger sizes typically starting at 140cm.
Tween Twin Tip Skis
** Remember the design of twin tip skis reduces the length of the effective edge and there for will ski slightly shorter than traditional skis of the same length. If your child is between sizes it is ok to get the longer pair.
Race Skis - Designed for racers weighing no more than 145 lbs. competing in slalom and giant slalom. If your junior racer is competing in USSA events please check the FIS and USSA Equipment Regulations to ensure that equipment regulations are being met.
Junior Race Skis
Race Ski Sizing
Ski Racing is all about being as precise as possible at every turn in the course to get to the bottom faster than the competition. That being said sizing Race Skis can be a little tricky as every racer wants to have the skis which give them the best advantage to win.
If you or your athlete will be racing in USSA or FIS competitions, depending on age group there may be strict rules about Race Skis. Please check the FIS and USSA Equipment Rules to ensure that the equipment you are selecting complies with the requirements for you or your racer’s age group.
Athletes opting not to compete in FIS or USSA sanctioned events will have the liberty to choose skis based on their height, weight, and ability… not just their age.
Below are guidelines on which sizes of equipment to pick based on a skiers weight. If a racer is confident in their abilities and utilizes proper racing techniques to initiate each turn easily they may want to consider skis which are a bit longer. Longer skis are more stable at higher speeds and have more surface area which makes them glide faster. Shorter skis are easier to turn.
For kids under age 15 and weighing less than 145 pounds this chart makes selecting the right size simple.
Junior Race Skis Sizing Chart
For teenagers and adults the sizing gets a bit more complicated. Use the guidelines below for selecting the right size skis based on weight, ability, and terrain.
If you are in the market for new ski boots you have come to the right place; Skis.com is proud to offer a vast selection of boots for all types of skiers. From the beginner just starting out skiing to the advanced skiers slashing powder lines in the backcountry we are sure to stock skiing boots for all. In order to make it easier for our customers to shop our bootselection we offer several refinements on the left side of the page. Here you can narrow the boots sections to be shown only boots that are going to work best for you.
Boynecountrysports.com stocks ski boots from all the top brands. For those skiers that are brand loyal or have a favored fit by a certain brand, narrowing the selection to show favorites is highly beneficial. In the "By Brand" refinement you can select one or more brands and only be shown ski boots by that brand. Our top brands include:
Shop by brand
Shop by gender
Not brand loyal? No big deal, you can shop all the boots available for yourself or another by searching by gender. By selecting men’s women’s or kids you will only be shown ski boots that are made for that category.
Shop by size
In the "Size" refinement you are offered the ability to shop ski boots in only your size. If wear a size 28.5 you can select this size and only be shown boots available in that size saving you time clicking into each ski boot page to see if it’s available in your size.
Shop by price
This is a great feature for those on a strict budget; choosing any price range will narrow down the results of ski boots to only those in that range. This refinement offers several different price ranges so no matter the budget you can shop all the ski boots available.
Getting technical | Shopping by use, ability level, width, flex and more
The bottom half of the refinements for boots are great for those skiers that know exactly what they are looking for. Here you can narrow down the selection by more intricate and unique features. Choose ski boots by intended use like alpine touring, downhill or freestyle or you can shop by your ability level from beginner to expert. There are also refinements for width, flex and more so you can see exactly what you want in the boots put forth in front of you.
These refinements are all put in place to make it easier for our customers to shop. You can use multiple refinements at once; simply choose the first refinement and wait for the page to refresh with that selection and then you can make a second choice. For example if you want to shop all men’s Salomon ski boots you can first select to be shown all men’s boots in the gender refinement and once the page refreshes you can select Salomon in the brands refinement. Voila! You are now shopping all men’s Salomon boots.
Having cold hands is never fun and is definitely not fun while skiing. Properly sizing your ski gloves can lead to a better fit which will lead to more warmth. Here we will go over how to measure your hand for a ski glove as well as how to find your proper size using size charts; we will also share some ski glove sizing pointers.
Measuring for a Ski Glove
To properly measure for a ski glove you will want to measure your hand circumference. Measure the flat area shown on the below diagram without including the thumb. The easiest way to measure is with a flexible tape measure you can easily wrap around your hand.
Finding Your Ski Glove Size Using Size Charts
Measuring your hand is great but what do you do with that measurement once you have it? Find your size easily by using all the size charts offered by skis.com! Using these charts is the easiest way to take the size you measured and turn it into the correct ski glove size for you. All of the brand specific size charts are located in the Ski-o-pedia section of Skis.com.
You can easily find find your size using our size chart here.
Ski Glove Sizing Pointers
Liners- If you plan on using glove liners on the inside of your skiing gloves keep this in mind while sizing. You can size a bit larger when using liners, either size one size up or if teetering between sizes go with the larger size.
Size Overlap- In some instances the size you measure and the sizes listed on the size charts will overlap between two sizes. With this overlap you can go with either size; simply pick based on if you like a tighter or looser fit.
Kids Ski Glove Sizing- Some kids ski gloves will not be measured by size and will be measured by age. These are typically for the smaller model gloves and age will determine size just fine in these cases.
As you can see it is fairly easy to measure for a properly fitted pair of ski gloves. Measure properly and follow the size charts provided and you will have no ski glove fit issues when you hit the mountain!
This is a generic size chart. For exact sizing please search for the brand specific size chart. For the correct fit, measure hand circumference around widest part of palm of hand.
Have you ever dreaded a day of skiing because your boots are so uncomfortable? It’s no surprise that many times in a season you’ve had to “call it a day” early because your feet were killing you. Though expertly designed to create flawless turns when coupled with the right binding and ski, not all ski boots were designed with comfort in mind.
As the only ski and snowboard shop located on the mountain, the Downhill Supply Company is only home to the latest in tuning and bootfitting technology. The experienced staff delivers personalized service throughout the bootfitting process, ensuring precise shell fit and appropriate cuff flex to optimize the skier’s experience on snow.
The shop features Sidas Custom Technology capable of constructing fully weighted, custom fit orthotics, designed to improve comfort and control internally. Using heated molds, the machine creates custom 3D insoles that fit and forms to the individuals heal and arch for desired pressure, best fit, and maximum shock absorption. These conformable orthotics can help remedy in-boot discomfort from ankle, knee, hip and back pain to cold feet and circulation trouble.
After you’ve experienced the divine comfort of custom fit orthotics, you’ll want a set in every pair of shoes you own. The process can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, but the reward is priceless.
Whether you notice it or not, your boots could be hurting you. Give us a call or stop in to the shop to see if a pair of custom orthotics is right for you!
Fischer’s VACUUM FIT technology is a worldwide sensation in boot comfort: the revolutionary Fischer VACU-PLAST material is a high-tech polymer that enables a completely anatomical adjustment of the boot with a level of comfort and performance never before enjoyed.
Fischer’s three step process involves:
The entire process takes only about 20 minutes for a boot fit that is 100% guaranteed!
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Not ready to buy your own gear? No problem - we have made renting equipment a breeze with Express Rental™.
Our specialists take the time to professionally fit you ahead of time right in the shop - your gear will be adjusted and ready when you get to the hill. It's quick and easy.
Express Rental™ is available only at Traverse City, Novi and Bloomfield Hills locations. Registration must be done 48 hours in advance
Take advantage of the Unlimited Season Express Rental™ to get unlimited use of ski and snowboard equipment at Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands. See store associates for details.
Due to sizing concerns, Express Rental is not available for helmets.
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Available in Novi, Bloomfield Hills, and Petoskey Unsurpassed Tuning Quality
Boyne Country Sports in Novi and Bloomfield are proud to offer a revolutionary new WINTERSTEIGER Tunejet. The Petoskey location offers the WINTERSTEIGER Microjet with the same fantastic results. This incredible service provides the best ski and snowboard tuning on the planet and can bring your equipment back to a factory-fresh condition.
Professional tuning is essential for top performance and safety. The WINTERSTEIGER Tunejet provides just that by matching your equipment to your own unique style of skiing or boarding, increasing speed and control in any condition.
The tuning process begins with stone grinding, and ends with a ceramic disc finish and waxing, to give you ultimate performance on the slopes.
To try the WINTERSTEIGER Tunejet stop by the Novi location to see it for yourself.
Available in Traverse City Quality Tuning
Boyne Country Sports in Traverse City is proud to offer the Grinderite 21hundred. This machine provides the ski and snowboard tuning that can bring your equipment back to a factory-fresh condition.
Professional tuning is essential for top performance and safety. The Grinderite 21hundred tune matches your style therefore increasing speed and control in any condition.
The tuning process begins with belt grinding, followed stone grinding, and ends with edge sharpening and waxing, to give you great performance on the slopes.
To try the Grinderite 21hundred stop by the Traverse City location to see it for yourself.
Ceramic Disc Finish
Consistent research and development work pays off. The disc technology, which has become the industry standard for quality edge finish throughout the world, is an excellent example of this. This technology is used by over 90% of manufacturers during the production of all their skis and snowboards. WINTERSTEIGER works consistently on the enhancement of this established edge finish technology for the service sector. In the end your customer can expect a perfect grinding result which always remains exactly the same for both, the side edge and the base edge. It is precisely this quality which is guaranteed by WINTERSTEIGER'S Ceramic Disc Finish.
Have confidence in WINTERSTEIGER'S Ceramic Disc Finish. The following manufactures use and recommend WINTERSTEIGER'S Ceramic Disc Finish:
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Ceramic Disc Finish is available at our Novi, Bloomfield Hills, and Petoskey locations.
Your binding has to hold when it should, and it has to release when it must.
Your WINTERSTEIGER partner can check your boot/binding system with a computerized calibration machine to measure the recommended release values.
An individually adjusted binding brings peace of mind that your bindings are adjusted correctly so you can enjoy your day on the hill!
Skitronic Plus calibration available at our Novi, Bloomfield Hills, and Petoskey locations.
Call the Service Manager of the Wintersteiger Ski and Snowboard Service Center near you.
Novi & Bloomfield - 248.347.3323
Petoskey - 231.439.4906
Traverse City - 231.941.1999