Every beginning is difficult: Even experienced skiers remember their first time on skis all too well, and perfect equipment in the right size is an absolute must for an enjoyable first skiing experience! This is true especially for children beginners, i.e. future winter sports enthusiasts. That's why we at INTERSPORT Rent do not compromise when it comes to children's skis. Everyone who visits us at the rental shop receives skis that optimally fit their height and skill level. In this article, we answer the most important questions about choosing the right size skis for children to set them up for skiing success.
The ideal length for children's skis is determined on the basis of height and skill level – just like when choosing adults' skis.
We recommend that children who are just learning how to ski should have skis that go from the ground up to their chest. This ensures that young skiers have good control of their skis and can initiate turns more easily. Besides height, skill level plays an important role in choosing the perfect ski length as well – especially for children. Young skiers with a bit of experience can use skis that go all the way up to their mouth or nose – and if your child is a little race champion, a ski length up to eye level is the right choice.
By the way: The most important accessory for your little one’s first snow adventure is a good-quality ski helmet. Read more about finding the right size helmet for your child on our RENTertainer blog!
|Skill level||Ski length|
|true beginner||height minus 40 cm|
|beginner||height minus 35 cm|
|intermediate||height minus 30 cm|
|advanced||height minus 15 cm|
|pro||height minus 5 cm|
Rule of thumb: Shorter skis are best for children because they are easier to control when you're just starting out!
Absolutely do not go for very long skis for kids. Beginners clearly have a harder time with big equipment – and it's not only their ability that suffers, but above all their enjoyment of skiing!
A few remarks about the table:
|Age||Height in cm||Weight in kg||Optimal length in cm|
*Note: The weight and height numbers correspond to averages and apply to about 50 per cent of children.
You can count on us: The RENTertainers at INTERSPORT Rent will always be at your side to help you choose the right rental skis for your kids.
Don’t forget: It takes properly fitting ski boots to master your first turns in the snow. Find out more in our FAQ about ski boots for children!
It might sound logical, and it is indeed: The younger the child, the shorter the skis! When it comes to small children, choose short carvers – and they will quickly see some progress and their first successes. However, short skis are not a permanent solution. Especially not when kids have outgrown a certain height or weight. Even if they have gotten used to skis that are too short, it's still easy to switch to longer models because they are known to offer more stability once the skis carry more weight down the hill.
As kids grow older, their skis should be longer. For children over 120 centimetres tall, the length of the skis can be adjusted to suit their height, provided they are good skiers.
From a height of 160 centimetres and a weight of 55 kilos or more, kindergarten is over. From then on, kids can choose from adult skis.
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