Before you can hit the slopes, you need to take your measurements. In order to have the most comfortable, safe experience on the mountain, you should purchase ski poles that fit your body. Measurements are roughly based on height (more on that later!), and taking a few extra steps can ensure your best possible experience.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to identify the best type of ski pole for you and how to find the best pole length. Below, check out our insights about ski pole types, lengths, and more.
Types of ski poles
There are different types of ski poles, and finding “the one” depends on two things: where and how you ski. Backcountry and powder skiers, for instance, should go with poles that are adjustable in length because of the terrain involved. And if you plan on doing tricks, shorter poles are recommended for easier maneuvering. Meanwhile, skiers who stick to groomers and other mountain trails—including ones with moguls—will benefit from classic alpine poles, also known as downhill poles.
For reference, Mingos poles are made for alpine skiing and the pole length recommendations match up with that particular style.
How do I know what size ski pole I need?
You can estimate your ski pole size based on your height. For example, a 5-foot-tall skier should order a pole that’s 110 centimeters or 44 inches long. And on the opposite side of the height spectrum, a 6-foot-6-inches-tall skier requires a significantly longer (135 centimeters or 54 inches) set of poles.
Here’s a chart to help you match your height to your perfect pole length:
To get an even more clear answer to the question, “How do I know what size ski pole I need?” you need to grab some measuring tape. Follow these steps to know the most appropriate ski pole length for you:
- Stand up and bend your arm, keeping your elbow at a 90 degree angle.
- Take your measuring tape and measure from the top of your hand to the floor.
- Add 2 inches to the total measurement.
If you find yourself between sizes after taking this more specific measurement, you should round up to the next size.
Building your Mingos ski poles
Alpine ski poles from Mingos are made for customization. We offer six different sizes: 110 cm, 115 cm, 120 cm, 125 cm, 130 cm, and 135 cm. After you have determined the length you’ll need, it’s time for the fun to begin. You can change up the color of the poles, as well as grips, straps, and baskets. They can all coordinate with one or two of the same colors, or you can create a Mingos rainbow with your order.
If you’re ready to officially become a member of our Flock, learn more about how to build your poles here.
Written by Blake Solomon