3/choosing the right size
Your level of ability and your programme will be important factors in choosing the size of your touring ski. For a standard touring ski, the length is generally 5 to 10 cm shorter than your height (up to -15 cm for a mountaineering ski).
> If you prefer climbing and/or long day trips, choose a much shorter size. You will save weight and it will make it easier to do your kick turns.
Be careful, the shorter the ski, the more difficult the descent will be (5/10 cm shorter than your height).
> If you prefer descents, you can take an equivalent size, or even a little longer if the ski has a pronounced front rocker. You will gain in floatability and stability, especially at high speeds and in powder snow.