Recommended Cross Country Ski Pole Lengths

A simple rule to follow is that poles for classic should be 35 cm shorter than your body length and for skating 25 cm shorter than your body length.

Note: these dimensions are based on the new Swix pole length measurement, which is to where the pole strap comes out horizontally from the pole grip.

If you are between two lengths, we recommend that you choose the shortest option.

Body height
without
ski boots (cm)
Pole length
classic (cm)
Pole length
skating (cm)
152.5 117.5 127.5
155.0 120.0 130.0
157.5 122.5 132.5
160.0 125.0 135.0
162.5 127.5 137.5
165.0 130.0 140.0
167.5 132.5 142.5
170.0 135.0 145.0
172.5 137.5 147.5
175.0 140.0 150.0
177.5 142.5 152.5
180.0 145.0 155.0
182.5 147.5 157.5
185.0 150.0 160.0
187.5 152.5 162.5
190.0 155.0 165.0
192.5 157.5 167.5
195.0 160.0 170.0
197.5 162.5 172.5
200.0 165.0 175.0

Recommended cross country ski pole lengths for junior and kids

Here are some simple guidelines to remember when it comes to cross country ski pole lengths for kids and junior.

  • Classic: max height up to the middle of the shoulder
  • Skating: max height up to the chin
  • Young kids: max height up to the armpit

Remember, if the poles are too long it can cause injuries if you fall while skiing. It is also better that the child gets too tall for the poles, than have to grow to make the pole fit perfectly.

Body height without ski boots (cm) Recommended pole length classic (cm) Recommended pole length skating (cm)
95 70 80
100 75 85
105 80 90
110 85 95
115 90 100
120 95 105
125 100 110
130 105 115
135 110 120
140 115 125
145 120 130
150 125 135
155 130 140