If you’re using the graduated-length method (GLM) to learn to ski, on your second day rent anything from a 150-cm ski (for a small person) to 170-cm (for the heavier, taller skier). Tell the fellow behind the rental counter that you’re a novice and ask his advice, or - better - discuss ski
length with an instructor. Most instructors are quite delighted to show off their knowledge, even if you’re not taking ski school lessons. If you are, the instructor, naturally, will recommend the appropriate length.

On the other hand, if you’re using parabolic skis, stay with the same length you started with.

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