A lot of skiers don’t put any thoughts in their poles and just view them as a pair of sticks. How wrong ! A ski pole is a precision piece of equipment that can help change the way you ski. If your poles are too long or too heavy, they will be cumbersome and will hinder your skiing by affecting your balance negatively, whereas the correct size will promote a better stance and posture and will help you link your turns with rythmn and flow.
How do you select the correct pole ?
-> look for comfort and quality of movement: less effort, and quick position placement. Less is more ! Experiment with different lengths until you find the right size for you.
-> get into your skiing “ready for anything” position with your poles in your hands, and move the baskets back and forth, like walking your shoes down the hill. Do the tips hit the ground during the swing movement ? Do yo need to move the poles to the side to get the tips forward ? If you replied yes to these questions, your poles are too long… and yes, the old way of determining pole length is well, old… It will feel awkward at first to ski with shorter poles, but your skiing will improve greatly. Don’t believe a word I say: experiment and try for yourself !