Nordic skis are typically sized at 106 to 120 percent of a skier's body height depending on the type of skis, body weight and the leg length of the skier. Nordic skis are available in either classical, compact classical or skate style, with skate skis being slightly shorter.
Classical Nordic skis are usually sized around 115 percent of body height for the best mix of striding and glide length. Skiers with longer legs may prefer skis up to 120 percent of height, and those with shorter legs may find 110 percent more suitable.
Compact classical skis only come in small, medium and large with lengths of 160, 175 and 190 centimeters respectively. Compact skis are used only in back-country or touring and are sized by rider weight.