Q: I’ve seen that classic seems to be going to poling entire races. I wonder if it’s worth using longer poles in classic races where poling may not be the best approach (hills at 8000 feet…)
A: It is typical to use longer poles (about skate-pole height) for courses where double-poling is primary. On courses where striding is more prevalent, it is best to stay with regular length classic poles. Note that in races that are being scored for points, there is a height restriction for classic poles to be 83% of body height, but if you are not participating in races that are regulated-this requirement would be a non-issue.
Here is an article talking about pole height that you may be interested in:
Karmen M. Whitham
CXC Development Coach