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Ghetto Ski Rack?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

So, we're headed to Park City next week.   I cheaped out, and instead of paying $800+ for an SUV, paid $250 for a full size rental car at SLC airport.  


What to do with the skis, though?  Enterprise and others evidently rent those Inno magnetic racks, but Avis doesn't.  I see I have 4 options.


1- If I'm lucky, I can get a car with fold-down seats.


2- Buy an Inno for $110 and bring it with me.


3- Make two trips (it's what, 30 minutes?) each way.  One for wife, kid, and luggage, the other for skis.


4- Tie the ski bags to the roof with rope (running through the open windows) kind of like christmas trees, then drive slowly on the interstate :-)  Aka, Ghetto ski rack.


What say ye, Epicski.  Am I a horrible person for even considering #4?  I suppose #2 is probably the best option.

post #2 of 8

Where are you driving around PC?  If you're not driving much, you can get a shuttle for ~$250 RT, and they'll tie your skis to the top of the shuttle van with a rope...or, they might have a rack...


#4 happens a lot, but mostly with vans that have the surface area under the skis supported for most of their length.  Just did that with a shuttle service from Teton Village to Jackson airport.

post #3 of 8
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Driving from the SLC airport to downtown SLC (staying at the Sheraton) for the first night, then a full week in Park City skiing at PCMR (staying in a slopeside condo).  Will probably actually do a day at Deer Valley, a day at Canyons, and maybe a day at Alta.  


We want the rental car for ease of getting the baby around, going to the grocery store, and I need it the first day for driving around SLC (I'm going to my company's office that afternoon to work a little).  Plus, it's about evenly priced with the shuttle.  


Since it's so close, I'm tempted to just bring some rope and try my luck...

post #4 of 8

cars have hard points front and back under and inside the bumper for towing I think, steel rod in a loop shape. with lots of rope, you're good.

post #5 of 8

you might ask at the rental location for a car with the trunk pass through


or try to schmooze your way into a minvan...worked for me last time and

they make an awesome ski vehicle



post #6 of 8

Go with Budget and request a ski rack...I did that with a premium rental and ended up getting an upgrade to a small SUV (Ford Escape) since the ski rack would not fit on the premium car.  We then upgraded to a Jeep Grand Cherokee mid-week because we've been looking into buying one and we decided we didn't need the ski rack.

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I wish I had gone with a different company.  I called a few, and they had racks, including Avis.  Then, after prepaying, Avis told me the racks are only for SUV's...  I'm going to see if they'll let me upgrade to a minivan or SUV at the airport.  I think I'm going to just play it by ear, but definitely bring some rope just in case.

post #8 of 8

I know, I know....you're at Avis, damage waiver in hand:  "no rack for this Camry, huh? and you do have racks, though?. That's OK, could you hold that seat back while I just slide these in...there, perfect, they just fit front to back, tips on the stereo tails punched into the upholstery for a nice tight fit....edges rest nicely over the seat back...perfect....no damage at all to the skis and no rain, mud or snow will get to them in here, nice and dry, thx."

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