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Checking Skis for Connecting Flights

post #1 of 4
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Hey all,

 

I'm looking at my first chance to check my skis on a plane trip, and I've settled on a packing scheme (unpadded ski bag with a couple egg-crate mattress toppers and bungee cords), but I just realized something that I'm finding kind of unsettling: I have a connecting flight.

 

Having recently had to spend a night in a connecting city unexpectedly, I've got concerns about whether my skis and I will make it to the same place at the same time. I'm only skiing two days, so I'm thinking about skipping bringing my own skis (2011 K2 Chargers with just four days on them) and just renting demos at the slope. I love my new skis, but it doesn't seem worth the risk of losing/damaging them when I could just pay $50 more for the peace of mind (and not having to lug a really heavy bag through the airport).

 

Has anyone had any good or bad experiences checking skis through a connection? Do any of you avoid doing it?

 

Thanks,

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YJ

post #2 of 4

Just 2 days = demo.  I've had skis come a day late once before.  It's also a huge hassle to haul the things through the airport.  The extra $50 to demo might be worth it as you'll get to pick the perfect skis for the conditions.

post #3 of 4

I have checked skis for 2 trips a year for the past 20 years and don't recall ever having an issue, except for one time when the bag ripped.  However, it can be a pain walking through the airport, especially if you're alone.

 

I agree with goldsbar on this one.  If you're only doing 2 days of skiing, you should rent equipment.  For me at least, any trip 4 days or more I would bring my own.
 

post #4 of 4

If you can get a good demo, then demo.  

Working at a ski camp and picking kids up at the airport I've seen and dealt with many cases of skis or bags not making it.  It is usually people who are late to the flight, or had a quick connection. The wait is usually a day and the airline will bring them out to camp.  In some cases its a few days.  From experience some airlines are better than others, Delta and United are a struggle while Alaska and Southwest seem to be less prone to loosing bags and more helpful when they do.

 

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