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?