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a pointless yet interesting question, best way to put your skis in roof racks?

post #1 of 61
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as i sat in the car for three hours coming over Donner pass after a killer blower pow weekend, i couldn't help but to think of two things. first the snow in Tahoe this weekend was ridiculously awesome. thank you snow gods!!! second, why every car i saw as i crawed down the freeway had their skis in their racks differently. so it made me wonder, is there a best way to put your skis in ski racks? is one way better for the ski (less wind stress) ex.my pow skies have a huge tip/tail roocker. the whole drive i was just imagine the wind trying to rip them apart. Or maybe better gas milage? 

 

1. skis together base to base with the tips pointed to the front of the car

2. skis together base to base tips pointed toward the rear of the car

3. skis separated with the bases pointed towards the sky, tips facing the front of the car

4. skis separated with the bases pointed towards the sky, tips facing the rear of the car

5. skis separated with the bases pointed down towards the roof, and the tips facing the front of the car

6. skis separated with the bases pointed down towards the roof, and the tips facing the rear of the car

6. it doesn't matter, stop wasting my time.

 

this may seem pointless, and it very well might be, but i am still interested. thoughts? 

post #2 of 61

First of all....in a box or in the car.

 

In your list....2 would be my first choice..but also the skis strapped.

post #3 of 61

^^^^ and the bindings covered.

post #4 of 61

2

post #5 of 61

In the car, in a box, or if you must put on roof, 4.

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post #7 of 61

2, and ALWAYS in a bag. Skis in a car (where they could impact anyone in a wreck) is about the stupidest thing ever.

post #8 of 61
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Originally Posted by k2skier View Post

Skis in a car (where they could impact anyone in a wreck) is about the stupidest thing ever.


It depends on the car and the skis.  I put them in my car and they aren't going anywhere no matter what happens, though I keep them in a box anyway.

 

post #9 of 61
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2, and ALWAYS in a bag. Skis in a car (where they could impact anyone in a wreck) is about the stupidest thing ever.



Loose boots would be far more of a serious threat flying around a rolling vehicle than skis between the seats wedged between dash and rear window would ever be.

 

#2 in a bag or at least with bindings covered/protected from road salt.

Here's how we roll

 

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post #10 of 61
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Originally Posted by k2skier View Post

2, and ALWAYS in a bag. Skis in a car (where they could impact anyone in a wreck) is about the stupidest thing ever.



Loose boots would be far more of a serious threat flying around a rolling vehicle than skis between the seats wedged between dash and rear window would ever be.

 

#2 in a bag or at least with bindings covered/protected from road salt.

Here's how we roll

 

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That's why I wear mine on the drive to the mountain.

 

post #11 of 61

I do 1 or 2, but my drive to the hill is about 6km, so it makes no difference. Tip and tail orientation also makes no difference to me, I only ski on twintips. For long trips out west, I also use 1 or 2, because 192cm skis take up a ton of room inside a car. In that case, I cover up the bindings to protect them from salt.

post #12 of 61

#5, because otherwise the bindings bang on the roof.  Lifter plates, railflex bindings, it all adds up.

 

It's interesting drivel like this that keeps me coming back to EpicSki!

post #13 of 61

If on the roof, in a bag.

 

Is having skis in the car worse than not wearing a helmetdevil.gif.

post #14 of 61
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Is having skis in the car worse than not wearing a helmetdevil.gif.


You wear a helmet when you have skis in the car.  That way your helmet can't hit you on the head.

 

post #15 of 61
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You wear a helmet when you have skis in the car.  That way your helmet can't hit you on the head.

 



You laugh, but Bazzer wore his helmet in the car on the way to the hill in Tahoe every day, because we had multiple pairs squeezed in the car and the tips would bang him in the head. Good thing we never rolled, or whoever was next to them (me, quite often) would have been sliced up like sushi.

post #16 of 61

People keep saying on the roof in a bag.  What kind of bags are u using?

post #17 of 61
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You laugh, but Bazzer wore his helmet in the car on the way to the hill in Tahoe every day, because we had multiple pairs squeezed in the car and the tips would bang him in the head. Good thing we never rolled, or whoever was next to them (me, quite often) would have been sliced up like sushi.


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All kidding aside, most of us have boots and helmets inside even if the skis are up top.  I'd hate to meet my boots in a good roll....

 

post #18 of 61

Skis back to back in a bag strapped to rack rails, tips pointed rearward, boots in passenger compartment for the ride up as close to heating vents as possible. Wet skis toweled off then placed inside car separated, base up to finish drying on the ride home. Wet/muddy boots in the truck.

post #19 of 61
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Originally Posted by k2skier View Post

Skis in a car (where they could impact anyone in a wreck) is about the stupidest thing ever.


Ever...as in the whole history of all forms of human stupidity???  Hmmmm......

 

Any item whatsoever inside the car (shoes, ice-scrapers, a case 'o beer, etc.) can injure one in a wreck, so I just don't worry about it. 

 

Once I've moved my quiver of bowling balls and collection of samurai swords outta the way, I just wedge them in as securely as possible, and I'm good to go.  wink.gif

 

post #20 of 61


Maybe, but I'd rather get hit by a boot than a heavier metal edged ski! All gear is in bags and contained, nothing is loose on the way to the hill.

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Loose boots would be far more of a serious threat flying around a rolling vehicle than skis between the seats wedged between dash and rear window would ever be.

 

#2 in a bag or at least with bindings covered/protected from road salt.

Here's how we roll

 

0315111516.jpg



 

post #21 of 61


No, try to keep on topic. Stupidest way to transport skis is in the car. Wedging them somewhere isn't going to keep them from moving in a rollover. Hey whatever floats your boat, put 'em where you want, Darwinism at it's best.

 

And I hate putting snow filled gear back into the car, it rusts the crap out it.

 

Ski bags-

 

Quote:    http://www.rei.com/product/805192/marker-single-ski-bag

 

 

Originally Posted by Skierish View Post


Ever...as in the whole history of all forms of human stupidity???  Hmmmm......

 

Any item whatsoever inside the car (shoes, ice-scrapers, a case 'o beer, etc.) can injure one in a wreck, so I just don't worry about it. 

 

Once I've moved my quiver of bowling balls and collection of samurai swords outta the way, I just wedge them in as securely as possible, and I'm good to go.  wink.gif

 



 

post #22 of 61

Where's the option for "vertically, so your car with skis on top looks like Glen Plake?"

 

I usually do your option 1 because I can fit more pairs of skis on the roof and the shorter tails don't scratch my spoiler when I raise the hatchback. Really though, I don't think it matters. I don't bother with ski bag on the roof and no catastrophe has happened to my skis. Sometimes I will throw the gear inside the car, it just depends on what is most convenient and fits the best that given drive.

post #23 of 61

I'm always amazed at the number of people I see simply driving around (not travelling) with their naked skis on top of their car -- always tips pointing forward and up.  Maybe they're planning to stop by the roadside sometime and use them to lever out their friends' stuck pickup?  Or they WANT their skis to get all dirty, rusted, and road-salt pitted?  Or they WANT their old camber-skis to adopt the new rocker-tip profile?  Or they're hoping the extra air resistance will help them justify a new, more efficient auto? 

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

post #24 of 61
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Originally Posted by tch View Post

I'm always amazed at the number of people I see simply driving around (not travelling) with their naked skis on top of their car -- always tips pointing forward and up.  Maybe they're planning to stop by the roadside sometime and use them to lever out their friends' stuck pickup?  Or they WANT their skis to get all dirty, rusted, and road-salt pitted?  Or they WANT their old camber-skis to adopt the new rocker-tip profile?  Or they're hoping the extra air resistance will help them justify a new, more efficient auto? 

Stupid, stupid, stupid.



It's really not that big of a deal. My skis get more damage from hitting rocks and banging up against one another while skiing in one season than they will get weathered on top of my roof rack. Besides, I get new skis every couple of seasons anyway, and I suspect a lot of you guys do too.  I rarely cover mine up and they are not falling apart. I don't really care if they get dirty, but if they do I just wipe them down.

 

 

 

 

 

post #25 of 61
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Originally Posted by k2skier View Post

2, and ALWAYS in a bag. Skis in a car (where they could impact anyone in a wreck) is about the stupidest thing ever.

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Strapping your feet to skis on top of a snow covered mountain is pretty stupid too, it you think about it. Someone could get hurt doing that.

post #26 of 61
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Originally Posted by k2skier View PostAnd I hate putting snow filled gear back into the car, it rusts the crap out it....

 

Won't the skis dry faster  and rust less inside the car than in a bag on top of the car?
 

 

post #27 of 61

Use a towel and dry them off.

Cars w/ ski racks on can go 15mph faster on Snow,known fact.

Ski bags-every pair should use 1.

 

post #28 of 61
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Originally Posted by k2skier View Post

2, and ALWAYS in a bag. Skis in a car (where they could impact anyone in a wreck) is about the stupidest thing ever.



I don't wreck my cars.biggrin.gif

 

The risk of me or anyon in my car being impacted by the skis in a wreck is very very small  ( Several decades of driving a few million miles, no wrecks).  I will admit with the tiny car, the SGs do tend to bump the radio the radio controls in a sudden stop if I'm not on the ball and restrain them with my left hand.redface.gif

post #29 of 61
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Originally Posted by slider View Post

Use a towel and dry them off.

Cars w/ ski racks on can go 15mph faster on Snow,known fact.

Ski bags-every pair should use 1.

 



I use a towel but not well enough to completely dry my skis. Separated, and placed base up inside the car makes better sense to me than toweled and bagged.

post #30 of 61
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post



Quote:
Originally Posted by slider View Post

Use a towel and dry them off.

Cars w/ ski racks on can go 15mph faster on Snow,known fact.

Ski bags-every pair should use 1.

 



I use a towel but not well enough to completely dry my skis. Separated, and placed base up inside the car makes better sense to me than toweled and bagged.



I only live a 1/2 hr away from the resort so I store them in the house when I get home. Are you still skiing? I though Winter was over on that side.

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