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Best way to travel with Skis Bag or Sportube

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I'm already plannign for a trip next season...

 

any comments on the best way to bring my skis on planes...   a ski bag or a sportube?

 

thx

G

post #2 of 17

Used both over the years, last couple years using a Dakine Double Concourse bag.  Carries and protects two pairs, poles and some accessories and is a little easier to schlepp through the airports than a double sport-tube.  Nobody still travels with one pair of skis do they ?  smile.gif
 

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  Nobody still travels with one pair of skis do they ?  smile.gif
 

 

 

I do for anything less than a week.  I find I can pack all my gear and a single pair in a roller and keep it under 50lbs. I carryon my boots and enough to get by for a day.

post #4 of 17

Welcome to EpicSki!  Where are you going for 2013-14?  I just got the Mountain Collective pass because I know I'm headed to Alta.  Now I have grand plans for hitting up another place on the list too. I used a double Sportube.  Got the larger one so that I could also bring my daughter's skis when we go together during her spring break.  Also find it handy for driving ski weekends because the skis can be in the minivan under other luggage when we take friends.

 

The best way to search for related threads is to use a directed Google search.  For instance, "sportube: epicski" turned up this one from Dec 2012.

 

 
Can also find related info by using the Tag I added (right hand column towards the top) for Travel Tips.
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Originally Posted by GerryF View Post

I'm already plannign for a trip next season...

 

any comments on the best way to bring my skis on planes...   a ski bag or a sportube?

 

thx

G

post #5 of 17

I've used a single Sportube for 6 trips to Switzerland, and pack my boots and gear in a soft rollerboard.  I check both and carry-on my laptop and extra clothes in a backpack.  Never have had a problem (knock on wood), but always get a TSA tag in the Sportube when I unpack the skis.  

 

I usually just pack my skis and poles in the Sportube, but have also put in gloves, pants and shell on the return from a trip to Colorado where we ended up changing out of our ski gear in a parking lot in Denver after skiing A Basin in the morning and having an afternoon flight back to Seattle.

post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

hi marznc,

 

thanks for your note.  i have a timeshare (interval) that shows hotels in the Vail, Breckenridge, and Winterpark areas.  i'm still going thru the details.

any suggestions. 

btw, like i said, i'm a east coaster skier with not a lot of powder exper.

 

gerry

post #7 of 17
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hi marznc,

 

thanks for your note.  i have a timeshare (interval) that shows hotels in the Vail, Breckenridge, and Winterpark areas.  i'm still going thru the details.

any suggestions. 

btw, like i said, i'm a east coaster skier with not a lot of powder exper.

 

gerry

Are you thinking of taking advantage of the MCP, or just want to get out west with the hope of catching a snowstorm?  What month are you thinking about?  Although I have RCI timeshare weeks, I tend to use  VRBO more for ski trips out west.  Mostly because I'm spoiled and would rather be in a house/condo with full kitchen and washer/dryer for a ski week.  Being retired gives me more flexibility about timing.  Also, if I have friends who can join me then having 3BR/3BA works out well for everyone.

 

Does II have anything in or around SLC?  Or elsewhere in CO?  Going to a place that isn't as close to Denver might be worth the extra travel time/cost.  For instance, Steamboat or Crested Butte.

 

[Edit: moving over to the other thread about general trip planning

http://www.epicski.com/t/119353/colorado-or-bust]

post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 

looking to go late jan/feb.  figuring there will be enough snow by then.

 

it'll probably be a group of 4-6 people; the timeshare would cut down thwe costs drastically.  Also, some of the croud have less experience than others, so i thought those areas would have enough other things for them to do if they weren't upto skiing every day.

 

btw, MCP?

 

G

 

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post #9 of 17

My opinion is that those SportTube things suck. They weigh a ton so they eat into your 50lb bag weight and they can't be collapsed so you're stuck with this huge cumbersome tube thing that doesn't like to fit on a roof rack (unless you tie it down yourself), in a sky box or inside of a car.  

 

I sold mine and bought a soft-sided wheeled bag. 

post #10 of 17
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My opinion is that those SportTube things suck. They weigh a ton so they eat into your 50lb bag weight and they can't be collapsed so you're stuck with this huge cumbersome tube thing that doesn't like to fit on a roof rack (unless you tie it down yourself), in a sky box or inside of a car.  

 

I sold mine and bought a soft-sided wheeled bag. 

All depends . . . being on the short side, dealing with a soft bag was a pain for me.  Of course, that also means my skis are relatively shorter and lighter so the 50 lb limit for two pairs of skis has not been a problem.  I agree that one advantage of a soft bag is that it doesn't take up space in the rental car.  Same issue between a hard case for a golf bag or a soft one with wheels.

 

By the way, if flying in Canada then a hard case is required.

post #11 of 17
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By the way, if flying in Canada then a hard case is required.

Not necessarily- we flew out of Canada in January with skis in soft bags, (one double with wheels and one single without) - we had to initial a waiver on the bag tag - but having had to claim for ski damage by airlines before, most have outs in their conditions of carriage that mean that they wouldn't be required to pay. Travel insurance covered ours. This time all gear arrived at our final destination on time and in great condition.

 

If you have a large sport tube and are getting a rental car or shuttle, think (and if necessary make enquiries about whether they can accommodate skis in a sport tube) the shuttle we got from Spokane to Red wouldn't have been able to accommodate sport tubes without taking your gear out and putting the case on the seat beside you.

post #12 of 17

Ski Kiwi:  Thanks for the clarification about Canada.  Good point about a shuttle.  The only shuttle I've taken is the Alta Shuttle and the Sportube is not a problem.

post #13 of 17

"if flying in Canada then a hard case is required."

 

Huh?

 

I've flown to Canada many times and nobody has ever critiqued what my ski bag was made out of.  I believe you are incorrect about the "required" comment. Further, I pack my clothing in my ski bag. If I had to pull all my crap out of the sport tube I'd be stuck hauling a garbage bag full of clothes, two pairs of skis and a tremendous plastic rectangle. I'm sure some people like the tubes and they definitely do work nicely for some purposes but I personally find them horrible.

post #14 of 17
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All depends . . . being on the short side, dealing with a soft bag was a pain for me.  Of course, that also means my skis are relatively shorter and lighter so the 50 lb limit for two pairs of skis has not been a problem.  I agree that one advantage of a soft bag is that it doesn't take up space in the rental car.  Same issue between a hard case for a golf bag or a soft one with wheels.

 

By the way, if flying in Canada then a hard case is required.THe only iss

Canada?  Take the tube with you.  USA?  Consider shipping the Sportube and it will be there waiting for you at your hotel or condo. 

 

The Sportube collapes small enough to fit into the back of an SUV or large car trunk.  But the traveling  problem is the same for a soft ski bag: You have to fold down the rear seat of a rental vehicle to fit the skis in (or have them stick over the rear seat), or use a roof rack exposing your skis to road salt and dirt (most rental SUVs don't have cross bars to strap on a Sportube).  If you ship the skis in a Sportube there is no issue traveling with the skis. Both UPS Ground and FedEx Ground offer reasonable rates, which are often times the same or less than what some airlines would charge (obviously, not SouthWest).

post #15 of 17

I agree with quant about shipping and frankly I don't understand why more people don't ship their gear. In that case a tube makes sense, but my sub-$100 High Sierra wheeled roller holds much more than the sport tube ever did. It's also easier to wedge into a rental vehicle since it's not a big plastic rectangle. I love Tetris as much as the next person but it's not something I suggest doing when picking up a rental car on a ski trip. That, or haggling with the airport rental agency to get a bigger car because your sport tube doesn't fit in the trunk as easily as the gear your 2-3 other friends have. Or, you're the one with your gear in a plastic garbage bag while your ride to the resort consists of being crammed in the back seat of a rental car straddling a 4' plastic bologna. Just my personal experience but it's why I sold my sport tube on ebay and bought another bag instead.

post #16 of 17
I like sportube!

I too, put clothing inthe tube with skis (careful of those sharp edges!). I frankly don't understand the issue about where to put them once out of the tube. Because once I take my boots out of my carry on, there's tons of room for clothing!
post #17 of 17

I haven't used a tube but I've done a number of trips with two pairs of skis, a helmet and clothes in a double ski bag; boots and essential ski clothes clothes (ski pants, puffy, etc) in a carryon wheeled suitcase; electronics, documents, books, etc in a 20L skibackpack, and I wear my shell jacket. I refuse to check my boots, and I don't like paying for a second checked bag.  (And I don't mind wearing the same clothes to dinner every night--my method only works for slobs.) I do wish I had bought a wheeled bag though--my bag has only a short shoulder strap which is impossible to keep on my shoulder, too short to loop over the opposite shoulder, and too long to carry by hand--the skis drag.  And geneva airport on a saturday is a blast--absolutely mobbed by skiers, all trying the schlep ski gear in every direction and looking desperately for their drivers who are all engulfed in the mob of people. (That would be Geneva Switzerland, not Wisconsin).  

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