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Traveling with Old Skis or just rent?

post #1 of 7
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Ok.  My wife and I have old skis.  10 years or more.  Still happy with them.  Kids have seasonal rentals.  I am wondering what the difference in travelling with skis is (airline fees) versus renting once we get there.  We are going from NJ to Sun Valley (and will likely hit a smaller resort or two while out there).  

 

On the one hand, I like my stuff and figure it is probably nominally cheaper.  OTOH, it may not be much less and it could be a fun way to try out a new toy.  

post #2 of 7

Some air lines your skis and boots are just a bag, so it cost no more. On SW air I take my skis and boots and they count as one bag, plus I take a bag and a carry on. ten years is not that bad, but skis have gotten much better, so you may want to rent the skis, but if your boots feel good bring them. Rental boots are not always comfortable, and it is easer to get used to  different skis than boots.


Edited by tomfifield - 11/11/13 at 11:37am
post #3 of 7
Baggage fees vary by airline. Check the best of the one you are using.

It will probably cost about double of most to rent vs most airline fees. Don't rent though, "demo" from a shop and get higher end gear than a typical rental fleet.
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Some air lines your skis and boots are just a bag, so it cost no more. On SW air I take my skis and boots and they count as one bag, plus I take a bag and a carry on. ten years is not that bad, but skis have gotten much better, so you may want to rent the skis, but if your boots feel good bring them. Rental boots are not always comfortable, and it is easer to get used to  different skis than boots.

I was thinking of that as an option.  My boots were custom fitted, so I think they will find their way to Idaho, even if they are ancient.  

post #5 of 7
Definitely take your own boots. Renting boots is never a good idea unless you have to (lost, broken, etc.)
post #6 of 7

For the Skis, one thing to consider is you are playing already for this much for a trip.  If the last $50/day to rent demo skis doubles your enjoyment, as well as reduces some airport hassle, that is worth it from a marginal-increase perspective.  

 

But yea, to address your original question, check with the airline you fly for the baggage policy.   There is a whole thread about airline stuff, if you search for it with these questions and advice.

post #7 of 7

I find the issue with airports is NOT the airport itself but getting the skis to and from the airport. But I always carry my own skis even if I'm going to rent something to test. Why? It's very costly to lose a day of resort skiing because you made a mistake at the rental shop. So I've got an instant tried and true fallback.

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