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Flying out west for a March Ski/Snowboard trip, Rent or Bring our own equipment

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The question is that since we live in Michigan and are going to fly with one connection (at least) to Montana or Utah for our first trip out west...would it be best to rent high end stuff or bring our own. We have decent equipment but it is meant for Michigan mountains(hills).

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My two cents: If your skis are newish, well tuned, and not crazy narrow, bring them. If it looks like a dump is coming, rent fatties the afternoon before. Most days are not powder days, and good demos are typically forty or fifty bucks a day - not peanuts. Whatever you do, carry your boots on the plane.
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

My two cents: If your skis are newish, well tuned, and not crazy narrow, bring them. If it looks like a dump is coming, rent fatties the afternoon before. Most days are not powder days, and good demos are typically forty or fifty bucks a day - not peanuts. Whatever you do, carry your boots on the plane.

Thanks qcanoe, we were planning on our own boots and we have decent skis/ snowboards but it would be the first time hauling them on the plane.

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I've had some bad experiences renting performance skis. I agree with qcanoe, bring your own and rent of conditions warrant it.  Nothing ruins a ski trip more than wasting a day getting decent rentals sorted out.  And I've had that happen more than 50% of the time.

 

I personally use skitubes for my skis...then I have no worries about bindings getting damaged by the baggage handlers.  And it's fun watching the TSA guys wrestle them back in after they take them out  LOL  Boots go with me onto the plane in one of the tri-corner boot bags along with helmet, goggles, gloves, socks, and ski pants. Ski coat is worn, of course.  I figure that way, even if I lose everything else, I can ski the first day.  Most of the other clothing can be easily purchased for minimal outlay

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Would you need to buy something to travel with the skis/boards?  If so, then may be more reasonable to rent for this first trip.  There are several threads about bags for boots or skis around.  Per usual, all depends on personal preference and budget constraints.

 

I always take one pair of all-mountain skis in a double Sportube when traveling solo.  They are usually okay for up to 6-8 inches of fresh snow for me.

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You don't mention the length of your trip. Compare rental prices to the baggage fees for lugging your own gear. If you are going to rent, some places offer a discount for renting online! There's always an advantage to renting with an eye to demoing new gear. There's always a tradeoff between the hassle of lugging gear through airports vs the hassle of renting gear at the destination.

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You don't mention the length of your trip. Compare rental prices to the baggage fees for lugging your own gear. If you are going to rent, some places offer a discount for renting online! There's always an advantage to renting with an eye to demoing new gear. There's always a tradeoff between the hassle of lugging gear through airports vs the hassle of renting gear at the destination.

Our trip will be about 5 days I think, would love to do more but with work commitments and other vacations planned already that it makes it a shorter vacation.

 

My wife travels about every other week so she is use to the travel but not necessarily looking to haul her skis around...I can tell that already. 

 

Scheduling early online rentals might not be a bad way for her anyway. 

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1) You have the luxury of deciding at the last minute.

2)  If there is ample fresh snow during the week of your travel (or it is expected to dump), you might as well rent something more suitable for the conditions.

3)  If the snow isn't optimal the question becomes, "Do I want to deal with skis now or when I get to the destination (renting).  If now, stick them in a ski bag, wrap them with clothes, and let the airline take it.  Alternatively, ship them to your hotel in a Sportube (still cheaper than renting).  If later, go online and find the best deal for your rental.

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1) You have the luxury of deciding at the last minute.

2)  If there is ample fresh snow during the week of your travel (or it is expected to dump), you might as well rent something more suitable for the conditions.

3)  If the snow isn't optimal the question becomes, "Do I want to deal with skis now or when I get to the destination (renting).  If now, stick them in a ski bag, wrap them with clothes, and let the airline take it.  Alternatively, ship them to your hotel in a Sportube (still cheaper than renting).  If later, go online and find the best deal for your rental.

Yes it appears to be a decent amount of ways you can go. I guess I'll get the old  Excel spead sheet out and run some numbers.

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