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post #31 of 38

Given you can get a couple of pairs of skis in a bag for under 20kg, can't believe you can't do a one piece baggage add on at something reasonable.  If you get a 32kg piece you can even pack in a lot of clothese with them and save a piece elsewhere.  Most airlines have a sports equipment policy longhaul that works. If not try a travel agent who might be able to negotiate on your behalf.

post #32 of 38

Paging @Ski Kiwi .  Pretty sure they bring skis from NZ for ski vacations to North America.

post #33 of 38

Okay - basically coming from NZ Baggage is  bit*h. We do bring our skis with us but it only really works for two reasons - first, I travel enough to have airline status that gets me an extra bag - this is one of the keys for us. The other is travelling with a child, so there is another bag. So we end up with four bags between three of us. The third factor is that we don't take much variety in clothing since we are largely at ski areas so just suck it up that our ski jackets are also rain coats, suitable for going out to dinner etc - similarly only one pair of footwear each.

 

The current norm from NZ is one checked bag each up to 23kg and carry on of 7kg - so it is tight. Our current MO is two double wheeled ski bags and two dakine split rollers plus a back pack each as carry-on. we don't max out our allowance, especially going over since it is good to allow space for purchases. We are pretty minimal with packing without being extreme, but I don't think that I could pack skis, boots, other ski gear, plus some stuff for non-skiing holidays into two 23kg bags unless a lot of ski clothing doubled as street clothing and you bought things like toiletries at your destination and were prepared to find somewhere to do washing every couple of days - basically it's a balancing act - how much of your holiday do you want to spend doing chores? The other issue is space - ski boots and helmets take up lots of room. We don't carry on ski boots or helmets for two reasons - weight - on long-haul a change of clothes trumps ski boots for me, and the fact that you have to go through various forms of security / bag checks four to six times, often after no sleep - having lots of carry-on is a bastard (but that might just be me since I travel for work and a pet hate is getting stuck behind people with a gazillion things at security.

 

The one thing that I would say, is the check that whoever is looking into the extra bag fees for you is looking at a straight extra bag, rather than oversize. We found that when we checked in with United and were honest about the length of our ski bags that you have to check oversize - BUT they're not - they are classified as sporting goods so the extra bag charges are way cheaper. Or just say that your ski bags are your checked bags and the other bags are the extra.

 

The only other option is a fare upgrade, but for that you could buy new gear overseas and pay to ship it back and still have change.

post #34 of 38
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they are classified as sporting goods

I have never heard of ski bags NOT being classified as sporting goods.  If it's an extra bag, it should be whatever the standard extra bag charge is.  I will also advise Oz/NZ travelers to check the fine print of the airline you're using about the bag charges. Air Pacific via Fiji had the best fares for our Nov. 2012 trip, but the extra bag fee was US$50 LAX to Brisbane but A$200 from Brisbane back to LAX. 

post #35 of 38

in most ski towns in b.c. you can  save by renting (demoing) from a local town shop rather than the one on hill. Often will be much better choices as well .The trick is to get your gear before they close in the evening. They are not often  open on your way to the hill in the morning. We have sometimes used the same demos over several days at a number of different hills then returned gear to shop when heading the other direction. Makes it less of a bother. We often get deals for trying the latest and greatest but even without any special rate its usually  slightly better than on hill.

However if your skiing that many days have you considered demoing until you find the right ski, buying and then shipping them home when your done. Regular shipping rates aren't nearly as high as the airlines and they will arrive before the start of your next season.

post #36 of 38
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in most ski towns in b.c. you can  save by renting (demoing) from a local town shop rather than the one on hill. Often will be much better choices as well .The trick is to get your gear before they close in the evening. They are not often  open on your way to the hill in the morning. We have sometimes used the same demos over several days at a number of different hills then returned gear to shop when heading the other direction. Makes it less of a bother. We often get deals for trying the latest and greatest but even without any special rate its usually  slightly better than on hill.

However if your skiing that many days have you considered demoing until you find the right ski, buying and then shipping them home when your done. Regular shipping rates aren't nearly as high as the airlines and they will arrive before the start of your next season.

Actually I had not caught up with this post, but your suggestion is where we have ended up to some degree. Bringing one pair each as the Air NZ charge for 1 ski bag is not too bad, and it's only 1 flight. Then posting / shipping back from Vancouver as our overall trip has a few stops in the US after the BC trip, so all the combined extra charges would really hurt, and lugging the skis around in and out of motels and rental cars etc will be a pain. And if there happened to be a demo that we really liked that could be included in the package. Fedex seems to be the most likely shipper as Canada Post appear to have a length limit of 1.5 metres. 

post #37 of 38
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And if there happened to be a demo that we really liked that could be included in the package. Fedex seems to be the most likely shipper as Canada Post appear to have a length limit of 1.5 metres. 

Please verify that info.  I just shipped a pair of skis to the USA through Canada Post 4 days ago.  They were 182s!

post #38 of 38
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Please verify that info.  I just shipped a pair of skis to the USA through Canada Post 4 days ago.  They were 182s!

That's great to hear. I got it off the Canada Post site but was not confident I had the whole story so thanks! We are meeting our son at Whistler mid March and the thinking is to post the skis from Whistler Post Office once we're done with skiing.

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