I will be leaving for a ski trip to Whistler-Blackcomb in about 10 days and I have a number of questions. First of all, I have never flown with skis and gear before and I have some questions. I am planning on buying a hardshell ski case both for protection and because it seems like the airlines prefer the hardshell cases. I am flying with my girlfriend and it would be very convenient if I could just purchase a case that would hold 2 pairs of skis and we could pack our skis together in one case. As long as the case doesn't exceed measurements and/or weight limits, can I ship both of our pairs of skis together in one case and have it count as the ski case with a bootbag as only one piece of checked luggage? I am planning on carrying on my boots, but my GF is going to check her boots in the bootbag.
Secondly, I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions as far as car rentals out of the Vancouver airport. Are the roads to Whistler usually ok? Would a standard compact car suffice as long as I can put the back seats down to fit the ski case in?
My girlfriend and I are both advanced intermediate to beginning advanced skiers; probably level 7 or so. To give you an idea, the main runs on Peak 10 at Breckenridge are fun for me and about the level I am at now that I can ski comfortably. I would like to ski some bowls at Whistler/Blackcomb and push myself, also. I was wondering if anyone has suggestions as far as runs/bowls/areas that would be appropriate. My girlfriend is a good skier but is a little more timid so suggestions for some good chill warmup runs would be great too.
As I am always striving to get better and push myself, I am planning on hopefully doing a half day lesson. Does anyone have any suggestions for an instructor? In particular, I would be looking to work on moguls and steeps.
Thanks in Advance,