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Transporting skis

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I know this sounds a stupid question but just believe in my ignorance...

We've finally bought ourselves a pair of skis each and double bag to hold them, and now have to get them from London to Verbier. Is it a good idea to put some padding in the bag at the ends? If so, what - ski socks? The hire car comes with a 'ski rack' - the pictures I've seen of these you slot the skis into it. Should we be trying to protect the skis on the rack somehow from grit/dirt from the road? If so, how?

Thanks for your help - this is all a bit new for us as we're used to taxi transfers & hiring gear when we get there.
post #2 of 16
Frances, The only stupid question is the one you don't ask.

I usually pad my skis all the way around Clothes/gloves etc. I now travel with a hard case and still pad the skis. Is your ski bag padded? that would help too.

tube/bag discussion

If you have good wax on your skis, you might just want to cover the bindings. You can purchase binding protectors which are just canvas or nylon wraps with velcro or a zipper and elastic. They wrap around the binding area and keep the road grime off.
post #3 of 16
i did the exact same trip last month and have to say that my double sport tube was invaluable.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
I missed the previous thread, thanks. The 'keep everything tied together' advice is useful.

They'll have to go on the roof of the car as there's four of us.
post #5 of 16
Note that Delta in Denver is now requiring that you sign a waiver for damage when checking skis in soft bags. I don't have a good answer for your original question but the above development is making me reconsider my methods of transporting skis.
post #6 of 16
Don't have much experience with air transport but what I've done is go to Home Depot and purchase two lengths of air conditioning line insulation (black foam tube split on one side) and a bunch of wire ties (plastic used for bundling wires together). Place skis together and wrap wire ties around each end. Slide one insulation over each pair of edges and secure with multiple wire ties. Place in a ski bag. When you arrive at the resort cut the wire ties remove the insulation and ski. Make sure you have extra wire ties for the trip home.
post #7 of 16
Frances, punt the bag and get a hard case sport tube, double or two singles. I flew to three different resorts this year and my skies didn't suffer a scratch, that is until I entered the lift lines.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable trip.
post #8 of 16
http://www.sportube.com/ Only way to fly.
post #9 of 16
I'll second the endorsement for a sporttube.
We got a couple of comments in the airport on how easy it was to transport the skis this way from folks who were wrestling with soft bags. The double tube has wheels and so in combo with a large handle and wheels equiped Burton bag, all the gear for two was easy to schlep.
The tube can even be fitted to an SUV's rooftop storage bars with a couple of bungy cords.
post #10 of 16
I have a double bag that I have used for the last few years.this year I bought 2 pairs of k2 axis x skis 181cm,they both have the marker 1200 piston bindings.since I had this expence I decided to be safe & buy a double sportube.the problem is that with the tall binding ski combination & most current skis are tall they do not fit the way the instructions describe.the tube seems to be built for older sraight skis with low bindings.not too happy about this just haven't had time to call sportube & complain.it seems they need to get with the times.any one else had this problem & has a good answer????????. bteddy
post #11 of 16
Bteddy, you are setting the skis tip to tail, bindings nested inside each other right?

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post #12 of 16
I had difficulty getting my Axis X Pros (with ramped up Salomon 810 Power Axe Plus bindings) into my single KIS ski tube. Because of the MOD sections fore & aft, it made for a tight squeeze, but they did fit along with the poles.
You should be able to get them in OK, although it may seem like you have to bend the ski a bit initially, but that is only to start getting it in.


P.S. I use a KIS tube rather than the Sportube for three reasons:
1. they are the original ski tube.
2. they are made with stronger & thicker plastic
3. they are designed & made by a friend of mine. (his invention for last season was a ski wheel, which I can tell you all about some other time!)
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
The skis survived in the soft bag padded with socks & a couple of bits of old carpet. Our suitcase however, sadly, didn't.

I'm worried by the weight of a sporttube. Using soft bags, two pairs of skis + two pairs of boots = 25kg. Two people's baggage allowance on European scheduled flights = 40kg. 15kg for all non-ski-equipment is already cutting it slightly fine.

p.s. I hadn't thought of putting the bindings on the inside - so obvious when you mention it!
post #14 of 16
Although we all (quite rightly) worry about airlines and skis, ironically enough, skis are often LESS likely to be damaged than your suitcase. The reason is that the skis are often too long to negotiate the complex baggage handling system and are therefore hand carried to the aircraft or the baggage release point. If you’re going to do a lot of travelling then I’d certainly invest in a hard case for them (just as I use a hard case for work), but they’re quite expensive. I have recently bought a soft, but well padded, double bad with wheels, however I haven’t seen this design anywhere but in Sydney.

I think we should try to keep things in perspective, consider the abuse we dish out to skis when we’re using them in terms of how much they’re bent, twisted, and generally hacked around. The two things that I think generally destroy bags are getting thrown or falling off the baggage belts, and being loaded at the bottom (well apart from some absurdly cheaply made and overloaded Chinese bag that was never going to do the job in the first place). With this in mind, for a “one off” trip I’d simply pad the bag well with clothes etc. (particularly around the bindings. And DON’T put the bindings together unless you have some padding between them) and mark “Top Load” and “Fragile”. Though you may strike a baggage handler who hates skiers, and runs over your skis or something, I think you’ll be fine. Relax and enjoy your trip.


post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
I see what you mean about the 'special' baggage - I had to take them to check in 'X' and pick them up from a special trolley - they never hit the belt at all.

Problem with hard suitcase (we do have one) same as with hard skitube: weight.
post #16 of 16
I got a double soft bag this year that has full length padding and has extra padding in the middle. It has a hard plastic insert at the bottom to protect the tips, and wheels that make it very easy to pull through the airport. It's fairly lightweight but seems to offer very good protection with the heavy duty fabric and full length padding. It was only $80 marked down 20% at the late season sale at Sports LTD in LA. It's made by Beaver Creek, I think it's an in house brand that they share with a bunch of shops they are affiliated with.
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