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2 pairs of skis on plane ???

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I will fly Delta from Manchester NH to SLC in a few weeks. I purchased a double ski bag so that I may bring two pairs of skis. Looking at Delta's web site they say ski equipment consists of one pair of skis, poles and boots. I had planned to bring a second pair of poles as well. Has anyone had experience bringing two pairs of skis? Did you pay extra? The web site is not clear on which charge would apply, but it could be $40 each way-ouch
post #2 of 20
I had no problem with two pairs in one bag last year with American, or this year with North West.
Boots can go in their own bag. (at least, NWA said it was OK)
post #3 of 20
I have a two-pair Sportstube. I flew with Continental (2 pairs of skis/poles) w/o any problems (girlfriend flew w. another airline). You should be fine.

Angel
post #4 of 20
The main criteria is the weight, they are not really worrried about the number of skis. 50 pounds is the normal weight limit for an internal US flight (70 pounds for international) and if you are below this it is no problem. If you are above this it varies depending on airline, your frequent flier status and the mood of the check-in agent!. Above 70 pounds they will often refuse to accept it.
post #5 of 20
I've flown to Utah, Quebec and Austria in the past six weeks... all three times with two pairs of Volant skis (heavy as hell) and two pairs of poles. As long as they're in one ski bag, you're fine.
post #6 of 20
I have brought 4 pair of skis and poles in one huge bag with wheels on Delta to SLC...no problem. SLC is Delta's hub. They know people fly to SLC for their great snow. You will be OK.
post #7 of 20
I've flown about 20 segments on Delta in the last 2 years with 2 pairs and a crapload of clothes crammed in a high sierra double bag.

No prob.
post #8 of 20
We flew last year from Boston to SLC with two pair in a single bag---quite ignorantly---with no problems at all. We were slightly concerned about our main bag's weight---but that ended up not being a problem. We moved some stuff to the carry-on bags to fix a problem we precieved, that didn't really exist.
post #9 of 20

Northwest airlines sports gear

Northwest, at least, has no weight limit for skigear (or golf clubs). A ski bag and boot bag are counted as one peice of luggage. While they have specific guidelines for what's supposed to be in your ski bag and boot bag, I always pack clothes (lots of clothes!) in both of them. It's a gamble, but Northwest never looked inside!
post #10 of 20
I have flown many times on different arilines with a double ski bag with almost no problem. If they give you a hard time, get indignant and tell them that you booked their airline because they advertised in ski magazines as having packages for skiers, and now they are giving you a hard time for flying with skis. That has worked for me on the two times they wanted to charge me extra.

Since you are on a flight to SLC you shouldn't have a problem as long as the bag is not over the weight limit. I'm a little anal about losing luggage, so I always take my boots and a complete ski outfit in my carry-on bag. If they lose my skis or other luggage (which has happened more than once) I can still hit the slopes while they look for it.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by mudfoot
I have flown many times on different arilines with a double ski bag with almost no problem. If they give you a hard time, get indignant and tell them that you booked their airline because they advertised in ski magazines as having packages for skiers, and now they are giving you a hard time for flying with skis. That has worked for me on the two times they wanted to charge me extra.

Since you are on a flight to SLC you shouldn't have a problem as long as the bag is not over the weight limit. I'm a little anal about losing luggage, so I always take my boots and a complete ski outfit in my carry-on bag. If they lose my skis or other luggage (which has happened more than once) I can still hit the slopes while they look for it.
Carrying on boots is also a good way to keep your other luggage from being overweight.
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by jstraw
Carrying on boots is also a good way to keep your other luggage from being overweight.
Not to mention a good way to make sure they get there when you do.
post #13 of 20

Always carry on boots

I'd never check my boots. Always carry on. Easier to rent some skis than to have to try and find a nice pair of rental boots that will fit.
post #14 of 20
I will let you know. I am leaving Seattle today for SLC with a large 2 ski bag. Delta is the airline.
post #15 of 20
Last month I flew United from Montana to Colorado with two sets of skis in separate ski bags. I strapped them together with a couple of bungy cords and used a lot of duct tape. I got no hassle having them considered just 1 bag.
post #16 of 20
2 pairs of Volants no problem. Loved the sign at the Jackson Hole airport "Guns may be picked up at the Airport Office"
post #17 of 20
As long as your bag is under 50 lbs, you will be OK. Delta seems to be pretty strict about the 50 lb limit lately, likely another way to raise some revenue. When I was flying out of Jackson my duffle bag was 54 lbs and they were going to charge me overweight, so I took a couple things out and got it down to 51 and they let it go through. My ski bag had 2 pr of skis, poles and some clothes and it was only 43 lbs. so pretty easy to stay under the limit.
post #18 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the responce-yeah I thought to carry my skis and clothes for a day in case luggage was lost.
Lee
post #19 of 20
Maineac,

I just got off of the phone with a good friend of mine who works for Delta in Toronto. I mentioned your concern and he told me to assure you that you will not have any problems at all with the double ski bag.
post #20 of 20
I've never had a problem with two double ski bags. I was told not to pack any cloths in my ski bags anymore though. The big reason, to hard to check what's inside and pack them back up. I've never had a problem with weight either. I can guarantee my boot bag packed full of cloths and boots weighs more than 50 lbs. I have been on every major airline in the past two years with no hassle.

It always pays to have a five or ten in your hand when you are checking your bags curbside.
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