or Connect
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Shipping skis UPS/Fedex?

post #1 of 50
Thread Starter 
Never even considered doing this before. Always packed our skis in ski bags and checked them at the airport. But now I am reading that a lot of people ship their skis to their hotel. Is it really worth it? Anyone do this?
post #2 of 50
If you're taking more than a pair or two, you're gonna get bent over by the airlines because of weight restrictions. I've never shipped my skis to the hotel, but FedEx Ground can usually ship a pair of skis for around $12-$20 depending on where they're going. I was thinking about shipping my skis this year since I'm taking 3 pair (2 are mine, 1 is GF's) but I think I'm under the 50lb weight limit, but I'll do cubside just in case!
post #3 of 50
Stay away from UPS they will charge you an arm and a leg, try DHL.com they will pick up at your door.
post #4 of 50
I have never shipped the skis or boots but have on several occasions shipped all of my ski wear. I ship my pants, socks, base layers, jacket, goggles, and a few other odds and ends. Then all I really have to carry is my ski bag. I stick a change of clothes in there just in case the other box is delayed with the shipper. I always contact the hotel/condo before I go so they know it is coming. Most often the box is in my room waiting or I call the Bell Desk and they bring it up.

I have shipped in cardborad and also in a big plastic tote. Both work fine. I always well mark the outside and keep a return label inside. I always get a tracking number and check it each day to make sure it is there.

I don't ship skis and boots because I have to have those and I have a better chance of getting them there with me if I take them on the plane. I know that planes lose luggage all the time but I figure if I make it to my destination, there is a good chance that the gear will too. If I ship it, it will get held up in Kansas or Nebraska in a snowstorm and never get there. If my gear is not there, I have to rent and I hate rental boots and not crazy about rental skis. If my stuff (clothes) doesn't get there in the box I will go buy what I have to have. Cheaper to buy a coat and pants than skis and boots.

BTW, I always carry on my boots. I would carry on my skis if they would let me but.....

Ty
post #5 of 50
My local ski shop told me that a lot of their customers are now shipping skis to hotels via ups or fedex ground instead of dragging them to and from the airport. The ski ship is getting rid of a lot of ski boxes that way to assist their customers.

I plan on taking two pairs to Alta later in January and may consider this as I think that my two pairs in one bag will probably exceed the airlines 50 lb. weight limit.

The one thing that concerns me a bit is that the skis will need to be delivered to the lodge without me there, and, what controls are in place at the other end to hold/store them securely.
post #6 of 50
I would, more than anything, be worried about them losing my skis.

I recently had DHL lose a package, and they didn't find it in one of their warehouses for over 3 weeks. That would certainly spoil a great trip...

james
post #7 of 50
I may be off, but it seems like a lot of folks think there is a 50 pound limit for your total baggage weight. Most airlines have a limit of 50# per bag and allow you 2 checked and 1 carry-on per person. I can't imagine having more than 100# of crap per person to check for a week or 2 of skiing, especially if you're carrying your boots on board with you. Unless maybe you have a couple of pairs of Metrons .

A pair of skis and bindings weighs about 15 pounds (13 - 17 based on some old threads here; can you guess which one weighs 17???). So even if you have a heavy duty bag that weighs 3-5 punds and throw in some poles, there's no way, your 2-pair ski bag should approach 50 pounds. Unless you're still wearing wool, your ski clothes shouldn't weigh too much. Then again, if you're travelling with GF/W/SO, how many pairs of shoes are in that bag??? (Go ahead ladies, take your best shot, you know it's true).

Check with the airline you're flying on, but most that I deal with have a weight limit per bag.
post #8 of 50
It is 50 per, not total.

and 2 pair skis will be well short of 50 pounds even with poles and padding.

Last trip we had 1 HUGE bag, one large bag, a carryon, laptop case and 2 pair ski bag for two people. Boots were in the checked luggage (2 pair going and 3 pair returning) We overpacked as usual and still ended up as follows.

I watched the scale---I was curious. HUGE bag 52 pounds---shifted some stuff to Large bag which ended up at 38 pounds. Ski bag stuffed with 2 pair skis, poles and padding was hardest to schlep around yet was only something like 32 pounds---felt much heavier.

Just for sake of comparison, my skis Head iM 70's which are pretty heavy, Bonni's were Dynastar Exclussive 10's which are relatively light.

BTW I think I had more shoes than Bonni: and I had just 2 pair.
post #9 of 50
Oops, that was a bit off topic.

I think Oboe shipped his stuff the first ESA and it worked quite well.

It certainly would make check in easier! At airport and hotel.
post #10 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by bjohansson
I may be off, but it seems like a lot of folks think there is a 50 pound limit for your total baggage weight. Most airlines have a limit of 50# per bag and allow you 2 checked and 1 carry-on per person. I can't imagine having more than 100# of crap per person to check for a week or 2 of skiing, especially if you're carrying your boots on board with you. Unless maybe you have a couple of pairs of Metrons .

A pair of skis and bindings weighs about 15 pounds (13 - 17 based on some old threads here; can you guess which one weighs 17???). So even if you have a heavy duty bag that weighs 3-5 punds and throw in some poles, there's no way, your 2-pair ski bag should approach 50 pounds. Unless you're still wearing wool, your ski clothes shouldn't weigh too much. Then again, if you're travelling with GF/W/SO, how many pairs of shoes are in that bag??? (Go ahead ladies, take your best shot, you know it's true).

Check with the airline you're flying on, but most that I deal with have a weight limit per bag.
Airlines almost always count Ski bag and Boot bag as ONE item. But weighed seperately as TWO items.
Still I find it hard to keep below "100# crap" per person.

I actually weigh the suitcase and large boot bag with a digital scales
at home prior to going to the airport. Usually get weights of 49.5 and 48
etc. Still on trips of a week or more I plan on washing clothes at a coinop
once. Also the carryon is often stuffed with papers and books which
are amazingly heavy. Other tricks I rarely do except sometimes on
the return are stuff clothes in the ski bag and wear 2 sweaters under
your coat.

On the last trip the agent carefully weighed the bags and when he saw
one weighed 49 3/4 lbs joked that I could open it and add another
1/4 lb of stuff !!
post #11 of 50
I wish the airlines would go back to 70lbs per bag -Then no problem.

Tahoe is tough since I have to drag freeking tire chains along (useless
anywhere else) and they weigh 15 to 20 lbs. Needed cause I won't
pay double to rent a 4x4 instead of an economy car.

I've allready checked with TSA and chains can't be carried on.
What kind of weapon are tire chains ?? I guess you could wack
someone over the head with them! Or wrap them up for S&M?
post #12 of 50
I am thinking about shipping mine too. The biggest disadvantage I see is if you want to use them just before you leave and soon after you get back.

My biggest concern about flying with my ski bag is that they will end up on the bottom of the luggage in the plane, especially if I have two pairs in there and the bag is heavy (heaviest on the bottom rule?). I don't like the thought of hundreds of pounds of stuff thrown on top of my skis.
post #13 of 50
Did a Google, here's some information that might help you make a decision.

Luggage Forward (I wonder if they call the return shipment Luggage Backward)
http://www.luggageforward.com/index....t=ski012001005

Luggage Free (You still have to pay so it ain't free)
http://www.luggagefree.com/

Luggage Concierge (Oooooo fancy name.)
http://www.luggageconcierge.com/
post #14 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ty Webb
I have never shipped the skis or boots but have on several occasions shipped all of my ski wear. I ship my pants, socks, base layers, jacket, goggles, and a few other odds and ends. Then all I really have to carry is my ski bag. I stick a change of clothes in there just in case the other box is delayed with the shipper. I always contact the hotel/condo before I go so they know it is coming. Most often the box is in my room waiting or I call the Bell Desk and they bring it up.

I have shipped in cardborad and also in a big plastic tote. Both work fine. I always well mark the outside and keep a return label inside. I always get a tracking number and check it each day to make sure it is there.

I don't ship skis and boots because I have to have those and I have a better chance of getting them there with me if I take them on the plane. I know that planes lose luggage all the time but I figure if I make it to my destination, there is a good chance that the gear will too. If I ship it, it will get held up in Kansas or Nebraska in a snowstorm and never get there. If my gear is not there, I have to rent and I hate rental boots and not crazy about rental skis. If my stuff (clothes) doesn't get there in the box I will go buy what I have to have. Cheaper to buy a coat and pants than skis and boots.

BTW, I always carry on my boots. I would carry on my skis if they would let me but.....

Ty
Great idea!! If I were to travel with my stuff, I'd use your idea. I've heard of someone who has had the skis, boots, clothes, everything, get lost in shipping, and had to come back without skiing, and without his stuff.
post #15 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by T-Square
Did a Google, here's some information that might help you make a decision.

Luggage Forward (I wonder if they call the return shipment Luggage Backward)
http://www.luggageforward.com/index....t=ski012001005

Luggage Free (You still have to pay so it ain't free)
http://www.luggagefree.com/

Luggage Concierge (Oooooo fancy name.)
http://www.luggageconcierge.com/


THEY CHARGE an Arm and A LEG!
post #16 of 50

Shipping

I've had good and bad luck. Last year at xmas I shipped 2 pair of skiis to Big Sky Montana and of course there was a huge storm in the midwest. Didn't get my skiis until 1/2 way thru my vacation. Turned out a good thing cause conditions were lousy and rocks were everywhere, ended up using Demo ski's as I didn't want to ruin my new Fischer rx9's.
This year I shipped them to Breck, of course the hotel coundn't find them until I showed them who signed for them and when. I used FED EX super saver, nice to have a tracking system so you can see where they are.
I ship my skiis in a sporttube, safer in my book. Sure is nice not lugging skis out there. Of course I bite the bullet and bring them home with me.
post #17 of 50

I've done it

Just stumbled onto this post and thought I'd chime in. Since the airlines started cracking down and charging me anyway, I started shipping both my board in the winter and my bike during the summer and it's been great. I've tried everything from FedEx, UPS and also Luggage Free, which somebody mentioned above. All three get the job done, but I prefer Luggage Free, as they are a bit more customized. I had a problem with UPS one time (they didn't lose my bike, it was just delayed by two days) and during the delay, they really couldn't help me at all, other than telling me it was going through a 'sort facility'. Pretty much the same story with FedEx.

I've used Luggage Free about four times now, and I will admit that they were late one time, but they called me before I had even left on my trip to let me know that there was a storm and they were running late, which allowed me to make contingancy plans for the first day. It really made a difference. When I track with FedEx or UPS I can't really tell when it's going to be delivered. I have a good idea, but I don't really know, you know what I mean? At any rate, that's my two cents. Either way, enjoy the mountains both in the winter and the summer. It beats the city.
post #18 of 50

Ship Skis

Last time I flew to Whistler (from, Sacramen to), United Airline charged me extra ($70) for having 2 pairs of ski's in one bag. I raised hell as it was under 50 lbs, did me no good at all so paid. Thats the bad new/good news on the flight up I was sitting next to a lady and during the conversation I told her how mad I was at United pulling this on a flight to a destination ski resort. Just before I/we got off in Vancover she told me that she worked for United Airlines and was a customer service person and she had neverr heard of what I described happening before. Better news. My return flight was changed to first class and there was a letter on my seat stating my VISA would be credited $70. Who says complaining doesnT matter.

Also to the epic poster (for handle) that takes his chains so he'll have them for his economy car rental. YOU ARE A REAL UNREAL CHEAPSKATE!!!!!!
post #19 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by bjohansson
Then again, if you're travelling with GF/W/SO, how many pairs of shoes are in that bag??? (Go ahead ladies, take your best shot, you know it's true).
ha. I flew across the world with a pair of ski boots, and some very, very old minimalist sandshoes on my feet. If you made the women carry their own stuff, you'd find the shoes and other crap would be left at home.

(I also headed to Bass the first day I was here, jetlag and all, and got some of those pull on clog things).
post #20 of 50
International travel has a higher weight limitation. We typically fly United on annual excursions to Canada. They tried to charge the additional fee once, but retracted when they realized it was International.

The shipping services still seem pretty steep in cost... and it sounds like too many things could go wrong... late delivery, lost in transit, lost at destination... if the airlines "misplace" bags, they usually try to compensate. Never happened to us (knock on wood), but I'd ask for rental reimbursement.
post #21 of 50
Umm.. how exactly do you pack your skis for the trip? Do you tape together a huge cardboard box or use a sporttube? If you use the sporttube, do you just wrap their plastic wrap stuff around it? And also, anyone know if there's major surcharges for shipping skis, because of the length? Thanks.
post #22 of 50

crossing my fingers

I've been FedExing my skis for years but tried using Luggage Free after reading about the service in a magazine. I had them send my golf clubs to Florida. Long story short...they showed up 5 days late and I have still not gotten a refund. I swore I would never use a service like this again until my ski.com agent referred me to their partner Luggage Forward. I'm trying them out for my trip to Aspen next week...I figure that if ski.com has partnered with them, they must be reliable. They also claim that they'll pay for any rentals if my gear is late. Stay tuned...I'll report back on the service.
post #23 of 50
I have been UPS'ing my skis for years, Never a problem. It's not that cheap when shipping across country- ~$50 for ground but its well worth it if you want your skis. I use a sport tube and its fine. The problem with the airlines isn;t the weight, it;s the oversize charge. Check out your airlines specifics. We usually send out a box of gear ahead of time as well and then go carry on. No check-in hassles at all.
post #24 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mdskier
I wish the airlines would go back to 70lbs per bag -Then no problem...
When all you folks learn to fly Jet Blue, there will be a lot less whining!

70 lb. per bag for Domestic flights.

Although it doesn't specifically mention ski bags, and the "length restriction" sounds scary, I had no problem with my very long and huge double bag filled with 2 pairs of skis and other garbage last week at both JFK and Denver.
post #25 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by zippy2000 View Post
I've been FedExing my skis for years but tried using Luggage Free after reading about the service in a magazine. I had them send my golf clubs to Florida. Long story short...they showed up 5 days late and I have still not gotten a refund. I swore I would never use a service like this again until my ski.com agent referred me to their partner Luggage Forward. I'm trying them out for my trip to Aspen next week...I figure that if ski.com has partnered with them, they must be reliable. They also claim that they'll pay for any rentals if my gear is late. Stay tuned...I'll report back on the service.
Has anyone used this service Zippy is talking about.

Thanks
post #26 of 50
No, but www.sportsexpress.com has done a great job of shipping whitewater kayaks for me. They sub out to folks like fedex, DHL, etc - but at least so far they have done a great job of babysitting the whole thing.
post #27 of 50
Whatever carrier you decide, make sure you package your skis well and then do it again. Just had my new skis wrecked two weeks ago by FedEx...fortunately I will be getting new ones, but something like that can ruin a trip (mentally if nothing else).
post #28 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
Last time I flew to Whistler (from, Sacramen to), United Airline charged me extra ($70) for having 2 pairs of ski's in one bag. I raised hell as it was under 50 lbs, did me no good at all so paid.
It seems like a few airlines have this policy. I know air canada says one pair per bag. I hope they don't start cracking down on this.
post #29 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by manchester81 View Post
It seems like a few airlines have this policy. I know air canada says one pair per bag. I hope they don't start cracking down on this.
US Airways says anything over 157 cm is charged an oversize bag fee.

They also say that 1 item of ski equipment will be accepted in the normal baggage allowance. An item of ski equipment consists of 1 pair of ski boots, 1 pair of poles, 1 pair of skis, and 1 pair of bindings.

I'm going to Alta (Peruvian) the last week of February, 2009. This will be my first time skiing outside of New England.

I was planning on bringing my Watea 84's, and demoing fatter skis on powder days. Instead, I might just carry my boots on, leave the skis home, and demo for the week. That would save me the $50 ($25 each way) to check in the ski bag, as well as the hassle of dealing with these complicated baggage regulations.

These new baggage policies could be a boon to the rental/demo shops, but it could put a real dent in ski sales.
post #30 of 50

Another Idea on Packing to Protect Your Ski Trip

Couldn't help but weigh in with my idea on how to protect your precious and hard won ski trips just a bit more. For my money Ty Webb and others above have it turned around a bit. Having had too many ski trips spoiled by late arriving, or worse, TOTALLY MISSING luggage, my wife and I have taken to packing what we call 'Dooms Day' bags. We carry on a light bag with one set of ski clothing essentials including goggles and gloves. It's a much lighter load than you might imagine if you put a little thought into what to shlep along. From sad experience, we've found that if you have the ski CLOTHES, you can always rent the boots and skis to get you by until your gear gets there. But ever try renting CLOTHES? We have, and it doesn't work well. Heck, in a pinch, you can always wear your ski clothes for a day or two around the resort in apre ski mode. But for my money, there's nothing sadder than a dude standing there with boots and poles --- in street clothes. Been there, done that!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Resorts, Conditions & Travel