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Newark Airport to SFO...ski transport questions

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I posted this in the gear forum accidentally so I am reposting here. I am flying solo from Newark, NJ to San Francisco in late Feb. Will be in Tahoe for five days. I have only flown once with ski equipment (1991) and I want to make sure I am doing this smartly and efficiently. I called the airline and in addition to ONE checked bag I can also check a ski bag AND a boot bag.

I plan to bring the following:

1. Dakine rolling ski bag (to be checked)
2. Dakine boot locker (Pretty large and fits my boots and all goggles, gloves etc. also to be checked)
3. Large Jansport rolling duffel (for my clothes, etc. I think it needs to be checked as well...too large)
4. Really small carry on bag for snacks, magazines, Ipod, etc.

The airline will allow everything I've brought. Should I ditch the boot bag? I guess I could put the boots in my rolling duffel but I figured if the airline allowed it what the heck. What do you think?

Thanks,

Marc
post #2 of 15

Carry Your Boots On The Plane!!!

If they lose everything else, you'll still be able get on the mountain. You can buy new clothes and rent skis and poles, but rental boots suck! My friend's parents baggage never showed up until they were leaving Tahoe after a 6 day trip last week, and unfortunately, they checked their boots. The rentals are just miserable. You should be able to carry on 2 bags...call one a man-purse, whatever. Carry your small carry on and your boots.
post #3 of 15
SkiMinker makes a good point about the dangers of checking boots.

I wouldn't worry about sticking your boots in your duffle. Certainly the airline won't have a problem either way - the majority of people do boots, skis, and bag. I might stick all my goggles and junk in my duffle, and carry on a small bag with just my boots. I've seen people do that. I don't. I've never had an airline lose my stuff for more than 12 hours.
post #4 of 15

carry your boots...

Luggage can be misplaced and not arrive for a day or two. Don't risk checking your boots. It's easier to travel with less bags. Do this:
1) ski bag: skis, poles, some walking around clothes to pad your skis & your dirty clothes going home (check);
2)duffle: clothes/extra ski clothes (check);
3)1 carry on (big enough to hold): boots & everything else you need, but can't/don't want to buy for a day, i.e. gloves, ski pants, camera, goggles;
4)on you: ski jacket, ipod, phone, etc.

My carry-on is a backpack boot bag that fits: boots, helmet, goggles, gloves, extra contact lenses/glasses, camera, video camera/accessories, ski clothes for a day or two, change of underwear. Sometimes, I even throw a bottle of wine or DVD player in there.

If my luggage got lost for 2 days, I could demo skis & have a great time without buying a thing. If the luggage was still missing for 4 days, I'd end up washing some stuff in the sink when I got back to my room after the first day and/or buy it later...
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I am definitely going to skip the Boot Locker and just put my boots in a carry on bag. I actually have a small backback that holds boots that I will bring on the plane. I will put my goggles, gloves, helmet, etc. on that. Thought originally that I would put the ski pants in the duffle but I guess I could stuff them in the carry on as well.

Come to think of it why not just wear the helmet on the plane?

I can see it now...me being followed in the airport by Federal Marshalls who close down EWR and my wife seeing me in handcuffs on CNN that night!!! :
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
One other serious question...where do you put your helmet? Doesn't really fit in the carry on boot backback and it would take up a lot of room on the duffel that I am checking in. Do you usually pack it in the suitcase/duffel you check in?

Thanks,

Marc
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by gores95
One other serious question...where do you put your helmet?
Wear it on the plane!

Oh, you said serious... It packs well. Stash you goggles in it, then stuff it with socks and undergarmets (do the same with a plastic shopping bag as a liner to keep your dirties separate for your trip home). Far easier to travel with than you might imagine.
post #8 of 15
That's the biggest plus of the Trans-Pak boot bag as a carry on. The helmet goes in upside down and can get stuffed with lots of other things. Comes in three sizes but the largest is usually has to be ordered.

If you wear your jacket on the plane, use it as a pillow and put the helmet in the duffel? Make sure you stuff your boots with socks etc. It saves lots of room.

With concerted effort, you can downsize lots of things for travel, from mini tooth paste to a micro blow dryer for boots. Like in backpacking it all counts.
post #9 of 15
I always "wear" my boots around my neck, so I won't lose them.

BTW, if you are skiing in Tahoe, why fly into SFO? You should fly into Reno and take the ski bus to skiing. I live next to SFO airport, I think I know what I am talking about.

post #10 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by jackwan1
why fly into SFO? You should fly into Reno...
Agreed! Even Sacramento is a viable option with its list of ever increasing cities serviced.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jackwan1
I always "wear" my boots around my neck, so I won't lose them.

BTW, if you are skiing in Tahoe, why fly into SFO? You should fly into Reno and take the ski bus to skiing. I live next to SFO airport, I think I know what I am talking about.

If this was a skiing only trip I'd definitely fly into Reno or Sacramento, but I am also spending a couple of days sightseeing in SF. The other issue is I used Continental frequent flyer miles and unfortunately no direct flights to either Reno or SAC (both connect thru Houston). Continental does do direct EWR-SFO.
post #12 of 15

How to carry alot of crap on the plane...

You should see the amount of crap I clip on my bags and haul on to the plane! As long as it's one piece going through security, they won't bother you.

Simply clip your helmet to your boot bag and carry it on. You can even put it in a bag with your gloves, goggles etc. and clip it all on with a carabiner. Then you have room for one set of layers in your boot bag too, just incase.

I have even clipped my Camelbak on to my boot bag, which is a rolling backpack, then put a carabiner on the pack and clipped on a bag of snacks. Then I put my purse over my shoulder and get on the plane with "2" carry-on bags. I haven't been stopped once.
post #13 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by gores95
If this was a skiing only trip I'd definitely fly into Reno or Sacramento, but I am also spending a couple of days sightseeing in SF. The other issue is I used Continental frequent flyer miles and unfortunately no direct flights to either Reno or SAC (both connect thru Houston). Continental does do direct EWR-SFO.
There isn't anything to see in SF - great hills, no snow. When you drive up to Tahoe leave either before 2:00 or after 7:00 unless you want to see the Central Valley at 30 mph.
post #14 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by sierra
There isn't anything to see in SF - great hills, no snow. When you drive up to Tahoe leave either before 2:00 or after 7:00 unless you want to see the Central Valley at 30 mph.
sierra is right, not much happening in SF. Before I moved to SF, I came to visit my parents every year during Christmas and my friend has a gift shop in SF. When I met my friend in his store, there were so few customers in the store that I questioned his business viability. He told me that don't worry about it, because the business is in the summer when tourist will grab every thing in the store. They made their living just in one season.

In the winter, SF is mostly rainning, that is how Tahoe got its snow.
post #15 of 15
Ok, everybody can lay off the SF insults now!!! It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There's a whole thread on great things to do in SF somewhere on here.

However, I do agree with the above statements about driving up to Tahoe. Before 2PM (1PM if possible) or after 7PM or you are gonna sit in some stanky traffic!
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