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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I have a friend gearing up for a trip to Colorado and he has the following question:

"Has anyone heard of a rule by the Airlines that prohibits putting clothes (socks, thermals, gloves, hats, etc..) in your ski bag with your skis. Has anyone travelled this season and done that? If so have you had any problems checking your skis?"

I told him that he should go directly to his airline, but apparently:

..."they read me the "rule" but it was sort of a grey area. TECHNICALLY it seemed that you were not allowed to and that was the conclusion that the rep came to but she said she'd never heard of that before. It seems like something that no one knows about but I remember someone telling me that recently they began to prohibit it. Even the rep had originally said it IS allowed until I questioned her further and she looked it up."

Can anyone shed some light on this???
post #2 of 19
I've benn putting clothes in my ski bags for years. Partly to protect skis. Never hada problem. However, I would hate to arrive at airport to be told can't do it. Curious if anyone else has ever had a problem?
post #3 of 19
I do it regularly, and did it a month ago. Almost every time I fly with a ski bag, when I get there I find the little yellow slip that says the TSA opened my bag. They never say or do anything with the clothing that's in my ski bag.
post #4 of 19
Bonni just flew last Sunday from ALB-GEG stops at Ohare and DFW packed that way with no problems. It had to weigh in at 50# or less---otherwise no problem. It is considered one of your 2 bag allowance on United.

Could it be some airline that didn't consider equipment part of baggage IF it had no items that would ordinarily be part of baggage?

I didn' say that too well---get my drift?
post #5 of 19

ditto...

Likewise, my wife and I have been putting clothes and pillows in our ski bags for many years, with no question or comment. Given the way that skis are handled by the airlines, they need some cushioning, and stuffing the ski bags seems the best way of providing this cushioning and saving space and weight in our other bags.

I would just go and do it.
post #6 of 19

ski bag / boot bag

For the past 2 or 3 years I have flown with winter sports equipment.

I have flown both United and Frontier because they offered non-stop flights to ski destinations. Both airlines offer the winter equipment option of 1 ski bag + 1 boot bag = 1 piece of luggage.

On more than one of my trips, I know that I had used every single cubic inch of the ski bag (jacket/pants/extra gloves). The weather was changing and had to pack for winter and spring. No problems. I use a Transpack boot bag. I always toss my helmet, gloves, goggles and socks in the middle compartment. Again with no problems.

The bigger issue I would guess would be if the traveller is checking a larger than usual ski bag (i.e. padded double ski/board bag) or if the "boot" bag definitely resembles a duffle bag. They did check to see if each were under 50 lbs. I try to keep them under 50 lbs combined. Not sure if this is the actual rule.

If socks are your only concern, ski boots are hollow; simply stash them in your DRY ski boots.
post #7 of 19
I fly 5-10 times a year with clothes in my ski bag and have never had a problem.
But papa fred got nailed $75 for having socks in his checked boot bag.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=47869


Just better to never check your boots period. You could end up like this poor guy.

http://tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=73340
post #8 of 19
You shouldn't have a problem... I've packed my skiis that way before. I agree with never checking your boots, they're just so important to the trip.

Tell your friend to have a good trip, Colorado's got a lot of snow and hopefully more coming this weekend!

Tim
post #9 of 19
Oh gad! You guys are starting to freak me out about the boots now! : I don't think there is any way I can carry those one (between the 3 year old, 5 year old, one carseat to carry one, stroller, and games, snacks, etc to keep them quiet on the plane).

Is this a real possibility? I'll see about stuffing them in a carry on but with all the rest I have going I can't imagine carrying on both hers and my boots. :

Oh crud. I was doing fine until now. We leave next Wednesday for Winter Park.
post #10 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maggie View Post
I have a friend gearing up for a trip to Colorado and he has the following question:

"Has anyone heard of a rule by the Airlines that prohibits putting clothes (socks, thermals, gloves, hats, etc..) in your ski bag with your skis. Has anyone travelled this season and done that? If so have you had any problems checking your skis?"
Did it.. No probs with United and US Air.. The TSA even searched it and left me a little thank you note on the way back..
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies! Seems like he is OK with his skis but now he has to worry about his boot bag!!


His reply to me was: "I read the AA site & it says you are allowed to check your boot bag with ONLY boots in it, along with a ski bag and that will count as one parcel. Also, if you are interested in transporting antlers you just have to make sure that most of the residue is removed and the skull protected. Today I will inquire about transporting my spear head collection, my ant farm, and a broomstick."

Funny guy.
post #12 of 19

Agreed

Quote:
Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
I fly 5-10 times a year with clothes in my ski bag and have never had a problem.
But papa fred got nailed $75 for having socks in his checked boot bag.

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=47869


Just better to never check your boots period. You could end up like this poor guy.

http://tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=73340
I'm with you.

I always take my boot bag as carry-on. I put my goggles, gloves, helmet, pants, and head sock in there too. I wear the jacket. That way, if they lose my luggage, I can rent skis and poles, and I am good to go skiing anyway.

I just have to be careful I don't get injured, 'cause I don't have fresh underwear. :

oh chute
post #13 of 19
If the TSA opens your ski bag and really searches it (as opposed to just peeking inside) you want to make it easy to put back together. In other words dont be too organized and tidy about wrapping clothes carefully around the skis. Just stuff something in the ends and hope for the best. Be restrained enough on the amount of stuff that it is easy to get back inside.

My theory, anyway.

(And I also go with the carry-on/wear enough to start skiing theory.)
post #14 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by mdf View Post
If the TSA opens your ski bag and really searches it (as opposed to just peeking inside) you want to make it easy to put back together. In other words dont be too organized and tidy about wrapping clothes carefully around the skis. Just stuff something in the ends and hope for the best. Be restrained enough on the amount of stuff that it is easy to get back inside.

My theory, anyway.

(And I also go with the carry-on/wear enough to start skiing theory.)
Sound advice. I used to take 30 minues to pack my ski bag for a trip...TSA takes less than 3 minutes to take everything out, screen it and put it back in. My time is wasted.

Take your stuff to a skycap at curbside and slip him a $10. The airline will never see your socks in the bootbag and $10 is way less than $75.
post #15 of 19
What I do:
Skis with some clothing (weight less than 50 lbs). Boots in a Transpack as a carry on with a pair of ski pants (packed carefully this will just fit under a seat. Wear the ski jacket with gloves, hat and goggles in the pockets (this get folded and placed in the overhead, watch those goggles). This way if the luggage is lost I have boots, pants and jacket and I can rent the rest.

From United (for this weekends flight to Denver)
Snow and Water Ski equipment

One ski bag , containing one pair of skis and poles plus One boot bag, containing boots and binding only is allowed in the free allowance. If additional ski equipment is checked, excess fees apply.

One suitcase + one set of ski equipment (ski and boot bag) = Free

Two suitcases + one set of ski equipment (ski + boot bag) = One piece of excess baggage

If combined weight of ski bag and boot bag exceed 50lb/23kg an overweight fee applies.

From Delta (for February trip to SLC)
Ski or Snowboard Equipment
One item of ski or snowboard equipment is accepted as part of your free checked baggage allowance.

One item of ski or snowboard equipment is defined as:
* One ski/pole bag or one snowboard bag, and
* One boot bag

The boot bag must meet the standard free baggage allowances or excess baggage charges will apply.

Your airline may vary.

Now to pack and rest for the early morning train trip to Newark.
post #16 of 19
My daughter was hassled about clothes in her ski bag when she went to Mammoth one time, I believe on Delta. But I think the main issue was that it put the bag (which had at least three pairs of skis in it plus the clothes) over the 50 pound weight limit per bag. They didn't make an issue, however, about the WEIGHT, but about the CLOTHES. At the time she was packing ALL her stuff in the ski bag. More recently she had multiple checked bags with no issues.
post #17 of 19
If money is no object...save the hassle and ship everything FedEx to the resort. My family shipped all of our gear to the Vail Mountain Resort and shipped it back from there. No hassle!
post #18 of 19
United says,
"One ski bag, containing one pair of skis and poles plus One boot bag, containing boots and binding only is allowed in the free allowance. If additional ski equipment is checked, excess fees apply.

"One suitcase + one set of ski equipment (ski and boot bag) = Free. Two suitcases + one set of ski equipment (ski + boot bag) = One piece of excess baggage. [So...three checked pieces allowed without extra charge if at least one is ski equipment.

"If combined weight of ski bag and boot bag exceed 50lb/23kg an overweight fee applies."
http://www.united.com/page/article/0,6722,50773,00.html

I carry my ski boots in the smallest possible bag as my carry-on.


Ken
post #19 of 19
Please put this in resorts conditions and travel where it belongs
moderation here has gone to H_E double hockey sticks!
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