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Shipping skis to Chile and back

post #1 of 16
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Anyone have experience shipping their skis down south and back? Any tips/recommendations/advice? I can't take them on the plane with me since I will be doing other travelling and actually arriving in Chile via Bogota. Need to ship 1, preferrably 2, pairs plus poles and boots from Bay Area. I am guessing that shipping via airlines is probably still the best bet, but not sure how this works, whether you need a local delivery address, best way to package, cost-saving tips, etc. Also concerned naturally about reliability, security, and handling. Any input appreciated...

jnr
post #2 of 16
I'd at least check out http://www.sportsexpress.com/

No direct experience with what you are asking - but I have experience with these guys shipping kayaks domestically. I know some other folks who have used them too. Great experience. Clear communication. Clear instructions. Frequent updates. Super convenient. Everything happened when and where they said it would - door to door. I would not call them cheap - but they did the job for a sane price. Chile is not on their standard international list, but I'd check in with them. Certainly one option to explore.
post #3 of 16
Just carry on your boots and rent skis down there. It's going to cost an arm and 1/2 a leg to ship them.
post #4 of 16
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Just carry on your boots and rent skis down there. It's going to cost an arm and 1/2 a leg to ship them.
I'm sure an arm, half a leg and maybe even more body parts for reliable international shipment. On the other hand, if someone as a particular fondness for a ski, or ski/binding combo, that is not readily rented it still could make sense.
post #5 of 16
At over $400 each way, you better be f^&*ing fond of them!
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
whats the rental situation down therE? is there a good variety of quality skis? would renting for 2-3 weeks still be cheaper?

i had heard that the selection down there was sketchy, but i understand the industry has come a long way down there so that info may be outdated.

anyone have experience they can share?
post #7 of 16
Depends on where your going and the type of equipment your looking for?
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
all over for about 3 weeks. probably would want a twin tip, 90-100mm at the waist.
post #9 of 16
It's been a while, but both Las Lenas and Portillo had decent equipment. But I have no idea how much it would cost and three weeks is a long time.
Can't you get a friend to schlep some down for you? Maybe help pay for his airfare?
post #10 of 16
Cant you send it via UPS to your hotel and have them hold them for you till you arrive?
post #11 of 16
I did not take my skis to Las Lenas in 2005 because I was going to Iguazu Falls and Rio afterwards. Big mistake. The limited good rentals get checked out early Saturday for the whole week, and you might get stuck with too narrow or the wrong length. I have had good luck with demos in New Zealand but I will never rely on them again in South America.
post #12 of 16
I'll be teaching a ski fitness week at Portillo in late August. Since I am in contact with the "powers that be," I will see if I can get a straight answer about the types of skis available.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
thanks all for the input. and yes, it would be nice to hear others' experience on rentals down there.
post #14 of 16
There's not much of anything in terms of equipment or clothing available in Chile. My luggage was delayed when I went last year, I had to rely on rentals for a day and it was miserable.
post #15 of 16
It's really up to what airline you go with. Call around and check, some airlines are really good about this stuff some are not. I have a fair amount of experience flying with surf boards. If you think skis are bad surf boards are ten times worst- longer, fatter and more fragile. Plus if you go on that "epic" trip you take as many as you can.

Lufthansa is good from what I hear.

Some airlines have a a fee for skiis, some have a fee for over size bags and skis are lumped in there.

One of those things you just have to do your home work on.
post #16 of 16
Seems to me you might find someone in the Bay Area who is going down skiing around the same time and might take some gear for you. Craigslist would be worth a try.
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