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post #121 of 144
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post
Me too. I'm flying Delta and an extra checked bag is $50. It will cost me about $20 each way to ship a pair of skis. I'm thinking about shipping one pair and checking one.

Double ski bag is your answer.... it fits two pairs of skis and equals one bag at the airport..
post #122 of 144
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Originally Posted by Phillycore View Post
Double ski bag is your answer.... it fits two pairs of skis and equals one bag at the airport..
I can just barely fit 1 pair of fatties, 1 pair of mid fats and only some of my ski clothes into my double ski bag. I mean they really have to be staggered perfectly and just right and I really have to work the zipper. So I am thinking 1 pair gets shipped and all clothing goes in with the checked pair. I also have a back up in case my checked pair gets lost, not that it ever happens ;-)

I'm looking at possibly getting a new ski bag but I'm not sure if they make them wide enough to fit two wider pair of skis yet. I passed up a double on Tramdock for 21 bucks yesterday for that reason.

Sorry I got so of topic!
post #123 of 144
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post
I can just barely fit 1 pair of fatties, 1 pair of mid fats and only some of my ski clothes into my double ski bag. I mean they really have to be staggered perfectly and just right and I really have to work the zipper.
I rarely fly to go skiing these days. I usually take longer trips and drive it.

When I do fly and have to bring multiple pairs I take the bindings off. It's only one screw for most bindings these days and they slide right off the plate. Mark the location with a magic marker if you are worried about the correct location. When you get to wherever, slide them back on and lock down the screw and you are in business. No more perfect stagger required and no more open bags 'cause TSA couldn't figure out how to make it work, and way easisr to stuff 2 pairs in a bag.
post #124 of 144
MattL, UL bet me to the punch.
Take the bindings off your skis, pack the bindings in with your boots and take your boot bag, with a few other incidentals as your carry on.
post #125 of 144
Thanks guys, great advice!
post #126 of 144
Matt, don't forget to pack a couple screwdrivers
post #127 of 144
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
Matt, don't forget to pack a couple screwdrivers
Matt, UL usually travels with his trusty tuning kit--I'm pretty sure it has a screwdriver.

I know there'a joke in there somewhere about "a loose screw" but it's just not coming to me. Perhaps one of my screws is loose too?!
post #128 of 144
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Originally Posted by SugarCube View Post
Matt, UL usually travels with his trusty tuning kit--I'm pretty sure it has a screwdriver.
Oooh, Fancy. Mine often just has Balvenie.
post #129 of 144
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post
I can just barely fit 1 pair of fatties, 1 pair of mid fats and only some of my ski clothes into my double ski bag. I mean they really have to be staggered perfectly and just right and I really have to work the zipper. So I am thinking 1 pair gets shipped and all clothing goes in with the checked pair. I also have a back up in case my checked pair gets lost, not that it ever happens ;-)

I'm looking at possibly getting a new ski bag but I'm not sure if they make them wide enough to fit two wider pair of skis yet. I passed up a double on Tramdock for 21 bucks yesterday for that reason.

Sorry I got so of topic!
you don;t have the right 2 pair bag!

I got one from a TGR auction awhile back that I could rent out as a 2 bedroom walkup during the off season....

The biggest problem I have with it is it is too long to fit in a car if I stuff stuff all the way to the end!
post #130 of 144
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
Oooh, Fancy. Mine often just has Balvenie.
we can use your tuning kit while watchin UL fix Matt's bindings

mine will now have a couple small glasses!
post #131 of 144
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Originally Posted by Phillycore View Post
Currently... it's the flight that's killing it for me..

Roundtrip from PHL - JAC the best price I can find is like ($490)$569 after taxes and that's not including the extra bag fee for my skis..

OUCH!!
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie View Post
Don't know if you were planning on renting a car or not in Jackson. If so, you could look at flying into Salt Lake, renting there and making the 4-5 hour drive up to Jackson.

There is a risk of bad roads because of weather, but you might do just as well on the overall price (or slightly better) and basically get the car too.

Being in pretty much the same situation, I'm running the same searches Phillycore probably is...the PHL-SLC flight during this time period is priced pretty low right now (I knew there was a reason I voted for the 'usual SLC resort gathering'). I've done it before, but do I want to do that drive to save a few $$$?
post #132 of 144
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Originally Posted by SKI-3PO View Post
Being in pretty much the same situation, I'm running the same searches Phillycore probably is...the PHL-SLC flight during this time period is priced pretty low right now (I knew there was a reason I voted for the 'usual SLC resort gathering'). I've done it before, but do I want to do that drive to save a few $$$?
Depends on the dollars Scott. I looked at SLC as well, but from here the $150 savings didn't seem worth the drive which can be VERY entertaining on snow covered roads.
post #133 of 144
I know...I did it once during good weather. It's your experience from last year that makes me hesitate.
post #134 of 144
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Originally Posted by SKI-3PO View Post
I know...I did it once during good weather. It's your experience from last year that makes me hesitate.
Also factor in you'll probably get in an extra day skiing if you fly to Jackson

Dookey and I drove in fairly good weather last season, but it had snowed the previous 5 days. From Jackson to Idaho Falls was BRUTAL and then not too bad once on I-15 to the Utah line. From there till traffic picked up around Ogden was BRUTAL again and it was seven hours total not counting stops and we both had 4WD.
post #135 of 144
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Originally Posted by SKI-3PO View Post
I know...I did it once during good weather. It's your experience from last year that makes me hesitate.
Personally I wouldn't want to risk missing ski time, especially if there is a big storm which is when you would have a greater chance of having problems. That would be totally frustrating if there is a big dump and you can't get to the resort!

How much will you save after gas money?
post #136 of 144
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Originally Posted by skier_j View Post
you don;t have the right 2 pair bag!

I got one from a TGR auction awhile back that I could rent out as a 2 bedroom walkup during the off season....

The biggest problem I have with it is it is too long to fit in a car if I stuff stuff all the way to the end!
I have not had trouble putting two pairs of skis in a bag, but I know of folks who have. Taken from United Airline's site:

Allowance/Requirements
1 ski bag, containing 1 pair of skis and poles, plus 1 boot bag, containing boots and binding only, is allowed in place of one checked baggage. If additional ski equipment is checked, a standard-sized special item fee will apply.

Delta Airlines simply limits the weight to 50 lbs, so it does vary from airline to airline.

post #137 of 144
No extra day skiing saved by driving really - the PHL-JAC flight schedules don't help there much at all.

The risk of not getting where you want to get to is the issue...but if the storm is big, there are worse things than being stuck in SLC or Ogden. The price of gas doesn't help either...

I think the only way I would really do it would be if I was skiing in Utah to start and/or end the trip.
post #138 of 144
BTW, the price difference right now is $330, which is non-trivial.
post #139 of 144
It might be worth checking out prices out of Dulles if you don't mind driving. Flights were under $400 when I was booking last week. Could be worth it if you hook up and share a ride. I usually arrive for late check in at the Fairfield Inn and stay over for about $60 and park there free all week. Cheaper than parking at the airport, free airport shuttle, your car is safe and you are there and ready early for the flight.
post #140 of 144
As I think was mentioned earlier in this thread, Newark is also an option for those of us from the Philly area and is currently cheaper than PHL...and closer for me than IAD. Too many (just okay) choices.
post #141 of 144
considering I can fly from PHL to Denver on frontier for $220 roundtrip... The $600 tag to Jackson is chappin my cheeks...

Granted.. I LOVE Jackson.... the town rocks, and the terrain is unreal.. not to mention I don't need a car and it's not 2 hours from the airport to the slopes..
post #142 of 144
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Originally Posted by Phillycore View Post
considering I can fly from PHL to Denver on frontier for $220 roundtrip... The $600 tag to Jackson is chappin my cheeks...

Halve the cost... Stay 2 weeks.
post #143 of 144
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
Halve the cost... Stay 2 weeks.
Yeah...that's not gonna happen...lol
Leave the wife and 3 kids behind and go skiing for 2 weeks... I'd come back to all my stuff on the front lawn in black plastic trash bags. I couldn't get that time off from work either..

I'm still looking at making the Jackson trip happen though...
although winter park and steamboat are looking good too...
post #144 of 144
If the weather was nasty, raining, snowing, bet there would be no plastic trash bags.
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