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post #1 of 19
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This must have been discussed before so if someone can post a link to a previous discussion that would be fine>

I don't want to deal with the hassle of taking my skis through the airport -- and new baggage policies. I've heard of these ski shipping services but never used one. Can anyone recommend one?
What kinds of concerns/details should I be paying attention to when choosing one?

much appreciated

Bsq
post #2 of 19
easy answer is sporttube. Hard plastic case. I do it all the time. Just make sure you rough up a large area of the case with sandpaper to ensure the shipping sticker stays. In the cold, they can pop off. I also put my name and cell# in paint on both ends of the tube. I did have the shipping ticket come off once and they were able to call and get me my skis.
post #3 of 19
Not sure what shipping services you speak of but UPS, USPS, FedEx are all in the same price range $20-$30 to ship within the US.
I race tris and started shipping my bike via UPS to races since it's a pain to bring it on the plane and pay the $100+ fees each way. So the concept worked for me for bikes.
post #4 of 19
milehighathletic , can you tell me how you ship for $20 -$30. The only time I shipped skis, NJ to Colorado, it cost me $75. I'd appreciate the info.

You don't grow too old to play, you grow old because you stop playing.
post #5 of 19
Piney- the key is to use ground and use as small of a container as possible. Also, be sure to be "conservative" in your dimensions when you do the ticket. I use UPS, they have had the best rates. If possible, ship from work. Look at the dimensions and see where the breaks are for the higher rates. You can shave of real dollars this way.
post #6 of 19
I shipped my skis twice last year and I think it was between $50-$60 fedex ground.
post #7 of 19
I've shipped skis by both USPS Priority Mail and UPS for around $30 and had no issues. Just remember you need to ship them well ahead of time if you are going to use ground (cheapest).

Mike
post #8 of 19
ig you do it on-line, you can see the transit times and back into them. Allow a day extra the the delivery time.
post #9 of 19
Have done this with FedEx, all good. About $25 to location .1 mile from airport. Don't use UPS; they may be a couple of bucks cheaper but they have a well earned rep for killing skis, and they don't pay you back, even if you insured the skis. See, they want you to pay them $17-22 extra for packing the skis themselves. (Only then, they refuse to pay on the grounds it's the responsibility of the local franchise store that packed them. Return to square A.) It's all happened to me.
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post #11 of 19
Thanks for the input. Zog, for curiosity I tried http://www.sportsexpress.com/ , to ship from NJ to Seattle one way (I'm going there this spring) quoted me $120.68.

You don't grow too old to play, you grow old because you stop playing.
post #12 of 19
FWIW, I have been looking into different options for getting skis to Chamonix this February, and UPS quoted me $240. I think I'll just check them and hope for the best.
post #13 of 19
On second thought, I think I have only shipped 3 days not ground.

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Originally Posted by rockdude View Post
I shipped my skis twice last year and I think it was between $50-$60 fedex ground.
post #14 of 19

skis

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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
FWIW, I have been looking into different options for getting skis to Chamonix this February, and UPS quoted me $240. I think I'll just check them and hope for the best.
JayPow

I checked in my skis - on my trip to chamonix. worked fine - no problems.

marty
post #15 of 19

Shipping

I'm a commercial customer of UPS and get a nice discount. Even so, I figure shipping my skis and board to the NASTAR Nationals in Steamboat from CT in March will cost me at least $30 each way. Last year I was able to take everything (including wax iron, vises, etc) on the flight and not pay any penalties. Those days are long gone.

Caveat: If you do ship, allow extra days for delivery. You don't want to be disappointed by having your gear arrive late.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Pinelander View Post
milehighathletic , can you tell me how you ship for $20 -$30. The only time I shipped skis, NJ to Colorado, it cost me $75. I'd appreciate the info.

You don't grow too old to play, you grow old because you stop playing.

You must be packing a lot more then just skis. I've shipped skis twice from PA to UT and back. Both times it has been under $26 with FedEx. Definitely get a sportube and open a free account with FedEx and you will save some serious buck. I still can't understand how those "sports" specific shipping companies stay in business. They charge 3 times as much, if not more.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
FWIW, I have been looking into different options for getting skis to Chamonix this February, and UPS quoted me $240. I think I'll just check them and hope for the best.
When WTFH went to ESA Stowe 2006, his skis were the only thing that made it.
post #18 of 19
I have the ski box for 2 pairs of skis, any idea what it would run FedEx from Houston to Steamboat? I guess I would have to take and let them weigh it, I believe it will be $50.00 each way on Continental ??
post #19 of 19
www.ups.com then go to the cost calculator. I have never had a problem with UPS.
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