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Ski-rack rental in/around Denver CO?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hello, am after a bit of help here so I hope you guys can oblige!

We're looking at hiring a 'Chevrolet Trailblazer (or equivalent)' from DIA for two weeks in Feb. There will be five of us, all renting skis + 1 snowboard.

Now I've just been emailing the rental company and they said that their ski racks only accommodate 2 pairs of skis or 1 board, so we would need to rent 2 racks (the vehicle will only take 2 racks) which would still leave us short, and out of pocket at $155 for rental PER rack.

So kind people, how many (if any) skis/board are we likely to fit in the trunk of a Chevrolet Trailblazer (or equivalent)?

Many thanks,

Joe
post #2 of 25
1--What is the cheapest rack you can buy--that will do your job--when you get there for that week?

2--If you'll be skiing at just one resort, consider hassling with the skis for the drive to & from, then leaving them in secure storage overnight at the resort.

3--Check other car rental companies. There is no penalty for canceling your reservation for a car. Telephone, don't email, get the name of the person you speak with, then follow up with a written (maybe faxed) confirmation of the details.
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
SoftSnowGuy - thanks for the reply

1. I don't know, I was hoping some locals might be able to come up with that answer

2. We're spending a few days at Winter Park, then a few days at Steamboat, finishing up with 5 days at Frisco where we'll (hopefully) be trying different resorts. Does anyone have any links to where I can find more info on this? (cost/locations etc)

3. I've exhausted all rental companies that my searches have found, and found this one to be the most cost-effective so far (pending the ski rack issue of course!).
For work reasons, I won't be able to phone now until another couple of weeks, and even if I did speak to them, they won't have the greatest of idea of what is happening on this issue several thousand miles away!


So does anyone think we will/won't be able to fit any skis in the trunk of the 'Chevrolet Trailblazer'?

Thanks,

Joe
post #4 of 25
Unless they're super-short skis, you're not going to be able to fit them in the back of the Trailblazer, especially with added luggage.
post #5 of 25
I hate to harsh on your plans, but I'd go with a bigger vehicle.
We ended up upgrading our rental from a jeep to a suburban on our trip out there with 4 adults and all our gear. It was 150 ish more for the week but well worth it for added comfort and cargo room. all our skis and gear were safely in side the suburban.
post #6 of 25
A couple of points:

1) If you read the fine print, the rental company will describe the vehicle as "Chevy Trailblazer or similar". You never know quite what model you'll get when you show up, so don't count on a Trailblazer.

2) I don't understand the limit on the racks. With some line or bungies you should be able to lash as many skis up there as you want. There's a practical limit due to weight and windage of course, but I'm sure I could carry at least 10 pairs of skis on the roof rack of my Volvo.


BTW, you know about the Epic Pass, right? $629 bucks for unlimited skiing at half a dozen resorts. Were I going to Colorado for two weeks, I'd buy one of those. Hurry, the deal ends Dec 1.
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post

2) I don't understand the limit on the racks. With some line or bungies you should be able to lash as many skis up there as you want. There's a practical limit due to weight and windage of course, but I'm sure I could carry at least 10 pairs of skis on the roof rack of my Volvo.
They're talking about actual ski racks, not just the roof rack with something lashed to it (which I would not do in Colorado mountain driving). I tend to agree with TC, go with a bigger car before you spend on the ski racks.

Also, the Epic pass doesn't make a lot of sense for him since at least 5 of his days won't be at a resort covered by it.
post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies!

Walt,

1. Yup, I put that in my first post, (or equivalent etc.) so just implicitly implied it!

2. COSkigirl is spot-on there!

So if we went for the next size up ("Dodge Durango or similar"), how many skis/board will we get in the trunk of that (or similar of course!)?

(We won't have any extra luggage as we'll hire at each of the 3 different places we're staying)

Thanks once again people!

Joe
post #9 of 25
If you get a Durango, you should be able to fit a fair bit by collapsing the rear seat and one of the middle seats to accommodate the skis and snowboards, plus assorted luggage. Plenty of space unless you have very tall and very long boards... How many exactly depends on how willing you are to stack them like cordwood.
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by COSkiGirl View Post
They're talking about actual ski racks, not just the roof rack with something lashed to it (which I would not do in Colorado mountain driving).
I don't understand the "Colorado mountain driving" has to do with what's strapped to the roof. Are the cross winds really that strong?
post #11 of 25
Umm, just toss the skis between the seats. Sort of in the middle of the vehicle, aimed at the radio. I often go skiing with 4 sets of skis lying there. Toss a towel over them and you have an arm rest.

Yes, after skiing they are wet, use the same towel to dry them off. And the other advantage...no road salt or dirt getting into your bindings riding on the top of your car.
post #12 of 25
Enjoy the vehicles that are 10 times the size with a small fraction of the practicality of cars available in the UK.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by roastpuff View Post
If you get a Durango, you should be able to fit a fair bit by collapsing the rear seat and one of the middle seats to accommodate the skis and snowboards, plus assorted luggage. Plenty of space unless you have very tall and very long boards... How many exactly depends on how willing you are to stack them like cordwood.
You did note that the OP said there would be 5 adults in the vehicle, right?

Suburban is the way to go.

Or you could just buy a Ford Excursion from the nearest dealer. You can probably get one for less than the cost of a rental car these days.
post #14 of 25
several points:

- if you have load bars you don't need racks and you can use the smaller vehicle. just bungee ski bags to the load bars

- put the skis on the roof and the snowboards in back

- a clamshell rack that holds one snowboard also holds 2 individual skis underneath that snowboard (or a second snowboard if you take the bindings off it).

- a Suburban will fit -10- skiers/boarders if they don't have luggage and don't mind others' BO. Use Hudson hacker's tip, slide stuff under the seats, be smart about the roof racks. Been there, done that (for several years).

- Think about getting a minivan instead. More interior room and, if you really need 4wd on I-70 chances are you'll also need snow/winter tires which no rental is going to have. Of course, if you're going to regularly drive over the pass to Winterpark, get the 4WD.
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post
I don't understand the "Colorado mountain driving" has to do with what's strapped to the roof. Are the cross winds really that strong?
On occasion I've been in gusts of up to 80 mph so yes, they are that strong. Especially going over Berthoud pass which he will be doing.
post #16 of 25
Beware that a lot of rental company racks are really bad. Old-style Barrecrafters types, with individual vertical clamps for a limited number of skis. No way to put a board up there, and even many mid-fats and wider skis won't fit. I rarely see racks such as Yakima or Thule clam-shell types from the car rental companies.

I wouldn't count on getting any specific type of rack from any of the car hire places.

It sounds like you're renting skis. Maybe you're better off renting good demos at the mountains. For the time in Frisco, where you may be hitting multiple resorts, keep in mind that the free Summit Stage bus can take you to Copper, Breck, Keystone, and via a connection at Keystone to A-Basin. So a smaller/non-racked car could work for you if you rented skis at the Boat, at WP, and then rented once in Frisco, where you'd bus it to the areas.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
You did note that the OP said there would be 5 adults in the vehicle, right?

Suburban is the way to go.

Or you could just buy a Ford Excursion from the nearest dealer. You can probably get one for less than the cost of a rental car these days.
I'm assuming a 60/40 split rear seat here, and a similarly split 60/40 or 40/20/40 middle row, which seems to be the standard for SUV's nowadays. So, you could conceivably do it in a Trailblazer. Of course, if you want it to be [u]guaranteed[/i] to fit, nothing beats a Suburban.
post #18 of 25
Thread Starter 
I've got a few quotes and the Suburban is out of our price range unfortunately

We're the sort of people who don't really mind a bit of discomfort, just as long as we can get ourselves and our skis/board to the slopes!

So if I ditch the ski-rack idea, are how likely are we to get 5 people, 4 pairs of skis and 1 board in a Dodge Durango (or similar) or a Ford Expedition (or similar)?

Also, I've been searching for quotes on US websites and I can't seem to find where to add additional drivers, now I presume I have to pay for these but can't find any prices (on Budget for example, the quote seems decent, but don't know until I add additional drivers...)

Cheers,

Joe
post #19 of 25
Um, a durango is going to be a tight fit with 5 adults and all the gear.
I'm a creature of comfort, I'd go for the suburban for a group of 5 adults with gear.
That's just me.
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post

- Think about getting a minivan instead. More interior room and, if you really need 4wd on I-70 chances are you'll also need snow/winter tires which no rental is going to have. Of course, if you're going to regularly drive over the pass to Winterpark, get the 4WD.
If you need 4wd, you are going nowhere. Roads will either be closed or the thousands of other people without it will be stuck in your way.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by karpiel View Post
If you need 4wd, you are going nowhere. Roads will either be closed or the thousands of other people without it will be stuck in your way.
Yeah, that was my earlier point.

Add to that: some 4WD vehicles (cough/Highlander/cough) are ridiculous unwieldy bloated dangerous pigs when compared to minivans.

+ the taxes can be quite a bit less.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
Um, a durango is going to be a tight fit with 5 adults and all the gear.
I'm a creature of comfort, I'd go for the suburban for a group of 5 adults with gear.
That's just me.
The new Durango is pretty big now... I'm sure it'll fit 5 + gear with a bit of creative packing.
post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 
Well I'll pass on all the info to the rest of the group and see what the general consensus is.

I don't think any of us will be getting any longer than 170cm skis.

In France, we've managed to fit skis in the front passenger footwell, with them coming out over the armrest, and with the front-passenger basically holding on to them. But looking at the above-mentioned vehicles, the armrests seem a bit too big for that!

Thanks once again,

Joe

P.S I don't really want to get into another '4x4 or not' debate, there seems to be different schools of thought on this issue, so i'll just leave it at that and air on the side of caution
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by karpiel View Post
If you need 4wd, you are going nowhere. Roads will either be closed or the thousands of other people without it will be stuck in your way.
Actually, I saw for the first time today that Berthoud Pass was requiring either chains, snow tires or 4wd for ALL vehicles. My AWD vehicle did much better than a number of minivans I saw being towed today.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by roastpuff View Post
I'm assuming a 60/40 split rear seat here, and a similarly split 60/40 or 40/20/40 middle row, which seems to be the standard for SUV's nowadays. So, you could conceivably do it in a Trailblazer. Of course, if you want it to be [u]guaranteed[/i] to fit, nothing beats a Suburban.
Still having problems with the math... if you put down a 60-40 seat, how are you going to fit 5 adults? Seems to me that would be 3 or maximum 4 if the 2 in the back seat are into torture.

Can't use a 3rd row of seats if you want to keep the gear inside...Trailblazer XL may have 3rd row, but the straight up Trailblazer does not IIRC.

Durango has 3rd row, but using the 3rd row eats up all the cargo space. No gear inside.

And max realistic seating in a Suburban is 8 and that's pushing it...seating 3 adults across the 3rd row of seats is sadism. There will be fistfights over who rides shotgun

I'm a bit anal about having potential projectiles (skis, boots, poles) inside the vehicle with some method of restraint in the event some yahoo causes a sudden stoppage. Piling gear all over the inside of the vehicle is a bad idea. Do I read things correctly? The OP doesn't do a lot of driving in snow country?
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