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Carrying skis on vehicle roof

post #1 of 9
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Last year when we visited SLC, we trasported our skis on the roof carrier supplied with the rental car. When we returned, I noticed numerous stone chips on the topsheets of my skis.
Since we are heading back in a few weeks and I am bringing a new pair of Icelantic Nomads, is there any way to transport skis on the roof rack while protecting them from road debris? Will a ski bag work or will it prevent the rack from closing? Will a ski bag cause noise and buffeting? Shall I just cover them with duct tape?
You may laugh at these questions now, but if you are the one who buys these skis from me next season, you'll be glad I asked.
post #2 of 9
Try putting them in one of those long plastic bags that some of the airlines still provide. They are thin enough to allow closure of the rack but strurdy enough to protect your skis. You will get some noise from it flapping but how far are you going to drive to ski in Utah?
post #3 of 9

it's more important to look good than to ski good

Ya know - we all did this but only one person out of our party had a problem with this.

Next time bring a Thule or put the fancyprettyskis in the vehicle I guess ....
I think it's because his skis were high gloss black finish. His initials are qk9 btw
post #4 of 9
A friend of mine uses a sportube that he attaches to the crossbars. He says that his skis are well protected when he travels with them. All he does is bring a couple of ratchet straps with him.
I'm going to give it a go instead of buying a carrier for my new car.

Mike
post #5 of 9
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Ya know - we all did this but only one person out of our party had a problem with this.
Spoken like a man who only puts wax on the bottoms of his skis.
post #6 of 9
Stone chips, huh? That sucks. I use a cheap (=thin) ski bag when I need to protect skis from wet road spray, and it fits in my racks no problem. The cheaper the better for this application. Plastic bag is even better. I once wrapped skis, mummy style, with saran wrap, and it did OK until temperatures hit single digits, then it disintegrated...
post #7 of 9
I used a ski bag for a while. It eventually wore a hole through the fabric from flapping in the breeze, but it was good for a while. Now I put my skis in the car.
post #8 of 9
Skis on top, unprotected=harm to the skis and BINDINGS...which means your legs.

Bag'em or box'em, your legs will thank you. Not to mention your bases.
post #9 of 9
We've never had a 'ski carrier' on our car (here at home), only crossbars so we can tie the skis in a bag to the bars. Is there room next to the ski carrier for you to fit the skis on the bars themselves? Or can you take the carrier off the bars and leave it in your hotel? Bring along some luggage straps just in case, if you can, just tie the skis in the bag securely to the crossbars.

We don't bother with racks when hiring a car, there are only 2 of us so we just fold the seat down and put them inside, this is the best option.
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