Originally Posted by bjohansson
I've shipped just skis around the country - usually around $30 from EC to Utah. If you think the weight is too great for the airline (more than 50 lbs), do you really think it's going to be cheaper than $35 to ship them? If you find that it is, please share as I'm heading to Cali in March and would rather ship my stuff to my bro-in-law than schlep through airports.
Two bags for two people (4 bags total) roundtrip is $ 200. If you can ship 4 bags there and back for less than $ 200 then this is a winner. In my past experience baggage handling personel are pretty flexible regarding ski and golf bags. They understand that these don't fit the normal catagories. For skis, I always use the curbside check in, I don't even think they have scales that fit at the curb. So I don't worry too much about the oversize stuff.
Personally, I don't like the idea of having my baggage at a hotel or retail store when there is a chance that my flight will be cancelled due to winter weather. Then you have all the hassle of trying to find your bags by phone and trying to get someone who doesn't care to coordinate getting them returned.