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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

Next week I'll be taking a very infrequent trip by plane. Going to Washington to ski with friends, then San Diego for a conference, then Denver to ski with friends, then back home to Phila. Does anyone have any ideas regarding taking skis on a plane v. shipping v. demos? I'll be flying on multiple carriers; United, Alaska and US Air. Any ideas as to the best way to ship? Thanks for your help!

 

 

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post #2 of 19

Taking skis on a plane is a pain in the *ss when you're only making one stop; and you're making two.

 

If you're dead set on skiing on your skis, FedEx/DHL/UPS 'em straight to your friends or hotel. It might not be any cheaper, but it will be worth every dime it costs to avoid the hassle of wrestling skis to and from check-in and baggage claim.

 

If you're not dead set on skiing on your skis, rent/demo when you get there.

post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thanks go blue. I am wondering if anybody has any ideas as to the cost of shipping versus the the cost of taking skis on a plane?

 

 

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post #4 of 19

When I went to Utah I flew Delta. Took my ski's and boots along and it was absolutely no big deal. I had no problems at all.

 

But, you are flying here and there so, you be the judge.

 

Just a note....I skied for a week on my own equipment. My buddy rented equipment for the week. He wasn't happy and I was.

 

Just saying....

post #5 of 19

I'm definitely for bringing my own equipment.  I use a board bag which is padded and big enough for my board, boots and clothing.

 

The downside is that for our last trip out to Montana, our luggage was lost and we missed a day of skiing.  NW was "generous" enough to give us a voucher for rentals, but without clothing it was pretty much useless.  The words "Thanks for nothing" came to mind.

 

I've never looked at shipping costs, but I will for sure on my next trip.

 

 

post #6 of 19

 

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Originally Posted by MiRider View Post

 

I'm definitely for bringing my own equipment.  I use a board bag which is padded and big enough for my board, boots and clothing.

 

The downside is that for our last trip out to Montana, our luggage was lost and we missed a day of skiing.  NW was "generous" enough to give us a voucher for rentals, but without clothing it was pretty much useless.  The words "Thanks for nothing" came to mind.

 

I've never looked at shipping costs, but I will for sure on my next trip.

 

 

 

 

Consider that a lesson -- it's exactly why most skiers/riders carry-on enough gear/clothing to ski the first day or two, even if they have to rent skis/board.  My routine is to carry on boots and a suitcase with most of my clothes (including jacket, pants, gloves, goggles, etc).  The only thing that gets checked is skis/poles and some backup clothes stuffed in my ski bag.

 

Checking a single ski bag is about $15 each time you check in at the airport.  Shipping costs about $25 each way via ground (3-6 days) or $50-60 for express.  Do the math and weigh the convenience.  For me, checking my ski bag has been the no-brainer option.  I've had luggage delays on the way home, but fortunately not on the way out so far.

post #7 of 19

I'm not sure I'd lug skis to San Diego. Can you ship them to your next stop and check them on the leg home? What kind of skis? Something common that most places rent (K2) or special?

post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 

skier219 where did you find shipping for $25? Two years ago when I shipped my skis to Breckenridge it coast approx. $80.

 

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post #9 of 19

 

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skier219 where did you find shipping for $25? Two years ago when I shipped my skis to Breckenridge it coast approx. $80.

 

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

 

For instance, FedEx ground from Virginia to Alta, UT would be $24.52 for a 6 x 6 x 72" box, 15 lbs, insured for $350.  Four day transit time.  You can plug in specs on fedex.com to get rates.

 

post #10 of 19

I just shipped two ski bags today via Fedex ground from Chicago to Aspen.  One bag had two skis in it, the other bag had three skis (two kids skis plus the wife's).  Bags will leave on Monday and arrive on Thursday. Cost was $44 for one bag and $41 for the other.  Based on the cost and convenience I may never bring them on a plane again. 

post #11 of 19

I want to fly from Korea, where I live and cannot find telemark lessons, to Japan to learn telemark.  The sites I've looked at say  telemark skis are available but limited and suggest bringing your own skis.  Do you people concur?  I wear size 11 shoes.  I really don't want to carry my skis all the way from home on the train and subway in Korea and then in Japan (where I've never been and don't know the language) if it's avoidable.

post #12 of 19

I have never shipped skis before....we have always checked them with no issues.  We are flying Delta on Tuesday night to SLC and my daughter and I are once again checking our skis in a double bag.  Its nice since you can also pack clothes in the bag along with the skis/pokes.  Best oart is Delta allows a ski bag for free.

 

To each their own but I wouldn't pay to have them shipped.  Especially since you have multiple stops.

post #13 of 19

Doesnt southwest allow skis to fly free as well?

post #14 of 19

Southwest baggage allowance is 2 bags/pp free.  On Delta, unless your on a pass or a premier member, you pay for each bag. 

post #15 of 19

Southwest also considers your ski bag and boot bag to be one bag total, so you actually get 3 free bags with Southwest

post #16 of 19
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Southwest baggage allowance is 2 bags/pp free.  On Delta, unless your on a pass or a premier member, you pay for each bag. 


Yep.  I just flew Delta to SLC and back, and they charged me $25 to check my skis.  I think a second bag would have been $40, but I only checked the ski bag.

 

Fed-ex ground is about $40 for a ski bag, and the advantage of Fed ex is that they'll ship the bag as-is without you having to put it in a box.  I think UPS and USPS require a box.

 

So, from a monetary perspective, it depends on the airline.  From a convenience perspective, it depends on how far out of your way the Fed Ex drop off location is.  You're going to the airport anyway...

post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Pinelander View Post

 Going to Washington to ski with friends, then San Diego for a conference, then Denver to ski with friends, then back home to Phila.



With this ininerary, I'd probably check the skis on the way to Wash and back to Philly, but ship the skis and ski clothing to Denver ( maybe even the boots if there's enough time).  That way you're not schlepping stuff you don't need to SD.  Since you have friends in Wash and Denver, that makes shipping easier.

post #18 of 19

Only issue I have with demos are the bindings. I can't get used to being that high above my skis and they are so dang heavy ! I'd take my own gear if I were you.

post #19 of 19

I have done similar trips in the past.  Bring your boots and rent demos it's easier that way.

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