Originally Posted by pedalbiker
Northwest will allow a ski bag and a seperate boot bag as long as total weight isn't over 50#'s for $15 each way.
Careful with the "boot bag and ski bag count as one item" approach. Depending on the attendant, they may insist that there be nothing other than skis/poles in the ski bag and boots in the boot bag. Anyway, don't ever check your boots - that way lies madness.
I recently flew from DTW to RNO on Delta/Northworst - our checked baggage consisted of two double ski bags, each of which contained two pairs of skis, clothes for the week and other misc. cruft (including tire chains, which I wound up using). Neither weighed over 50 lbs, and that seems to be the key to a smooth check-in.
The attendants are concerned with bag count & bag weight. What's in them is TSA's problem.
Fifteen bucks a bag each way - I can't say I'm thrilled about that, but it's small potatoes in the greater scheme of things.