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Packing skis for the airplane or should I rent?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

Hey guys:

 

Flying on Delta to Salt Lake from NYC for a two week trip. We are definitely planning on taking my fiancee's skis, but not mine. This will be my first time traveling with skis on an airplane.

 

The airline rules stipulate: 175 USD/CAD/EUR* for bags measuring 63–80 inches (161-203 cm) in combined length, width, and height

 

We recently bought skis that are 152 cm for my Fiancee which we are eagerly looking forward to seeing her try out. Does anyone have any experience with bringing skis onto planes or Delta?

 

Any chance we can pack her skis really tightly, and it falls on the border of said measurements, will they let us pass without paying the $175 fee? Or not likely? Her skis width and height might only measure not even 10 inches total.

 

Since we are going for 2 weeks, it almost seems cheaper to bring skis than renting, espec since we'll be skiing at 3 different locations. If this were a 1 week trip at only 1 locale, then i would say renting would probably be easier.

 

1) so can we get away with her small skis without paying the baggage charge?

2) If we cant get away with it, doesn't it seem that i might as well pack my skis as well so i don't have to rent?

 

What do oyou guys advise?

post #2 of 24

Go back and look at the delta baggage rules. One ski bag and one boot bag allowed per person, count as one checked bag. So, that will cost you $23 if checked in online, each way.

post #3 of 24

The ski bag is considered to be regular baggage, not oversized.  Look at Delta's website under baggage and special items and you will find ski/snowboard regulations.

post #4 of 24

Delta's pretty good about skis..they count as a regular bag as long as they weigh under 50 lbs.

 

Of course if you flew on Southwest, "Bags Fly Free"

 

Some airlines throw a fit if you pack a bunch of other stuff in the ski bag...plus it makes screening the bag more difficult and perhaps not everything that got packed in there originally will make it to your destination...it certainly won't arrive as you packed it.

 

I always take my skis...never had a problem...flew on Delta many times before bag fees.

post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies!

 

And what if I bring a dual ski bag. Do they usually count a dual ski bag still as one checked ski bag?

 

Then, with our two pairs of ski boots, is it better to keep our ski boots separately, or together? If we put our ski boots together in a bag, will they count it as one checked bag?

 

I'm trying to find out if it is better for us to EACH individially pack our ski stuff, or to separately pack them? I'd prefer to pack them all together so that it means less individual bags to handle (it's harder to handle many smaller bags, than one larger).

 

Thanks again1

post #6 of 24

Their rule is one pair of skis per bag. Haven't ever had them actually check, but they might. It would be one checked bag, but then they might can't the boot bag as a separate bag.

post #7 of 24

do what i do, ship em fedex to the hotel.

problem solved.......... no fuss, no muss, fedex em home.......

have fun

post #8 of 24

if you have $40-50 to ship them... this is expensive with longer skis, get dinged for the length big time.

post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post

Delta's pretty good about skis..they count as a regular bag as long as they weigh under 50 lbs.

 

Of course if you flew on Southwest, "Bags Fly Free"

 

Some airlines throw a fit if you pack a bunch of other stuff in the ski bag...plus it makes screening the bag more difficult and perhaps not everything that got packed in there originally will make it to your destination...it certainly won't arrive as you packed it.

 

I always take my skis...never had a problem...flew on Delta many times before bag fees.


Not Delta right?

post #10 of 24

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Originally Posted by iWill View Post

Their rule is one pair of skis per bag. Haven't ever had them actually check, but they might. It would be one checked bag, but then they might can't the boot bag as a separate bag.


This is from the Delta web page:

Ski or Snowboard Equipment

If you are hitting the slopes, you can bring your ski and snowboard equipment as checked baggage. One ski/pole bag or one snowboard bag, and one boot bag is accepted per person. The combined weight of the ski/snowboard bag and the boot bag may not exceed 50 lbs. or excess baggage fees will apply. The linear dimension may exceed 80 inches (203 cm).

 

 


After talking to Delta workers to be sure what they mean, the thing is: (one ski bag - one boot bag - per person). You can put anything in them as long as the total weight of both bags is 50 pounds maximum.

 

I was also told to always bring a printed page of their policy off the website because some counter agents don't know their own official policy.


post #11 of 24

We do 3 - 5 trips a season. Each of us (wife & son) always bring 2 pairs of skis each. Never have any problems. Keep each ski bag under #50.

 

If you are flying out of LGA and/or JFK - curb check the bags and tip well. The sky caps are very accommodating when they know a big tip is coming.   

post #12 of 24

Look for a cheap Sportube on eBay (they occasionally go for $40 or less from a pawnshop or someone who used it once or twice) and ship your skis with FEDEX Ground.  That way you only have to worry about your fiancee's 3 pieces of hernia inducing luggage, plus your own duffle bag going to and from both airports.  The difference in cost for shipping skis vs. the airline luggage fee is less than the cost of a resort hamburger without the fries.


Edited by quant2325 - 12/3/10 at 1:46am
post #13 of 24

Really like the ski tube but I wish the TSA agents can learn how to put it back together correctly without it slipping apart. I get the yea, yea yea, from them when I ask if they know how to make sure the top and bottom holes are lined up before putting the pin in and pick the tube up on the other end with it being apart.

 

Second time in a row on this trip.

post #14 of 24
When I travel out west on a ski trip I check 2 bags. One bag is a double ski with wheels that I the other is a large boot bag also on wheels. I then split my clothes and shove 1/2 into each bag making sure neither weights more than 50 lbs. I am charged for two checked bags and as both bags are on wheels they are relatively easy to manuever around the airport. Lately I have been leaving the boots out of the bootbag and bringing an extra small wheeled duffle that I can carry on and put one days worth of ski clothing just in case something doesn't arrive on time.

With the increase in security and increased fees for checked bags the airlines are taking all the fun out of ski trips, At least the fun of getting there as I usually forget about the airline hassles as soon as I hit the slopes.

Good luck,

Rick G
post #15 of 24

Sign up for the Delta Amex card (free fro the first year) and you  get a bunch of miles, and one free bag per person any time you fly.

post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by jonrpen View Post

Quote:

Originally Posted by iWill View Post

Their rule is one pair of skis per bag. Haven't ever had them actually check, but they might. It would be one checked bag, but then they might can't the boot bag as a separate bag.


This is from the Delta web page:

Ski or Snowboard Equipment

If you are hitting the slopes, you can bring your ski and snowboard equipment as checked baggage. One ski/pole bag or one snowboard bag, and one boot bag is accepted per person. The combined weight of the ski/snowboard bag and the boot bag may not exceed 50 lbs. or excess baggage fees will apply. The linear dimension may exceed 80 inches (203 cm).

 

 


After talking to Delta workers to be sure what they mean, the thing is: (one ski bag - one boot bag - per person). You can put anything in them as long as the total weight of both bags is 50 pounds maximum.

 

I was also told to always bring a printed page of their policy off the website because some counter agents don't know their own official policy.




Thanks for that note - as noted the Delta agent's apparently don't always know their stuff, as when I called them (last year), they had specified one set of skis per bag.

post #17 of 24

I've never had any airline do that to me, but I've heard stories here on Epic of that happening.

 

BTW, I always carry my boots on the plane with me - as well as some basics that I would need to ski.  I can rent skis that are as good or better than my own, but I can't rent boots that have been fitted and tweaked over 3 years to perfection.  I've had good luck but I travel a lot and I know that bags sometimes get separated from their owners.

post #18 of 24

As stated DO NOT check you boots carry them on, airlines losing boots is absolutely unacceptable.

 

Another option is that most ski towns SLC obviously will have shops that will rent skis at a pretty good price for 3 days or a week.  Might be a nice chance to try out some new skis.

post #19 of 24

Taking off to France tomorrow on Delta. Since the business is in Grenoble hoping to hit some slopes there. Have my boots and other gear in the boot bag and one more piece of carry-on. Not planning to check any gear in - had bad experince with both skis and boot bags on Lufthansa. Will share some additional details if there will be any...

post #20 of 24

Seven years ago a friend convinced me to start using Fed-ex (or equivalent) to ship skis/poles directly to hotel where I was staying.  Don't have to deal with lugging equipment through airports, etc. Skis are waiting when I get there. I ship home the same.  You might want to seriously consider instead of paying baggage fees. I am in agreement that getting a cheap ski-tube/sport-tube on ebay, makes a great reusable packing container.

 

I always keep my boots close (carry-on). If you don't have, get one of those bags that can fit boots and helmet along with other essentials.

post #21 of 24

I stopped bringing my skis years ago, except when racing.  Still bring my boots.  Got tired of hauling the stuff around.   I find a decent shop with good demos.  That way I get the right skis for the right conditions and get a chance to try out some new stuff, which I probably would have demoed somewhere along the way anyways.  Gear malfunction or conditions change, no problem, right back at them for a switchout.

post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post

As stated DO NOT check you boots carry them on, airlines losing boots is absolutely unacceptable.

 

Another option is that most ski towns SLC obviously will have shops that will rent skis at a pretty good price for 3 days or a week.  Might be a nice chance to try out some new skis.


I usually just ask the captain to keep them up front in the cockpit with him to keep them safe!
 

post #23 of 24

With skis that short, get a snowboard bag and put in the skis and whatever else you can get in there.  Thats' what I do with my wife's skis.  Can usually put helmets, jackets, pants, etc.   Last time I did it was last year to Utah on Delta.

post #24 of 24

I sanned through most of the comments and agree with most of them.  I ONLY fly Southwest or Jet Blue do to the outrageous charges by the other airlines.  Considering what they charge, it is cheaper to rent.  I agree with another chap about bringing my own boots.  If you must bring skis I recommend you put a piece of cardboard between the skis and strap them together so they won't dig holes in themselves.  I also have a 3 ft. piece of PVC that I cut the width of the poles out and then slide the poles into it so they don't get bent. I purchased rolling duffles that have the zippered bottom and I put the ski boots, muklucs, etc, in there.  Have a great time.

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