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etc. It’s much tougher now with all the security regulations and tighter air-
line budgets. Some techs will have several elements of their tool kits stashed
in different places around the ski world and, if time allows, use a shipping
service like FedEx to transport other critical gear.”
Add cardboard: “Since it’s hard to have skis ready too far in advance, they
have to be checked onboard with you when flying to a race. Other than a
thick protective base wax, some techs will place cardboard strips between
the skis (particularly speed skis) before taping or strapping them securely
together. Most use ski bags. Overall, you can only do so much to protect skis,
since you can’t prevent other items in transport damaging your gear.”
Carry on your boots: “One thing that has not changed in all these years is
to always carry on your ski boots, unless you are like Didier Cuche who has
many, many boot shells!”
The more precautions you take packing your skis, the greater the chance
they’ll travel safely. Regardless, skis can still get damaged in transit. This
can happen on airlines as well as with carriers like UPS or FedEx. It pays
to check beforehand to see if the airline or carrier will cover damage. Many
airlines do not, whereas shipping carriers often do, with additional coverage
available for an extra fee.
Some airlines will cover damage if skis are transported in a hard case instead of a ski bag. Although plastic cases like Sportubes are usually heavier
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and clunkier than a bag, they do provide greater protection.
When traveling by vehicle, never leave skis exposed on a roof rack or in
the back of a pickup truck. Road grime, salt, snow and rain can assault both
bindings and your carefully-prepped race bases. Protect them in a ski bag or
stash them in a sealed car top carrier.
Many folks pack ski clothes or other extra padding around skis in bags,
although some airlines may charge you extra baggage fees for this. Rolling
ski bags with wheels are a lot easier to lug through airports if you’re packing
multiple pairs of skis. Otherwise, grab a cart and load your ski bag aboard
with your other luggage.
Always carry on your ski boots as well as other custom fitting gear such as
helmet, race suit, gloves, etc. Everything else can usually be purchased or
rented if your checked baggage is lost, delayed or damaged.
Generally, most airlines currently have a 50-pound maximum weight limit,
as well as length restrictions. They also recommend hardshell cases, or, at the
very least, well-padded ski bags. Interestingly, Southwest Airlines provides
a free plastic bag for transporting skis and poles, but beware of probable
significant gear damage if that’s all you choose to use!
For a list of airline specs on weight and size restrictions for skis and bags, go
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