Traveling for ski season is expensive, there’s no real way around it. You can, however, make it easier on yourself and manage to pinch a couple pennies at the same time. Here’s a couple quick tips on how to best travel for a ski trip.


 2017w_page_081_image_004Make the Best Use of Space

The airlines are tricky. They have rules and regulations for everything. But if you take the time and read them closely you can learn the how’s and why’s behind packing method. For example, most airlines state that you can carry a boot bag with boots in it for free if there are NO other items in said bag. They view the ski bag and boot bag as one total item. What they don’t control is how much you can put into your ski bag. So use the space you have and pack that ski bag to the brim (staying under weight limit) but remember to leave you boot bag completely empty except for your boots.


 Use a Rolling Bag Designed for Ski Travel

Hauling luggage, skis, a carry on and a jacket can get hectic. No one wants to be that guy who’s dropping his gear all the way to luggage check. To make things easier, grab yourself a rolling bag that you can stack and move like a dolly. Hook your boot bag on top of your roller, your carryon on top of that and sling those skis over your shoulder like the mountain man you know you are.

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Travel Light

Most ski towns are accommodating to the lumberjack look. They’re cold and casual, and it’s completely acceptable to walk around like you just came off the slopes. When picking your outfits look for items that you can wear all day long. From brunch at your favorite breakfast spot, straight to your favorite slope and then right back out on the street to your favorite après bar.

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Rent Your Skis, Bring Your Boots

The debate and flux in airline prices is constantly evolving. Before travelling, it’s worth spending some time to look into local rentals around where you’re going. There are all sorts of local tricks and tips to getting cheap rentals, and some resorts and hotels even offer free rental vouchers if you book your lodging ahead of time.

5 Comments on Tips for Ski Travel

  1. Joe
    December 9, 2016 at 9:11 am (5 months ago)

    Very informative. When traveling from the east coast of the US out to the west to ski, it can be troublesome. I try anything to mitigate extra baggage fees. It also helps if you have some cool credit card perks with the airlines to surpass the outrageous baggage fees. Good read, safe ski, happy holidays.

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    • admin
      December 9, 2016 at 11:32 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Joe! Credit card perks are ALWAYS an added bonus when you’re fortunate enough to have them as are flight vouchers for giving up your seats! Thanks!

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  2. Gene
    December 9, 2016 at 11:11 am (5 months ago)

    How would you pack a full sized helmet? I usually pack it in my boot bag on top of my boots, but haven’t gone through an airport in a few years.

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    • admin
      December 9, 2016 at 11:30 am (5 months ago)

      Hi, Gene – I usually pack it in my clothes bag and fill the inside with my goggles socks and other small clothes. Helmets don’t actually take up much space once you fill the void that they create on the side. I like to use my helmet as a packing place for my goggles and socks because I feel like the helmet stop my goggles from potentially getting crushed and to socks help add some padding to the other side. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  3. FrankO
    December 10, 2016 at 10:51 am (5 months ago)

    Being from the East, when I ski out west, I stop by the local FedEX store & get a great rate on shipping round trip a few sets of ski’s before my trip, it works out cheaper than, paying the airline &/or renting for the week…Bonus no lugging around all over the place, they’re there waiting at my destination!

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