The smartest way to travel with your skis this winter
It’d be nice if we all had a world-class mountain in our backyard, but that’s not the case for most skiers. Air travel is a necessity if you want to ski the biggest and baddest mountains out there, no matter how frustrating it may be. You’ll want a ski bag that is high-quality, durable and easy to carry to keep your precious skis safe when you travel. Here are four ski bags that make flying with your skis a total breeze:
Salomon 1 Pair+ 20 Expandable Padded Ski Bag
The Salomon 1 Pair+20 Ski Bag gives you versatility and ski safety for your air excursion. This expandable bag lets you up the ante from 165cm to 185cm with a simple zipper extension, so you’re set no matter if you’re lugging groomer-shredders or backcountry specialists. The 1 Pair+20 is also fully-padded for maximum protection of your skis. With this bag, there’s very little risk of your skis getting damaged while in transit, and I think that’s something we can all appreciate. The adjustable shoulder straps and padded handle are some convenient bonus features that’ll make life a little easier.
5th Element Bomber Double Wheeled Ski Bag
Got two pairs of skis you need to bring with you? The 5th Element Double Wheeled Ski Bag can handle them both no problem. Capable of carrying two pairs up to 190cm long, this bag is an easy one-stop shop for ski air travel. The bag uses two internal straps to keep the skis safe and secure during your travels, and the heavy padding ensures it has a smooth ride. Towing your skis through the airport is easy with the bag’s Tough Grip wheels, which can handle bumps and bounces flawlessly. Of course, it also has a shoulder strap for easy carrying, in case you need it. There’s plenty of room to stuff the bag full of additional ski gear too. The two external zippered pockets allow you to get your money’s worth with that checked bag fee.
Volkl All Pro Gear Wheeled Ski Bag
Have FOUR sets of skis you need to travel with? Well, the Volkl All Pro Gear Ski Bag should be your ski bag of choice then. This ski-transporting mammoth is made to carry enough skis for the whole family, able to accommodate four pairs of skis and four sets of poles. But what happens when you leave the kids at home for a quick weekend trip with the other half and don’t need all that room? An added bonus of the Volkl All Pro Ski Bag is that when you’re only carrying two sets of skis there is still enough room to throw in two pairs of boots too, rendering a boot bag unnecessary. It’s also got one exterior pocket and two interior pockets so you’ll be able to stash all your gear in one bag, making your ski gear packing as simple as possible.
Transpack Hard Case Shuttle Ski Bag
If you’re looking for a ski bag with a little more grit to it, the Transpack Hard Case Shuttle is just what you need. It doesn’t get any more tough than this; the Hard Case Shuttle Ski Bag is made of a high-density polyethylene that will ensure total protection of your skis. It’s also got closed-cell padding on the top and the bottom to prevent any damage to the tips and tails of your skis, along with two brake retainers and two web straps. A case this strong isn’t light though, so you’ll be thankful for the smooth and sturdy Rugged Wheels it has, which let you wheel the case up, down and around any airport or shuttle. Worried about some sticky-handed baggage handler snooping through your stuff? This case allows for a ¼ inch and TSA-approved lock at the same foot.
Wherever you fly this season, fly with confidence by putting your sticks in one of these topnotch ski bags. To check out our full selection of ski bags and other travel luggage, head over to the Bags and Backpacks page on Skis.com!