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Old 12-15-2009, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I will preface this with the fact that I did a quick search and did not see anything around that really answered my questions so I figured I would go ahead and post this up in a new thread.

My wife and I are traveling from Cincinnati to Snowbird in February to do a week of skiing. It's her first time out west and my second. Typically wherever we ski is relatively local and we simply drive there. Not a problem hauling the ski's in the moosemobile (Saab 9-3). However, this time we will be taking our ski's with us to Utah and we are flying. So I am guessing that you guys can figure where this is headed next.

With airlines charging an arm, a leg, first born child, and a player to be named later for luggage does it make sense to check the ski's or is shipping them FedEx ground (or UPS or whatever) really the best option? I called Delta (our carrier of mischoice) and asked them if our ski's and boots would be charged as a seperate checked luggage for both of us or if its only one extra checked bag if we pack ski's in one bag and boots in two seperate. Naturally he was not aware of this thing called skiing (joking... kinda) and was not able to provide any help. Actually he read me verbatim what was on their website, which I didnt find to be too clear.

My concerns are as follows: What kind of luggage charge have people seen for checking their ski's? Do you recommend shipping the ski's? What kind of charge does one pay for that? My concern with shipping is also the fact that we get back on a Friday and the following Friday we are heading to a small resort with a number of friends to do a bit of skiing so I would need them to make it back from Utah in under a week.

All recommendations and comments welcome and thanks in advance.

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Old 12-27-2009, 04:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I generally fly Southwest and have traveled with my snowboard and they have never charged me extra. Even an airline that does charge, you are generally better off checking them and paying than you are shipping them. Just make sure you have a ski bag.

I found this on Delta`s website:

Ski and snowboard equipment are accepted as checked baggage. An item of ski or snowboard equipment is defined as:

* One ski/pole bag or one snowboard bag, and
* One boot bag

The combined weight of the ski/snowboard bag and the boot bag may not exceed 50 pounds or excess baggage fees will apply. The outside linear dimensions may exceed 80 inches and no excess baggage fees will apply.

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